8-17-2006




SHOOTING BY DEPUTY RULED AS "JUSTIFIED"

The July 26 shooting of a man by a Fayette County deputy has been ruled as justified by State's Attorney Stephen Friedel and Sheriff Harold Johnson.  Deputy Shawn Carter and other officers were responding to a report of a man with swords threatening several people at a residence in Vandalia.  Deputy Carter located the man who then confronted him with the swords.  The deputy gave several verbal warnings to the suspect to stop his threatening behavior.  The suspect, Shane Gould, got within seven or eight feet from the deputy at which time he fired one shot.  Gould sustained a fatal wound to his head.

Based on the Illinois State Police investigation of the shooting, the Fayette County State's Attorney has released a statement that Deputy Carter's "actions were not only appropriate, but necessary to prevent a serious and immediate threat."  Friedel recommended that Deputy Carter be returned to active duty and be offered any counseling services needed at the county's expense.

The investigation also revealed that Shane Gould was on medications that were not to be taken with alcohol.  Two witnesses indicated that Gould had been drinking prior to the incident.  He also had allegedly made some suicidal remarks earlier in the evening.

Fayette County Sheriff Harold Johnson said that Gould appears to have been a troubled individual who was looking to provoke a deputy in an attempt to commit suicide. 



PROPOSED SUBDIVISION ON STOWE AVE TOPIC AT BOND COUNTY BOARD MEETING

A new subdivision was one of the topics at the Bond County Board meeting Tuesday night.  Ron Ferris requested a rezoning of 15 acres in section 24 of LaGrange Township from A1 to R1 and presented an 8-lot preliminary plat for Whispering Oaks Subdivision. Two individuals, Jeff Mollett and Tom Devore, who expressed an interest in moving into the proposed subdivision also spoke to the board.  Dredging of Governor Bond Lake to make lakeside lots was a concern of the board, to which Mollett said there are no plans to dredge. 

Another concern, voiced by a group of neighbors, was the poor condition of Stowe Ave and the ability of it to handle the extra traffic produced by the new subdivision.  The surveyor for this project said they have dedicated 20 feet from the center of Stowe Ave to the north on all lots that will be handed over to the LaGrange Township for road widening and/or improvement.  A nearby landowner also shared his concerns of water run off onto his property.  The project's surveyor contended that any run off would go to the north and away from his property.  The Bond County Board approved the preliminary plat for the proposed Whispering Oaks Subdivision and reserved approval for the rezoning until final approval of the subdivision plat.

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LANGHAM OUTDOORS LTD PRESENTED TO BOND COUNTY ZONING BOARD AND BOND COUNTY BOARD

Tuesday night at the Bond County Zoning Board meeting, Hal Langham with Langham Outdoors LTD requested a special use permit for commercial and recreational activities at the Langham Outfitters and Vacation Lodge.  The land was the former Propellex Plant, and is located off Rt 127, about 9 miles north of Greenville. It consists of 500 acres of contiguous timber and approximately 250 acres of open field for hunting.  The facility will focus on deer hunts Oct. 1 through Jan. 15, Spring and Fall turkey hunts, and Muzzle load deer hunts. Groups of no more than 5 hunters per day will be able to participate in a 5-day semi-guided hunt.  Upon arrival, each hunter will be given a tour, assigned a zone, and will agree to comply with all conservation laws. Deer stands and ground blinds will not be allowed within 100 yards of each property line and guides will make efforts to notify property owners of injured deer or turkey pursuits.

Also planned is a 4,028-sq. ft, four bedroom Lodge which will be available for overnight stay, meetings, and events.  Langham said he plans to host gun safety classes, youth hunts, and other hunting related community activities at the facility.  Gary and Rhonda Laurent will build a home on the site and will be act as managers and organizers of the hunting events.  

Conservation Officer Paul Davidson said that the hunting facility would need to apply for a license from the State of Illinois. In order to obtain the license, the facility would need a management plan, would be subject to all state laws, and must be inspected. In response to concerns of the safety of the neighbors of the facility, Officer Davidson said he thought this would improve, because there had been trespassing and illegal hunting at the site previously, now it would be controlled and monitored.

To the question of liability if hunters go on neighboring property and are injured, Officer Davidson said the state has a Good Samaritan Act. If people hunt on your property you are not liable if they are injured. But he did offer the example of someone possibly being injured in an open well on your property that you knew about.  That, he felt, would not fall under the Good Samaritan Act.

The Zoning Board unanimously approved the special use permit which means it needed to go before the Bond County Board for approval.  Since the county board met later that same evening the special permit for Langham Outdoors LTD moved directly to the board for consideration and was approved unanimously.


STATUE ON COURTHOUSE GROUNDS DAMAGED

Vandals caused over $500 in damage to the Civil War monument on the southeast corner of the courthouse grounds.  The Greenville Women's Club reported to city police that someone had put a greasy gel on the statue.  The vandalism occurred between Monday evening and Wednesday morning. 

   

CLINE WRESTLING BENEFIT

The Illinois Wrestling Association will conduct a fundraiser for Peyton Cline on Saturday (Aug 19) at the Greenville VFW.  Doors open at 6pm with the first match at 8pm.  The night will feature WCW Star Ali Stevens, the Mississippi Mad Man, the IWA Angels and more.  This fundraiser will benefit Peyton Cline, a 10-year-old Greenville girl who is battling leukemia.  Tickets are $5 in advance at the Greenville VFW and $10 at the door.

Tune in Friday’s Mike and John Show as we’ll have pairs of tickets to giveaway for this special night of wrestling. 

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SPORTS

JR HIGH BASEBALL
The Greenville Bluejays opened their season with a doubleheader sweep over Raymond-Lincolnwood.  The A team won 5-4 while the B team picked up an 11-1 victory.  The Bluejays then dropped a doubleheader to Teutopolis by scores of 10-0 and 11-1. 

The Mulberry Grove Eagles fell 10-2 to Altamont in their opener.  They were defeated 15-5 by St. Elmo on Tuesday. 

HS GOLF
The Comets scored a 175 and finished second to Hillsboro’s 139 on Monday.  Jordan Wright led Greenville with a 38 and Scott Eaton had a 42.  The Lady Comets recorded a 218 and finished third behind Staunton’s 209 and Hillsboro’s 163.  Chelsey Braye led Greenville with a 51. 

ANNUAL COMETS SCRIMMAGE GAME IS FRIDAY

The annual Comets football pre-season scrimmage game is Friday at the Don Stout Field.  Gates will open at 6PM with pictures being taken of all of the fall sports teams.  Admission this year is a canned good that will be donated to the Bond County Food Pantry.  The scrimmage gets underway at 7PM.  The Varsity Comets first game is Friday August 25 at Breese Central. 

Greenville High School Principal Kevin Cochrane says High School Athletic Passes can also be purchased Friday night.  The cost is $35 for adults and $20 for students.  District-wide passes will also be sold.  The cost is $55 for adults, $35 for students, and $110 for a family pass.  According to Cochrane, family passes are not available for the high school.  Passes will not be sold at the Unit 2 office but are available at each of the individual schools in Greenville, Pocahontas, and Sorento. 


 

OBITUARIES

Erwin L. Curley Hediger

Erwin L. Curley Hediger age 84 of Greenville passed away Wednesday, August 16th, at Cardinal Hill Healthcare. Funeral arrangements are pending at Young Funeral Home in Greenville.

Marie Roe

Marie Roe ag 74 of rural Mulberry Grove passed away Wednesday August 6th at her home. Funeral arrangements are pending at Young Funeral home in Mulberry Grove.


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