Don’t miss these top stories Wednesday on BND.com:
▪ Glen Carbon resident Bryan Dammerich has an inspiring story.
The 18-year-old senior at Father McGivney High School, Dammerich has maintained a 3.8 grade point average, scored a 35 on the ACT and has managed to become an Eagle Scout despite the fact that he has twice battled cancer.
Dammerich fought cancer as a child -- and then again last year when he had to have a tumor removed from his brain stem.
▪ A man who made Madison County families uncomfortable with his comments to children in public has claimed on social media that having sex with children is a religious rite.
James Lopes, 40, hasn’t been accused of acting out on his statements in the metro-east. But Madison County Sheriff John Lakin said the public needs to be aware of the man’s beliefs.
Over the weekend, social media posts about Lopes went viral in Madison County where residents were tracking him after he allegedly made inappropriate comments to a child.
▪ Severe thunderstorms blew through the metro-east Tuesday that included reports of a possible tornado between O’Fallon and New Baden.