ONE-YEAR-OLD CHILD LEFT IN CAR
The one-year-old child who died Wednesday afternoon in a hot car, has been identified. Belleville authorities say Giselle Gomez of Collinsville was allegedly left in her mother's car outside a small business complex, while her mother visited a relative in an insurance agency. The little girl was discovered around 3:15 Wednesday afternoon in the 2900 block of South Belt West. Temperatures were around 90 degrees Wednesday in the Belleville area, so the vehicle was hot when help arrived. The child was not responsive and not breathing when emergency personnel arrived on the scene. Giselle Gomez was transported to a nearby hospital where she was officially pronounced dead. Police say members of the child's family are being interrogated about what took place.
NEW DOUGLAS MAN CHARGED WITH AGGRAVATED BATTERY
Andrew J. Allen, age 27, of New Douglas was charged Tuesday in Madison County Circuit Court with a felony charge of alleged aggravated battery. Allen and a family member were involved in a physical disturbance earlier Tuesday. The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment of facial injuries. Sheriff's Deputies located Allen at his residence and took him into custody. Allen was held in the Madison County Jail pending formal charges with bail set at $30,000.
TEMPERATURES EXPECTED TO RETURN TO NORMAL LEVELS
Following the coolest July in recorded history in Illinois, temperatures will return to more normal levels for August. This weekend, temperatures are projected to be in the middle to upper 90's with heat index readings of 105-110. Remember to take some common sense safety precautions if you will be working or spending time outdoors. Drink plenty of water or other fluids designed to keep your body well hydrated. Refrain from over-exertion and wear light colored clothing. Check on relatives, friends and neighbors who might be at risk or who do not have air conditioning and don’t forget your pets. They also need plenty of fresh water. Never leave a child or pet in a car as temperatures inside vehicles climb to dangerous levels very quickly.
USPS CLOSING POST OFFICES
The United States Postal Service is considering closing one thousand retail sites nationwide, including 38 in St. Louis. USPS officials report a sharp decline in mail volume is responsible for a projected seven billion dollar loss this fiscal year. The drop in paper mail is due to more people and businesses switching to e-mail for personal correspondence and bill paying. The post offices, on the closure consideration list in Illinois, are in Chiacago, Springfield and Naperville.