A traffic stop on I-70 back in 2005 started the process that ended in a $1,762,293.94 check arriving at the Bond County Sheriff’s department September 16 this year.  According to Bond County Sheriff Jeff Brown, the July 11, 2005 traffic stop by the I-70 patrol, which had started only a few months earlier, lead to the discovery of 2-4 million dollars worth of jewelry in the vehicle.  The occupants were part of a DEA investigation into the Black Gangster Mafia, a national crime syndicate that has its base in the Detroit area.  Although no substantial amount of drugs were found in the car, through the DEA investigation, multiple members of the Black Gangster Mafia, including the two stopped on I-70, were convicted and over 19 million dollars in assets were seized including the jewelry found during the I-70 traffic stop.


That jewelry was recently auctioned off in New Orleans through the Federal Marshall’s Department and the DEA.  Since the Bond County Sheriff’s Department was the local department that seized the ill-gotten jewelry, the department was due 75 percent of the amount the jewelry sold for at auction, hence the 1.7 million plus check to the department. 


There are specific guidelines about what money from seized assets may and may not be used for.  By federal regulations, it may not be used for existing employees’ salaries and expenses. It may be used for equipment.  With the aging fleet of squad cars, it was decided to replace four vehicles using this money.  Two new squad cars have already arrived at the sheriff’s department and two more are on the way.  It’s possible that a fifth car may be purchased.  According to the sheriff, all the money must be used within three years.  Interest earned by the money also must be used within that time frame and under the same federal regulations.  Although the new squad cars will be the first use of the money, it will not be the last and the windfall will likely lead to other equipment, physical, and training improvements in the future.   



Fourth Street in Greenville is likely to re-open soon.  According to City Manager Dave Willey, they should be doing the final resurfacing this week. The road will need to be striped and should re-open by October 15.  All schedules are subject to the weather. 






District 11 Illinois State Police Officers conducted a roadside safety check during the late evening hours Saturday, September 25 and the early morning hours Sunday, September 26 on State Street, under Interstate 255, in East St. Louis.  According to the report, seven citations were issued for registration offenses, eighteen for driver’s license violations, sixteen for failure to use seat belts, and there were nine arrests for alcohol and drugs. 



Steve Young is walking across the country for a good cause. He said he has been in 37 states and has walked just short 14,000 miles in his trek across the country for the Victory Junction Gang Camp, a sick and terminally ill children’s camp based in North Carolina. He started October 10, 2007. Kids may come to the camp to get away from doctors, enjoy themselves, and do all the things kids like to do. www.Victoryjunction.org is where you may go to find out about the camp and how to donate. They have a need for afghans and quilts as they send each child home with an afghan and quilt. They ask people to send them in and if you can sew, they could really use your help. Young is heading to Hillsboro, Litchfield, and then on to Quincy.





Representative John Cavaletto has been named a “Friend of Agriculture” by the Illinois Farm Bureau ACTIVATOR for his support of legislative issues impacting agriculture and comprehension of agricultural benefits.  This designation places Cavaletto in a group of select members of the Illinois General Assembly who understand the leading role Illinois agriculture plays in the global marketplace.  The “Friend of Agriculture” award is a collector’s replica Case IH Farmall Model M tractor on a white oak base.





The Bond County Unit 2 District Building and Grounds Committee met Tuesday afternoon. They discussed the state of the new high school football field. The football field’s condition has not been able to withstand the rigors of football games, and Superintendent Jeff Strieker commented that an official told him following the last Comets home game, that if the field does not improve, an IHSA playoff game may not be played there. Many proposals were made on ways to improve the field. It was noted that when the field was created, the area had so much rain that it caused problems with field. The baseball field was seeded Monday, tuck pointing at Pocahontas Grade School is about half finished and should be completed next spring. Sorento Grade School also needs some tuck pointing repair and Greenville High School needs some minor roof repairs. Greenville High School will need to replace the sidewalks around the school in the near future. A recommendation was proposed to install cameras at all district school entrances, playgrounds and athletic complexes.




Glen O. Mueller Sr., age 79, of Pocahontas, passed away Monday, October 4 at his residence. Funeral services for 79 year-old Glen Mueller will be Thursday, at 11:00 a.m. at Meridith Funeral Home in Pocahontas. Burial will be in Robinson Cemetery in Pocahontas. Visitation will be Thursday, from 8:00 am until service time at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to the Pocahontas-Old Ripley Fire Department.

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