CELL PHONE LEADS TO THE ARREST OF THREE MEN IN VANDALIA
Three men have been arrested in a Hillsboro burglary investigation and could have possible ties to recent burglaries in the local area. According to the Montgomery Sheriff's Office, they received a report Friday, of a residential burglary on Clear Spring's Lane, southwest of Hillsboro. Several items were reported stolen. During the investigation, it was discovered that a cell phone at been left at the scene. Police identified and met with the cell phone owner, 29 year Clayton E. Petryshyn, at his residence in rural Vandalia. According to police, a search of Petryshyn's property allegedly revealed stolen property from the Clear Spring's residence, and from burglaries recently in Bond County.
Petryshyn, along with two other subjects at the residence, 23 year-old Matthew J. Jacknewitz and 22 year-old Michael D. Hansson, were arrested and taken to the Montgomery County Jail, where they are being held on alleged Residential Burglary charges. The Montgomery and Bond County Sheriff's Offices are conducting interviews with the suspects and continuing to investigate.
ACCIDENT ON RT. 185 WITH INJURIES
Sunday afternoon at 3:30 PM, an accident was reported to the Fayette County Sheriff's Department. The accident occurred on Rt. 185, about 3 miles west of Vandalia and was handled by the Illinois State Police. According to the state police report, 55 year-old Melvin McKinney, of Vandalia, driving a Dodge Ram pick-up truck, signaled and slowed to make a left turn into a private drive.
A Harley-Davidson motorcycle, driven by Dustin Wyant, age 28, of Filmore, overtook the truck, striking the vehicle on the left side. Wyant was treated for injuries and then airlifted to St. Johns Hospital in Springfield. Melvin McKinney and a passenger, Brenda McKinney, were both treated for injuries at the Fayette County Hospital. Wyant was cited for alleged operation of an uninsured motor vehicle and for improper overtaking of a vehicle. His condition is not known at this time.
NATIONAL SCHOOL BUS SAFETY WEEK
This week, October 22-26, is National School Bus Safety Week and the Illinois State Board of Education and the Illinois Department of Transportation are teaming up to remind students, parents, and drivers of the importance of school bus safety, both on and off the school bus. The theme for the week, "Be Aware, Cross With Care," reminds Illinois school children to be mindful of hazards, any time they must cross the street and are walking to and from the bus stop.
"The number one priority for the Illinois Department of Transportation is the safety of all those who use our roadways, and this is especially true when it comes to the safety of everyone who rides a school bus," said IDOT Secretary Milton R. Sees.
The American Public Transit Association reports that approximately 400,000 yellow school buses serve American elementary and high school students. In Illinois, about 29,000 school buses operate daily.
For more information about school bus safety, visit ISBE's school bus safety section online at www.isbe.net.