6-18-2007


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LITCHFIELD MAN PLEADS NOT GUILTY TO MURDER OF GILLESPIE WOMAN

Last week, a Litchfield man pled not guilty to murder charges in a case dating back nearly four years. 27 year-old Anthony Ashby was arrested on April 25th at a plant in Greenville, where he worked. He was charged in Macoupin Court with five counts of alleged First-Degree Murder, Home Invasion, Residential Burglary and Aggravated Battery, in the death of a Gillespie woman.

On July 30, 2003, 22 year-old Angela K. Lee was found dead at her residence. An investigation was immediately begun by the Macoupin and Madison County Sheriff's Departments, the Illinois State Police, the Secretary of State Police, the FBI and the ATF. For over 3-1/2 years, no viable suspect was identified. Macoupin County Sheriff, Don Albrecht, then formed the "Angie Lee task force" a couple of months ago, in conjunction with the Illinois State Police. In less than two weeks after forming the task force, Ashby was arrested. After pleading not guilty in Macoupin County Court last week, a pre trial date has been set for June 25th at 9am. Ashby is currently being held in the Macoupin County Jail on $2 million bond.


KINGSBURY PARK DISTRICT BOUNDRY DISPUTE GOES UNSETTLED

After an executive session, the Kingsbury Park Board voted to deny a request by one of their neighbors to settle a boundary line dispute between that neighbor and the park district. According to Park Board Chairman, Dave Barbie, there are 4.7 acres near the Patriots Park Lake spillway in question and he added the park district has had the area surveyed and he says that survey shows the land is part of the park.

Jerry Sauerwein, Kingsbury Park District Superintendent, told the Park board that the annual fishing derby drew a record 71 participants. Several large bass and catfish were caught, including one channel cat measuring 19 and a half-inches which turned out to be the largest of the days catch. Sauerwein's report came at the boards June meeting.


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BICYCLISTS RACED THROUGH GREENVILLE THIS WEEKEND

You may have noticed bicyclists racing through Greenville this past weekend. Many more will continue though town today and Tuesday morning for the Race Across America. Saturday morning around 10:05am, Team Type 1 made their way down Route 140, to Route 127 and eastward on Route 40.

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They are the leaders in the corporate team division in a race taking them from Oceanside, CA to Atlantic City, NJ. The team is comprised of eight men and women with diabetes, who are out to prove that people with diabetes can do the same activities as healthy individuals.

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This is the 26th year for the event with the largest starting field of bicyclists ever. Over 220 men and women, from all over the world, are traveling the 3,000 mile route for a charity close to their heart.


ALTON MAN ARRESTED FOR BANK ROBBERY IN STAUNTON

The FBI announced Thursday that an arrest was made in regards to the May 31st robbery of Citizen's National Bank in Staunton. John W. Beck, 40 of Alton, was arrested early in the morning, without incident, according to the FBI report. The alleged robbery charges were to be handed down to Beck in court late Thursday afternoon.


GREENVILLE HIGH SCHOOL WINS IN THE HIGH SCHOOL CHALLENGE

The Central Illinois Community Blood Center announced the winners of the 2006/2007 High School Blood Challenge. The competition pits area high schools against each other in 3 categories based on size. For the second year in a row, Greenville High School has won the medium school category. Granite City High School won for large school, and Madison High School won for small school. One thousand dollar scholarship checks were presented to representatives from each of the winning schools.

Scholarship winner at Bond County Unit 2 was Amanda McCario. Davis Parsons, CEO for the Blood Center, said these local high school students could not be thanked enough, for their dedication to saving lives in their community.

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THE COSTS OF A DUI CONVICTION IN ILLINOIS

Trooper Doug Francis, Safety Education Office with the Illinois State Police District 18, would like to remind the public of the cost of getting caught drinking and driving. The average cost of a DUI conviction is $14,600 which includes court costs, legal fees, income loss, high risk insurance and reinstatement fees. The cost of a DUI crash can run into the $100,000's after all the medical bills and lawsuits. The loss of driving privileges is another thing to consider. For a first time offense, a DUI conviction will result in a loss of a driver's license for at least one year. The illegal limit for blood-alcohol concentration in Illinois is .08. For drivers under 21, a BAC at any level over .00 will cause the loss of driving privileges. The penalty for a DUI fatal Crash, Reckless Homicide, is 3-14 years in prison. Make a commitment that when you drink, you don't drive.


BIVENS NAMED ILLINOIS STATE POLICE OFFICER OF THE YEAR

The Illinois State Police recently announced that District 11's Special Agent, David Bivens, was named "Illinois State Police Officer of the Year". Bivens joined the ISP in November of 1995, becoming the seventh member of his family to join the State Police. He worked as a patrol trooper before becoming a Special Agent in 2002. In 2003 he was assigned to the Metro East Homicide Unit. As a member of the homicide unit, he has investigated several murders including the murders of the Jimella Tunstall family. Special Agent Bivens was selected officer of the year for his dedications and professionalism in serving the citizens of Illinois.

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BOND COUNTY FAIR SET FOR AUGUST 1ST

Get ready for another exciting week at the Bond County Fairgrounds as this year's Bond County Fair has been scheduled for Wednesday, August 1st through Tuesday, August 7th. The event kicks off with the Garden Tractor Pull on Wednesday and continues with the County Tractor Pull on Thursday, Demolition Derby on Friday, Mud Drags on Saturday, County Truck Pull on Sunday, Little Miss and Queen Pageant on Monday and ends with the Parade on Tuesday. The Carnival will open Wednesday and offers three kids days and two armband nights. Throughout the week, various activities, contests and shows will be held during the day. The first Bond County Fair was held the end of August in 1948.


ST. LOUIS COUNTRY CLUB TO HOST BMW CHAMPIONSHIP

Bellerive Country Club will host the world's top golfers next year as the 2008 BMW Championship comes to the Gateway City. The golf course recently re-opened after undergoing nearly $10 million in renovations. Bellerive's general Chairman, Jerry Ritter, says the improvements make the golf course more desirable for big events. The BMW event, formerly known as the Western Open, is part of the PGA Tour's new FedEx Cup playoff system. It will be played September 1-7, 2008 and will feature the top 70 pros in the world.


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OBITUARIES

JACKILYN J. "JACKIE" TEDRICK

Jackilyn J. "Jackie" Tedrick, age 73, of Vandalia, passed away Saturday, June 16, at Fayette County Hospital. Graveside services for 73 -year-old Jackilyn J. "Jackie" Tedrick will be held Tuesday at 10:30 AM in Fairlawn Cemetery in Vandalia. There will be a private family visitation at the Holt and File Funeral Home in Vandalia. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Fayette County Health Department Hospice, the American Cancer Society, or St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church of Vandalia. The Holt & File Funeral Home in Vandalia is in charge of arrangements.

MILLIE ENLOE

Millie Enloe, age 77, of Highland, formerly of Sorento, passed away Friday, at Fair Oaks in Greenville. Funeral services for 77 -year-old Millie Enloe will be Monday, at 11:00 AM at the Perfetti Funeral Home in Sorento. Burial will be in Sunnyside Cemetery. Friends may call Monday, from 9:30 AM until time of service at the Perfetti Funeral Home.


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