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Susan Smith-Harmon

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   The St. Louis County Council will decide the ultimate fate of a controversial low-income senior housing complex being built in unincorporated south county near Oakville.  

   On Monday night the St. Louis County Zoning Commission voted 6-1 to recommend that the council uphold the county's 2012 approval of the 45 unit facility along Telegraph Road.  

   National Church Residences began construction on the project in May.  An NCR spokesperson says the non-profit has already spent more than $1 million on the project.

   Some Oakville residents had asked that the issue be reopened because they felt the county had failed to properly inform them of the process before signing off on the project.  

   Critics complain that the building is too large for the lot on which it's being built.  They say they will keep fighting to shut to project down.

   St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley has said he strongly favors the project.  

Retired UMSL prof found dead in Utah canyon

Tuesday, 06 August 2013 00:12 Published in Local News

   A hiker found dead in Canyonlands National Park in Utah last week is being identified as a 73 year old St. Louis man.  The University of Missouri's website says Grant Welland was a retired UMSL professor.  

   His body was recovered Saturday in Horseshoe Canyon. The remote canyon is famous for its ancient rock art.  Welland had been hiking alone. Welland was reported missing Friday, five days into his trek.

   Wayne County sheriff's deputies say Welland had been carrying enough water and had good hiking shoes.

   The Utah medical examiner will determine a cause of death.  

   The St. Louis Fire Marshal and a city building inspector are trying to determine just how a local musician fell to his death in a downtown loft building Saturday afternoon.  

   Fire Captain David Neighbors says 61 year old Bob Reuter was killed when he fell down an elevator shaft in the 1100 block of St. Charles Street.  

   Neighbors says there was no safety grill on the freight elevator shaft.  "It's like a swing door," Neighbors said.  "And then there's just a short ledge. And so we can only speculate, but stepped onto that ledge and assumed that the elevator was there."

   Neighbors says Reuter fell 18 feet from the lobby entrance to the bottom of the elevator shaft in the basement.    

   Reuter was known as a musician, photographer and radio personality.  Funeral arrangements and a public memorial are still being finalized.

 

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