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St. Pat's weekend DUI enforcement high

Friday, 14 March 2014 03:44 Published in Local News
   St. Patrick's Day weekend is upon us and that means police departments across the metro area are on the lookout for drivers who've had too much to drink.  
   MoDOT reports that more than 200 Missouri law enforcement agencies will take part in a special impaired driving crackdown that puts additional officers on the road Friday through Monday.  
   Illinois transportation officials are giving local communities a little help with enforcement.  Edwardsville Police Deputy Jeffery Mills tells Fox 2 news the city has a special grant for enforcement over the St. Patrick's Day weekend.  "The IDOT grant allows us to bring officers in on overtime and their specific role is to enforce DUIs within the City of Edwardsville," he said.  Deputy Mills says the point behind the IDOT program is to keep the roads safe for other drivers.  
   Edwardsville police began conducting DUI checkpoints Thursday.  They'll continue through Monday night.
   Police in Alton, IL have announced a similar DUI enforcement effort. 
 

   Sentencing for Cornell McKay will go on as scheduled, despite his attorney's pleas for a review of the jury's verdict against him.  McKay will be sentenced March 20th for armed robbery.  

   His attorneys had asked St. Louis Circuit Judge Robin Vannoy to give them 60 days to investigate whether evidence that suggests Megan Boken's killer may have committed the crime was improperly kept out of McKay’s trial.  Boken was killed by Keith Esters during a similar robbery a few days later in the same neighborhood.  

   The judge declined the request.

   The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Vannoy also declined a prosecution request to bar McKay's often vocal supporters from the courtroom during sentencing.

   McKay's attorneys say they plan to take the case to the state appellate court.

MoDOT to hold open house on I-270 North solutions

Friday, 14 March 2014 01:52 Published in Local News
   Aging infrastructure and dangerous off ramps have Missouri Transportation officials planning for the future of the I-270 corridor in north St. Louis County.  They're ready to gather public input on some proposed solutions for the stretch between I-70 and the Chain of Rocks Bridge.  
   MoDOT will hold an open house next Tuesday evening, March 18th at the Hazelwood Civic Center East on Dunn Road.  The public can stop by at any time between 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. to review the proposals and provide feedback.  
   MoDOT will also make the information available and gather input online through April 1st.  That virtual meeting and more information about  I-270 North project can be found on MoDOT's I-270 North website.
 
 

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