12-27-2010

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COLLINSVILLE WOMAN CHARGED IN MURDER FOR HIRE SCHEME

Christina Lynn Keck, age 31, of Collinsville, was charged by criminal complaint with alleged use of a facility of interstate commerce in a murder for hire scheme. The violation is alleged to have occurred December 20 in St. Clair County. The affidavit alleges that Keck offered to pay an undercover officer $600.00 to murder the father of her child. The offense carries a maximum penalty of ten years imprisonment, a fine of $250,000.00, or both, and up to three years supervised release. 


WHITE CHRISTMAS SNOW TOTALS

It was a white Christmas this year and snow totals are in for Greenville.  3.8 inches fell from Friday till Sunday.  Totals in the metro east varied with some areas reporting over 5 inches of snow.  The bulk of the snow landed on Christmas Eve, with only trace amounts falling Saturday and Sunday.  Most of the snow is still on the ground but with rising temperatures this week, it won’t last much longer. 


MEXICAN CITIZENS IN HIGHLAND CHARGED WITH IMMIGRATION OFFENSES

Several Mexican citizens, living in Highland, were recently arraigned and detained in federal court in East St. Louis, charged with alleged immigration offenses. According to Stephen R. Wigginton, US Attorney for the District of Southern Illinois, one defendant was charged with alleged re-entry into the United States by an alien previously removed from the United States for which the maximum penalty is two years imprisonment, a $250,000.00 fine, or both, and one year supervised release. Other defendants were charged with alleged unlawful entry by an alien into the United States and misuse of a social security number. Maximum penalties for these violations are a maximum of five years imprisonment, a $250,000.00 fine, and three years supervised release. Trial dates have not yet been set.

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FOUR RUNNING FOR UNIT TWO SCHOOL BOARD

Filing is complete and there will be four candidates trying to fill 3 Bond County Unit 2 school board seats in the April 5th election. Incumbent and current Board President Scott Gaffner of Greenville, Erin Hill of Central Township, James Jackson of LaGrange Township and Nathan Prater of Greenville will all be on the ballot.


HIGHLAND HIGH SCHOOL STAR IS NOW A ROYAL

Highland High School graduate and first round draft pick Jake Odorizzi is a Brewer no more.  Odorizzi was part of the big trade that brought 2009 AL Cy Young winner Zack Greinke from the Royals to the Brewers.  Odorizzi is considered one of the Brewers best young arms.  He went 7 and 3 with a 3.43 ERA at Class A Wisconsin in 2010.  Odorizzi who turned 20 this year, also pitched the first 8 innings of a no-hitter last season.  The Brewers traded 4 prospects to the Royals for Greinke.   


PLAN COMMISSION MEETING CHANGED CORRECTION

The Greenville Plan Commission will not meet Monday, December 27.   Due to the Christmas holiday, the meeting will be Tuesday, January 4 at 7:00 p.m. at the Municipal Building.  The agenda includes a public hearing to consider a request by Amrish Patel to approve a petition for annexation of Cunetto’s restaurant into the City of Greenville and designate a zoning classification of B-2.  Originally it was reported this petition was to annex the Budget Host Motel. That was incorrect.

A second request by Amrish Patel to approve a three-lot preliminary plat for a subdivision will also be considered.

 

 

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OBITUARIES

LOUIS POSCH

Louis Posch, age 98, of Greenville, passed away Wednesday, December 22 at his home.  Funeral services for 98 year-old Louis Posch will be Monday, at 10:00 a.m. at the St. Lawrence Catholic Church.  Burial will be in St. Lawrence Catholic Cemetery.  Visitation was Sunday, from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. and will be Monday, from 9:00 – 9:45 a.m. at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville.  There will be a prayer service Sunday, at 7:30 p.m. at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to St. Lawrence Catholic Church.


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