Bond County Sheriff's Department officers responded to a single car accident early Sunday morning on Old Ripley Road, north of Old Ripley.  Michael Koeninger, age 19, of Troy, was northbound on Old Ripley Road in a 2001 Chevy Tahoe, when he ran off the road on a curve.  The car hit the ditch, flipped numerous times, and possibly four of the five occupants were ejected.  The car came to rest upright and caught fire.  Pocahontas-Old Ripley Firemen extinguished the fire.  Pocahontas-Old Ripley Ambulance, Bond County EMS, and Highland-Pierron EMS transported the injured to area hospitals.  Two were taken to St. Joseph's Hospital in Highland, with at least one being taken to St. Louis Cardinal Glennon Hospital by helicopter.  Three were taken to Greenville Regional Hospital and later all three were taken to St. Louis area hospitals, one by ambulance and two by helicopter.  Koeninger was cited for alleged failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, and driving while under the influence of alcohol, drugs or a combination of both. 



Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White is warning businesses of a scam targeting Illinois corporations.  A firm called "Illinois Corporate Compliance" is contacting Illinois businesses in an attempt to collect a $150.00 fee to file a corporation's "Annual Minutes Disclosure Statement."  Organizations are not required to file a minutes disclosure statement or pay such a fee with the state.  If you have questions or want to report such a scam, call the Secretary of State's Office at 312-814-9509.



Mulberry Grove Firemen were dispatched Sunday afternoon to a call of smoke from a fire along I-70. According to Fire Chief Dwight Volkmar, the owner set some corn stalks on fire and the smoke was blowing across I-70, causing a possible traffic hazard.  Firemen extinguished the fire.  No injuries resulted from the smoke.  Firemen were on the scene for about 45 minutes.


Mulberry Grove Firemen were called again Sunday night to the Ed Barth business in Mulberry Grove.  According to Fire Chief Dwight Volkmar, a valve on an anhydrous tank was leaking.  Firemen shut the value.  No injuries were reported.  Firemen were on the scene for about 30 minutes.


Greenville Firemen were called three times Sunday but each time turned out to be either a false alarm or something other than a fire.  Sunday morning firemen responded to a fire alarm sounding at a residence on Trails End Road.  The homeowner had set off the alarm by accident.  The second call came shortly afternoon to a carbon monoxide alarm at the Simple Room.  A falling picture caused the alarm.  Firemen checked the building but found no sign of carbon monoxide.  Firemen responded again Sunday night to the Sleep Inn to a fire alarm sounding.  There was no fire.  Firemen found the cause to be a tenant taking a shower. 



The cost of taking the General Education Development (GED) Tests in Illinois is going up. Effective July 1st this year the fee will increase from $35 to $50. More than 15,700 persons in Illinois received their GED diploma last year and more than 26,000 take the test annually.




Frank J. Castillo, age 39, of Granite City, was recently taken into custody by a Madison County Sheriff's Deputy.  According to the Sheriff's Department report, a neighbor called police after hearing gunshots and observing Castillo putting a dog in the back of his truck.  A Deputy stopped Castillo's truck and observed a white Akita Sheppard mix breed dog bleeding from the head.  Castillo told the Deputy that the dog came into his yard, from a neighbor's home, and bit his Chihauhau dog.  He admitted shooting the dog.  The Deputy transported Castillo to the Madison County Jail where he was held pending formal charges for alleged cruelty to animals.




Melvin L. Smith, age 82, of Mulberry Grove, passed away Friday April 24th at St. Lukes Hospital in Chesterfield MO. Funeral services for Melvin Smith will be 12PM Tuesday April 28th at Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville. Burial will follow in McInturf Cemetery with military honors by American Legion Post 1180 of Mulberry Grove. Visitation will be Tuesday from 10am until 12PM at the Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the Bond Co. Health Department or Disabled American Veterans.




Dennis Thacker, age 57, of Old Ripley, passed away Thursday, April 23, at Greenville Regional Hospital.  Memorial services for 57 year-old Dennis Thacker were held Saturday, at 11:00 AM, at the County Line Family Church in Donnellson.  The Perfetti Funeral Home in Sorento is in charge of arrangements.




Clara I. Dubach, age 83, of Lewisville, Texas, formerly of Highland, passed away Saturday, April 25, at Vista Ridge Nursing and Rehabilitation in Lewisville, Texas.  Funeral services for 83 year-old Clara Dubach will be Wednesday, at 10:00 AM, at St. Paul Catholic Church in Highland.  Burial will be in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.  Friends may call Tuesday, from 4:00 - 8:00 PM and Wednesday, from 8:00 - 9:30 AM, at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland.  Memorials are suggested to the National Aphasia Association.


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