6-27-2006 



AUTHORITIES STILL LOOKING FOR ESCAPED PRISONER

The U.S. Marshal's Office, the Illinois Department of Corrections, and the Bond County Sheriff's Department continue their search for a prisoner who escaped late Saturday night.  Sheriff Jeff Brown told WGEL that 21-year-old Anthony S. White was last seen Sunday afternoon when he was involved in a minor accident near DuQuoin.  White is driving a car he allegedly stole from a Greenville resident.  The Sheriff indicated that they are following up on several leads.  White is considered dangerous due to his criminal background.  He is currently serving a sentence in the Illinois Department of Corrections and was being held in the Bond County jail awaiting trial on an Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm case.  White had been in the local jail since May 25. 

Sheriff Brown said White was hiding in a shower during the nightly lockdown.  He had made his bunk look like he was sleeping in it.  White then made his way to a storage room and stole a jailer's uniform.  The Sheriff confirmed that White was wearing the outfit when he ran out the front door of the jail.  There were no deputies in the building at the time of the escape.  Brown said the escape can be partially attributed to "human error" which has been dealt with.  He also said the escape happened during the shift change.  The Sheriff believes the configuration of the jail has caused some safety problems for his staff in the past and was a factor in the escape.  Brown said the shower curtains are being trimmed from the bottom allowing officers to see if anyone is in there.  The Sheriff's Department had already planned on increasing the number of security cameras in the building. 

Escape and Theft charges were filed against Anthony S. White Monday morning in Bond County court.  Escape is a Class 2 Felony while the theft of the car is a Class 3 Felony. 

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CARLYLE OUTBREAK MOST LIKELY CAUSED BY FOOD

Food is the likely cause of what made around 24 people sick at Carlyle Lake on June 10 during Visitor's Day and the week of June 12th during Junior Sailing Camp.  Clinton County Health Department Administrator Mike McMillan told WGEL that people experienced diarrhea, vomiting, and abdominal cramps. 

He said that the Illinois Department of Public Health report showed a single source of contamination.  He said that the report said that this was a viral contamination most likely caused by food.

Most of the people who got sick recovered in 48 hours and two people, one who has diabetes and one who was severely dehydrated, were hospitalized.




POCAHONTAS BOARD ADOPTS BUDGET APPROPRIATION AND MFT PROGRAM

The appropriation of funds from the Motor Fuel Tax Fund was approved by the Pocahontas Village Board. The total of funds appropriated is $62,255.00. The board also adopted a budget and approved the appropriation for the Village of Pocahontas for the fiscal year beginning April 1, 2006 and ending March 31,2007. The total of funds appropriated is $538,335.00. An Ordinance for establishing Prevailing wages for workers employed in public works was given approval at last nights meeting as well.

The board has decided to aggressively follow an ordinance already in place to control abandoned and derelict cars in the village. The ordinance allows 7 days for compliance after a citation has been issued. If no measures are taken to license or remove the vehicle, the next step is to have the vehicle towed and stored at the owners expense.

The Pocahontas-Old Ripley fire Department was given permission to hold their annual picnic at the Village Square again this year. The picnic is to be held Saturday, July 15.

The Pocahontas United Methodist Church was granted permission for the Pocahontas Ministerial Alliance to present a program titled “The Spirit of America” in the city park near the Veterans Memorial on Sunday, July 2 at 7 p.m. The program will include participation by the local American Legion Color Guard, opening and closing prayers, an invitation for all to sing the Star Spangled Banner and God Bless American and a musical program by the community choir. A free will offering will be taken to support the Pocahontas Ministerial Alliance Relief Fund which supports the local food pantry and offers aid to transients.

It was noted at last night ’s meeting of the Pocahontas Village Board that one of the benches in the park has been vandalized. It has been marked with graffitti and a notch has been cut into the bench.



GREAT RACE PIT STOP TO BE IN VANDALIA

The 23rd annual Great American Race has been going on this past month.  The race, filled with cars older than 1959, is part of the 200th anniversary of the Historic National Road.  The cars are traveling along the original road used by covered wagons and Vandalia will be serving as a "pit stop" for drivers on Wednesday.

Mary Truitt, Chairman of the Vandalia Tourism Commission, said that the cars should start arriving between 3:15 and 3:30. A program is scheduled before the cars start arriving in Vandalia because The Great Race this year is sponsored by the Army National Guard.

Colors will be presented, there will be a greeting by the Vandalia Mayor, and an honorary program in honor of the Army National Guard will also take place. After the drivers arrive, refreshments will be served on the Capitol lawn. The drivers will be in Vandalia for 30 minutes and will sign autographs, talk about their antique car, and answer any questions. A car and motorcycle show will also be taking place on Wednesday.  If you have an antique car or motorcycle and would like for it to be part of the show downtown be sure to bring it in by 2:00pm Wednesday.



POLICE LOOKING INTO ATTEMPTED TRUCK SALE

Greenville police are checking into an incident Sunday afternoon that they are describing as a possible "deceptive practice" scam.  Two Hillsboro residents told police that they were on the Value City lot when an man in his early sixties approached them with an offer to sell a truck and motorcycle.  The man said he would take $525 for the pair and showed them pictures and the titles.  He requested a down payment of $63 and offered to deliver the truck and motorcycle.  Police have a description of the man and the car he was driving. 

WOMAN CHARGED WITH HURRICANE KATRINA FRAUD

34-year-old Tina Marie Winston, also known as Tina Marie Gilmore, of Belleville was charged by a federal grand jury in a 13-count indictment with various fraud offenses related to Hurricane Katrina and other government programs. 

The indictment alleges that beginning in September 2005, Winston defrauded FEMA by claiming she was displaced by Hurricane Katrina in order to obtain expedited disaster assistance.  The indictment further alleges that Winston, who was living in Belleville at the time of Hurricane Katrina, committed mail fraud and sent correspondence to FEMA representing that her two daughters, who did not exist, had died during the flooding in New Orleans.  She said that once her daughter's bodies were found she would need burial money.

The indictment further alleges that Winston committed Social Security number and aggravated identity theft in applying for FEMA aid by using a Social Security number other than her own. The indictment also charges that Winston made false representations and statements to government agencies. The remaining counts charge Winston with other public benefit offenses including failing to report her marriage of May 27, 1994, and her earnings as a child care provider to the Social Security Administration in order to receive Supplemental Security Income Benefits.

GOVERNOR SIGNS INITIATIVE REQUIRING INCREASED TRAINING FOR TEEN DRIVERS

Legislation to strengthen the Illinois Graduated Drivers License program by doubling the practice time young drivers will need to obtain an Illinois driver's license was signed into law by Governor Blagojevich.  House Bill 4768 requires parents to spend 50 hours with their child in the car including 10 hours of night driving before the teen is eligible for an Illinois driver's license.  Parents must also sign a consent form before a teen can apply for a driver's license as well.

The law takes effect immediately and Secretary of State Jesse White filed rules that govern the new program.  Any teen that has already been issued a permit will still be required to complete 25 practice hours with a parent before becoming eligible to receive a driver's license. Any teen that has not been issued a permit will fall under the new law requiring 50 hours for practice time, including the 10 practice hours at night. The new law also requires that the parental consent form be signed in person at a Secretary of State Driver Services facility or signed and notarized if the parent cannot be with the teen to the driving exam.

NEW MEMBERS TO HABITAT FOR HUMANITY BOARD

Habitat For Humanity has selected two new members to serve on the Board of Directors. Dave Trover, Chairman of the Bond County Chapter of Habitat for Humanity told WGEL that Joe Culumber and Julie Rathbone began serving the community and Habitat for Humanity on June 19.

Culumber is a professor at Greenville College and Rathbone has just recently moved into the community.  Rathbone has previous experience with Habitat for Humanity.

Trover is not sure what the duties of the new additions will be, but said the Board looks forward to Culumber and Rathbone helping out in a broad variety of areas.  The Bond County Chapter of Habitat For Humanity has built three homes in the past three years.  Trover said that the Board hopes to be making exciting new announcements very soon.


OBITUARIES

PAM STANTON PARKINSON

51-year-old Pam Stanton Parkinson of Greenville passed away Monday morning at St. Louis University Hospital in St. Louis.  Funeral services for 51-year-old Pam Stanton Parkinson will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday at the Donnell - Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville.  Burial will be in Mt. Auburn Cemetery.  Friends may call from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. Wednesday at the Donnell - Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville.  For those who desire, memorials may be made to the First Christian Church or the VFW Auxiliary.

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