Chuck Ahl to retire

After 30 years in city government, Chuck Ahl is retiring from his latest position as Maplewood City Manager. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

Maplewood city manager heading to Florida after 29 years of government service
City Manager Chuck Ahl started his career in Maplewood, and three decades later he’s finishing his career in Maplewood. Despite a 14-year gap away from the city, he says confidently that his “baseball cap will have a Maplewood logo on it.”
After 29 years working in city government, mainly in the east metro, Ahl decided to hang up that hat, announcing his retirement at the Monday, April 28 city council meeting.


Youth Service Bureau continues to succeed in Maplewood

Capping off a successful fifth year of crime prevention education for juvenile offenders, it was announced that the Youth Service Bureau is now set to return for a sixth.
The Maplewood City Council unanimously renewed funding for the Bureau at its Monday, April 14, meeting, thereby giving kids who have had contact with police a chance to start over. It will cover the 2014 calendar year and will cost $27,295.50 to continue their services.


Rory Mitchell charged in Maplewood Wells Fargo robbery

Rory Alan Mitchell

Investigators looking into partner's involvement
Police charged Rory Alan Mitchell on Friday, April 25 in connection with the robbery of a Maplewood Wells Fargo that took place April 21, marking the third bank robbery he's been attached to this week.
Mitchell, 50, and Kimberly Anne Hillage, 43, were charged by Burnsville police Wednesday, April 23, with the robbery of banks in both Burnsville and Maple Grove, and authorities quickly suspected Mitchell played a role in the robbery of the Wells Fargo near Maplewood Mall.


Couple charged in multiple bank robberies

Left to right: Rory Alan Mitchell; Kimberly Anne Hillage

Police investigating possible connection to Maplewood Wells Fargo holdup
Burnsville police charged two people Wednesday, April 23, in connection with the robbery of banks in Burnsville and Maple Grove, with one of them suspected to have played a role in Monday's robbery at the Maplewood Wells Fargo.


Maplewood breaks ground on fire-police structure

Maplewood Fire Department personnel lend a hand at the April 14 groundbreaking ceremony for a fire department and police substation to be located at 600 McKnight Road. The new station will replace the one currently at 1177 Century Ave. N., and will include a police substation. (submitted photo)

After some early objections from nearby homeowners, the city of Maplewood finally broke ground on a construction project for a new fire and police substation on Monday, April 14.


Maplewood Wells Fargo robbed Monday afternoon

Suspect may have committed multiple robberies in metro area
Maplewood police report that the Burnsville Police Department has a man in custody that may be responsible for bank robberies in Burnsville, Maple Grove and Maplewood.
According to a police statement, the Wells Fargo Bank at 2945 White Bear Ave., near Maplewood Mall, was robbed at 2:25 p.m. Monday, April 21.


Dispatchers get earful of Maplewood burglars’ plans

There’s a new rule for would-be burglars: don’t dial 911 while you’re casing the joint.
With today’s smartphones able to dial 911 with a touch of the screen, emergency dispatchers spend a lot of time picking up calls from toddlers and “pocket dialers.” They generally try to call the number back to check on the caller’s safety.


It was lights out last week at Champps

City leaders express surprise that sports restaurant closed
Maplewood Champps Americana, a popular sports bar and restaurant for over two decades, closed last week.


‘Together we can’

Maplewood Police Department proposes replacement for D.A.R.E.
For the first time in more than twenty years, there will be no D.A.R.E. graduates from Maplewood this spring.
The Maplewood Police Department cut D.A.R.E. this year, citing the program’s ineffectiveness.


Police ask for public's help IDing pipe bomb maker

Police hope someone can help them identify the person or people responsible for four pipe bombs found recently in parks and on roads in Maplewood.


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