LOCAL SOLDIER TO BE WELCOMED HOME
After serving 15 months in Iraq, 22 year-old Joshua Maroon is coming home to Greenville. His family will greet Maroon, who is stationed at Fort Brag, North Carolina, when he lands at Lambert Airport at 10 am this Thursday. Maroon is married to Kerri Bourgeois of Greenville. They have one daughter that Maroon has not seen since she was 1 month old. His baby is now 13 months old. A welcome home celebration with family and friends is being planned for Joshua Maroon at his parent's house, on Hopewell Avenue in Donellson, for Saturday afternoon.
SIX INDICTED IN FAYETTE COUNTY METHAMPHETAMINE CASE
Thomas E. Wilkerson, age 46, of Shobonier, David M. Fickes, age 39, of Effingham, David M. Murray, age 55, of Ramsey, and Donald R. Schultz, age 52, Billy D. York, age 49, and Wesley D. Conner, age 44, all of Vandalia, were recently indicted by a Federal Grand Jury, charged with alleged conspiracy to manufacture, distribute and posses with intent to distribute, methamphetamine, in excess of 500 grams. Thomas E. Wilkerson was also charged, in a second count, with alleged possession of chemicals and products with the intention to manufacture methamphetamine.
According to the indictment, the conspiracy operated in and around Fayette, Clinton, and Madison Counties and in the Southern district of Illinois, from approximately May 2004 through November 2006. The first count carries possible penalties of not less than 10 years to life imprisonment, a $4 million fine, or both, 5 years supervised release and a $100.00 assessment. The penalty applicable to the second count is up to 20 years imprisonment, a $250,000.00 fine, or both, up to 3 years supervised release, and a $100.00 special assessment.
This ongoing investigation into methamphetamine manufacturing activity is conducted as part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods Team Initiative.
82ND AIRBORNE PARATROOPER DROP OVER MIDAMERICA AIRPORT THURSDAY
There are few divisions in the army with as storied a history as the 82nd Airborne. The 82nd’s paratroopers dropped in Italy, France at D-Day and in Belgium, and were part of the U.S. forces rushed to the front during the Battle of the Bulge. This Thursday, paratroops from the 82nd will be dropped over Mascutah at Mid-American Airport. The demonstration drop will start at 10am as hundreds of paratroopers from the 82nd take part. Anyone wishing to watch the event is encouraged to get to the airport grounds by 9:30.
The drop is in conjunction with the 82nd Airborne Division Convention and Reunion going on in St Louis this week.