03-04-2009

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WOMAN CHARGED WITH ALLEGED ATTEMPTED MURDER

 

The Columbia Police Department has arrested 24 year-old Elyse Mamino, of Belleville, on a warrant issued in Monroe County, for alleged attempted first-degree murder.  Columbia Police detectives arrested Mamino Friday, February 27, with the assistance of the Illinois State police and Belleville Police detectives. The charge stems from an incident that took place at a residence in Columbia on November 15, 2008.  It is alleged that Mamino, with the intent to commit the offense of first degree murder, allegedly placed her newborn baby face down in a toilet bowl containing water, while the infant was gasping for air and kicking her legs.  According to the Belleville Police Department, after an investigation, the remains of a decomposed infant have been found at that residence. No additional information will be released until the investigation and review has been concluded.  Mamino is currently being held at the Monroe County Jail. Bond was set at $250,000.  Attempted first degree murder is a class X felony.


TWO ARRESTED FOR RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY

 

Two men have been arrested, by the Madison County Sherriff’s Department, for alleged residential burglary in Edwardsville, in late February.  According to the Madison County Sherriff’s Department, 30 year-old Mathew Wiese, of Bond County, and 27 year-old Mathew Becker, of Highland, were in the process of burglarizing a home on Staunton road in Edwardsville, when the home owner arrived and called police.  The two men fled on foot with Wiese being arrested a short distance from the home and Becker being arrested the next day.  Both men are currently being held in the Madison County Jail, charged with alleged residential burglary, a felony offense. Bond is set at $50,000 each. 


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COUNTY ENGINEER CLEARS THE AIR ON ROAD PROJECT

 

At the most recent Bond County Board meeting, Highway Engineer Mike McCormick offered information to clear up any confusion that may have been caused by the road construction on County Highway 25, Museum Avenue.  A well planned timeline was presented informing the board of the road construction progress.  The request for repairs on Museum Avenue started in September of 2004.  The maintenance responsibility was handed over to the Bond County Highway Department in March 2005. When transferred, the State agreed to pay the County a lump sum of $396,000 to be deposited into the County's Motor Fuel Tax account.  Since that time, the county has contracted Dunn Company to resurface and repair Museum Avenue.  Dunn Company guaranteed the project and since construction in August, there have been some areas that have been failing.  McCormick contacted the company in January and weather permitting the failures will be corrected.  McCormick said he will contact Dunn to start work in April.   


CD RELEASE PARTY VERY SUCCESSFUL

 

Last Friday night was the CD release party for Jeff Chapman's new album.  Jeff said that Friday night's event was beyond his expectations.  He estimated 300 - 400 people attended throughout the night and he thanked the musicians who played with him and backed him up on the album.  The album has received only good reviews and radio stations in Belgium, Argentina, and France, have contacted Jeff, requesting copies of the new release.  Jeff said he is "pumped" about the whole thing and that it is spreading like wildfire.

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POCAHONTAS ACCELERATED READER PROGRAM PROMOTES LEARNING

 

The Accelerated Reader Program at the Pocahontas Center continues to promote learning through reading.  These students reached NEW point clubs in February.  Conner Kutz and Bradley Kalous are in the 500-point club, Alyssa Moore the 400-point club, and Autumn Weiss and Taylor Zobrist attained 250-point club status.  In the 200-point club are Lizzie Kalous, Trevor Kinkel, Brandon Nelson and Zachary Busch, and Marissa Maples and Emily Frank have earned 150-point club membership.  Many other students are involved in the Accelerated Reader Program.

 

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SPORTS

COMETS WIN AND ADVANCE TO SECTIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

 

The Greenville Comets boys basketball team broke open a close game after halftime to defeat Staunton 67-50 last night. The Bulldogs used a ball control strategy in the first half and the Comets held a 17-14 lead at halftime. But the Comets stayed with their offensive game plan and by the 4rth quarter pulled out to a big lead and won by 17 points. The Comets next play Friday night at 7:30 against either the Breese Central Cougars or the Columbia Eagles for the Sectional Championship. Listen to the game live, right here on WGEL.


OBITUARIES

W. F. "BILL" WILLEFORD

 

W. F. "Bill" Willeford, age 84, of Greenville, passed away Saturday, February 28, at Lake Point Medical Center in Rowlett, Texas.  Funeral services for Bill Willeford will be Monday, March 9, at 11:00 AM, at Young Funeral Home in Greenville.  Burial will be in Mt. Nebo Cemetery with graveside military rites by Greenville VFW Post 1377.  Friends may call Sunday from 5:00 - 8:00 PM at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to Mt. Nebo Cemetery. Willeford was Bond County Sherriff from 1970-1990.

 

DEAN INGLES

 

Dean Ingles, age 72, of Sorento, passed away Monday, March 2, in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.  Funeral services for Dean Ingles will be Friday at 11:00 AM, at the Perfetti Funeral Home in Sorento.  Burial will be in Sunnyside Cemetery.  Friends may call Thursday from 6:00 - 8:00 PM at the funeral home.


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