WEEKEND ACCIDENTS WITH INJURIES
Bond County Sheriff's Officers responded to two accidents with injuries this past weekend.
At 1:52 AM Saturday, Sara M. Oestringer, age 22, of Pocahontas was westbound on State Street in Pocahontas when she allegedly steered across both lanes of the roadway. Her vehicle struck a highway sign, scraped along a bridge railing and came to rest near a pond. The vehicle remained upright, however, much of the metal along the passenger side was torn off from scraping the side of a concrete bridge. The right front wheel was also torn off. Oestringer was transported by Pocahontas-Old Ripley EMS to St. Joseph Hospital in Highland and then transferred by ARCH Helicopter to St. Louis University Hospital. Her current condition is not known.
In another single vehicle accident at 7:18 PM Sunday, Cheyenne Johnson, age 16 of Mulberry Grove, was eastbound on Bowman Avenue when she allegedly lost control of her vehicle as the wheels ran off the right side of the road. When she attempted to steer back onto the road, the vehicle skidded sideways, struck the ditch on the left side of the road and then rolled over, coming to rest on its wheels, facing south. The vehicle sustained extensive damage to the top and passenger side. Smithboro First Responders were called to the scene along with Bond County EMS. Johnson, and a passenger, 17 year-old Jason Clanton, of Smithboro, were taken to Greenville Regional Hospital, by Bond County EMS, for treatment.
MONTEREY COAL MINE SHUTDOWN, BUT COULD RE-OPEN
As reported earlier by WGEL, the Monterey Coal Mine in Macoupin County was in danger of being shut down. According to State Senator Deanna Demuzio, the mine did shut down on December 31st, but negotiations are still underway to get it re-opened.
Monterey was the second mine in 2007 to shut down in Macoupin County, which is projected to have a huge economical impact on the economy. Demuzio said that just this week, the CEO of Carlin Acquisitions met with the Senator, Exxon and the United Mine Workers of America to pursue a financing packet and negotiations. She explained that Carlin has been interested in the mine for sometime, but their financial provider, backed out in late November. Now the Illinois Finance Authority is prepared to fill in the gaps left by the previous financial company.
Demuzio said that it could take a few more months to get things lined up, but hopes the mine will be up and running again in the near future. And for the mine workers, many have relocated to a mine in Arkansas, while others are pursuing different professions locally.
TROOPER INJURED AS RESULT OF SCOTTS LAW VIOLATION
Illinois State Police are again reminding motorists of Scott's Law and how important it is for drivers to follow it. On Thursday, around 1:21PM, Trooper Derrik Taylor was injured, as a result of a Scott's Law violation, while stopped to assist a motorist in need of medical help. The incident occurred on Route 15 in front of Our Lady of the Snows Shrine. Trooper Taylor was pulled over on the side of the road with emergency lighting in operation, assisting an ambulance with the driver of another vehicle.
According to police, 49 year-old Kimberly A. Clifford, of Belleville, allegedly drove onto the shoulder and struck the parked squad. Trooper Taylor and an EMT received non-life threatening injuries and were taken to the nearest hospital. Clifford was charged with alleged DUI, Driving on the Shoulder, Failure to Reduce Speed to Avoid an Accident and Aggravated Scott's Law Violation.
Scott's law states that if an emergency vehicle or maintenance vehicle is on the shoulder, traffic passing by must slow down and if possible move over. Potential penalties for violating the law including driver's license suspension for up to two years and up to $10,000 in fines.
WOMAN ARRESTED IN REGARDS TO HUSBAND'S DEATH
The Major Case Squad has been asking for the public's help in regards to information on the house fire and death of a Freeburg man. 34 year-old Eric W. Shepheard was found inside the remains of his home Wednesday night. Police then arrested his wife, 33 year-old Cindy L. Shepheard, Saturday and have charged her with alleged First-Degree Murder in Eric's death. Police say Cindy allegedly shot her husband the night before the fire. She is currently being held at the St. Clair County Jail.
MOJO TO PERFORM AT KC'S MARDI GRAS PARTY
The world-renowned group MOJO and the Bayou Gypsies will perform at Kaskaskia College at the beginning of February. The group features a Cajun accordion, fiddle, rubboard, drums, comedy and more. Mojo’s music is infectiously happy and people of all ages enjoy the show.
In addition to the concert, KC will be presenting a “Taste of New Orleans” where KC Chef Clarke Griffen and the KC Culinaires will offer a spread of New Orleans Cajun culinary treats to help celebrate Mardi Gras.
MOJO and the Bayou Gypsies will perform at KC’s Jane Knight Auditorium on Friday, February 1st at 7:30pm. The cost for the concert is $15 for adults and free to KC students and children 12 and under. The food event will be an additional $10. Tickets can be purchased in the KC Library or by calling 545-3223.
POCAHONTAS ACCELERATED READER ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Students at the Pocahontas Center continue to improve their reading through the Accelerated Reader Program. Students read books and take computerized tests to earn points and reach points clubs. Many students have earned membership in the 10, 25, 50, and 75 points clubs. Those in the 100 points club or higher include: Jodi Frey, Jed Kalous, Sarah Bailey, and Brad Nelson in the 100 Point Club, Conner Kutz and Haley Maples - 150 Point Club, and Courtney Skaggs, and Kylea Walker in the 200 Point Club. Will Funderburk and Brendan Nelson are in the 250 Point Club and Zachary Busch is in the 700 Point Club.
SPORTS FOR MONDAY
HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL
The Greenville Lady Comets freshman team will host Pana.
JUNIOR HIGH BASKETBALL
The Greenville Junior High Bluejays tallied back to back wins on Friday and Saturday. The Bluejays beat Pana 60-47 on Friday, and rallied in the 4th quarter to beat Piasa 24-22 on Saturday.
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