SEXUAL ASSAULT VICTIM ESCAPES CAR IN NEW DOUGLAS
Meanith Huon, age 38 of Chicago, is charged in Madison County with alleged Criminal Sexual Assault, 2 counts of alleged Criminal Sexual Abuse and alleged Unlawful Restraint. The Madison County Sheriff’s Department was contacted near midnight on Sunday, June 29th, by a resident of New Douglas who said a person had come to their house claiming she had been kidnapped.
The victim, who was not named, said that Huon allegedly represented himself as a supervisor of a company involved in promotions for taverns and bars. The victim met Huon in downtown St. Louis, and he indicated worked with a bar in Sauget Illinois, and would take the victim there. When Huon failed to take the proper exit to reach Sauget, the victim became concerned.
It’s alleged the Huon started to sexually abuse and assault the victim while still driving on the Interstate. When Huon exited near New Douglas the victim was able to jump from the vehicle and run to the New Douglas home and call police. Huon was taken into custody near his home in Chicago.
Huon is expected to be brought to the Madison County Jail in Edwardsville soon, but was still being held in Chicago.
MORE DETAILS FROM THE BOND COUNTY BOARD MEETING
Coal was not the only thing discussed at this week’s Bond County Board meeting. Unit 1 and Unit 2 school superintendents and the regional superintendent of schools were on hand with a request. They asked that a presentation concerning the possibility of partially funding local schools through sales tax and not as much from property tax, be on the agenda for the next board meeting. The board agreed to hear the presentation at the July 15th meeting.
A representative from Vision 20/20 was on hand to present an overview of the purpose of their group. Vision 20/20 is designed specifically to address the economic growth needs of this area of southern Illinois.
The July 15th meeting of the Bond County Board appears to be one of the most important meetings of the year. Not only will the board vote on the Colt Coal Company proposal to purchase coal rights in Bond County, but will also hear the above mentioned first presentation on the possible change to school tax funding.
SOUTH CENTRAL ILLINOIS GROWTH ALLIANCE USES TECHNOLOGY FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
At the June 26th meeting, Alliance members agreed to begin working with Dr. Mike Rudibargh, an instructor at Lakeland College, who is using Geospatial Technology to incorporate data and satellite mapping to create specific information about a community. Rudibaugh is working with Kaskaskia College on several projects utilizing this technology and local communities are using it to enhance their economic opportunities. Information gained could show a potential business how a community matches with similar size communities where they might be located. Alliance members will begin reviewing potential target industries for which Rudibaugh will develop a case study