INVESTIGATION CONTINUES ON DOUBLE HOMICIDE IN TAMALCO
It's been a month since a house fire led to a murder scene in southern Bond County. The Illinois State Police are continuing their investigation into the double homicide of George and Linda Weedon at their rental home on Town Hall Road north of Tamalco. Firefighters responded to the fire report around 7:45am on Monday, April 23rd and later found George Weedon in a car about 100 yards from the house. After the fire was extinguished, the then unidentified body of Linda Weedon was found in the remains of the house.
As far as the investigation goes, Sgt. Dave Wasmuth with the Illinois State Police said that even though some evidence could have been lost by the fire, quite a bit of good evidence was actually collected from the entire crime scene and both bodies. The cause of the fire is still unknown and under investigation by the State Fire Marshall. Wasmuth referred to the last murder in Bond County back in 1998 when Darrell Hahs was found by Ripson Bridge and said it took about 9 months before the first suspect was arrested. He commented that just like in this case, the area surrounding the murder was remote.
George Weedon was a truck driver and his wife Linda worked at St. Joeseph's Hospital in Breese. They had been renting the home since January of this year. Police are asking that anyone who has information in the double homicide to call Special Agent Dave Bivens at 346-3769 or the St. Louis Regional CrimeStoppers at 866-371-TIPS. Callers to CrimeStoppers may remain anonymous.
LAW ENFORCEMENT TO BE OUT IN FULL FORCE THIS WEEKEND
If you're going to be traveling on I-55 this Friday you will more than likely see a state trooper. According to Trooper Ralph Timmons, the Illinois State Police will blanket I-55 from St. Louis to Chicago, with troopers in cars, on motorcycles, and in airplanes performing laser radar, pace, aircraft speed and photo enforcement. The "Stay Alive on I-55" campaign is just in time for the Memorial Day holiday weekend.
Timmons says there will be a trooper about every 10 miles. They also said that extra troopers and local law enforcement will be handling "special enforcement details" throughout the entire district for the remainder of the weekend, including roadside safety checks. Law enforcement will be targeting speed, seatbelt, improper lane usage, following too closely and DUI offenses.
The reason behind the weekend enforcement is that they want drivers to slow down, buckle-up, and not to drink and drive. Timmons says they'll also be looking for drivers who speed through construction zones and don't yield to police cars or other emergency vehicles.
MGHS ATHLETIC AWARDS TUESDAY NIGHT
The Mulberry Grove High School held their Sports Awards Night on Tuesday evening. Several honors and awards were handed out including the Scholar Athlete for 2007 that was presented to Jacob Joliff.
Most Valuable Players selected in each of the sports were Aaron Kindall for Baseball; Endia Fletcher and Brittany Crandell in Softball; Marissa Kelly for Volleyball; and Jacob Joliff in Basketball.
And Tom Dooley and Jan Watts were recognized for their time and effort they've put in the last 32 years in helping the Mulberry Grove athletics. Both will be retiring from those duties at the end of this school year.