10-24-2007



CAVALETTO HOMICIDE INVESTIGATION

 

The Illinois State Police have developed a person and vehicle of interest from leads obtained from the public in the homicide investigation of Rita Cavaletto.  The person is described as a white male in his late 20's to early thirties, six feet tall and approximately 200 pounds, with short dark hair.  The vehicle is described as a Jeep with a black soft-top.  Rita Cavaletto's body was found in a wooded area of Copple road in rural Marion County on Saturday around 5PM, she had left for a walk around 9:30AM.  Anyone with information about either the person or the vehicle should contact the Illinois State Police at 217-347-2711.


THREE ARE CHARGED WITH 1ST. DEGREE MURDER IN TROY HOMICIDE CASE

 

Charges of alleged 1st degree murder and concealment of a homicidal death have been made against three suspects in the murder of 27 year-old Carl Moore of Venice Illinois.  The suspects are Justin Wallace of Collinsville, Jessica Estep of Troy and Dennis Wallace of Granite City and all three are being held at the Madison County Jail on 750,000 dollars bond each.  In a press release from the Madison County Sherrif's office the investigation started Sunday when Edwardsville Police received a phone call concerning an abandoned car on Troy Road.  It was found that Moore had borrowed the car from a relative on October 18th and had not been heard from since. 

 

According to the Madison County Sherrif's department Justin Wallace and Carl Moore argued inside the home of 112 East Oak in Troy on the night of the 18th.  This argument allegedly led to Wallace beating Moore to death with a bat and stabbing the victim in the neck.  Moore was then transported inside the borrowed car by Justin Wallace and Jessica Estep to a wooded area in the 2900 block of Staunton Road where he was found at approximately 11am on Monday.  Justin Wallace and Estep allegedly contacted Dennis Wallace who aided in the destruction of evidence of the crime.  An autopsy confirmed Moore's death was due to blunt force trauma to the head and stab wounds to the neck.  WGEL Radio will continue to follow this story.  


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HEALTH INSURANCE FUNDING PROVIDED

 

House Bill 4144, which recently passed the Illinois General Assembly, provides for increased state payments to vendors of homecare services.  Homecare workers, employed by these vendors, will receive funding for much-needed health insurance coverage as well as a wage increase.  The bill increases state payments to vendors by $1.33 per hour for the purpose for providing health insurance for their employees.  In addition, the legislation provides for a $1.00 increase in hourly wage.

 

The bill will help 18,000 homecare workers in Illinois, whose average salary is about $7.80 per hour.  Increasing health insurance benefits will help maintain a steady workforce and reduce turnover, thus ensuring higher quality care from more experienced employees.

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PREVENTION METHODS FOR STAPH

 

State Public Health Director Dr. Damon T. Arnold, issued recommendations to limit transmission and control staph outbreaks in Illinois.  It is estimated, that Staph bacteria is commonly carried by approximately 30% of the population on the skin or in the nose.  Staph is also one of the most common causes of skin infections in the United States.

 

MRSA, being called the "superbug" staph infection, is a type of staph bacteria that is resistant to some antibiotics, and is the primary target of the latest prevention techniques issued by the IDPH.  Staph infections have commonly been associated with patients in hospitals or long-term care facilities.  Now MRSA is showing up in schools, particularly in locker rooms and other sports related facilities. 

 

Schools in several Chicago suburbs have increased their cleaning routines because of concerns about staph infections.  According to a suburban newspaper, two students at Evergreen Park schools and a Midlothian boy all came down with MRSA.  Cleaning frequencies are being increased to help fight the spread of MRSA.

 

Public health officials report that basic hygiene is the best protection against MRSA.  Thorough hand washing is a must, which includes washing hands before preparing or eating food and after using the restroom.  Keep cuts and abrasions clean and covered and avoid contact with other people's wounds.  It is also recommended not to share towels and personal items such as razors and deodorant.

 

Additional recommendations are available for MRSA skin infections.  For more information, contact your local public health department or the Illinois Department of Public Health at 217-782-2016.


POLICE PENSION BOARD TO MEET

 

The Police Pension Fund Board of Trustees is scheduled to meet Thursday, October 25th, at 6:00 PM, at the Municipal Building.  Items on the agenda include investments, and requests for transfers of creditable service.


TUNE INTO WGEL FOR

Play by play coverage of the Greenville High School Comets playoff fotball game agianst Flora Friday night. Kick-off is set for 7PM and you can catch all the action with Kent Kesner and Mike O'Boyle on WGEL.

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WEDNESDAY SPORTS

 

JUNIOR HIGH BASKETBALL

 

The Lady Bluejays basketball teams both lost to Hillsboro on Tuesday.  The 8th grade team lost 38-17, Cheyenne Rogier the leading scorer with 8 points.  The score in the 7th grade game was 26-11 in Hillsboro’s favor. 


OBITUARIES

RICHARD S MULHOLLAND

 

Richard S. Mulholland, age 70, of Greenville passed away Tuesday at the Greenville Regional Hospital.  Funeral service will be held at 2PM on Friday at the Free Methodist Church in Greenville.  Interment will be in Mt. Auburn Cemetery.  Visitation for 70 year-old Richard S. Mulholland will be held at the Donnell Wiegand Funeral home from 4-8PM Thursday.  For those who desire memorials may be made to the Greenville Free Methodist Church.   


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