LOCAL MAN WINS THE LOTTERY; AFTER PLAYING FOR 25 YEARS
After nearly 25 years of spending a couple of dollars every weekday on the lottery, one local man finally had his big pay-off. Pete and Sharon Peterson talked about their Little Lotto win on Friday. Pete said he didn’t check the numbers on Friday, but decided to when he read that there were two winners in Sunday’s paper. He said when he realized that he had matched all five numbers, he almost fell out of his chair. Sharon said she didn’t believe it at first and was shocked.
Pete says that he bought the $190,000 winning ticket at CC Food Mart in Greenville. After taxes, the Peterson's should get around $130,000. Pete said that there were two winners for Friday, as the actual jackpot was $380,000. Sharon said that they might do some touch-ups to their house, or some of the money might go toward a new car. This is the second time in six months that a local couple has won more than $100,000 from the Illinois Lottery.
FIREFIGHTERS FACED HEAT EXHAUSTION ON SUNDAY
In an update to a story previously reported on WGEL, Sunday afternoon around 3:23PM, Shoal Creek, Greenville and Pocahontas-Old Ripley Fire Departments responded to a report of hay bales on fire on Prairie Lane. WGEL spoke with Shoal Creek Fire Chief Eric Earnest, who said that there were around 125 bales that burned during the afternoon. He said that due to the high temperatures on Sunday, the green hay spontaneously combusted and caught fire.
Nearly 35 firefighters were on scene for seven hours containing the fire to ½ an acre. Haller excavating and Slatton Excavating brought track-hoes to the scene to break up the hay bales. Tri-County Petroleum delivered fuel to the tanker trucks that had been on Prairie Lane for most of the day. Earnest said that neighbors and department volunteers continued to bring drinking water for the firefighters throughout the afternoon and into the evening. Bond County EMS and Pocahontas Ambulance responded to the fire, as well, for precautionary measures for the firefighters.
By the time the fire was extinguished, three firefighters had been taken to Greenville Regional Hospital for heat exhaustion. Earnest said that they were all treated and released.
SORENTO WOMAN DIES SUNDAY IN ALTON
A Sorento woman died after being involved in a car accident Sunday afternoon in Alton, around 4:46PM. According to the police report, 75 year-old Wanda "Myrle" Cruthis was driving a 2005 Chevy Malibu southwest on Fosterburg Road when her vehicle veered off the left side of the roadway, drove through an embankment and hit the laundry building of the Alton Mental Health Center. Cruthis was taken to Alton Memorial Hospital and then transferred to Barnes Hospital in St. Louis. She passed away early Monday morning.
According to the St. Louis Medical Examiner, it's not been determined yet if a brain aneurysm was the cause of the accident. Cruthis was wearing her seatbelt. WGEL will have funeral arrangements for Wanda "Myrle" Cruthis when they become available.