8-29-2006 



CHARGES FILED AFTER ALLEGED DRIVE-BY SHOOTING

Two felony counts of aggravated discharge of a firearm and two misdemeanor counts of criminal damage were filed last Wednesday morning in Clinton County Circuit Court against 18-year-old Kyle Kampwerth of Emerald Road in rural Carlyle. Kampwerth was identified following an alleged drive-by shooting in the Royal Lake area southwest of Carlyle. According to Mark Etter, Chief Deputy in Clinton County, Kampwerth allegedly committed an assault by discharging a firearm and placing Ben Huntington and Heath Ford, both residents of the Royal Lake area in danger

Etter confirmed to WGEL that Huntington was awakened by loud noises around 4:00 a.m. on Sunday, August 20.  Minutes later around 10 shots were fired, four directly at his home. After hearing the noises, Huntington thought someone was trying to steal his pickup truck. He went out onto the front porch and realized the noises were coming from a vacant lot next door where the driver of a pickup truck was doing doughnuts. The driver of the truck began to leave after noticing that Huntington’s porch light was on, but stopped a short distance from his home and one of the truck’s occupants began yelling racial slurs. Ford, Huntington’s neighbor, woke up due to the commotion and was able to write down the truck’s license plate number.

The truck allegedly returned minutes later and slowly passed Huntington’s home and turned around.  Two people were riding in the bed of the truck and when the vehicle approached Huntington’s home, more shots were fired, striking the house four times. Although there were other people with Kampwerth at the time of the incident, no other charges are being filed at this time.



LOCAL CHARGES AGAINST KY MAN DISMISSED

The Bond County charges have been dismissed against a Kentucky man who allegedly had sexual relations with a teenage girl.  On Friday, charges of Indecent Solicitation of a Child and Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse were dropped because the defendant, 54-year-old Michael L. Black of Taylorsville, Kentucky has since been convicted on federal charges involving another case.  The Bond County incident dates back to January 2004 when Black took the then 15-year-old Mulberry Grove girl to a Greenville motel.  The two had met on the Internet. 

Bond County State's Attorney Chris Bauer explained that because of the federal conviction on charges involving the same circumstances and allegations a local trial on the case would likely result in one or both counts being barred due to double jeopardy rules.  Bauer added that any Bond County sentences would have been required to run concurrent with the federal sentence.  The dismissal came after consultation with the victim and her family who agreed to the action.

Michael Black was sentenced in May to thirty years on six charges of violating federal child pornography laws including an attempt to produce child pornography.




CAR STOLEN THEN WRECKED

Bond County deputies are investigating the theft and subsequent damage of a Sorento woman's car.  Amanda L. Cartwright reported to the Sheriff's Department on Sunday that her 2001 Chevrolet Lumina was stolen from her residence on Taylor Street sometime between 6 and 11:30am.  Cartwright says the car was returned but had been damaged.  Deputies have no suspects at this time. 


TOURISM TO MEET WEDNESDAY

The Greenville Tourism Committee will field several funding requests during their meeting Wednesday.  Asking for funds are the I-70 Baseball Coaches Clinic, the Little Pig and Apple Day, PAWS in the Park, and the AIRstravaganza.  The committee will also discuss their fall advertising campaign.  The meeting begins at 7pm at the Municipal Building.


GREENVILLE REGIONAL HOSPITAL CONTINUES COMMITMENT TO LEADING MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY AND FIGHT AGAINST BREAST CANCER WITH CAD PURCHASE

Greenville Regional Hospital recently announced that it has purchased a SecondLook system from iCAD, Inc., an industry-leading provider of Computer-Aided Detection or CAD solutions that enable healthcare professionals to identify cancer and other life-threatening conditions earlier by making medical services more effective. SecondLook is a CAD system designed to assist radiologists in the early detection of breast cancer during a mammography exam. Studies have shown that iCAD’s SecondLook systems are able to detect up to 68% of actionable missed cancers an average of 15-months earlier than screening mammography alone.



UNEMPLOYMENT NUMBERS SHOW CONTINUED IMPROVEMENT

In July 2006, Illinois ranked first in the number of jobs gained among all fifty states.  The Illinois section of the St. Louis Metropolitan Statistical Area, which includes Bond County, reported its lowest July unemployment rate in five years.  Bond County's July unemployment rate was 5.7% down from 6.2% one year ago.  Clinton County was 5.2% down from 5.5 and Madison County 5.5 down from 5.7%.  The largest percentage increases in jobs were found in Financial Activities, Construction, Information, and Wholesale Trade.


BOND COUNTY USED TIRE COLLECTION

People in Bond County have the opportunity to get rid of used tires during the Bond County Used Tire Collection.  The Used Tire Collection will take place at The Bond County Health Department and will be Friday, September 8 from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and on Saturday, September 9 from 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. For more information call Tom Melvin at the Bond County Health Department at 664-1442.


SPORTS

TUESDAY SPORTS

HS FOOTBALL
The JV Comets opened their season with a 14-6 win over Breese Central.  Touchdowns were scored by Nick Sies and Aaron Rench.

JR HIGH BASEBALL
The Bluejays A team lost 8-3 to Wesclin on Friday.  Cameron Dugan had two triples and an RBI.  The A team won 7-1 over Altamont on Saturday as A.J. Childerson had three hits and Kyle Washburn earned the victory.  Dugan and Childerson each had 2 RBIs.  The B team was a 14-3 winner over Altamont.  JC Prater had three hits.  Dylan Jackson got the win. 


OBITUARIES

RUBY L. ASHLEY

Ruby L. Ashley, age 74 of Greenville, died Friday August 25 at Greenville Regional Hospital.  Funeral services for 74-year-old Ruby L. Ashley will be conducted Friday (Sept. 1) at 10AM. at the Zieren Day Funeral Home in Carlyle.  Interment in Carlyle Cemetery.  Friends may call from 5-8PM Thursday and from 8AM until service time Friday at the funeral home.  Memorials to the American Heart Association. 


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