DRUG BUST ON I-70 NETS BIG CATCH
A traffic stop Thursday morning by a Bond County deputy has landed a major drug seizure. The Sheriff's Department along with the Federal Drug Enforcement Agency and other metro-east law enforcement agencies all participated in the arrest of two men. The identities of the men have not been released as the case is still under investigation. WGEL has been told that two vehicles, a Jeep Grand Cherokee and a Ford Expedition, were stopped and that one of the vehicles contained fifty pounds of cocaine. Sheriff Jeff Brown told WGEL that the cocaine has a street value of roughly $750,000. Both vehicles had Ohio license plates and are currently being held at the Sheriff's Department until they are impounded by the DEA.
JUVENILE PETITIONS SOUGHT ON 14 -YEAR-OLD
Juvenile petitions have been filed in Bond County court on a 14-year-old male juvenile from Greenville following an alleged incident May 16. The petitions allege three counts of Sexual Exploitation of a Child and one count of Aggravated Criminal Sexual Assault. Two of the victims are age 6 while another is age 11. All of the victims are male. The 14-year-old was charged with Aggravated Criminal Sexual Assault for allegedly encouraging a sexual act to happen between two of the victims.
TORNADO DID TOUCH DOWN IN NORTHERN MONTGOMERY COUNTY
The National Weather Service in St. Louis has completed its survey of the damage from Wednesday's storms in northeast Macoupin and northern Montgomery counties. A tornado was confirmed in part of Montgomery County.
Damage over northeast Macoupin County occurred mainly two miles east of Virden. Minor damage was confined to a roof of a barn, a machine shed, a roof of a home, and some tree damage. The National Weather Service says this was caused by downburst winds.
A tornado damage track was uncovered over extreme northern Montgomery County. At 4:05pm Wednesday, a twister initially touched down near Farmersville then moved southeast into Christian County. Four farmsteads were in or near the path of the tornado. Damage intensity ranged from F-0 to F-1. Two of the farmsteads impacted by the tornado had been hit by another twister April 2nd of this year.
GREENVILLE REGIONAL HOSPITAL LAND TRANSACTION COMPLETE
Jay and Mary Young of rural Greenville met with Greenville Regional Hospital officials to finalize their purchase of land left to Utlaut Memorial Foundation by the late Bond County resident, Lemuel Rhodes. The Youngs purchased about 95 acres of land at the corner of Route 127 and Route 140 across from Patriot's Park at the public land auction in April for $468,000. Jay Young said he plans to continue using the land for agricultural purposes. He also added that it was nice to help the hospital. Jim Hayes, Greenville Regional Hospital President and CEO, said the gift left by Mr. Rhodes is among the top five largest gifts left to the Utlaut Memorial Foundation. The land donation is the second from the Rhodes Estate that benefits healthcare for area residents. A portion of interest from the Rhodes Trust earlier was designated to assist cancer patients who have exhausted resources in their fight against cancer.
Hayes said that the proceeds from the auction would be used to help pay for upcoming renovation projects in the Greenville Regional Hospital Imaging Services and Laboratory Departments. Increased patient volume has created the need for both the laboratory and imaging services renovation projects. The Greenville Regional Hospital Laboratory Department experienced a 13% increase in diagnostic procedures last year.
Once renovation of the laboratory is complete, the Greenville Regional Hospital Imaging Services will also be expanded and renovated. The imaging services department administered nearly 27,000 procedures in 2005. The cost of the laboratory work is estimated to be $1.1 million, while the price for the imaging services expansion and renovation is about $1.4 million.
BLAGOJEVICH SIGNS LAW AUTHORIZING USE OF PHOTO ENFORCEMENT AT RED LIGHTS
Governor Blagojevich signed a traffic safety measure giving local governments the ability to use photo enforcement at traffic signals. House Bill 4835 authorizes counties in Northeastern Illinois and the Metro East to use photo enforcement at red lights. HB 4835 applies to Madison and St. Clair Counties. It allows local governments to establish photo enforcement to catch red light violators. IDOT is going to work with local governments to establish locations where the photo enforcement for red lights is installed, and the agency will continue to monitor and analyze crashes at those locations to determine effectiveness. Violators who have five unpaid tickets on their record could have their driver's license suspended and the fine for violations would be up to $100. Fatalities at intersections represent 26% of fatalities in Illinois. 80% of those fatalities occur at intersections with signals. HB 4835 is effective immediately.
FCI GREENVILLE RECOGNIZES STAFF
Greenville FCI Warden Sara Revell announced selections of Senior Officer Specialist Donald Rommerskirchen and Senior Officer Joshua Davis as Correctional Officers of the Month. Correctional Counselor Zelda Bell and Cook Supervisor Arthur Wood are Employees of the Month and Lt. Kelly Verfurth was recognized as Supervisor of the Quarter. The staff was recognized for exemplary professionalism teamwork and dedication to duty.
STEPHENS TO HOST VETERANS TASK FORCE HEARING
In an effort to improve veterans' benefits in the State of Illinois, State Representative Ron Stephens and other members of the House Republican Veteran's Task Force are holding a local hearing to analyze existing services and benefits provided to Illinois veterans. They will also make recommendations on how to improve accessibility and availability of those benefits and services. Stephens said the hearings will be held Thursday, June 15 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the Troy VFW Post 976.
FORMER RESIDENT RETURING TO GREENVILLE AFTER 20 YEARS
A former Greenville native who moved to Indianapolis over 20 years ago will be returning to the area this summer. Phil Siefken is planning on coming home in July and will be working at Greenville Medical Associates starting on August 7. Sieken expressed to WGEL that he is very excited to be coming home to where his family is and to where he graduated from high school.
Siefken has kept busy the last 20 years getting an education and working. He went to Indianapolis for his residency in pediatrics and internal medicine. He met his wife there and decided to stay. He said he worked for seven years at an inner-city community health-care center and for the last five years he has been teaching at the medical school at Indiana University.
Siefken says one thing he enjoys are "diagnostic clinics". This is where family practice doctors and pediatricians from across Indiana share cases and test results for his consultation. Siefken refers to himself as a pediatrician for all ages because he sees children and adults. Siefken is the fourth doctor that has recently returned to Greenville.
At the State Tennis Tournament, Yuki Ishiki of the Comets lost his opening round match 6-1, 6-0 to Chris Franco of Rock Island. Ishiki was then eliminated in the first round of the consolation bracket 6-0, 6-2 by Clint Ward of Rockford-Guilford.
The doubles team of Josh Patrick and Ian Wolf won their opener 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 over a duo from Bloomington. They lost in the second round to Highland Park and were eliminated in the consolations by a team from Lake Forest.
At the State Track Meet, Mitch Willman recorded a jump of 6’ in his preliminary flight but failed to qualify for the finals. Lance Ward had a time of 2:01.91 in the 800 in his preliminary heat but did not qualify for the finals.
Congratulations to Kelli Bloemker of the Lady Aces who had 31 points in the sectional hitting derby which qualified her for the state contest. Breese Central was a 4-3 winner over Columbia to win the Greenville Softball Sectional.
Wesclin topped Breese Central 9-1 to win the Kaskaskia College Sectional.
RITA R. CHURCH
Rita R. Church, age 85 of Pocahontas IL, passed away May 25th at St. Joseph's Hospital in Highland. Visitation is Tuesday May 30th from 6 to 8pm at May Funeral Home in Pocahontas. Funeral Service will be held Wednesday May 31st at 10am at St. Nicholas Catholic Church in Pocahontas. Graveside Services will be at 4pm at Calvary Cemetery in Charleston, Mo. Memorials may be made in the form of Masses.
Mona Knight, age 45 of Staunton, formerly of Reno, passed away Friday May 26th at her home. Visitation will be this evening from 5 to 7pm at the Perfetti Funeral Home in Sorento. Funeral services will be Tuesday at 11am at the Perfetti Funeral Home. Burial in Bethal (at Reno) Cemetery.
LELAND W. SCROGGINS
Leland W. Scroggins, age 86 of Mulberry Grove, passed away Sunday May 28th at Fair Oaks Nursing Home. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday May 31st at 11am at The Mulberry Grove United Methodist Church. Interment will be at 2:30pm in Bunker Hill Cemetery. Graveside military rites by Mulberry Grove American Legion Post #1180. Friends may call Tuesday from 6-8pm at The Mulberry Grove United Methodist Church. There will be a Masonic Service at 8pm at the church. Memorials are suggested to The Mulberry Grove United Methodist Church, Gilham Lodge # 809, or the Mulberry Grove Aces Softball Team. Arrangements by Young Funeral Home Mulberry Grove Chapel.
CARMEN Y. WILLMAN
Carmen Y. Willman, age 72 of Greenville, passed away Sunday May 28th at Memorial Medical Center, Springfield IL. Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, June 1st at 11am at Young Funeral Home, Greenville. Interment will be in Donnellson Cemetery, Donnellson, IL. The family will receive friends Wednesday from 6-8 at Young Funeral Home Greenville. Memorials are suggested to Greenville Public Library. Young Funeral Home, Greenville IL, is handling arrangements.
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