Another north county beauty supply store has been hit by smash-and-grab thieves. This time it was at Kay Beauty in the 8600 block of Natural Bridge near north Hanley. The incident was reported this morning around 5:00. By the time police arrived, they found a gaping hole in the storefront and a car windshield left behind at the scene. Police aren't sure what was taken. In the past, smash-and-grab thieves have targeted north county beauty supply stores for their expensive hair weaves.
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.