HIGHLAND POLICE FIND METH LAB IN HIGHLAND HOME AND MAKE ARREST
Shortly after 11:00 p.m. Friday, Highland police arrested 33-year-old Tina Burke of Highland on a warrant for the manufacturing of methamphetamine. Friday morning Highland police and the Metropolitan Enforcement Group of Southern Illinois found a meth lab in a home on the 1500 block of Pine Street in Highland. There were allegedly two functioning labs at the home, one in the living room and one in the basement. Police also found a camera system that monitored the front of the house hidden behind bushes in the front yard of the house. Police took numerous items normally associated with labs out of the house. Burke is currently being held in the Madison County Jail in Edwardsville on $100,000 bond.
ROYAL LAKE MAN CHARGED WITH ALLEGED CRIMINAL SEXUAL ABUSE
18-year-old Demetrice M. Lockett of Royal Lake has been charged in Bond County court with two counts of alleged Criminal Sexual Abuse. The charges regard an incident that allegedly took place February 12th of this year involving a 15-year-old female juvenile.
ACCIDENT ON MULBERRY GROVE ROAD SENDS ONE PERSON TO THE HOSPITAL
The Illinois State Police responded to an injury accident around 5:50 Friday morning. According to State Police, 21-year-old Justin Koontz of Mulberry Grove was traveling north on Mulberry Grove Road approaching the Interstate 70 overpass. Koontz was allegedly traveling too fast when he approached a curve in the road. His vehicle struck a semi-trailer parked on the shoulder of the roadway driven by 44-year-old Brian Webster of Bloomington, IN. His vehicle then rotated counterclockwise with the hood of the vehicle striking a sign post on the entrance to Interstate 70. He then left the roadway with the vehicle overturning. Koontz was thrown from the vehicle and landed underneath the semi-trailer. He was taken to Greenville Regional Hospital for treatment of injuries and then airlifted to Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.
TORCH RUN COMING TO GREENVILLE
The Special Olympics Illinois Law Enforcement Torch Run comes to Greenville on Thursday. The opening ceremonies for this year’s Illinois Special Olympics are Friday at Illinois State University. Around 3,000 runners statewide cover the 23 legs of the torch run. Locally, the run begins around 11am Thursday and will conclude on the Bond County courthouse grounds where a barbecue is being held.
Local torch run coordinator Russ Rieke of the Greenville police department previewed Thursday’s activities. He told WGEL that the barbecue gets underway at 10:30am with the runners reaching the square around noon. The local leg begins from the Southwestern Electric Cooperative parking lot. Food will be served until they run out.
Participating agencies include the Greenville Police Department, Bond County Sheriff’s Department, Greenville FCI, and Illinois State Police. Rieke said there were twenty-six runners last year. When the torch run began in 1986, $16,000 was raised in Illinois. Rieke told WGEL that the figure has grown dramatically since then. The 2005 total reached $1.6 million, making the Illinois event the second largest Special Olympics fundraiser in the world.
Everyone is welcome to come to square Thursday morning just before noon as the runners arrive with the Special Olympics torch and then enjoy the barbecue. Don’t forget that WGEL will be auctioning four Cardinals tickets courtesy of DeMoulin Brothers on Thursday morning from 7 until 8am with proceeds to benefit Special Olympics Illinois.
SHERIFF BROWN RECEIVES AWARD
Commandant Ron Burns and the Lincoln Land Leathernecks Detachment 1174
of the Marine Corps League presented Sheriff Jeff Brown with an Honorary
Membership at their meeting Tuesday night, June 6, 2006.
Sheriff Brown was awarded the Honorary Membership for his extraordinary
service to the Nation, to the community and to the Marine Corps League.
WORK AT PATRIOT’S COULD BEGIN SOON
Once they receive permits from the Corps of Engineers, the Kingsbury Park District is anticipating work to begin soon on Patriot’s Park. Funded through the Clean Lakes program which brings together federal, state, and local funds, the project will insure that the lake will remain healthy for years to come. Lake Riprap of Girard was awarded the contract for 1,800 feet of riprap around the lake. Park district director Jerry Sauerwein told WGEL that the company could begin their work as soon as the Corps permits are received.
Payphones were a topic at Monday night’s KPD board meeting. Sauerwein reported that the district has payphones at the pool and at Patriot’s. However, the payphone providers have announced that they will no longer provide that service. Discussion focused on eliminating the payphone at Patriot’s Park while keeping one at the pool. No final decisions were made but Sauerwein reported that the park payphone only generated around $80 income last year.
The park district is very pleased with the work of contractor Don Anderson of Hoffmann on the pool parking lot. Sauerwein said the company did a great job on the oil and chipping of the lot. The park board passed the annual prevailing wage ordinance. A forty minute closed session was held to discuss pending litigation. No action was taken.
GREENVILLE FIRE CALLS
Greenville firemen responded to two calls Saturday, June 10th . The first was at 9:23 AM to the Southwestern Electric building. The alarm proved to be false due to workers spray painting inside the building. The mist from the painting set off the fire alarm.
The second call came about 12 hours later at 9:08 PM when firemen were called to the St. Lawrence Catholic Church on Prairie Street. A lightning strike had ignited an electrical outlet in a ladies restroom setting off the alarm. There was no other damage to the church. Firemen were on the scene for approximately an hour.
Something cooking on the stove tripped the smoke alarm at the Fayco Assisted Living Facility on west College Avenue in Greenville Sunday morning. There was no fire and the Greenville department was on the scene for a just a few minutes. No damage was reported.
STATE FIRE MARSHAL HOSTS WORKSHOP TO HELP FIRE DEPARTMENTS DEAL WITH JUVENILE FIRESETTERS
While some children are naturally curious about fire because they do not understand it, for others playing with fire can signal a serious problem. Because fire departments in big and small communities in Illinois deal with fire started by juveniles, the Office of the State Fire Marshal hosted a workshop to help fire officials improve their skills in dealing with these children and their families. Greenville Fire Chief Bill Johnston attended the workshop and told WGEL what he learned.
Several family factors can contribute to juvenile involvement in fires, including exposure to fire activities, access to ignition materials, inappropriate assignment of responsibility, absence of clear rules, and inadequate monitoring
Johnston said the seminar lasted one day for eight hours and says he plans on going to a two-day workshop soon. He said the next seminar will be a little more advanced.
LOCAL RUNNER HONORED WITH SIGN
Not everyone gets their name on a green road sign. Brian Doll of Pocahontas has joined those that do. Doll, who won the state title for 8th graders in the IESA 400 Meter last month, was presented with the sign Tuesday morning during a brief ceremony in Pocahontas. Doll was a member of the Pocahontas/Sorento track team when he took the state championship in the 400. Two signs designating Brian as a state champ will be erected at the entrances to Pocahontas. Attending Tuesday’s presentation were Brian, his parents Dave and Diana Doll, Pocahontas Principal Mike O’Boyle, State Senator Frank Watson, and Jeff Abel from the Illinois Department of Transportation.
WGEL talked with Brian about the track season and having his name on a sign. He admitted to WGEL that he still couldn’t believe that he won the state title in the event adding that every time he sees one of the signs he’ll be reminded of what he accomplished.
The signs will stay up for a year and then Brian and the Pocahontas School will each receive one of them.
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