6-23-2006


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UPDATE ON BANK ROBBERY IN TROY

On Wednesday afternoon, the U.S. Attorney's Office issued federal complaints charging 25-year-old Brooke S. Beaulieu of Salem, MA and 46-year-old Mark A. McIntyre of Glocester, MA with Bank Robbery and Conspiracy to Commit Bank Robbery for their alleged involvement in the Tuesday morning robbery of a bank in Troy. 

Around 9:30 Tuesday morning the Troy Police Department responded to a 911 call that reported a bank robbery at the First National Bank of Staunton on Bargraves Boulevard in Troy.  According to police, Beaulieu allegedly went into the bank and presented a note to a teller demanding money.  No weapon was displayed.  After receiving the money, Beaulieu allegedly fled on foot from the bank.  A blue Pontiac, that was believed to be Beaulieu's vehicle, was seen fleeing the area heading towards I-55/70. 

Troy Police contacted the Illinois State Police and requested the suspect and vehicle information be broadcast on the Illinois State Police Emergency Radio Network. 

Within the hour, officers from the Pontoon Beach Police Department pulled over a vehicle matching the description of Beaulieu and the vehicle on Route 111 in Pontoon Beach. 

It is alleged that Beaulieu took $4,790 from the bank.  McIntyre and Beaulieu are currently being held in the Madison County Jail in Edwardsville.  The FBI is also investigating the possibility of Beaulieu and McIntyre being involved in other bank robberies in the country.

BEST WESTERN AND RESTAURANT SOLD TO NEW JERSEY MAN

Judge John Knight presided over the sale of the Best Western Motel and Ethan's Place Restaurant Thursday morning.  Over fifty people attended the foreclosure sale for the property formerly owned by Patrick and Melody Clements.  Also attending were attorneys for Midland States Bank, the Clements, and the City of Greenville.  Prior to the sale, Judge Knight announced that Midland States Bank would accept 10% cash payment and evidence of the availability of the balance with payment in full within ten days.  The Bank then made the opening bid of $2,181,775.80.  There were three active bidders in the auction…Amrish Patel, Andy Patel, and Vicky and Robert Ellsworth.  The trio made a total of seven bids with the final selling price being $2,220,000.  Amrish Patel of New Jersey made the final bid.   

 




AFHM ELECTS THREE BOARD MEMBERS

In a night that saw the presentation of a $50,000 contribution, the American Farm Heritage Museum also conducted their annual meeting Tuesday night.  AFHM President Oliver Schaefer reviewed the activities of the past year including the Summer Show, the Family Fall Festival, and January's banquet with Max Armstrong.  Three board members were elected.  The nominating committee presented a list of three candidates…Galen Peters, David Kessinger, and Mike Harriss.  A nomination was received from the floor for Leroy Brave.  A secret ballot vote was conducted and the committee's recommendation of Peters, Kessinger, and Harriss were selected.  Harriss, of Highland, will represent Monsanto on the board.



14 YEAR OLD TO BE UNDER COURT SUPERVISION

A 14-year-old male juvenile from Greenville has been placed under 48 months direct supervision of the probation department on three counts of Sexual Exploitation of a Child.  The charges involve a May 16th incident involving two 6-year-old boys and an 11-year-old boy.  Additionally, the juvenile must refrain from any contact or communication with the victims and was barred from going on or about the premises of a local trailer park.  A fourth count, Aggravated Criminal Sexual Assault, was dismissed





FRIDAY SPORTS

SWIM TEAM

The Kingsbury Clippers lost to the Trenton Torpedoes Wednesday 386-215.  Dani Huber, Adam Stroud, and Julia Gibbs each had three first place finishes.  Coach David Battleson acknowledged Alex Pierce for the most improved swim.  The Clippers take on Sparta at the Greenville pool on Saturday.  The team will gather at 8:30 that morning for the team photo. 

GOVERNOR AND IDNR ACTING DIRECTOR FLOOD TO DEDICATE WORLD SHOOTING AND RECREATIONAL COMPLEX


After nearly three-years of construction, the opening of the World Shooting and Recreational Complex or WSRC in Sparta is just two weeks away.  The Illinois Department of Natural Resources, or IDNR, Acting Director Sam Flood announced that the dedication of the new, state-of-the-art facility will be held July 6th at noon. 

The 1,600 acre, $30 million WSRC is projected to have a significant economic impact on the Southwest Illinois region by boosting tourism, creating more than 250 new jobs and generating millions of dollars in additional income for the area. 

The facility will feature250 acres of water; 120 trap fields extending 3.5 miles, two sporting clay courses, and much more. Fore more information on the WSRC visit www.dnr.state.il.us/Worldshooting/home.htm. 





OBITUARIES

JANET KAY HILL

68-year-old Janet Kay Hill of Coffeen passed away Thursday morning at Decatur Memorial Hospital.  Funeral services for 68-year-old Janet Kay Hill will be held Saturday at 10:00 a.m. at the Toberman-Dean Funeral Home.  Burial will be in Mt. Moriah.  Friends may call tonight from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the Toberman Dean Funeral Home.

LENARD H. MOSS SR.

Lenard H. Moss Sr., age 84 of Pocahontas, Illinois, passed away at 9:44 p.m. Wednesday, June 21, 2006 at Hitz Memorial in Alhambra, Illinois.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday at the Donnell - Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville with  Stephen Queen and Rev. Tom Hoffman officiating.  Interment will follow in Robinson Cemetery with military honors.  Visitation will be held today from 5-8 p.m. at the Donnell - Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville.

Lenard M. Moss Sr., the son of Mark and Maude Vaughn Moss, was born February 18, 1922 in Pocahontas, Illinois.  He grew up in Pocahontas, attended the public schools.  He was the youngest of 13 children, all of whom has preceded him in death: Clifton, John, Charles, Lewis Moss, Loretta Zobrist Bruehl, Ethel Schmollinger, Edith Stettcbacker, and 5 in infancy: Fred, Clarence, Henry, James and George.

Lenard worked with his father in the operation of the station in Stubblefield.  He went to CCC Camp, then to the Navy during WWII, 3 years serving in Aleutian Islands and Iwo Jima.  He received the Asiatic Pacific Ribbon with 1 star, the American Area Medal, the Victory Medal and a Good Conduct Medal.  He was discharged on November 7, 1945.  Mr. Moss joined the Operating Engineers of Granite City Local 520, he worked there for many years.  In his retirement, they have enjoyed traveling and going to CB's Reunions.

On December 9, 1945 he married Margaret E. Kersey.  They have enjoyed over 60 years together.  They have 6 children; Lenard H. Moss Jr. of Pocahontas, Rodney G. (Alla) Moss of Belleville, Ronald D. (Tammy) Moss of Greenville,  Mark T. (Amanda) Moss of Pocahontas, Marjorie A. Mrs. Daniel Albers of Bridgeton, MO. and Deanna K. Garrison of St. Charles, MO.

Also surviving are his 14 Grandchildren and 11 Great-Grandchildren.

Mr. Moss is a member of the Pocahontas American Legion Post 1104, V.F.W. Post 5694 of Highland, affiliated with the Pocahontas Baptist Church, and a member of the Operating  Engineers Labor Local formerly of Mitchell, now of Granite City.


Memorials may be made to the Hitz Memorial Home or the Pocahontas Baptist Church or Donor's Choice.


 

WEATHER

Saturday: Mostly Sunny--High: 84--Low: 60

Sunday: Partly Cloudy--High: 84--Low: 60

RAIN TOTALS FOR THURSDAY STORM

Official rain totals for the city of Greenville from Thursday's thunderstorms are 1.06 inches at the Wastewater Treatment Plant on Route 40, .80 inches at 6th Street, and .72 inches at Idler Lane and Route 140.  WGEL received reports of wind damage west of Keyesport on Keyesport Road.  In the Beaver Creek Area wind damage, hail, and power outages were reported and in Mulberry Grove there was scattered power outages and downed tree limbs.


PUBLIC AFFAIRS

Join us this Sunday for WGEL's Public Affairs Program.  Our guest this week is Director of the Illinois State Police, Larry Trent.  Larry will be talking to us about the one-year anniversary of the Meth Response Team and some of the ways the Meth Response Team has helped combat meth in Illinois. That's Public Affairs this Sunday following our noon Bond County Area News here on WGEL.


 

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