THREE CHARGED WITH BURGLARIES
In a follow-up to a story first reported on WGEL on Friday, charges have been filed against a 19-year-old and two juveniles for their alleged involvement in some recent burglaries. Jeffrey D. Fischer of rural Greenville was charged with two counts of alleged burglary for the May 22nd break-in at the Greenville First Christian Church and the May 28th theft of ATVs from GNC Motorsports. He was also charged with one count of alleged residential burglary for a June 3rd break-in at a house on Ivy Street.
A 14-year-old male from rural Greenville was charged with one count of alleged burglary for the GNC Motorsports break-in and one count of alleged residential burglary for the Ivy Street incident.
A 13-year-old male from Royal Lake was charged with one count of alleged burglary for the GNC Motorsports break-in.
Greenville police with the assistance of the Bond and Montgomery County Sheriff's Departments arrested Fischer last Wednesday at a Panama residence. Authorities later recovered a large amount of allegedly stolen goods from a home in Royal Lake.
SCHOOLS NEED TO MEET DEFIBRILLATOR DEADLINE BY JULY 1
Local school districts are working to meet the July 1 deadline for the state's defibrillator law at their own expense. School districts are required to have at least 25% of needed defibrillators installed in places where physical activity occurs. A defibrillator is a device that administers an electric shock through the chest wall to the heart. Mulberry Grove Unit 1 Superintendent Greg Irwin said that it depends on the number of students that are involved in activities on how many are needed. He said that with schools the size they are here would be required to have one per indoor facility.
Because most of the physical activity that happens at a school is in the gymnasium, the defibrillators would be located there. Irwin told WGEL a defibrillator cost about $1,000 to $2,000 depending on the type of battery and other things that go with it. Unit 1 received a grant through the Illinois Agricultural Health Department and they provided funds for one of the defibrillators.
Irwin said that the district has them ordered and has training scheduled for the last week of June at Greenville Regional Hospital.
GREENVILLE CITY COUNCIL MEETS TONIGHT
It will be a double header at Greenville City Hall Tuesday night as prior to the regular Council meeting the board will meet in special executive session at 6:30PM to discuss Collective Bargaining. That session should be over in time for the Council to conduct their regular monthly meeting at 7:30 the same night. The agenda for the regular meeting also ends with another executive session, which also includes Collective Bargaining. This Tuesday's agenda is a long one complete with a report about job growth in Greenville.
VANDALIA FIREMEN COMBAT TOUGH FIRE
Vandalia Firemen were challenged by a big fire at the Temple Baptist Church on Highway 185 Sunday morning. According to Vandalia police, around 4:00 a.m. Sunday a passerby noticed the fire at the church and flagged an Illinois State Police Trooper down. The Trooper notified Vandalia Firemen who were on the scene for over five hours. Brownstown Fire Department had to be called in on stand-by at the Vandalia Fire Department since every Vandalia Fireman was at the church. There is no cause for the fire yet, but Vandalia police said the church is a total loss with only the outer bricks of the church standing. There were no injuries reported in the fire, but a local resident said that she could feel the heat from the fire a block away.
GREENVILLE MUNICIPAL BAND RELEASES FIRST CD
The Greenville Municipal Band recently released their very first CD. It commemorates the 110th anniversary of the Muny Band. Bill Davidson of the Muny Band told WGEL one of his favorite pieces on the CD is the Barnum and Bailey march. He said it feels like you are right in the circus and you can see the ladies riding the horses coming in. He said he also likes the Midway March and Beauty and the Beast.
The band came up with the idea of the CD about a year. According to Davidson, in the middle of a band board meeting in June 2005 Chris Woods, who is also with the band, came up with the idea of making the CD and the entire band board thought it was a great idea. There is a total of 55 minutes of music on the CD with 15 total tracks. It is available for $10 at The Rainbow House and Watson's Drug Store.
BODY FOUND IN MADISON COUNTY
Police are investigating the discovery of a body in a field in Madison County Monday morning. According to "Metro News Source", a passerby found the body of a white man about 6:00 a.m. Monday near Illinois Route 140 and St. James Road in rural Edwardsville. An autopsy was expected to be conducted sometime Monday.
SENATE WEEK IN REVIEW
Combating the problem of the dangerously addictive street drug meth was the focus of several Senate bills signed into law by the Governor the week of June 5 according to State Senator Frank Watson. Senate Bill 2391, the Methamphetamine Precursor Control Act, makes it illegal to transport anhydrous ammonia, meth, or any ingredient used to make meth, into Illinois for the purpose of manufacturing or distributing. The new anti-trafficking legislation went into effect immediately.
Senate Bill 2915 creates the Methamphetamine Manufacturer Registry Act, which requires the Illinois State Police to create and maintain an online database, similar to that of the Illinois Sex Offender Database, displaying where meth makers live. A link to the database will be placed on the existing Illinois State Police website for public disclosure.
House Bill 4297 creates the Class 3-felony penalty of 2-5 years in prison/jail and/or up to $25,000 fine for people convicted of using another person's personal identification information or documents to purchase meth-manufacturing material.
COUGARS QUALIFY FOR NATIONAL TOURNAMENT
The Bond County Cougars baseball team has qualified for the Super Series Tournament held in late July in McKinney, Texas. The Cougars won the Super Series P.A.L. Benefit Tournament over the weekend be defeating the DQ Stars of Highland 14-5, the St. Louis Orioles 14-1, and the St. Louis Rockets 13-1. Winning pitchers were Kyle Washburn, Brad Perry, and Cy Perfetti. The Cougars racked up 43 hits over three games.
86-year-old Robert Schaefer of Pocahontas passed away Sunday at Highland Healthcare Center in Highland. Funeral services for 86-year-old Robert Schaefer will be Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. at the North Annex Building of First United Methodist Church in Pocahontas. Burial will be in Robinson Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. Tuesday at the north annex building. Memorials may be made to Pocahontas/Old Ripley Volunteer Fire Department, Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Greenville, or to First United Methodist Church in Pocahontas. The Meredith Funeral Home in Highland is in charge of arrangements
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