3-8-2007


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ATTEMPTED ROBBERY AT CAPRI IGA

The Greenville Police Department received a cell phone call Wednesday morning at 3:50am reporting a possible burglary in progress at the Capri IGA. According to Police Chief Lou Lorton, officers and the K-9 Unit responded within minutes to the scene. It was determined by police that there was an alleged burglary, including an attempt on the ATM machine in the front lobby. The police determined the point of entry was in the back of the store and believe that the individuals fled the same way upon the officer's arrival. Lorton also said that there is indication that the individuals had been in the office area. The Illinois State Police Crime Scene was notified and responded to process the scene.

Lorton said that his department apologizes for any inconvenience to customers early Wednesday morning, as they were not allowed in Capri IGA until the scene was processed. Police are trying to determine if any money was taken, and if so, how much. There are no suspects in custody, and officers continue to investigate. WGEL will have more details when they become available.


LOCAL RESIDENT WINS $250,000 IN MEGA MILLIONS DRAWING

Tuesday's $370 million Mega Millions jackpot was the largest in the game's history and the official drawing was moved to Times Square in New York. There were two grand prize winners and several secondary winners. One local resident purchased some tickets in Greenville Tuesday and although at the time she didn't know this, she was one of three Illinois winners. We talked to Megan Henschen, the daughter of Alan and Mary Ellen Young of Greenville, who said that her husband, Craig, had called her on Tuesday and told her that he felt like he was going to win the lottery, so she stopped and got some quick picks.

That night as Craig watched for the numbers, they realized that five of them were a match to their ticket. Megan said they checked the internet and even went to the gas station to confirm but the winning numbers hadn’t been posted there, yet. The Henschens then waited until 12:30am to find out that they had won $250,000. Megan and Craig matched five of the six numbers and while the winning Mega Ball number was 20, theirs was 16. Out of the $250,000, Megan and Craig will take home $180,000.

Megan and Craig Henshen's winning Mega Millions ticket was bought at Greenville Moto Mart. Gloria Thomas told WGEL that the store was called Tuesday night by Mega Millions officials concerning the ticket. She said her store has sold some winning scratch-off tickets in the past but this is definitely the biggest winner they’ve ever had.

The grand prize winning tickets were sold in New Jersey and Georgia. Other states included in the Mega Millions are California, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Texas, Virginia and Washington. The lucky Mega Millions numbers were 16, 22, 29, 39, 42, and the mega ball was 20.

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THREE FIRE DISTRICTS ON SCENE OF GRASS FIRE

The Keyesport Fire District was paged to the scene of a grass fire at 1576 Hunter School Avenue Wednesday afternoon around 3PM. The department arrived on the scene and found the fire to be running down the field due to the wind. Mulberry Grove and Greenville Fire Departments were then paged out to provide mutual aid to Keyesport by way of tankers and a brush truck. Keyesport Fire Chief Duane Wiegman told WGEL that the fire is believed to have been started by a burning trash pile. Fire fighters were on the scene for almost two hours.


LIBRARY BOARD TO MEET THURSDAY

The Greenville Public Library Board of Directors will meet today (Thursday) at 4PM in the Children's Library for the monthly meeting.



THURSDAY SPORTS

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Good luck to the Greenville College Lady Panthers as they play Bethany Lutheran today at 3:00pm in the NCCAA National Tournament in Oakland City, Indiana. The GC women are 18-8 on the season.

JR HIGH VOLLEYBALL

Congratulations to the Pocahontas Lady Indians 8th graders as they won their regional with a 25-14, 25-17 win over Cowden-Herrick. Ashley Torti had 6 aces and Kelsey Kniepmann 5 kills. The Lady Indians had posted a victory over Sorento earlier in the week at the regionals. Pocahontas is now 11-2 on the season and plays at Grayville on Monday.



OBITUARIES

ARTHUR PERFETTI

Arthur Perfetti, 76 of Panama, passed away Tuesday at his residence. Funeral services for 76 year-old Arthur Perfetti will be held Saturday at 1:30PM at the Perfetti Funeral Home in Sorento. Burial in Sunnyside Cemetery at Sorento. Friends may call Friday from 6-8PM at the funeral home.


HELEN L HAFNER

Helen L. Hafner, 72 of Pocahontas, passed away Tuesday at her residence. Funeral services for 72 year-old Helen L. Hafner will be held Saturday at 10am at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland. Visitation is Friday from 4-8PM and again Saturday from 8-10am at the funeral home. Interment in Robinson Cemetery. Memorials to the Shriner's Hospital for Children.


ALBERT A. WELLS

Albert A. "Sonny" Wells, age 70 of Vandalia (Seminary Township), passed away at 7:00 a.m. Wednesday, March 7, 2007 at St. Joseph's Hospital in Breese, Illinois. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday at the Donnell - Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville with Rev. Glenn Krieder officiating. Interment will follow in McInturff Cemetery with military honors by American Legion Post 95 of Vandalia, IL. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Sunday and Monday until service time at the Donnell - Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville.

For those who desire, memorials may be made to the American Farm Heritage Museum. Albert Allan Wells, the son of Nathaniel Edward and Grayce Darling Marshall Wells, was born on December 5, 1936 in Mark Greer Hospital in Vandalia. He grew up in rural Vandalia and attended the Oak Grove Elementary School and graduated from Vandalia High School in 1954 and attended Greenville College. He answered his country's call by joining the United States Army in August of 1954. He was in the Army for 6 months active duty then in the Vandalia Army reserves for 7 1/2 years being honorably discharged on November 30, 1962. He owned farms in several southern states, returning to Illinois in 1988.

Sonny and Carole S. Lindholm McRoberts were united in marriage on March 12, 1983 in Dallas, Texas and have enjoyed over 23 years together. She has lovingly cared for him thru these months of his last illness. She survives as do his children: Jeff Wells at home, Susan Wells and Christal Shawhart both of Paris, Texas, step sons: Lance McRoberts of Ferris, TX, and Shane McRoberts of Virginia Beach, North Carolina, and two grandchildren Amanda and Azrial. He is also survived by his brother David Wells of Los Crusis, NM, Maryellen, Mrs. Harold Lawler of Montecello, and Janet, Mrs. Don Ward, of Lodi, IL. Sonny is preceded in death by his parents and his son Edward Wells at the age of four. Sonny was a member of and served in many capacities in a number of civic, educational, religious, and agricultural organizations including the Mulberry Grove Lions, the Baptist and Methodist Churches, and is a member and director of the American Farm Heritage Museum. He was an avid International Harvestor toy and real tractor collector and restorer. Memorials to the American Farm Heritage Museum.


THE WGEL SECRET WORD IS GIVEN MONDAY THRU FRIDAY IN THE 11AM, NOON, 1 & 2PM HOURS. WRITE IT DOWN AND WHEN WE CALL, YOU COULD WIN $50.

 

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