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MoDOT shifts traffic on I-64 at Tower Grove next week

Thursday, 22 August 2013 01:35 Published in Around Town

   ST. LOUIS - The Missouri Department of Transportation and its contractor, Fred Weber Inc., will shift traffic on both eastbound and westbound I-64 at Tower Grove next week, weather permitting.

   Starting Monday, crews will close up to two lanes on eastbound I-64 from Kingshighway to Tower Grove from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. the following morning.

   When the lanes reopen, drivers will have three through lanes on eastbound I-64, but those lanes will be split around a work zone. One right lane will be moved onto new pavement. The two left lanes will remain where they are, and crews will be working behind barriers in the middle of the interstate.

   On Tuesday, crews will close up to two lanes on westbound I-64 from Tower Grove to Kingshighway from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. the following morning.

   When the lanes reopen, all three lanes will be shifted to the far right, as crews work in the center of the interstate.

   MoDOT will keep three through lanes open in each direction through the project weekdays from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. At least one lane in each direction will remain open evenings and weekends.

   A body was found Wednesday in the search for a kidnapped 12 year old Missouri girl, although authorities say a positive identification had not been made.

   Adriaunna Horton's father, James Horton, told KMBC-TV that his daughter's body had been found.

   A spokesman for the Missouri State Highway Patrol declined to disclose where the body was found, KMBC reported, but confirmed the search effort for Horton has been suspended.

   Bobby Bourne Jr., 34, of Lamar, Mo., was charged with kidnapping Tuesday in the disappearance of Horton, who was last seen Monday afternoon getting into a vehicle around 5 p.m. in Golden City, Mo.

   James Horton told ABC News affiliate KODE-TV that the suspect was known to his family.

   "He worked for me last summer on a job, a construction job. He was a neighbor. He lived less than a block behind us for a year," Horton said.

   On Tuesday, searchers used horses, all-terrain vehicles, dogs and a patrol helicopter to scour the small town.

   "We are going to exhaust every lead that comes in," said Troop D Public Information Officer Sgt. Jason Pace of the Missouri State Highway Patrol said.

   Horton was at the park with her sister and friends celebrating the end of her first day of the new school year when witnesses reported seeing her get into an SUV.

   The girl's father said he was told the driver of the SUV was asking children at the park for help.

   "He was whining he couldn't find his daughter. He had a missing child. He asked the girls in the park to help him," Horton said. "My oldest daughter walked up to his vehicle. That's when she was abducted."

   Police said they stopped a similar vehicle 90 minutes later and arrested Bourne, who was driving alone.

   Bourne was being held in the Barton County Jail on a $1 million bond. He had not entered a plea.

Ellisville turns down Walmart project permit extension

Wednesday, 21 August 2013 23:51 Published in Local News

   The development of a new Walmart in Ellisville will move forward despite the developer's failure to win a permit extension from the city council.

   Walmart’s director of public affairs Chris Neeley told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the extension was sought to give the builders breathing room, but that the company will continue to work to see the project through.  

   Sansone's current permit runs out in just over two weeks. 

   The Ellisville City Council voted 3-3 Wednesday night to deny Sansone Group's request for a 180 day extension of a conditional use permit for construction of the project. 

   The Post reports that Mayor Adam Paul, whose campaign for office was based on his opposition the tax-supported project, and Aldermen Linda Reel and Mick Cahill rejected the request.

   Aldermen Matt Pirrello, Cindy Pool and Roz Acup backed the extension.

   Alderman Gary Voss was absent.

   

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