9-22-2006

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MAN ARRESTED FOR COURTHOUSE BOMB THREATS

A suspect in the bomb threats at the Clinton County Courthouse in Carlyle has confessed.  According to Clinton County Sheriff Mike Kreke, 29-year-old Brian David Soles of Centralia allegedly stated that he was having monetary problems and that is why he made the two bomb threats on July 28th and August 4th.

On July 28th, an anonymous call was made to the courthouse at 8:10am stating that there was a bomb in the building. On August 4th between 8:10 and 8:20am there was another bomb threat. The courthouse was evacuated and searched both days.

Kreke said that he had backtracked where the two bomb threats in Clinton County were made and said the calls were made from a phone card business in Dallas, Texas. On August 18th, Marion County Courthouse also received a bomb threat.  Kreke told WGEL similar numbers from the phone card company were identified from three different pay phones in the Marion County area. Marion County called the Illinois State Police, who were able to continue the investigation and able to get information to review the reports of all three cases.

Both Marion and Clinton Counties complied a list of dockets with a list of suspects and found that Soles or his wife were on the court docket on each day the courthouses received the bomb threats.

Kreke noted that Soles had a court date in July to pay off a deceptive practice charge, but could not afford the bill and allegedly called in the bomb threats. Soles was arrested on September 15th on an outstanding warrant after failing to appear in court for the deceptive practice charge and confessed to the two threats made in Clinton County. Marion County has not charged Soles yet. Soles is being held in the Clinton County Jail on $25,000 bond and has a preliminary hearing set for September 26.


THREE INJURED IN COLLISION

Three people were injured Wednesday night in a two car accident at the intersection of 3rd and Summer Streets in Greenville.  According to city police, 18-year-old Redginal J. Aaron of East St. Louis was unfamiliar with the area and missed the stop sign on Summer Street.  Aaron’s vehicle collided with 25-year-old Joshua C. Davis of Greenville who was northbound.  Aaron and two passengers in his car, 18-year-old Bobby L. McAfee Leason of Greenville and 18-year-old Jacquisha R. Johnson of Granite City, were taken by ambulance to Greenville Regional Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. 


FISH COUNT SHOWS POPULATION AT BOND LAKE IN GOOD SHAPE

The bi-annual fish count at Governor Bond Lake was conducted earlier this week by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.  Fred Cronin, fisheries biologist, reported to City Manager Dave Willey that the preliminary numbers show that the fish population is in good shape.

Bass, crappie, bluegill, catfish, drum, carp, and perch are among the species in Governor Bond Lake.  The bass numbers are very strong which Willey believes is an indication that the city’s bass stocking program in recent years has been successful.

Willey said the IDNR uses a stun boat which is essentially a modified john boat for shocking sections of the shore line.  Fish are gathered over the course of an hour and the count is based on this sampling.






BOND COUNTY AUGUST UNEMPLOYMENT UP FROM ONE YEAR AGO

Unemployment numbers for Bond County in August were up slightly from the same period one year ago.  The August 2006 unemployment rate was 5.6% in comparison to 5.3% last year.  Clinton County was also up from 4.1% in August 2005 to 5.3% this year.  Madison County, however, fell slightly from 5.4 to 5.3.  Regionally, there were added jobs in Wholesale Trade and Financial Activities.  Some parts of the state saw a sharp decline in unemployment including Rockford whose 5.6% rate last month was its lowest for August since 1999.


COPPER WIRE STOLEN

The Greenville Police department is investigating a break-in at the Southwestern Electric Cooperative yard.  Thieves entered the premise by cutting a fence on the Northwest corner of the yard and carried off 300 pounds of copper wire from the Co-op's outdoor storage.


AMERICAN RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE HELD

Gilham Lodge 809 AF and AM in Mulberry Grove sponsored an American Red Cross Blood Drive on Wednesday (9/20).  Twenty-five people registered with twenty-one donating.  Mariann Lieb received a five-gallon pin and Bill Niepert earned a one-gallon pin.  Marilyn Steiner was a first-time donor.

 




SPORTS

FRIDAY SPORTS

HS BASEBALL
The Mulberry Groves Aces lost 5-4 in 10 innings to the Odin Eagles.  Aaron Kendall had three hits and Jacob Tompkins two. 

HS FOOTBALL
Tonight on WGEL:  The Comets take their 4-0 record to Pana followed by our tape delay broadcast of the Highland Bulldogs at home versus Triad.

SPORTS SHOP
Our guests Saturday include Comets football coach Aaron Duff, Comets soccer coach Mike Young, and Bluejays baseball coach Trevor Stoecklin.

JR HIGH BASKETBALL

The Lady Bluejays lost 21 to 11 in a game vs. Brownston on Thursday


OBITUARIES

No New Local Area Obituaries


WEATHER

Saturday: Mostly Cloudy-Storms Likely-70% of Rain-High:78 Low: 60

Sunday: Partly Sunny-High: 70 Low: 52


PUBLIC AFFAIRS

Join us this Sunday for WGEL's Public Affairs Program. Renee Morgan's guest this week is World War II Veteran Wilbert Vince Rolves. Rolves will be telling his story of being a German Prisoner of War for 18 months, what he did while he was a Prisoner of War, and how the Russians freed him.  That's Public Affairs this Sunday following our noon Bond County Area News here on WGEL.


 

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