The circumstances surrounding the death of a six year-old girl in Pontoon Beach are being investigated by Pontoon Beach Police and Illinois State Police.  According to the Madison County Coroner’s office, six year-old Lyvia P. Roach was pronounced dead at the emergency department of Gateway Regional Medical Center in Granite City, Sunday around 6:00 p.m.  Lyvia Roach was seen lying on some grass near a driveway, by a passenger in a full size pick-up truck that had just pulled away from that driveway on Iris Street in Pontoon Beach. Roach’s home is also in that block of Iris Street.  The coroner’s office said Roach was in cardiac arrest and had suffered a head injury.  The Pontoon Police Department has not released any other information. 



Some counterfeit bills have appeared this weekend and Monday in Greenville.  According to Greenville Police Chief Lou Lorton, a few counterfeit twenties and one hundred dollar bills have been confirmed in Greenville.  Since the investigation is ongoing only a few details are available.  The bills were spent at local merchants over the last three days, including one today (Monday).  Chief Lorton said that local police as well as the Secret Service are involved in the investigation.  Merchants should be on the alert and give extra scrutiny to any bill that looks at all suspicious.  And if you are concerned you may have a forged bill to call the Greenville Police at 664-2131 right away.   



The United States is losing World War II veterans at a fast rate as they are approaching the twilight years of their lives, but the Honor Flight Program allows these brave veterans to visit national memorials in their honor. Last year, the Central Illinois Honor Flight Program flew 296 WW II veterans, on seven flights, to Washington D.C. to see the WW II memorial built in their honor. Fifteen of those veterans were from the Bond County area. Veterans enjoyed seeing the memorials and reminiscing with other WW II veterans. The Honor Flight this year begins April 27. Applications for the Honor Flight are available at Bradford National Bank, the Bond County Treasurer’s office and the Bond County Clerk’s office. For more information, call 217-254-2986.



A Clinton County man's vehicle struck a cow Sunday night north of Breese. According to Mark Etter of the Clinton County Sheriff’s Department, Eric Hemman, age 32, of Germantown, was about three miles north of Breese, on Jamestown Road around 9:45 p.m. when he struck a black angus cow in the road. No further information has been released.



The Bond County Sheriff’s Department responded to a rollover accident, around 2:20 a.m. Sunday, at Route 127 and Alpine Lane. The Greenville Fire Department was also called to the scene because the victim or victims were possibly trapped inside the vehicle and they were also to set up a landing zone for a helicopter. At this time, no further information has been released.




Norval A. Kreke, age 86, of Breese, passed away Thursday, April 8 at his residence.  A memorial Mass for 86 year old Norval Kreke will be Saturday, April 17, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Dominic Catholic Church in Breese.  Burial will be in St. Dominic-St. Augustine Cemetery.  Friends may call Saturday, from 10:00 a.m. until service time at the church.  Memorials are suggested to St. Dominic Church or VNS Tip Hospice.  Moss Funeral Home in Breese is in charge of arrangements.




Leah I. Bradford, age 75 of Greenville, passed away Saturday, April 10th at her home. Funeral services for 75 year-old Leah Bradford will be Thursday at 11am at Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville. Interment will be in Mt. Auburn Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 6 to 8pm at Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Bond County Home Health, The First Christian Church, Helia Healthcare Activity Department or the family. 


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