ARRESTED IN ARMED ROBBERY ATTEMPT (UPDATE)
Three people were arrested early Wednesday morning after
an attempted armed robbery in the parking lot behind a
Greenville business. Officers responded to a 9-1-1 call
at 12:07am concerning an armed robbery in the lot behind
the Greenville Dairy Queen. Two men in ski masks allegedly
approached the store's assistant manager and demanded
money. The employee reported that a gun was displayed
by one of the robbers. City police told WGEL that the
victim was struck in the face with the fist of one of
taking an undisclosed amount of money from the employee,
the two men fled on foot. Police chief Lou Lorton confirmed
that they believe the robbers were then picked up by a
third man in a car. The Bond County Sheriff's Department
was quickly contacted to assist in locating any suspicious
vehicles. Minutes later, a Bond County deputy spotted
a car traveling southbound on 6th Street allegedly at
a high rate of speed. Deputy Dan Thomilson followed the
vehicle for a short distance before conducting a traffic
stop on Old National Trail near Rocky Mountain Avenue.
Arrested were 20-year-old Barton Davis, 19-year-old Jason
McCullough, and 19-year-old Brandon Stewart for alleged
attempted armed robbery. Each man has a listed address
of Holtwick Hall on the Greenville College campus. The
arrest occurred just ten minutes after police received
the call about the robbery.
Florian, a spokesperson for Greenville College issued
this statement Wednesday afternoon. "We do not condone
this incident and are cooperating with local authorities
in any way we can. We love this community and the position
Dairy Queen holds in it. We feel badly about what the
employee may have experienced because of this incident."
following charges were filed in the Bond County Courthouse.
20-year old Barton S. Davis, 19-year-old Jason T. McCullough,
and 20-year old Brandon T. Stewart were all charged with
two counts each of alleged Aggravated Robbery. McCullough
was also charged with one count of Aggravated Battery
for allegedly using his hand to strike the victim in the
face. Stewart was also charged with one count of alleged
Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Bail for each
man was set at $100,000.
FILES THIRD LAWSUIT
General Lisa Madigan filed a lawsuit alleging two out
of state companies obtained and sold the phone records
of Illinois residents without their knowledge or consent.
Madigan's suit names the defendants as Advanced Research,
Inc. and ARI-Advanced, LLC. These two companies are not
licensed to do business in Illinois. The lawsuit alleges
that in order to access consumers' wireless and landline
telephone records, the defendants' agents falsely represented
themselves as account holders or as agents or employees
of a cell phone company. They also allegedly tried to
gain unauthorized computer access to records. In January
and March of this year Madigan filed two lawsuits against
other companies that allegedly used similar, illegal means
to access phone records. The defendants are charged with
multiple violations of the Illinois Consumer Fraud and
Deceptive Business Practices Act. Madigan's lawsuit asks
the court to prohibit the defendants from advertising,
offering for sale and selling telephone records or other
private records and from further violating Illinois' consumer
protection laws. The lawsuit seeks a civil penalty of
$50,000 and additional penalties of $50,000 for each violation
found to have been committed with the intent to defraud.
Madigan's lawsuit also asks the court to order the defendants
to pay for all costs for the investigation and prosecution
of this case.
MISS OUT ON THE WGEL COLGATE COUNTRY SHOWDOWN THIS FRIDAY
FOUNDATION INSTALLS NEW TRUSTEES
The Kaskaskia College Foundation seated 44 new
trustees at its April 27 meeting in the KC gymnasium.
Bond County residents that were installed include
Mike Gauch of Mulberry Grove, and Jill Franks,
Pat Kious, Ronda Reeves, and Ron Smith of Greenville.
College President Dr. Jim Underwood said the additional
members will allow for more ambassadors for the
college in communities throughout the district.
The Kaskaskia College Foundation is a non-profit
organization established exclusively for the advancement,
assistance, and support of KC.
SIRENS SOUNDED FOR MONDAY NIGHT'S STORM
Greenville weather siren sounded Monday night
during a Sever-Thunderstorm-Warning. WGEL talked
with Greenville Police Chief Lou Lorton and he
told us that the current policy was to sound that
siren when a strong storm was predicted. The National
Weather Service was warning of winds up to 60
miles per hour during the Monday evening storm.
WOMAN CHARGED WITH STABBING MAN
Vandalia woman has been charged in Fayette County court
after she allegedly stabbed a man she was living with.
Vandalia police told WGEL that 26-year-old Tracey Brown
was charged with Attempted First Degree Murder and Aggravated
Battery after she allegedly stabbed 27-year-old Shane
Clift around 3am Sunday. The incident took place during
an argument at their residence in Vandalia. An investigation
by Vandalia police determined that Brown had allegedly
stabbed Clift in the sternum with a steak knife and then
went to the kitchen to retrieve a second knife. Police
told WGEL that at that point Clift was taken to the Fayette
County Hospital in Vandalia by someone else who was at
the residence. He was treated and released. Vandalia police
said Clift told them that he had allegedly been stabbed
one other time by Brown but decided not to report it to
police. Brown was being held at the Fayette County Jail
on $100,000 bond.
AIRPORT NAMED "AIRPORT OF THE YEAR"
Greenville Airport has named an "Airport of the
Year" by the Illinois Department of Transportation's
Division of Aeronautics. This is not the first time
Greenville has been selected for the honor which falls
under the "General Aviation-Public Airport Category
B" designation. Airport manager Troy Walker told
WGEL that they were visited last year by a woman conducting
a state-sponsored economic impact study of airports.
He believes the information gathered during that visit
led to the "Airport of the Year" honor.
Walker said the public's access to the airport including
the annual open house, a pilot's safety seminar, and
use of the green space for youth soccer may have been
contributing factors. The award will be presented
at a special ceremony May 10th at the Illinois Aviation
Conference in Moline. Walker said the Greenville Airport
Authority is hoping to do some ramp improvements this
year. The project is currently up for bid.
DOMAIN LEGISLATION PROTECTS HOMEOWNERS RIGHTS
Illinois House of Representatives passed legislation protecting
private property from being seized by local government
for economic development recently. According to State
Representative Ron Stephens Senate Bill 3086 prevents
state or local government from using eminent domain powers
to seize families' homes and land to sell to a private
developer. Senate Bill 3086 prohibits all takings under
the power of eminent domain for private development unless
the area in questions meets at least 5 of 13 criteria
set forth for designation as a "Blighted Area",
which include dilapidation, deterioration, inadequate
utilities and lack of ventilation, light or sanitary facilities.
Stephens said the legislation also includes additional
property owner protections in eminent domain cases, specifying
that the property owners are entitled to compensation
for attorney fees, relocation costs, and costs to move
their business. Senate Bill 3086 now moves back to the
Senate for concurrence on an amendment.
The Mulberry Grove Aces lost 12-6 to Mt. Olive. Matt
Blankenship had three hits and 2 RBI. Aaron Kendall
and James Lynch each scored two runs.
Varsity Comets were 13-6 winners over Vandalia on
Tuesday. Dan Leitschuh earning the win and he is now
7-0 on the mound. Jason Mollett hit a bases loaded
double and totaled 5 RBI on the day. Jake Spratt hand
a homerun and 4 RBI.
The Bluejays 8th and 7th grade boys teams finished
all finished 2nd Tuesday at a triangular meet with
Hillsboro and Gillespie. First place finishers were:
Seth Ferguson, 100 and Hurdles; Todd
Eaton, Long Jump; Gavin Heitzig, 1600; the 4 x 100
Shanice Rice, 100, 200, and High
Jump; Joni Hoag, Long Jump; and the 4 x 100 team.
Zach Westfall, Hurdles; Max Harris,
1600; Ashan Gibbs, High Jump; Joe Dierkes, Discus;
and the 4 x 200 team.
Ashley Holden, Hurdles; Tishelle
Riggins, Shotput and Discus.
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