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Don’t Miss This: Are area residents on the hook for an unneeded $6.8 million overpass?

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▪  Did taxpayers waste $6.8 million on a railroad overpass in O’Fallon three years ago only to have the tracks abandoned by their operator? CSX says it’s just a “temporary discontinuation.” But a News-Democrat report in 2010 found that traffic on the line decreased from 14 trains a day to less than one on the eve of the overpass being built.

▪  An alleged drug dealer wanted by Madison County authorities since August has been captured. Police said a tipster led them to the whereabouts of Ralph T. Walker.

▪  A Collinsville man was sentenced to prison for identity theft and mail fraud after he took out credit cards in the names of other people to support his meth habit. Jeffrey Brown got three years behind bars and was ordered to repay $19,505.