FIREWOOD DEALERS MUST REGISTER
Beginning January 1st all firewood dealers importing firewood into the state of Illinois must register with the Illinois Department of Agriculture. The new requirement is intended to help prevent accidental spread of the Emerald Ash Borer. This new law is necessary to control the state's infestation of EAB and other invasive insects. The new firewood importation certification rule requires all out of state firewood dealers to register annually for a nominal fee of $25 per business.
TROY MAN DRUG BY A CAR
According to Madison County Sheriff Department, 3 Troy residents are facing felony charges for Obstructing justice and Mob Action. 20 year-old Derek Herzing, 20 year-old Travis King and 18 year-old Chelsea Spengel all of Troy were charged on December 26th. Through the investigation, Detectives allege that King and Spengel lured the victims to an area on Lebanon Road in Troy with the intention of inflicting bodily harm on him. Herzing approached the victims in their vehicle and allegedly started hitting them. While the victims were defending themselves and trying to drive away, Herzing was stabbed in the arm and drug by the vehicle. Madison County Deputies located Herzing while he was being treated at a local hospital. Bond was set at $10,000 for King and Herzing and $5,000 for Spengel. Herzing also faces two misdemeanor counts of alleged battery.