7-25-2006 



DAVIS PLEADS GUILTY TO DQ ROBBERY CHARGES

20-year-old Barton S. Davis of Florissant, Missouri has pled guilty in Bond County court to his involvement in the May 3rd armed robbery of a Dairy Queen employee.  The robbery happened after closing when the employee was leaving the business with the night deposit bag.  Two masked men indicated they had a weapon and one of them struck the man in the face.  They then fled with the money in a vehicle driven by a third individual.  The trio was stopped a short time later by a Bond County deputy on Old National Trail near Rocky Mountain Avenue.  State’s Attorney Chris Bauer confirmed to WGEL that Davis was the driver of the vehicle. 

Davis pled guilty to one count of Aggravated Robbery while a second count was dismissed.  He was sentenced to 48 months probation and 100 days in jail with credit for time served.  The remainder of the jail term will be stayed pending Davis’ completion of probation.  He must also pay $2,000 in fine and costs along with $1,000 to the Bond County Anti-Crime Fund.  Davis’ alleged co-defendants have court dates later this year…Brandon Stewart on August 17 and Jason McCullough on September 14. 


TWO GREENVILLE FCI GUARDS INDICTED

Two correctional officers at the Greenville Federal Correctional Institution have been indicted by a grand jury.  Daniel Gordon and Eric Newsome were indicted for allegedly violating the civil rights of an inmate and then lying to cover up their alleged crime.  A grand jury charged both men with alleged assault on a federal inmate, conspiracy to violate the inmate's civil rights, and with filing false reports after the incident.  Additionally, the grand jury charged Newsome with allegedly lying to a special agent of the United States Department of Justice's Office of the Inspector General. 

If convicted, each defendant faces a maximum term of ten years in prison on each of the civil rights counts, ten years on the conspiracy count, and 20 years on each count of filing a false report.  Newsome potentially faces an additional five years in prison for allegedly lying to the special agent.  Each count also carries a maximum $250,000 fine. 



GREENVILLE BUSINESS SEES INCREASED SALES FROM STORMS

Because the recent severe storms that hit the area left thousands of people without power, many from around the area headed to Greenville to stock up on food and ice.  Capri IGA store manager Bob Heitzig told WGEL that they have seen a 6% to 10% increase in sales since the storms hit.  He said that Capri IGA was selling out of ice, coolers, and pre-made food. Heitzig said that the store was able to quickly stock the shelves with ice and pre-made food after selling out.  Local motels have also been impacted.  Susan at Super 8 told WGEL that they were full from Thursday to Saturday due to people from the Granite City area who were suffering from no power at home. Emily at the Best Western reported sold out rooms through Sunday and Meal Patel at Budget Host said he had “out of power folks” from as far away as St. Louis.




GREENVILLE COLLEGE LOOKING TO PURCHASE ALUMNI HOUSE

The Alumni have always played a vital role in the Greenville College Community.  To continue this presence, the Alumni Board is seeking to purchase a home near the College to serve as the Alumni House.  WGEL spoke with Greenville College President, Dr. Jim Mannoia about the plan.

The idea is to create a place where the Alumni Office can be housed, where people can stop to get information and returning Alumni can visit.  In the upcoming weeks, the hope is to finalize the arrangements in acquiring the Morgan home on the Corner of College and Elm St. It would then take another year to have the home running as the new Alumni House and Welcome Center.  "We can be grateful to Tom and Betty Morgan who have for so many years given it tender loving care", said Mannoia.  He is looking forward to this addition that will not only add to the College, but the Greenville Community as well.

Mannoia believes that with Greenville College's reputation of building long relationships with its students, this Alumni House will greatly help to continue this tradition.



SORENTO MAN CHARGED WITH ALLEGED CRIMINAL SEXUAL ABUSE

A Sorento man has been charged with three counts of alleged Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse.  48-year-old David Zobrist was arrested Saturday night by Bond County deputies based on a call from a parent of one of the alleged victims.  According to the Sheriff’s Department, the male victims were 13 years of age or younger and the incidents allegedly happened last summer and again recently.  Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse is a Class 2 felony.

The Sheriff’s Department is requesting that anyone with information on this alleged case or other possible incidents, please contact them at 664-2151. 




COAL GASIFICATION PLANT COMING TO JEFFERSON COUNTY

Two companies have announced their intention to purchase natural synthetic gas from a coal gasification plant to be built in Jefferson County.  State Representative Kurt Granberg was a driving force behind Thursday’s announcement.  Granberg was a sponsor of legislation that authorizes gas utilities to enter into long-term contracts with companies producing synthetic natural gas from coal through the gasification process.  Currently, natural gas is transported to Illinois via large pipelines owned by private companies who then sell it to public utilities.

Representative Granberg says once completed, there will be 350 permanent coal mining jobs and 150 permanent power plant jobs.  The facility will be built southwest of Mt. Vernon with construction to possibly start later this year.  It will take three years to complete. 


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