WOOD RIVER MAN KILLS HIS FATHER
A Madison County man was charged with First Degree Murder and Aggravated Battery Sunday night, October 5. The Madison County Sheriff's Office received a call just after 10:00 PM Sunday to respond to a residence in Bethalto. The caller was 33 year-old James Lane, of Wood River. Lane said he had killed his father. When deputies arrived, Lane's father, 63 year-old James Lane, of Bethalto, was inside the home. Lane's son had allegedly used a splitting maul to strike him on the head causing his death. Lane's mother was also in the home and was struck with the maul. She was treated at a local hospital and released. Lane was transported to the Madison County jail where he was held pending formal charges.
ILLINOIS GAMBLING REVENUES A BUST
New numbers show that Illinois' casinos have seen a sharp drop in revenues during the last year. According to the Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability, casino revenues dropped more than $100 million, from $685 million to $564 million, during fiscal year 2008. Reasons for the drop in revenue are thought to be from one or two causes. The loss could be traced to a tight economy or could be attributed to the statewide smoking ban that went into effect in January. Illinois has seen a larger drop than states which do not have a smoking ban.
NAMES ADDED TO MEMORIAL
Two names were added to the memorial stone, at the Veterans Memorial, of those killed in action while serving in Vietnam. Lance Corporal Roy L. Baldwin, of Greenville and a graduate of Hillsboro High School, was killed while serving on May 12th, 1969. Corporal Gary G. Zellar, from the New Douglas area, graduated from Highland High School. Cpl Zeller was killed while driving a fuel tanker for a transportation unit on April 2nd, 1971.