HILLSBORO OFFICER SAVES INFANT
When Hillsboro police officer Tim Sheldon saw a runaway truck going backwards across Route 127 from a gas station parking lot, he didn’t know that his quick thinking was saving an infant from danger. Sheldon was on patrol recently when he noticed what he thought was an unoccupied truck jump into neutral and roll towards a street full of traffic. Sheldon turned on his lights and then positioned his squad car to block the truck. The impact slowed the truck down allowing the Hillsboro officer to reach inside and turn the ignition off.
It was then that he learned that the truck had an unseen passenger…a child around one year of age in a baby seat. While the youngster had no idea that he had taken the joy ride of a lifetime, Hillsboro Police Chief Gary Satterlee told WGEL that it was definitely an example of his officer being “at the right place at the right time.” Satterlee said he is looking into honoring Sheldon for his actions.
CITY HAS FOUND BETTER WAY TO PATCH POT HOLES
The city of Greenville has found a better method to patch those pesky potholes. At last week’s city council meeting, approval was given for the purchase of a Durapatcher which is a trailer-mounted patching machine. According to City Manager Dave Willey, this method uses “hot patch” and replaces the old tar pot “cold patch.” The price tag was $51,000 and delivery should be within 45 days.
The city manager told WGEL that the street crew already has a head start on battling the pot holes. Two employees have been designated each day for the last three weeks to repair the potholes with “cold patch.” Once the Durapatcher arrives, it will still require two workers to operate. The machinery comes with high recommendations from the cities of Wood River and Litchfield along with the Effingham IDOT yard.