NASHVILLE HIGH SCHOOL SCENE OF SAFETY LOCKDOWN
Nashville High School was locked down Wednesday about noon, when a custodian found a threatening message. According to Nashville Police Chief, Martin Andrews, the message that threatened great bodily harm to many people was found at 11:30 am, in a boy's restroom. The building was immediately locked and students on campus were evacuated to the Nashville Community Center and then taken home by school bus or parents. Those students away from school, for lunch, were locked out and upon their return were sent home.
Approximately 50 law officers were involved in an extensive search of the premises. Officers from the Washington County Sheriff's Department, Nashville Police, Okawville Police, Irvington Police, Illinois State Police from District 13 in DuQuoin, Illinois Department of Natural Resources Police, Secretary of State Police, and a K-9 Handler and Bomb Dog from Alton, were all involved in the search.
Wednesday night about 6:30 PM, the building was declared secured. Nothing out of the ordinary was found. Students, who were known to have been in the area where the message was found, were interviewed, and those student interviews continued Thursday. Classes at Nashville High School were also back in session on Thursday.
ACCIDENTS AND FIRE REPORTS THIS WEEK
In an accident that occurred Tuesday, the driver of a car westbound on State Street in Pocahontas, told police that he blacked out as he approached the intersection of State and Academy Streets. His car came across the intersection, struck another car not yet stopped at the junction, and caused over $500.00 damage to the second car. No one was injured in the accident.
Firefighters from the Greenville Fire Protection District were called out to McDonalds Thursday morning around 11:35am to a possible fire on the roof. Upon arrival, it was found that workers were removing old roofing material from the roof and using a torch. A passerby had noticed some smoke and called in the report. Firefighters found no sign of a fire and were back at the firehouse a half an hour later.
EFFINGHAM MAN CHARGED WITH ALLEGED ATTEMPTED MURDER
An Effingham man is being charged in Fayette County Court on charges related to an injury Friday night in Vandalia. According to Fayette County State's Attorney Stephen Frieduhl, 34 year-old Michael R. Solan is being charged with alleged Attempted Murder, two counts of Armed Violence and two counts of Aggravated Battery.
According to reports, it's alleged that Solan used a razorblade to cut the neck of another male, while at a bar in Vandalia. Solan is being held at the Fayette County Jail on $500,000 bond. He is scheduled to be turned over to the Illinois Department of Corrections, due to his arrest being a violation of his parole.
TEENAGER DIES AFTER GETTING BEING SHOT WITH ARROW
A teenager is dead following an accident inside a Chesterfield, IL home. According to the Illinois State Police, the Macoupin County Sheriff's Department received a 911 call Tuesday night around 6:36PM in regards to someone who had been shot in the chest with a hunting bow.
Police say that and 20 year-old Anthony J. Hendricks was examining a bow and arrow, which had been recently received as a gift. During that process, the bow was partially drawn and the arrow allegedly released, striking 17 year-old Trevor Farmer in the chest. He was transported by ambulance to the Carlinville Area Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
FROM THE POLICE BLOTTER THIS MORNING
The Bond County Sheriff's Department is investigating the reported theft of a portable generator, valued at $600.00, from the railroad crossing at the Mulberry Grove Road at Keyesport. The generator was the property of the Burlington-Northern/Sante-Fe Railroad. It had been chained to a pole and the chain was cut. The theft occurred during the evening hours of December 12th or early morning on the 13th.
Mulberry Grove Police are asking for information concerning a residential burglary which occurred between November 28th and December 1st. A shed, belonging to Albert Willis, of Mulberry Grove, was entered and several firearms were taken. Suspects are being investigated. Anyone with information is asked to call the Mulberry Grove Police or the Bond County Sheriff's Department at 664-2151.
SALVATION ARMY TWO-THIRDS TO GOAL
The Salvation Army Bell Ringers are still out collecting donations for this holiday season. WGEL spoke with Reverend Wayne Pierce who said that so far $10,577 has been collected. This does not include the $1,000 that Capri IGA matched this past weekend.
The goal for this year is $16,000, with volunteers and the red kettles continuing to collect donations till Saturday, December 22nd. Pierce said that they will also be out a few nights during the week until that weekend.
Volunteers are always needed. Pierce said that anyone can sign up to work one hour shifts throughout Greenville. For more details on how to be a volunteer, call 780-1140.
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THURSDAY SPORTS RESULTS
The Greenville Lady Comets won at home over Staunton, 40 to 39, Monique Williams lead the Comets scoring with 17 points. The Junior Varsity Ladies were also winners over Staunton, 34 to 30
The Greenville Bluejays 8th grade boy's team lost to Staunton 49 to 41 and the 7th grade boys beat Staunton 31 to 27.
Tonight Greenville boys take on Hillsboro with the JV game at 6PM and the Varsity game after that. WGEL will be broadcasting the Greenville Comets Varsity game tonight.
The Greenville Junior High School boys travel to Mulberry Grove tonight.
JERRY G. NANCE
Jerry G. Nance, age 55, of Pocahontas, passed away Tuesday at St. Lukes Hospital in Chesterfield, MO. Funeral services for 55 year-old Jerry G. Nance will be Saturday, December 15th, at 11:00 am at Young Funeral Home in Greenville. Interment will be in Brown Cemetery in Pocahontas. Friends may call Friday from 5:00 - 8:00 PM at the Pocahontas Fire House. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Pocahontas-Old Ripley Fire Department.
Jerry was retired from the Pocahontas-Old Ripley Fire Department, where he was active in their EMS program and had served as Chief for 7 years. Jerry had also served as Deputy Coroner for Bond County.
Marilyn Fountain, 59 of Florissant, MO and formerly of Pocahontas, passed away Wednesday at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis. Funeral services for 59 year-old Marilyn Fountain will be held Monday at 12:30PM at the St. Andrews United Methodist Church, 3975 N. Highway 67, Florissant. Friends may call Sunday from 3-8PM at the Buchholz Funeral Home, 1645 Redmond Avenue, St. Louis. Burial in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.
Marylin is the sister of Phyllis Bird of Pocahontas, Sharon Obermark of Greenville and Beverly Simmonds of Macon, Mississippi.
RONALD L. SNELLING
Ronald L. Snelling, age 62, of Keyesport, passed away Wednesday, December 12th, at Greenville Regional Hospital. No services are planned for 62 year-old Ronald L. Snelling as his body will be cremated. Memorial contributions are suggested to the family. The Young Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.
Friday night 90% chance of snow … Accumulation one inch …Low 27
Saturday Snow with an accumulation of 1-3” ….High 30
Sunday Partly Cloudy….. High 30
Join us this Sunday for WGEL’s Public Affairs Program. Our guest this week is Angie Merrell, Director of Quality Improvement and Risk Management and Education at Greenville Regional Hospital. Angie will talk with us about MRSA, where it came from, what are the risks associated with it and how you can protect yourself from the infection. That's Public Affairs this Sunday following our noon Bond County Area News here on WGEL.
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