ACCIDENT IN CLINTON COUNTY CLAIMS LIFE
In a two-car crash, early Saturday morning, approximately three miles north of Trenton, one person was killed and two were taken to area hospitals, in critical condition. According to the Clinton County Sheriff's Report, at 12:14 AM Saturday, December 15th, a car, driven by Sharon Kaufmann of Trenton, was southbound on Rt. 160, when an owl flew into the windshield causing her to swerve into the left lane. The Kaufmann car collided head-on with a northbound car, driven by Marvin Chaffin of Highland.
According to Clinton County Coroner Dave Moss, Marvin Chaffin was killed instantly. His wife Grace, a passenger, was critically injured and taken by Highland Ambulance Service to St. Joseph Hospital in Highland. She was later transferred to St. Louis University Hospital, where she remains in critical condition.
Sharon's husband Steve, a passenger in the Kaufmann car, was not injured. Sharon Kaufmann was taken by Trenton-Sugar Creek Ambulance to St. Joseph Hospital in Breese and later transferred to St. Louis University Hospital, where she remains. Her current condition is not known.
The crash left the Chaffin car in the east ditch and the Kaufmann car remained crossways in the middle of the road. Headlights on both vehicles were also knocked out. Shortly after the crash occurred, a truck approached the scene, and could not avoid hitting the Kaufmann vehicle, still in the roadway. The driver, of the truck, was not injured.
MADISON COUNTY MAN IMPRISONED FOR CREDIT UNION ROBBERY
On Tuesday, December 17th, Clarence Thomas, a 46-year-old man from Madison County, was sentenced to 12 years in prison, 5 years of supervised release, and $26,802 in restitution payable to the Granite City Steel Federal Credit Union. Thomas was convicted in September of one count of aggravated robbery of a credit union and one count of use of a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence. Three co-defendants previously pled guilty and have been sentenced. A fourth defendant has been convicted on related charges and is still awaiting sentencing.