6-19-2006

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FIFTH STOLEN ATV RECOVERED

O'Fallon, Illinois Police have recovered the fifth and final ATV stolen Memorial Day weekend from G & C Motorsports in Greenville.  Three of the ATVs were recovered the night of the theft in the Greenville area while a fourth was later found in Brownstown.  19-year-old Jeffrey D. Fischer of rural Greenville, a 14-year-old male from rural Greenville and a 13-year-old male from Royal Lake have been charged with the burglary.  Another juvenile is expected to be charged for his alleged involvement. 

Greenville police with the assistance of the Bond County Sheriff's Department executed a search warrant at a Royal Lake residence on Colorado Avenue earlier this month and recovered hundreds of allegedly stolen items ranging from jewelry and electronics.  Greenville police chief Lou Lorton told WGEL that the items were found on the property but not the home of one of the juvenile suspects.  At this time, Lorton said his department believes the four suspects were allegedly involved in as many as eleven burglaries and thefts from motor vehicles.  The chief confirmed that the investigation is on-going and authorities in O'Fallon may be charging another individual with possession of one of the stolen ATVs.  Chief Lorton commended the work of his officers and thanked the sheriff's department for their invaluable assistance. 

LOCAL VET IS 2006 MILKING CHAMPION

Being a veterinarian might have been an advantage for Saturday's winner of the Celebrity Milking Contest during the 14th annual Dairy Day.  Dr. Jennifer Ostrom of the Greenville Veterinary Clinic squeezed for 8 ounces to claim this year's crown.  Her opponent, Dennis Hunsdorfer from the Bond County Humane Society, finished second overall with 4.1 ounces.  Winners of the individual heats were Mandy Koontz of Cardinal Hill, Gloria Pasdeck of Gloria's Flowers and Gifts, Cheri Schilling of Cheri's Garden Room, Unit 2 Superintendent Melanie Allyn, and Miss Bond County Sarah Frey.

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The ice cream eating contest again proved to be both popular and astonishing as some of the winners made their ice cream disappear in a matter of seconds.  Winners were:  Jacob Martinez for 6 and under; Dodie Langham for 7 to 10; Emily Moeser for 11 to 13; and Charles Smith for 14 and over. 

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MONSANTO MAKING MAJOR CONTRIBUTION TO AFHM

In conjunction with Tuesday night's annual meeting of the American Farm Heritage Museum, the Monsanto corporation will be making a major financial contribution.  A groundbreaking ceremony for the museum's main building will be conducted along with a check presentation by Monsanto representatives.  Dale Schaufelberger, director of advancement for the AFHM, told WGEL that because of the size of their contribution, Monsanto would now be represented on the museum's board of directors along with the advisory board responsible for the development of the facility.  According to Schaufelberger, the museum will also host Monsanto test plots.  The main building will be 100 x 200 and house a variety of agriculture theme displays.  WGEL will be at Tuesday's presentation and have a full story in our Wednesday news. 

 



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DROWNING AT CARLYLE LAKE BEING INVESTIGATED

Searchers are still trying to locate the body of a Centralia man who drowned Saturday night in Carlyle Lake.  According to the Clinton County Sheriff's Department, three men from the Centralia area were on a boat in the Coles Creek area when they experienced engine trouble.  While attempting to work on the engine one man fell into the water and did not resurface.  The other two men tried to rescue him but were unsuccessful.  The Clinton County Sheriff's Department, Corps of Engineers, and Conservation police are involved in the recovery attempt, which resumes today.  The identity of the drowning victim has not been released.

WOBURN ROAD CLOSURE

The Bond County Highway Department will be closing the Woburn Road on Tuesday (6/20) from Route 140 to the south limits of Woburn.  The road closure should last from 8am until noon and will allow for the oiling of Woburn Road.  If you have any questions, please call the Bond County Highway Department. 



ONE QUESTIONED, TWO BEING SOUGHT IN MURDER OF PORTAGE DES SIOUX MAN

The investigation continues this week in the murder of a man whose body was found in rural Edwardsville last week. One man has been questioned, but police are still searching for two others to question in the murder of 35-year-old Christopher Olsen.  One person was taken into police custody Wednesday for questioning, but was later released.  Authorities are still looking for two others.  Major case squad detectives believe there may be a connection between this case and a murder in April of 19-year-old Kevin Harper-Williams who lived in Overland, MO.  On Wednesday, police found Christopher Olsen's car in Overland.  Olsen's body was found Monday morning by a passerby in the rural area of Route 140 and St. James Road in Edwardsville.

 

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POLICE INVESTIGATING TWO THEFTS

Greenville police received two separate theft reports on Sunday.  Hillary King of Golconda, Illinois told officers that a stereo was removed from the dash of her vehicle while it was parked on the college campus.  And Peggy Darnell reported to police that sometime in the past week a toolbox, tools, and an air horn can were stolen from a pontoon boat on Governor Bond Lake. 

UNIT 2 TO MEET MONDAY

The Bond County Unit 2 School Board meeting will be held tonight at 7:00 p.m. On the agenda, the Board will discuss a Joint Agreement Resolution to purchase property for the Okaw Area Vocational Center.  The Board will also discuss a truck purchase, review bus/van bids, and consider adoption of a New Board Policy Manual.  That's the Bond County Unit 2 School Board meeting tonight.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY OFFERING WEEKEND SEMINARS

The Bond County Historical Society announced that they will begin offering a series of weekend seminars and displays free for the public during the summer at the Hoiles-Davis Museum in Greenville.  The first seminar will be for kids on June 24 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Kids will learn how to play the classic yard game croquet.  Anyone between the ages of 8-16 are invited to learn the rules of the game and play a few rounds with other beginners. 

On July 1 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. demonstrations on handmade quilt labels will be given.  Visitors are invited to learn how to create and add labels to their new and old quilts and fabric items. 

On July 8 you can learn how to properly preserve, store, and make digital images of new and old photographs and film.  The class will last about 45 minutes and will be held at 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., Noon, and 1:00 p.m.  For more information visit www.bondcountyhistorical.org.   

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