TWO WOMEN AND UNBORN BABY DIE IN ACCIDENT SATURDAY
Madison County Corner Stephen Nonn is investigating the deaths of two women, fatally injured in a vehicle accident, Saturday night at 10:30PM, on 1-255 near Culp Lane. 31 year-old Penny K. Bruce, of Bethalto, along with her passenger 42 year-old Freda M. Rhuede, of Carrier Mills, were in a Nissan SUV, and allegedly driving north in the southbound lanes of I-255. Their vehicle struck, head-on, a 1994 Chevy Pickup driven by 21 year-old Robert L. Large, of Roxana.
Bruce and Rhuede were allegedly not wearing seatbelts and were both pronounced dead at the scene. According to the Madison County Coroner, Rhuede died as the result of an open head injury and Bruce died as the result of neck and chest trauma. Large was ARCHed from the scene to a St. Louis Hospital. A six-month pregnant passenger in the truck was transported to a local hospital. The unborn baby died, late Saturday night, due to injuries.
Toxicology tests are being completed and the deaths will be the subject of a coroner's inquest.
COUNTY BOARD VOTES TO DISTRIBUTE ANTI CRIME FUNDS
At the last Bond County Board Meeting, State's Attorney Chris Bauer, requested distriubution of the Anti-Crime funds. The fund balance was just over $31,000 which was a substantial increase, compared to previous years. Bauer asked that $10,000 be used for computer equipment for his office, $5,000 each to the character ed programs at local schools, to the Sorento School, and to SAFE, a sexual assault victims counseling organization in Vandalia. Lastly $2,000 for video equipment for the Character Ed program. Since the distribution of funds was not on the agenda, the board voted to approve the requests, but will need to ratify it at their next board meeting.
The board also approved an Illinois Pro Second Amendment Resolution. The resolution lends Bond County's support to others, by opposing the enactment of any Illinois legislation that would infringe upon the right of people to keep and bear arms.
The employee 2007/2008 holiday schedule was approved, with the exception of December 31st.
WATSON HONORED WITH AWARD FROM LONG TERM CARE ASSOCIATIONS
The Illinois Health Care Association and the Illinois Council on Long Term Care have named State Senate Republican Leader Frank Watson as a 2007 recipient of the associations' President's Awards. Watson was honored for his dedication to long-term care issues and was acknowledged for his support for human services and his career of being an advocate for the elderly.