10-24 -2008

 




MAN CONFESSES TO MURDER AT GREENVILLE STATION

 

A man walked into the Greenville Police Department Tuesday and confessed to the dispatcher that he had shot and killed a Centreville man. 20 year-old Kalep Williams of East St. Louis was taken into custody Tuesday night around 6:30. According to Greenville Police, the shooting happened around 5:00 PM in Centreville. At 6:15, an alert message came across the police radio about the murder. It said Williams was wanted and was allegedly armed with a handgun. Chief Lorton said Williams was driving northbound on Fourth Street when he ran out of gas. A Greenville resident saw him walking and stopped to help.  The two men were walking to a gas station when Williams allegedly told the man he had just shot someone.  The men proceeded to the Police Department.  Williams walked into the Police Department and turned himself in.  Centerville Police were notified and three officers picked Williams up and took him to Centerville.


HOUSE BURNS IN SMITHBORO

 

Smithboro Firemen responded Wednesday night to the Roddy and Trudy Finley home on 4th Street, in Smithboro, the scene of a fire.  According to Smithboro Fire Chief Dale Deverick, the family was at home when the fire started.  Someone happened to be awake, smelled smoke and investigated.  The fire was found in the bedroom.  The couple and four children all escaped without injury.  Damage to the home is reported to be extensive.  Mulberry Grove and Greenville Fire Departments were called for mutual aid to provide water and man power.  Firemen were on the scene for about 3 1/2 hours.



FORMER HIGHLAND MAN AGREES TO FORFEIT HIS HOME AND REPAY $1.5 MILLION

 

According to United States Attorney Catherine Hanaway, former Highland resident Michael Pallagi pled guilty last week to setting up false companies to falsely bill his employer for more than $1.5 million of work that was never performed.  Hanaway said, 58 year-old Michael Pallagi, currently of Maryville, stole a significant amount of money over nine years to fund a luxury lifestyle. Now Pallagi will be forced to pay back the stolen money and go to prison to reflect upon his crimes.  According to the facts filed with the court, Pallagi was employed as a Project Manager with STERIS, Incorporated, an Ohio based company that makes sterilization systems for health care in St. Louis. One of his duties was to verify the completion of the work STERIS contractors claimed on their invoices for payment.  In 2001, Pallagi allegedly set up two sham companies, Performance Packaging and Performance Concepts to carry out his scheme to invoice STERIS for work that was never performed.  Pallagi admitted with his plea, that he used these funds to pay personal expenses, to purchase motorcycles, cars, and make improvements on his home.  Pallagi has agreed, with his plea, to forfeit his home and a money judgement of at least $1,100,000. In addition, he now faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison when he is sentenced on January 9, 2009. Pallagi ran unsuccessfully for mayor in Highland in 2001.

 

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GET PREPARED FOR FLU SEASON

 

With flu season quickly approaching, Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Damon T. Arnold reminds you to take precautions to prevent influenza and stay healthy.  Influenza, commonly called "the flu," is an infection of the respiratory tract caused by a virus.  Typically, the flu illness includes fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, headache, muscle aches and extreme fatigue.  To reduce the risk of getting the flu, it is important to take precautions, practice good hygiene and get an annual flu shot.  Vaccination is particularly important for children aged 6 months through 18 years, pregnant women, people 50 years old and over, those with certain chronic medical conditions, residents of nursing homes, and people who live with or care for anyone who is considered high risk.  The best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu vaccination each fall.



SPORTS RESULTS

 

JUNIOR HIGH BASKETBALL

 

The Greenville Junior High Lady Bluejays played Pana on Thursday.  The 8th grade team lost 42-8, while the 7th grade team won 21-15.

 

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL

 

Tune to WGEL Radio for coverage of the Comets’ football game.  The Comets are 8-0 so far this season and tonight is the last regular season game against Southwest Piasa in Edwardsville.


OBITUARIES

None To Report


WEATHER

SATURDAY - Sunny, high 57, low 43

SUNDAY - Sunny, high 60, low 35


PUBLIC AFFAIRS

Join us for Public Affairs this Sunday following the noon Bond County Area News on WGEL.  Becci’s guest this week is Maureen Whitlock.  Maureen will talk about local efforts to gather items and letters for care packages for soldier in Iraq and Afghanistan.  That’s public affairs following the noon Bond County Area News this Sunday on WGEL Radio.


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