7-4-2008

 




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

 



"BREAK THE SILENCE" CAMPAIGN INCREASES AWARENESS OF ELDER ABUSE

 

 Governor Blagojevich declared July as Elder Abuse Awareness Month in Illinois, and launched the fourth annual "Break the Silence" campaign, encouraging those who are victims, or who suspect abuse, to call the Elder Abuse Hotline.  "Our seniors have the right to be treated with dignity, respect, and to feel safe and secure." said Governor Blagojevich. 

 

An estimated 80,000 older adults in Illinois are elder abuse victims.  Possible indications of abuse include untreated injuries, sudden changes in behavior, dehydration, malnutrition, or unsafe living conditions.  If you are a victim, or suspect abuse, call the Elder Abuse 24-hour Hotline at 866-800-1409. 

 


STAY SAFE AND SOBER FOR THE FOURTH OF JULY

 

District 11 Commander, Jerry Culp, with the Illinois State Police reminds you to be safe over this July 4th weekend.  In 2007, there were no fatalities in District 11, which includes Madison, St. Clair, Bond, Monroe, and Clinton Counties.  Commander Culp says, "Unless you want to celebrate this weekend with the Illinois State Police, please wear your seat belt, don't drink and drive, and just drive like there is a trooper behind you all the time."


RAIN TOTALS FOR WEDNESDAY JULY 2ND 2008

 

At the Sewer Plant        .73 inches

At 6th street                 .71 inches

At Idler and Rt 140        .73 inches


OBITUARIES

MARGARET GORDON MILLS

 

Margaret Gordon Mills, age 82 of Chesterfield Missouri, formerly of Greenville, passed away Wednesday, July 2nd in Chesterfield. Funeral services for Margaret Gordon Mills will be held at 11am Monday at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville. Interment will follow in Smithgrove Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 4-7 PM Sunday at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home.  Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Foundation

 


WEATHER

Saturday: Sunny with a high of 83

Sunday: Sunny with a high of 88


PUBLIC AFFAIRS

PUBLIC AFFIARS FOR SUNDAY JULY 6TH

 

Join us for Public Affiars this Sunday.  Our guests this week are Randy and Katlyn Alderman with the Catholic Heartmission Work Camp.  Randy and Katlyn will tell us about the camp, and the good work the young people do,  and also how you can help support the camp.  That’s Public Affiars after the noon Bond County Area news this Sunday. 

 


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