TRIAL POSTPONED FOR TRENTON MAN CHARGED WITH MAIL FRAUD
A Trenton man, charged with alleged mail fraud, had his trial postponed. According to a news release from the United States Attorney's office, Lavern Huelsmann, age 44, of Trenton, was indicted by a federal grand jury in a two-count indictment charging him with alleged mail fraud and engaging in a financial transaction over $10,000 from property derived from mail fraud. The investigation of this case involved the Internal Revenue Service, the U.S. Postal Service and the Illinois Securities Department. If Huelsmann is found guilty, he could face up to thirty years imprisonment, a fine up to $500,000, three years supervised release and mandatory restitution. Huelsmann may also be required to forfeit $1,935,500. Huelsmann's trial has now been set for Tuesday, March 30 at 8:00 a.m. at the federal courthouse in East St. Louis.
ROAD ACCIDENT FATALITIES LOWERED LAST YEAR
The Illinois State Police, District 11 in Collinsville, have released their statistical report for 2009. Captain Jerry Culp reported that traffic fatalities last year in Illinois totaled 922, an all-time. In District 11 there were 56 fatal crashes that resulted in 66 deaths. Of the fatalities, 57% were not wearing seatbelts and alcohol was a factor in 41% of the fatal crashes. District 11 reported 16 fewer fatalities than in 2008.