5-9-2006 



TWO OF THE THREE ALLEGED DQ ROBBERS POST BOND


Two of the three men charged with allegedly robbing a Dairy Queen employee have posted bond and been released. According to the Bond County Sheriff's Department, 20-year-old Barton Davis and 19-year-old Brandon Stewart have posted their bond. 19-year-old Jason McCullough was still being held in the Bond County Jail as of 7am this morning. Bail was originally set at $100,000 for each man but the amount for Davis was reduced to $30,000. Court dates have been set for each of the men…May 18th for McCullough, May 31st for Davis, and June 1st for Stewart. The three were allegedly involved in an armed robbery early Wednesday morning in the parking lot behind the Dairy Queen. The night deposit bag was taken from the store's assistant manager during the robbery.



BREESE MAN CHARGED WITH INDECENT SOLICIATION OF A CHILD

41-year-old Glennon David Frerker of Breese has been charged in Clinton County Circuit Court with alleged indecent solicitation of a child. According to the Clinton County Sheriff's Department, Frerker was being held in jail on $15,000 bond. He has since posted bond and been released. Frerker was also charged with battery for allegedly making physical contact of an insulting nature with the victim.

The investigation of Frerker began after the alleged victim's parents found diary entries relating to the allegations; her parents then called police. The victim was 13 to 14 years old when the incidents happened between May 1 and September 1, 2005, it is alleged that Frerker had regular contact with the victim when she would go into a shop that he owned in Breese. It is also alleged that Frerker bought the girl a cell phone, without her parent's consent, and sent text messages to her that at times included sexual content and would take her shopping and buy her clothing, also without her parent's consent. Frerker was arrested on April 30 and is scheduled to reappear in court on May 15. Frerker was a school bus driver for the Breese District. It is believed that the incidents did not occur while Frerker was on the school bus he drove.




CITY COUNCIL MEETING

The Greenville City Council will meet Tuesday, May 9 at 7:30 p.m. On the agenda the Council will discuss the Annexation and Zoning Request from Leonard Taylor and the 2006/2007 Fiscal Budget. The Council will then go into Executive Session to discuss Collective Bargaining, Sale of Real Estate, and Pending Litigation. That's the Greenville City Council meeting Tuesday at 7:30.



LEGISLATION TO CREATE PAUL SIMON PARKWAY PASSES GENERAL ASSEMBLY

In an effort to honor one of the areas most respected politicians, State Representative Ron Stephens sponsored legislation in the General Assembly that names portions of Illinois' roadways near Troy in honor of U.S. Senator Paul Simon. According to Stephens, House Joint Resolution 15 designates the portion of Illinois Route 162 commencing at its intersection with U.S. 40 and ending at its intersection with Formosa Road as the Paul Simon Parkway. The legislation also collectively designates portions of Interstate Routes 270 West, 55 North, 70 East and 55/70 South that extend two miles from Troy as the Paul Simon Freeway. Simon was elected to the Illinois House in 1954 and to the Senate in 1962. He was also elected Lt. Governor in 1968, making it the only instance in state history where the Governor and Lt. Governor were of different parties. In 1974 Simon was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate in 1984. Stephens said that by designating these roads in Senator Simon's name, we can continue to keep the memory of his noble character alive.



KPD BOARD OKAYS PARKING LOT WORK

The Kingsbury Park Board has okayed the expenditure of up to $11,000 for the oiling, chipping, and sealing of the parking lot at the William S. Wait pool. KPD director Jerry Sauerwein said they have received an estimate of around $10,600 on the project. The district has talked in the past about expanding the lot but have opted not to do it at this time. The parking lot improvements should be done prior to the pool's opening on Memorial Day.

Sauerwein is meeting today with representatives from engineering firm Cochrane and Wilkens and also the state to discuss the recent bids for the dam rehabilitation and dredging at the Patriot's Park lake. Sauerwein hopes to have a recommendation for the board concerning the bids following the meeting.

The board was approached by a neighboring landowner concerning a boundary dispute at Patriot's Park. The KPD had hired a surveyor to confirm the boundaries. Park board president David Barbey told the landowner, James Lang, that the KPD is not trying to take one inch of land from anyone. Lang and his wife both expressed a desire to settle the question without going to court and will meet with board members to continue discussions. In question is ownership of seven acres on the southeast side of Patriot's.

The park board wrapped up their meeting with an hour-and-fifteen minute closed session to discuss pending litigation. You can see the video of the Kingsbury Park Board meeting tonight at 5:30 on cable channel 3 in Greenville.

RAIL FOLKS NEARLY READY FOR TRACK LAYING

With the dirt work nearly done, the American Farm Heritage Museum's rail division is about ready to begin laying tracks. Recently, Jim Alexander spent about three days helping the rail volunteers prepare the grounds for the track. Because a railroad can only typically climb up to a 2% grade, this work is crucial to the project's success. June 3rd has been designated as "track laying day" and hopes are high that around 1,000 to 1,200 feet of right of way with the sub-ballast and rail will be installed prior to the AFHM's big July show. The rail division is in need of over 1,300 tons of affordable CA6 rock to complete the layout. This rock will comprise the sub-ballast which is what the ties and track are placed upon.

The AFHM rail division's monthly meeting is tonight (May 9th) at 7:30pm at the Greenville firehouse. The agenda includes discussion on rail laying, engine restoration, and a plan for cutting and treatment of ties.

JIM ALEXANDER WORKING THE GROUND IN PREPARATION

FOR TRACK LAYING

KEEP AMERICA BEAUTIFUL TO HONOR CENTRALIA FOOTBALL PLAYERS

Keep America Beautiful, ExpertTire, and Keep Centralia Beautiful Clean and Green will be honoring the Centralia Football players today for action they took in April to help save a man's life. Robert Wallace, Vice-President of Communications for Keep America Beautiful told WGEL that Keep America Beautiful, through their local representative, will be giving an award to the Centralia Orphans football team.

Wallace said that they give the award to exceptional volunteers throughout the country. The tire store will also be giving a cash award to the football team along with the honor from Keep America Beautiful.

As reported earlier by WGEL, members of the Centralia High School football team were at the right place at the right time on April 22. While the players were doing a public service recycling project at a tire store in Centralia a pickup truck fell off of a hydraulic lift and onto Ed Marsh, one of the workers of the tire store. The football players lifted the pickup truck that had pinned Marsh after it fell. The award ceremony will be conducted at the Centralia High School Auditorium.

SPORTS

TUESDAY SPORTS

JUNIOR BASEBALL
The Bond County Cougars split a doubleheader with the Swansea Blue Storm last week. The Cougars dropped the opener 3-2 in extra innings. Brady Huber had two including a triple and drove-in a run. The Cougars won the second game 9-6 as Cy Perfetti got the win and Dylan Carr the save. Kyle Washburn had 2 RBIs and Brad Perry doubled.


OBITUARIES

LINDA LEE DOLLINS

60-year-old Linda Lee Dollins of Dupo, IL, formerly of Bond County passed away Friday morning in a motor vehicle accident in Columbia, IL. Visitation for 60-year-old Linda Lee Dollins will be Wednesday from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the Dashner Funeral Home in Dupo. At Linda's request, following the visitation she will be cremated. Memorials may be made to the Dollins Family. She was the sister of Jim Grider Jr. of Greenville.


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