4-2-2007


bnb

 

ACCIDENT ON AIRPORT AVE.

Joseph P. Bruno of Carlyle was westbound on Airport Avenue Saturday, March 31 at 5:25 PM when his 1972 GMC pick-up went off the right side of the road. According to the police report, Bruno lost control of the truck in loose gravel, then steered back onto the road skidding about 90 feet before hitting the ditch on the left side of the road. The pick-up traveled down the ditch about 27 feet before flipping over three times, coming to rest on its wheels and catching fire.

The Greenville Fire Department was called to the scene to extinguish the truck fire. Bruno was ejected from the vehicle sometime during the crash and was taken to Greenville Regional Hospital for treatment of injuries. Bruno was ticketed by the Sheriff's Department for allegedly operating an uninsured motor vehicle, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, driving on a revoked drivers license, not wearing a safety belt, and for DUI.


VANDALIA HIRES RETIRED MASTER SGT AS INTERIM CHIEF

It was recently announced at the Vandalia City Council meeting, that the Vandalia Chief of Police, Bob McKart, had retired from the force early Monday morning. WGEL spoke with Mayor Rick Gottman who commended McKart for his 38 years of service to the department and residents of Vandalia.

A meeting was held this past Tuesday night to determine whom to hire as interim Chief, until a full time replacement could be found. It was then released Wednesday afternoon, that the City of Vandalia has selected Larry Eason, of Highland, to fill that position. Eason is a retired Master Sergeant with the Illinois State Police, and had worked for the force from 1978 until 2006.

Gottman said they are currently seeking a full time Chief, as well as another officer that will be hired from the current eligibility list.

hospital

AFHM TO OPEN MUSEUM TO THE PUBLIC

The American Farm Heritage Museum has announced that it will be opening up a museum of "What’s to come" located in the red barn. Items will be displayed throughout, representing farm heritage and rural living. On one side, will be household and barn items, with tractors and equipment on the other end of the barn and outside. The Museum will be open every Saturday beginning April 14th from 9am-4PM.

The AFHM is seeking various items to be displayed in the museum. This includes old clothing, literature, household items, advertisement from equipment businesses, and anything heritage or rural living related. For more information, or if you have an item that could be used in the museum, call 664-3050 during the day.


2006 INTERNET CRIME REPORT

When it comes to crime, the Internet is a highly versatile, multi-purpose tool that's easy to use. In fact, the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center "2006 Internet Crime Report", makes that clear showing that criminals used the net to launch several different varieties of fraud. According to the report, consumers filed over 207,000 complaints in 2006 alone, amounting to over $198 million lost.

Nearly 45% of the complaints involved online auction fraud, of which more than 19% concerned undelivered merchandise or payments. Other types of complaints included identity theft, investment fraud, cyberstalking, phishing, spoofing, spamming and others. Three-quarters of the perpetrators were men and nearly 61% lived in the United States. Other top countries included the U.K. Nigeria, Canada, Romania and Italy.

The Internet Crime Report shows that the average victims were men between the ages of 30 and 40. Individuals, who reported losing money, lost an average of $724. The highest losses involved the Nigerian letter fraud, with a median loss of nearly $5,100 per complaint. Almost 74% of the victims reported being contacted through email, and 36% complained of fraud through websites.

The 2006 statistics don't represent the whole of Internet Crime, since it's based on submitted reports only, but it does provide important insights for investigators to better understand the threat, in order to help protect consumers.

 

naco

ILLINOIS CAR DEALER INDICTED IN FEDERAL COURT

A prominent Southern Illinois automobile dealer was a defendant in a variety of alleged tax and wire fraud-related charges issued last Friday by the Justice Department and the Internal Revenue Service. A federal grand jury returned the 21-count indictment involving James A. Auffenburg of Swansea, three other individuals throughout the country and the U.S. Virgin Islands and their entities, including Auffenburg Enterprises of Illinois. The charges state alleged conspiracy, tax evasion, aiding and assisting in the filing of false individual and corporate income tax returns and wire fraud. The indictment also seeks the forfeiture of approximately $16.2 million in cash. If convicted, the defendants face several years in prison and nearly $34 million in fines.


MULBERRY GROVE FIRE RESPONDS TO SHED FIRE

Early Friday morning, the Mulberry Grove Fire Department responded to a report of two machine sheds on fire. Firefighters arrived at the Maggie Davidson residence, just inside Fayette County, a little after 6:30am to find two machine sheds fully engulfed. Mutual aid was requested from the Keyesport and Vandalia Fire Departments for tanker trucks.

Mulberry Grove Fire Chief Dwight Volkmar said that both sheds were right next to each other and full of tools and other storage items. Both buildings were a total loss. It's unknown what exactly ignited the fire, but Volkmar said it could have been electrical. No injuries were reported. Firefighters were on scene for about three hours.

sybert



SHIMKUS ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR PAGES IN DC

Congressman John Shimkus is inviting high school students throughout his district to apply to be a house page in Washington, DC this summer. Pages act as messengers and assist in the operations of the House of Representatives. The students live in a supervised dorm and work under the direction of the House Clerk.

To be qualified to serve as a page in Washington, applicants must be at least 16 years of age and have a cumulative grade point average of a "B" (3.0-4.0) or better in five major subjects: English, Math, Science, Social Studies, and foreign language. Electives are not counted in the GPA.

Students must apply for the summer just before their junior year of high school. The sessions are June 10th through June 29th and July 8th through August 3rd. Application are due by April 9th. For more information, or to get an application call Congressman Shimkus' office at 252-8271.


MARCH TOURISM MEETING PREVIEW

The City of Greenville Tourism Committee will meet Monday, April 2 at 7PM at the Municipal Building. A request from the Extreme Power Challenge is on the agenda, along with a discussion on the Bond County Historical Society Day.

steve



MONDAY SPORTS

GREENVILLE COLLEGE BASEBALL

Greenville College baseball team split a double header with Fontbonne College on Saturday. Greenville College won the first game 9-6, and lost the second game 14-4. Greenville College’s record this year so far is 11-10, with a 3-1 conference record.

GREENVILLE COMETS BASEBALL

The Comets won 9-0 against Carlinville on Friday. Jason Mollet pitched a no-hitter striking out 8 along the way. Eric Fohne hit two triples and Ky Stacklin had a double and 2 RBIs. The Comets are 5-1 on the season. Their next game is Wednesday at home versus Patokia.


OBITUARIES

KRISTEN COLE

16-year-old Kristen Renee Cole of Shobonier passed away Friday, 3/30 at Children’s Hospital in St. Louis, MO. Funeral service for 16-year-old Kristen Renee Cole were held this morning at 10am at Bethel Baptist Church in Vandalia with burial following in Farmer Cemetery in Shobonier. . Memorials may be made to Second Chance Animal Rescue in Vandalia.


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.

 

Do you subscribe to the WGEL Daily? If not sign up now for free daily News!

- WGEL Daily Sign Up -
Email
First Name
Last Name

 

Wgel.com | Community Calendar | Daily Archive