4-14-2006




PUPPY WHOSE OWNER IS ACCUSED OF BREAKING INTO A SHELTER HAS A NEW HOME

A puupy whose owner is accused of stealing him from the Madison County Animal Shelter has a new home. Titus is now residing with Thomas Carroll's parents in Vandalia. Carroll is charged with burglary after he allegedly broke into the shelter on Monday, April 10 and took his dog. Carroll reportedly committed the alleged act because he did not have the $125.00 fine to get his dog out of the shelter. Carroll was released Wednesday from the Madison County Jail.

CAPITOL SHOOTER GETS HOSPITAL TIME, NOT PRISON TIME

A man charged with gunning down a statehouse security guard in 2004 will not be sent to prison. A judge says Derrick Potts did kill Bill Wonzniak at the Illinois Capitol, but was delusional at the time and is not guilty by reason of insanity. Instead, he will be sent to a mental hospital. Potts possibly faced 60 years for the murder and more time for a handful of other charges. Lawyers for both sides say he will likely spend a long time in a hospital and will not be a threat to anyone.

 

 




 



LATEST ON THE POSSIBLITY OF BUSINESS LICENSES FOR GREENVILLE

At the last two Greenville City Council meetings the idea of licensing all businesses in town has come up for discussion. Last Tuesday the Council decided to get some input from the Chamber of Commerce and in their Thursday morning meeting the Chamber board decided to call a general membership meeting to get input from any Chamber member who wants to speak to the issue. The City has suggested an annual fee of 25 dollars to maintain a Business license. At the general membership meeting the City would present their reasons for wanting businesses registered and licensed. Stay tuned for details about a time and place for that Chamber membership meeting.

JESSE WHITE UNVEILS AD CAMPAIGN TO KICK OFF DONATE LIFE MONTH

Secretary of State Jesse White encouraged Illinoisans to join the state's new organ and tissue donor registry following the unveiling of an ad campaign aimed at saving more lives. April is National Donate Life Month and organizations will be working together to promote organ and tissue donor awareness throughout Illinois. This is especially important this year following a law that took effect on January 1 creating a new organ and tissue donor registry. The new registry ensures a person's decision to donate organs and tissue following their death will be carried through. Donors who registered before January 1 of this year need to re-register with the Secretary of State's office. White noted that it only takes a minute to register and you can register by going onto www.lifegoeson.com, by visiting any Illinois state driver's license facility, or by calling the Illinois Secretary of State Organ/Tissue Donor Program at 1-800-210-2106.






PAINTBALL VANDALS AT WORK


Paint ball vandals were busy early Thursday morning. Fortunately when the damage was spotted around 8am yesterday the paint was still wet. Watson's drug store, Lucky's Pet Store and Greenville Tire along 3rd street were all targets, police are investigating

 

SPORTS

HS BASEBALL
The JV Comets split a doubleheader on Thursday. Greenville won the opener 2-1 over Staunton as Matt VonderHaar got the victory. Ky Stoecklin and Dustin White had the RBIs. The JV Comets then lost 11-8 to Carlyle. Jay Haberer had three hits including a double and triple. Dan Baumberger had four hits including two doubles.

COLLEGE SOFTBALL
The GC Lady Panthers continued their winning ways with a pair of wins over Blackburn on Thursday. The final scores were 9-6 and 6-0.

JR HIGH TRACK
The Bluejays and Lady Bluejays went to Pana on Tuesday. First place finishers were:

Adam Stroud, Hurdles; the 8th grade girls 4 x 100 team of Kay Koonce, Joni Hoag, Amber Laurent, and Shanice Rice; Cheyenne Stoecklin, 800; Shanice Rice, 200; Ashley Holden, 100; the 7th grade girls 4 x 200 team of Chelsie Evans, Tess Lohman, Mallory Smith, and Nori Stone; Tishelle Riggins, Shotput; and Nori Stone, Long Jump.





TOUGHER PENALTIES FOR POLICE IMPERSONATION

Governor Blagojevich says he will sign legislation that would increase jail time for police impersonation, create new offense for impersonation while carrying a deadly weapon, and broaden definition of peace officer to include local, state, and federal officials. The legislation would toughen penalties for anyone who impersonates a police officer or fire fighter while committing a more serious crime and would broaden the definition of Peace Officer to include local, state, or federal officials. In the Chicago area more there have been more than 1,000 police impersonation cases over the last three years. HB 5336 would be classified as a Class 2 felony with a sentence of three to seven years in jail. It would broaden the definition of Peace Officer to include any Homeland Securities Officers and local, state, or federal authorities. Last year, the governor signed legislation making it illegal to impersonate a pilot in restricted areas of Illinois airports. HB 5336 will take effect immediately after the Governor's signature.


OBITUARIES

NO AREA FUNERAL NOTICES TO REPORT


WEATHER

Saturday: Partly to Mostly Cloudy with a 30% Chance of Afternoon Thunder-Storms and a high around 81.

Sunday: Isolated Thunderstorms with a high around 83


PUBLIC AFFAIRS PROGRAM

April is Autism Awareness Month and our guest is Linda Haley from the Judevine Center for Autism. Linda will explain what autism is and what services are available to autistic children and their families. That's the WGEL Public Affairs Program this Sunday following our noon local news on WGEL.


 

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