11-21-2007



ATTEMPTED JAIL BREAK GOES NOWHERE

 

It's wasn't exactly "Escape from Alcatraz" but it did cause damage to the inside of the Madison County Jail. Carl E. Renfrow age 34 a convicted sexual predator from St. Jacob was charged with two felonies Thursday, alleged criminal damage to state supported property and attempted escape. On Wednesday police discovered a 12-inch by 4-inch hole in the interior wall of a jail unit. Police allege Renfrow had been using a metal soap tray, which had been broken away from a shower wall, to dig the hole in an apparent escape attempt.  


JUVENILE COULD BE CHARGED WITH WRITING THREATENING MESSAGE

 

A 10 year-old juvenile has allegedly admitted to writing a threatening in a school bathroom. According to the Edwardsville Police Department, they responded to Woodland Elementary School in Edwardsville around 3:52PM Wednesday afternoon, in reference to a message stating, quote, "I will blow up the school tomorrow", end quote.

 

Authorities say that the subsequent investigation, including the review of security tapes, revealed a 10 year-old male juvenile suspect. The boy was interviewed, with his parents present, and allegedly admitted to writing the message. Authorities say it's unclear at this time what his motivation was, since his intent was not to really blow up the school.

 

The case is being reviewed by the Madison County State's Attorney to determine if the juvenile will be charged with a crime. 


CHICAGO MAN TO BE DEPORTED FOR ALLEGED NAZI CONNECTIONS

United States Immigration Judge Robert Vinikoor ruled this week that 88 year-old Osyp Firishchak, of Chicago, who came to the U.S. in 1949, must return to his native Ukraine.  According to Metro News Source, Firishchak allegedly tried to cover up his ties to a Nazi-controlled police unit and made misrepresentations on his visa application.  Following a trial over two years ago, in which he was charged with membership in the Ukrainian Auxiliary Police, a group who allegedly helped the Nazis kill thousands of Jews during World War II, his citizenship was revoked. Firishchak however, was not specifically implicated as an active participant in the killings. He has until December 10th,to appeal his case.

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NEW LAW REFURBISHES ILLINOIS PHARMACY REGULATIONS

 

Governor Rod Blagojevich signed Senate Bill 509 into law.  The new law re-writes the Pharmacy Practice Act allowing pharmacists to work more closely with physicians to provide immunization services, Medication Therapy Management services, and use advanced technology to provide patient care records by using a common database.  The law also allows pharmacies to establish stand–alone kiosks that customers can use to pick up prescriptions when the pharmacy counter is busy.  In order to help relieve Illinois’ pharmacist shortage, the law creates simpler ways for qualified pharmacists from outside the state to obtain Illinois licensure.  The law also expands the authority of state regulators to investigate and discipline pharmacists.  Furthermore, the law raises the standards for pharmacy technicians.  Bill 509 becomes effective immediately. 

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HOLIDAY SAFETY TIPS FROM SAFE ELECTRICITY

  

The Holiday season is here and Safe Electricity offers some useful tips to make the next couple of months safer. Sparkling lights, dazzling decorations and festive food are great holiday traditions, but some of the things that make this time of year so special, can also pose electrical and fire hazards if not handled with care.

 

Over 30% of home fire and injuries are caused by cooking, according to the National Fire Protection Agency. Remember these following tips to avoid shocks or fires. Inspect small appliances and electrical cords to make sure they are in good shape before using, never plug in more that one high wattage appliance into a single outlet, stay focused and attentive to baking, simmering or brewing foods and always have a working fire extinguisher on hand and know how to operate it.

 

  

Before decorating your home, make sure to use only holiday lights and that they have been safety tested. Look for any frayed cords or faulty plugs and when outdoors, use the correct outdoor decorations, cords and plugs. The number one thing to remember is to not overload your electrical system. For more information, visit www.SafeElectricity.org.


SENIORS URGED TO APPLY FOR ILLINOIS CARES RX

 

During this year's Medicare Part D open enrollment, Illinois seniors are being urged to also apply for Illinois Cares Rx, which provides wrap-around prescription drug coverage to fill in the gaps created by Medicare Part D.  It also offers drug coverage for people who do not have Medicare.

 

Open enrollment for Medicare Part D runs through December 31st. Illinois seniors and persons with disabilities who want to find out more about the Illinois Cares Rx program should call the Senior Helpline at 1-800-252-8966 or visit www.illinoisbenefits.org.


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WEDNESDAY SPORTS

 

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL

 

The Mulberry Grove Aces basketball team beat Sandoval on Tuesday on a game heard here on WGEL Radio.  The final score was Mulberry Grove 65 and Sandoval 29.  This was the first game for Mulberry Grove in the Turkey Tournament.  The Aces will next play tonight at 7:45PM against Odin. 

 

JUNIOR HIGH BASKETBALL

 

It was a close game between Sorento and Pocahontas 8th grade basketball teams.  Sorento won the game by 1 point, 32-31.  Kevin Foley led the Sorento team with 11 points and Brad Perry lead Pocahontas with 15 points. 


OBITUARIES

NAOMI MAXINE KIOUS 

 

Naomi Maxine Kious, 72 of Vandalia, passed away Wednesday, November 14th in Alabaster, Alabama.  Funeral services for 72 year-old Naomi Maxine Kious will be held Saturday at 1PM at the Young Funeral Home in Greenville.  Friends may call Saturday after 11am at the funeral home.  Memorial contributions are suggested to the Greenville Regional Hospital Auxiliary.


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