The man arrested in connection with the death of Rita "Michelle" Cavaletto was officially charged Wednesday in Marion County Court. 27 year-old Neil A. Barrall, of Centralia, is facing three counts of alleged First-Degree Murder. The body of Michelle Cavaletto was found Saturday, October 20th, around 5PM, on Copple Road in Marion County. She was last seen, earlier that morning going for a walk. Due to leads from the public, the Illinois State Police were able to develop a sketch of a "person of interest" along with a vehicle description.


According to the Probable Cause Statement, the driver's license photos, of registered owners of white Jeeps in the area, were compared to the sketch.  Following this lead, Centralia Police Detectives went to Neil A. Barall's residence to speak with him.  Barrall allowed the officers inside his garage, where a white Jeep was parked. Detectives noticed a fresh dent in the front hood. Barrall was then taken to the Centralia Police Department, after he allegedly admitted to being on Copple Road Saturday night.


An autopsy, described in the Probable Cause Statement, revealed multiple blunt force trauma to Cavaletto's body and head, and multiple stab wounds to her chest and neck.  The report also showed that all of these injuries occurred while she was still alive. Following a videotaped interview with Barrall, police were able to determine that he allegedly struck Cavaletto with his Jeep, dragged her off the road into the woods, kicked her several times in the head and sexually assaulted her. It was also noted that Barrall allegedly left, went home and then came back to the scene, and stabbed Cavaletto multiple times.


If convicted, each count carries a 20-year to life prison sentence, with count three being eligible for the death penalty.  Barrall is currently being held at the Marion County Jail, with no bond.  A preliminary hearing has been set for Tuesday, November 13th, at 10:30am.



Owners of the new Sleep Inn & Suites hotel have made the first step in bringing the business to Greenville. We spoke with General Manager Bill Shaw about the ground breaking, Thursday morning at I-70 and Route 127, south of town. He said that it was a big day in Greenville and the hope is to have the hotel open by June 1, 2008.


The Sleep Inn brand is franchised by Choice Hotels International, Inc. and will offer 66 guest rooms, including suites and one meeting room, that can accommodate up to 25 people. The hotel will also offer a complimentary breakfast, free high-speed Internet access, indoor pool, spa and exercise room.  The design of the hotel is to meet the expectations of both business and leisure travelers.



It was announced last week, by Greenville College President Jim Mannoia, that Hogue Hall would have to be vacated due to the need of structural improvements for the building.  One of the options that is currently being discussed for moving offices and classrooms, is the possibility of temporarily relocating them to the current hospital Thrift Shop building.  The Greenville Regional Hospital Auxiliary will be moving the Thrift Shop into the Super Value building in the near future, therefore the current building would be available.


According to a Greenville College representative, it's possible that GC, along with Kaskaskia College, could team up, and use the space together for classrooms and offices.  It was announced awhile back that Kaskaskia was looking for a new building for the Greenville Education Center.  The possibility of creating a Small Business Incubator in Greenville, has also been discussed.


Greenville College says that plans are to be in a temporary location in December and remain there until next summer, possibly all of next year, until restoration can be completed on Hogue Hall.




The Pocahontas-Old Ripley Fire Department is sponsoring a Chicken & Beer Dance to benefit Retired Fire Chief and Paramedic Jerry Nance.  The event will be held tonight, from 6PM-midnight, at the VFW in Greenville.  Entertainment will be provided by the Chapman Bros. Band. 


The night will also feature a live auction of several items, including an original Robert Horsfall print titled, "Forest Park Balloon Race".  The community is invited to come out to help support a man who has served the public for several years.  Tickets can be purchased at the Pocahontas-Old Ripley Firehouse, Kalous Market, Funderburk's 66 and First Mid Illinois Bank & Trust.  To donate an item, please call 669-2349.



This Saturday, October 27th, there will be a Demolition Derby held at the Bond County Fairgrounds.  The New Style and Compact Car Derby will start at 5PM, with check in from noon to 4PM.  Prize money, totaling $3,000 will be offered for the New Style Car category and $750 for the Compact Category.  The entry fee is $30 per car with a rider fee of $10 plus a pit pass.


General admission to the Demo Derby is $10, with children under 10 getting in for $3.  Pit passes are $20 each.  For more details, contact Chad Sexton at 664-9133.


Play by play coverage of the Greenville High School Comets playoff football game versus 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.





The Greenville Comets football team will host a first round playoff game tonight against Flora.  Game time is set for 7PM and you can hear the live play by play on WGEL Radio. 


The Highland Bulldogs will play a first round playoff game at 1:30PM on Saturday.  WGEL will have live play by play coverage of the Highland versus Mattoon game.




Bernice C. "Boots" Kuhn, 84 of Greenville, formerly of Pocahontas, passed away Wednesday at Greenville Regional Hospital.  Funeral services for 84 year-old Bernice "Boots" Kuhn will be held Saturday, October 27th, at 10am, at the Young Funeral Home in Greenville. Interment in Hug Cemetery, Millersburg. Friends may call Friday from 4-8PM at the funeral home.  Memorial contributions are suggested to the Bond County Humane Society or the Greenville First Christian Church.


Saturday: Partly Cloudy 40% of Rain High: 60 Low: 45

Sunday: Mostly Sunny High: 62 Low: 45


Join us this Sunday for WGEL’s Public Affairs Program. Our guests this week are part of the Bond County Habitat for Humanity…current Chair Dave Trober, Vice-Chair Ben Kettlekamp and Partner Family representative Vicky Stone.  They will share with us the history of Habitat in Bond County the importance behind Habitat and positive impact that it's had on families and the whole community. That's Public Affairs this Sunday following our noon Bond County Area News here on WGEL.

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