LOCAL AUTHORITIES INVESTIGATING SUSPICIOUS DEATHS
The Bond County Sheriff's Department, along with the Illinois State Police, are investigated two suspicious deaths in Bond County.
Sheriff Brown told WGEL he should have more information on this investigation by this afternoon. Yesterday Lt. Bramlett with the Illinois State Police District 11 told us his department was investigation a death in the Keyesport area.
FIRE AND AMBULANCE RUN TO KEYESPORT
At 7:45 Monday morning the Keyesport Fire Department was called to a house fire. Greenville, Mulberry Grove, and Smithboro Fire Departments were also called for mutual aid with an ambulance called for at 9am. WGEL will have more details as they become available.
UTLAUT MEMORIAL FOUNDATION ANNUAL DINNER
The Utlaut Memorial Foundation held its annual dinner Monday evening at the Armington Center on the Greenville college campus. Greenville Regional Hospital CEO, Jim Hayes, opened the evening that included presentations from David Hoag, Chairman of the Advancement Board, Buddy Bond, Chairman of the Hospital Board, and guest speakers that ranged from auxiliary volunteers, hospital staff and patients. Bond recognized the work of past and present board members, including Frank Joy for his 24 years of service, Hugh Siefken for 15 years, Betty Delaurenti for 12 years, and Tom Timmerman for 12 years. Joy, Timmerman, and Delaurenti will all be returning to the board. Board officers will be Chairman Buddy Bond, Vice Chairmen Richard Funneman and David Hoag, Treasurer Mike Coling and Secretary Jeffrey Mollet.
The Hospital Annual report shows $529,312 in gifts last year, with $262,000 coming from the hospital auxiliary. New additions to the hospital this year include TVs for in-patient care rooms, phones in all Fair Oaks rooms, along with the renovated laboratory, the new PET scanning machine and in the near future the renovation of the imaging department. Greenville Regional Hospital also provided over $1.5 million in free care for patients, and over $5 million in uncompensated care for Medicade patients, and it was said that this care wouldn’t be possible without the efforts of the auxiliary.
Buddy Bond also shared the long term major needs of the community, they included urgent care clinic for after hours care, the expansion of the Emerald Pointe Apartments, a dialysis center, the expanding of local physicians and a recreational rehab center.
CONSUMERS WARNED OF ILLINOIS LOTTERY SCAM
Illinois residents are being warned about an unsolicited email, currently circulating, claiming that the recipient has won the Illinois Lottery. The email is part of a scam designed to defraud money and gain personal information from consumers. It is not authorized by the Illinois Lottery, which never notifies winners by email.
In this particular scam, recipients are asked to respond by email with their full name, address and telephone number. They are then directed to a bank in Nigeria were their winnings allegedly are, claiming that the Illinois Lottery has gone global. The consumer is then to wire money to the bank to cover a courier cost for the prize-winning check to be mailed. After the money is sent, a certified check will arrive, and even though it looks real, it will be a fake.
If you have been a victim of this scam, or would like more information, contact the Illinois Attorney General's Office at 1-800-386-5438.
BOND COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY GRAND OPENING
The Bond County Humane Society will be having a grand opening, at the end of the month, for their new facility. They have rented the old Highway Department Office on South Fourth Street. According to Rachel Hunsdorfer, over this past month volunteers have been working hard to get the building ready for it's new occupants. The concrete floor in the basement had to be recovered, as that is where the cats will be housed.
This is only a temporary home, as the long term goal is to build a shelter on the three acres donated to the Humane Society. BCHS hopes to have the shelter built within two years. For now, residents can visit the new office, Adoption Center and Cat Shelter during the Open House on April 29th from 2-4PM. For more information, call 664-4068.