01-06-2009



 

MOBILE HOME FIRE RESULTS IN ARSON ARREST

 

The Bond County Sheriff's Department arrested Brian Tilson, age 27, of Pierron, for alleged residential arson in connection with a mobile home fire at Country View Mobile Home Park in Pierron.  According to Highland-Pierron Fire Chief Steve Plocher, the fire started with an explosion but there were no injuries. The State Fire Marshall determined the fire was arson.  Firemen fought that fire for three hours Friday morning.


CARBON MONOXIDE INCIDENTS INCREASE

 

During the winter months, carbon monoxide poisoning incidents increase.  In response to a number of recent carbon monoxide incidents, Illinois State Fire Marshal David Foreman and Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Damon T. Arnold are urging residents to ensure the safety of their loved ones by installing a detector.  According to a recent study by the centers for disease control and prevention, the first month of the year is the worst for carbon monoxide poisoning.  In January, at least two people die each day across the country from carbon monoxide.  The fire marshal applauds an Illinois State law established in 2007, requiring monoxide detectors in homes.      

 


SUPERBOWL PARTIES SPARK ROADSIDE SAFETY CHECKS

 

To keep the motoring public safe, the roadside safety check is an effective tool.  Illinois State Police Commander Captain Jerry Culp says with the arrival of the football play-offs and approaching Super Bowl season there is more inclination to be involved in parties and get-togethers that frequently involve alcohol. Roadside safety checks will be held in St. Clair, Monroe, Madison, Bond and Clinton Counties.


NEW LAWS SPONSORED

 

Illinois State Representative Ron Stephens office has issued a news release detailing the new laws the Mr. Stephens helped sponsor that went into effect January 1. These laws include, providing in-state tuition at public universities for persons on active military duty stationed out of state and the Pay to Play law that prohibits companies who hold state contracts worth more than $50,000 from making political contributions to the office holder responsible for awarding the contract. In addition, a new law that allows judges to decide if a GPS surveillance device can be put on violators of protection orders. Another new law provides special license plates to Distinguished Service Cross recipients or their surviving spouses.




OBITUARIES

MINNIE E. "ELI" MARKEY

 

Minnie E. "Eli" Markey, age 95, of Pocahontas, passed away Saturday, January 3, at St. Joseph Hospital in Highland.  Funeral services for Minnie E. Markey will be Wednesday at 11:00 AM at the First United Methodist Church in Pocahontas.  Interment will be in Robinson Cemetery.  Friends may call Tuesday from 4:00 - 8:00 PM at Meridith Funeral Home in Pocahontas.  Memorials are suggested to the First United Methodist Church in Pocahontas.

 

GEORGE SIEBERT

 

88 year-old George W. Siebert passed away Sunday, January 4, at St. Luke's Hospital in Chesterfield.  Funeral services will be at 11:00 AM Friday, January 9, at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home. Interment will follow in Mt. Auburn Cemetery.  The family will receive friends at the funeral home in Greenville from 4:00 - 8:00 PM Thursday.  Memorials may be made to the Bond County Senior Citizen's Center.

 

JOANN K LINTON

 

71 year-old  Joann K. Linton of Hookdale passed away Friday, January 2 at her home. Visitation and funeral services for Joann Linton will be private. Young Funeral Home in Greenville is handling the arrangements.


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