7-9-2007


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GREENVILLE WOMEN ESCAPES SEVERE INJURY WHEN FLYING METAL COMES THROUGH HER WINDSHIELD

A piece of scrap metal flying from the back of a truck sent a Greenville Women to the hospital Sunday morning. About 11am Margaret A Lorton of Shannon Drive in Greenville was traveling west on Beaumont Avenue near Locust Street when a piece of metal came loose from a truck driven by Matthew P. Phipps of Mulberry Grove. Phipps was traveling East on Beaumont when the accident happened. The metal traveled through the front windshield of the Lorton car striking her on the left upper arm. Margaret said it happened so fast that she could not react. The Bond County Sheriff's deputy issued Matthew Phipps citations for alleged no proof of insurance, spilling a load on the highway, and load not secured. According to Margaret husband, Greenville Police Chief Lou Lorton, she was taken by ambulance to St. Louis University Hospital and was treated and released from the hospital last night. Lou said she is very sore and very lucky her steering wheel deflected the flying metal and only hit her arm.


CONSTRUCTION DELAYS NEAR POPLAR STREET BRIDGE TO BEGIN TODAY

For those of you who travel back and forth to St. Louis, beginning this week, your trip could take a little longer. According to Illinois Department of Transportation Project Engineer, Jeff Church, construction work is to be done near the Poplar Street Bridge. Today at 9am, weather permitting, a new resurfacing project began at the I-55/70/64 interchange in East St. Louis.

The construction will go west from Illinois Route 203 to the Poplar Street Bridge. Due to the high volume of traffic, peak restriction hours have been put into place. Work can’t be done in the westbound lanes between 6-9am nor in the eastbound lanes between 3-6PM. Even with the work restriction, delays of 10-15 are still expected. The project could take 25 days to complete. Motorists are asked to exercise caution and patience while going through the work zone.


MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT ON I-70 FRIDAY NIGHT

The Illinois State Police responded to a motorcycle accident late Friday night around 7:09PM on I-70 westbound just west of mile post 36. According to police, 36 year-old Donald E. Chambless of New Port Richey, FL, stated his duffel bag came loose and got stuck in the rear tire of his 2007 Suzuki motorcycle. Chambless said he laid the bike down in the median. The Pocahontas Old Ripley EMS were paged to the scene, but Chambless refused treatment. He was charged with alleged DUI, operation of uninsured motor vehicle, driving while license suspended and improper lane usage.

TRUCK FIRE AT MILL HILL

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At one o'clock Saturday afternoon Greenville firefighters were called to a truck fire at the bottom of Mill Hill. According to police the truck was fully involved in fire. A Bethalto man told fire fighters he had just purchased the Truck near Carlyle and was taking it home. The fire department also worked a Fire in dryer at Jansen's Laundry on Beaumont around one thirty Saturday afternoon.

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FIRST TAX INSTALLMENT DUE MONDAY

If you haven't paid the first installment of your property taxes, you have till Monday, July 9th to make that payment. Bond County Treasurer Katie Weiss reminds residents that this first installment is half of your full tax bill for the year. She says there are several ways you can make the payment. You can pay the bill at most local banks, go online to the website found on the back of your tax bill, call the toll-free number to pay by credit card or pay in person at the Treasurer's Office. Any payments that are not made or postmarked by July 9th will be assessed a penalty.

Weiss also reminds residents that if taxes aren't paid in full by September 9th, then a tax sale will be held in October where tax buyers bid on the amount of interest they're going to charge property owners to pay their taxes for them. All of this can be avoided if you pay your taxes by the due dates. The Bond County Treasurer's Office is open Monday through Friday, from 8am-4PM. For more information, you can call the office at 664-0618.


MILLIONS OF DOLLARS OF MEDICATION RECOVERED NEAR TROY

On June 17th a tractor-trailer owned by KLLM Inc., was stolen from the Pilot Truck Stop in Troy. It was hauling nearly 16 million Vicodin pills from Watson Laboratories in California to a distributor in Illinois. It's estimated that the street value of the medication was around $3 a pill. A few days later, tyhe cab of the truck was found near Hamel, IL. A $5,000 reward was offered earlier last week for information leading to the location of the trailer and medication, and to the arrest of individuals responsible for the theft.

According to Troy Police Chief, Bill Brown, on Tuesday a person called the Illinois State Police to report that a trailer, matching the description, was parked near a gas station on Route 4 near I-70. Officers from the Troy Police Department responded and recovered the trailer, along with all of the medication, minus a few bottles. Chief Brown said he was amazed that most of the Vicodin was still there, considering the suspects had ample time to get rid of it. Anyone with information on who might have taken the tractor-trailer is asked to call the Troy Police Department at 667-6731.

 

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BOND COUNTY EMS RECIEVES NEW AMBULANCE

The Bond County Emergency Medical Services recently announced that they have added a 2007 E450 Ford “Full Mod, box-type” ambulance to their fleet. It was purchased in Sterling, IL and has been in use since early May. Greenville Regional Hospital Emergency Medical Services Manager, Tom Hoffman, says that the ambulance is classified as an ALS, or Advanced Life Support unit. It is equipped with a defibrillator, IVs, fluids, various advanced airway equipment and advanced life support medicines. The ambulance is part of the 4 ambulance fleet, three of which are ALS.

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Bond County Emergency Medical Services is staffed by 10 paramedics, 11 basic emergency medical technicians, and 4 specially trained nurses. There are crews of emergency medical personnel on duty at all times, along with a back-up crew should the need arise. The Greenville Regional Hospital Emergency Room is staffed with a physician 24 hours a day, along with a full nursing staff. The facility features four trauma rooms and three exam rooms.


CITY OF GREENVILLE WATER REPORT

Residents may have received a 2006 City of Greenville Annual Quality Drinking Report in the mail recently. According to Greenville Water Plant Supervisor Jeff Leidner all of the tests came back with good scores under the highest allowable level. However, a violation was issued for a sample that wasn't turned in to the lab in time. This is why the report was sent to all city water customers. Leidner said the problem was due to the kit not being sent correctly by the lab. He said the tests results came back good, it's just that particular sample wasn't received by the deadline.

Another issue that Leidner commented on was the taste and smell of the city water recently. He said that more rain is needed to get the water flowing again over the spillway at the dam. Right now it's sitting there, with nowhere to go. Even the recent showers haven't been enough to spill the water over. Leidner said that even though the water might have a musty smell or taste, there's nothing to worry about, as it's still clean and safe to drink.

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SECOND HUMAN CASE OF WEST NILE REPORTED

The Illinois Department of Public Health has confirmed the second human West Nile virus case in Illinois for 2007. The 50 year-old Cook County woman became ill in the later part of June. So far this year there are only three counties reporting positive West Nile virus samples in the state, compared with 21 counties this time last year. Residents are reminded that even though there has not been widespread mosquito activity, people still need to protect themselves against mosquito bites.

West Nile virus is transmitted through the bite of a mosquito that has picked up the virus by feeding on an infected bird. Most people with the virus have no clinical symptoms of illness, but some may become ill three to 14 days after the bite of an infected mosquito. Only about two persons out of 10 who are bitten by an infected mosquito will experience any illness.

Last year 77 of the state's 102 counties were found to have a West Nile positive bird, mosquito, horse or human case. A total of 215 human cases of West Nile disease, including 10 deaths, were reported last year in Illinois.


BOND COUNTY BOARD OF HEALTH PREVIEW

The Bond County Board of Health will meet Monday at 6:30PM night for their regular monthly meeting. Items on the agenda include site planner discussion from the Building and Grounds Committee, the recycling program and the Prairie Counseling Center Checklist. Other items to be presented include a West Nile Virus update.


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OBITUARIES

HERB FUNK

Herb Funk, age 83 of Greenville, passed away Friday, July 6th at Greenville Regional Hospital. Funeral Services will be conducted Monday, July 9th at 11am at Young Funeral Home, Greenville. Burial will be in Fairlawn Cemetery, Vandalia Illinois. Visitation was held this past Sunday. Memorial contributions are suggested to Greenville Regional Hospital.

HAZEL D. ZUCCA

Hazel D. Zucca, age 84 of Greenville formerly Pocahontas, passed away Sunday at St. Joseph Hospital in Highland. Funeral Services will be held Thursday, July 12th, at 11am at May Funeral Home in Pocahontas. Interment in Robinson Cemetery. Visitation will be held Wednesday from 5 to 8pm at May Funeral Home

WILLIAM STAGGS

William Staggs, age 80 of Mulberry Grove, passed away Sunday morning at St. Luke's Hospital in Chesterfield, Missouri. Arrangements are incomplete at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Mulberry Grove.


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