12-29-2006

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COUPLE QUESTIONED IN DISAPPEARANCE OF NEW BADEN WOMAN

A couple is being questioned by police after they were found allegedly in possession of the vehicle belonging to the missing New Baden woman, Alison N. Stahl.  Master Sergeant Jim Morrisey with the Illinois State Police, told WGEL that Stahl's 1995 Jeep Cherokee was seized by the St. Clair County Drug Tactical Unit during a sting operation last Friday in East St. Louis.  Lashonda Walker, 26 of Cahokia and Eaze Harper, 24 of East St. Louis were arrested on other alleged charges in regards to the sting.  Master Sergeant Morrisey said the couple has not been eliminated as suspects in the disappearance of Stahl who was reported missing after she left her home on December 13 and was not seen again. Stahl is described as a white female approximately 5'7" tall, weighing 150-165 pounds with blonde hair and green eyes. Anyone with information on Alison N. Stahl is asked to call Illinois State Police Special Agent Matt Vaughn at 346-3440.


GREENVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT ACTIVITY REPORT

The Greenville Police Department has released their activity report for the current year to date.  Incidents involving crimes against property include 26 burglary from motor vehicle, 51 theft under $300 and 66 criminal damage to property.  There were 461 traffic related arrests and 135 traffic accidents investigated. Officers issued over 400 parking citations.  There were over 40 offenses reported involving juveniles.  All fire pages are sent through the Greenville Police Department with a total of 746 fire incidents recorded.  Officers completed over 2,200 security checks, 484 vehicle unlocks and 137 motorist assists.


CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTOR LAW IN EFFECT

Starting Monday, January 1 a new state law requires single family and multiple family residences be equipped with carbon monoxide alarms.  At least one detector must be within fifteen feet of every room used for sleeping purposes.  Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas, and exposure to high levels can cause illness and even death.  The law states that it’s the responsibility of the owner of the building to supply and install the alarms.  In the case of rental property, the tenant is responsible for testing and maintaining the alarm. 

Failure to comply with the new law can result in a Class B misdemeanor.  Carbon monoxide alarms are usually available at hardware and home improvement stores with prices generally starting at $20.

MULBERRY FIRE ASSISTS VANDALIA WITH TRAILER FIRE

The Mulberry Grove Fire Protection District was paged out for mutual aid Thursday afternoon around 1PM.  Vandalia firefighters were requesting water assistance for a trailer on fire located six miles south west of Vandalia on the Carlyle Road.  Mulberry Grove Fire Chief Dwight Volkmar told WGEL the 12x60 single-wide was already on the ground when they arrived on the scene.  Volkmar said no one was injured, as the trailer was used for storage and unoccupied.  Mulberry Grove firefighters were back in service a half-hour later with Vandalia back on the scene less then two hours.


GREENVILLE FIRE RESPONDS TO VARIETY OF CALLS

The Greenville Fire Protection District was called out to a report of a brush fire Wednesday night around 9:45PM at the Nature Preserve entrance on Iron Gate Trail.  Fire fighters were able to extinguish the fire and were back in service 45 minutes later. 

Then at 12:30am Thursday morning, the Greenville district was sent to a carbon monoxide detector going off at a residence on Locust Street.  Chief Bill Johnston told WGEL that the residents were out of the house, and the CO2 meter readings were nearly 500, which was high above the normal reading of 0.  AmerenIP was called to the scene to confirm the readings, which they did and continued to lock the meter until the furnace was fixed.  Johnston said that at those levels, if you're asleep, there is a high chance you won't wake up.  Firefighters were back in-service a couple of hours later.


NEW LAW TO PROTECT VULNERABLE HOMEOWNERS

Effective January 1, 2007, homeowners will be protected from predatory mortgage "rescue" businesses.  The Mortgage Fraud Act takes aim at businesses that offer to save homeowners from foreclosure, but often strip the equity from the homes and leave the homeowners with nothing.

"Rescuers" typically arrive on the scene when the homeowner falls behind in payments, or are on the verge of losing their homes.  The rescuers promise to buy the house, collect rent from the homeowner and provide the homeowner the option to buy back the house in a year or two after they have improved their credit score.  However, most rescuers pay off the mortgage - a sum less than the equity, and then take out a new mortgage exceeding the amount owed.  High rent is then charged to the already strapped homeowners, who now have no hope of recovering financially. Under the Mortgage Fraud Act, mortgage rescuers are required to either save the home as they have promised or pay the homeowner a substantial portion of the home's value.


TWO AREA FIRE DEPARTMENTS GET GRANTS

Two fire departments in the area have been selected for grants through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.  The Huey Ferrin Boulder Fire Protection District in Clinton County was given $173,565 while the Patoka Fire Protection District in Marion County receives $187,578.  Both districts are required to provide a five percent match to these one year grants.


HONORING FORMER PRESIDENT GERALD R. FORD

All State and Illinois flags will be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset at State occupied buildings for the next thirty days.  This announcement was made by Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich in honor of former President Gerald R. Ford who passed away early Wednesday morning.


SPORTS

HS BASKETBALL
The Comets defeated Buckley 60-14 at the Williamsville Holiday Classic.  Greenville held Buckley to 9 points in the first half and shut them out in the 3rd quarter.  Twelve players scored in the game for the Comets led by Jason Mollett’s 12 points.  Greenville plays Camp Point Central at 12:30pm today in the quarter finals of the Consolation brackeT.

The Lady Comets defeated Warrensburg Latham 49-48 at the Riverton Tourney. Greenville scored 23 of its points in the 4th Quarter. Monique Williams was the Lady Comets leading scorer with 34.  


OBITUARIES

LLOYD V. THACKER

Lloyd V. Thacker, 94 of Greenville, passed away Wednesday, December 27 at Fair Oaks Nursing Home in Greenville.  Funeral services for 94 year-old Lloyd V. Thacker will be held at 2PM Sunday, December 31 at the Greenville First Christian Church.  Interment in McInturff Cemetery, Hagarstown, IL.  Friends may call Sunday after 1PM at the church.  For those who desire, memorial contributions are suggested to the Bond County One Room Schoolhouse.  Young Funeral Home in Greenville is in charge of the arrangements.

PAUL H. BROWN

Paul H. Brown, 59 of Greenville and formerly of Denver, Colorado, passed away Thursday, December 28 at Fair Oaks Nursing Home.  Funeral services for 59 year-old Paul H. Brown will be conducted at 2PM Saturday at the Young Funeral Home in Greenville.  Interment in Robinson Cemetery, Pocahontas.  Friends may call Saturday after 12 noon at the funeral home.  For those who desire, memorial contributions are suggested to Fair Oaks Nursing Home.


WEATHER

Saturday: Cloudy breezy 60% showers and thunderstorms High: 55

Sunday: Mostly cloudy 40% rain High: 53

Monday: Mostly cloudy and colder High: 40


PUBLIC AFFAIRS PROMO

Join us this Sunday for WGEL's Public Affairs Program. Our guest this week is former United States Marine Corp Sergeant Kevin Miller. Kevin will talk to us about his two tours of duty he served in Iraq and what the experience of war was like for him.  That's Public Affairs this Sunday following our noon Bond County Area News here on WGEL.


 

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