ARMED BANK ROBBER SUSPECT NOW FACES CHARGES IN FAYETTE COUNTY COURT
The suspect in Tuesday's armed robbery of the First State Bank of St. Peter, now faces charges in Fayette County Court. It's alleged that Walter K. Campbell, age 39, of Mattoon, entered that bank around mid day and left with an undisclosed amount of money. The suspect then lead police on a high speed chase on I-70 westbound, that ended just on the Fayette County side of the Bond / Fayette County line. The suspect was allegedly armed with a sawed-off shotgun.
Campbell faces two counts filed in Fayette County Court Wednesday. Count one is alleged armed robbery, a class X felony. The second is unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon, also a felony. Wednesday, Campbell was still in custody with bail set at $500,000. Campbell has been issued a public defender, and his first day in court is scheduled for August 4th.
MULBERRY GROVE BOARD OF EDUCATION HIRES DEAN OF STUDENTS
At the last Mulberry Grove Board of Education meeting, several persons were hired for the 2008-2009 school year. Ryan Bauer is the JH/HS Dean of Students, replacing Mike Gauch. He will also retain the positions of Athletic Director and Head HS Basketball Coach. Brian Cook was hired to be the JH/HS Business Teacher and JH Baseball Coach and Justin Joiner will be the JH/HS Physical Education and Drivers Education Teacher and HS Baseball Coach. Johnny Webber is the new Head JH Basketball Coach and Bobby Koontz will be the JH Asst. Basketball Coach. Heidi Woods was hired to be Head JH Volleyball Coach.
Summer work projects are progressing. Repairs to the girl's locker room floor have been completed along with refinishing of the HS gymnasium and stage floors. Hallway lockers are scheduled for repainting and an indoor batting cage is to be installed in mid-August. The Elementary School, including the gym, is getting a new roof and some buildings are being tuck-pointed. The District's Technology Team has completed an infrastructure upgrade to expand the bandwidth capacity, the technology office has been relocated near the Unit Office, and several new pieces of equipment have been installed in classrooms.
The next board meeting will be Monday, August 18th