The father of Christopher Marks, the 12-year-old who drowned in the Meremac River last year, faces sentencing today for supplying alcohol to minors. 43-year-old Todd Comes has been charged with 7 counts of child endangerment. Police say Combs supplied alcohol to his son and six other children during a family picnic last August. His stepson Christopher was last seen on a rope swing near the Pacific Palisades Conservation Area around 7:30 that night. A massive search of the river and surrounding areas turned up nothing for days...but the boy's body was later discovered a few miles away.
A three-year effort to rebuild part of a busy downtown street is nearly finished. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the 10-block rebuilding of Tucker Boulevard is expected to be done by August. The project cost nearly $34 million, in part because it required demolition of the rusting bridge-like structure over an old underground streetcar line. Federal stimulus money funded much of the project, which also includes streetscape improvements. The new street will serve as a main route to and from downtown to the new Mississippi River bridge expected to open early next year.
For the third week in a row, St. Louis area residents are cleaning up after weekend storms pounded the metro area. Storms on both Saturday and Sunday brought strong winds, lightening and heavy rain to St. Louis. Flash flooding an issue on many roads over the weekend. The metro-east was hit especially hard, with the National Weather Service reporting 50-mile-per-hour wind gusts and nearly 4-inches of rainfall in about three hours in St. Clair County yesterday. The deluge left up to a foot of standing water on some roads. St. Charles and Warren counties in Missouri were also hit hard with nearly 2-and-a-half inches of rain falling in just two hours. The rain caused a three-hour delay at Busch Stadium and prompted the Muny to cancel the last performance of "Spamalot" last night.