3-15-2011

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UNEXPECTED WINTER STORM HITS GREENVILLE

Monday morning, old man winter let us know he was not finished as snow blanketed the area.  Greenville received an inch of snow while areas just to our west in Madison, St. Clair, and Monroe Counties were under a winter storm warning with 2-5 inches of the white stuff projected.  By midday, the snow had changed to rain.  Three tenths of an inch of rain were recorded at the Sewer Plant, 48 hundredths of an inch at the station on Sixth Street, and at Idler Lane and Rt. 140, 46 hundredths of an inch.  The snow will soon be forgotten however, as temperatures are expected to be in the low 70’s by Thursday.


HONEYWELL PLEADS GUILTY TO ILLEGAL STORAGE OF HAZARDOUS WASTE

Honeywell International Inc. pled guilty recently to knowingly storing hazardous waste without a permit, a violation of the Resource Conservation and Recovery act.  Honeywell owns and operates a uranium hexafluoride (UF6) conversion facility in Massac County, Illinois, near the city of Metropolis and the Ohio River.  Honeywell is licensed to possess and manage natural uranium which it converts into UF6 for nuclear fuel.  The Metropolis facility is the only one in the United States to convert natural uranium into UF6.  In April 2009, EPA special agents found nearly 7,500 illegally stored drums of radioactive and hazardous waste.  Honeywell was sentenced to five years probation, to develop and implement a two-year community service household hazardous waste collection and treatment program in the Metropolis community, and fined $11.8 million. 

ROLLOVER ACCIDENT ON RT. 40 SENDS TWO TO HOSPITAL

Greenville Police and Bond County EMS responded to the scene of a rollover accident Monday, at 9:05 a.m., on Rt. 40 east of Rt. 127.  According to the accident report, Stephen F. Siebert, Sr., age 43, of Mulberry Grove, was eastbound on Rt. 40 in a 1974 Chevrolet C-10, when he lost control of his vehicle on the snow and slush covered road and went off the roadway on the right.  The vehicle went down the embankment, overturned once, and came to rest on the driver’s side in a creek.  Bond County EMS took two passengers, Justin D. Siebert, age 20, and Susan Lesavlnier, age 34, both of Mulberry Grove, to Greenville Regional Hospital for treatment.


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FORMER NBA PLAYER PLEADS GUILTY TO FAILURE TO PAY CHILD SUPPORT

Tyrone Lamont Nesby, a resident of California and former player for the Los Angeles Clippers and the Washington Wizards, pled guilty recently, in District Court in Benton, Illinois, to three counts of failure to pay legal child support obligations.  According to court documents, Nesby failed to pay legal child support obligations of $977,402.05 in Illinois, Indiana, and Nevada.  As a result of his guilty plea, Nesby will owe restitution of the total amount and faces possible maximum penalties on each count of six months imprisonment, a fine of $5,000.00, one year supervised release, and a special assessment of $10.00.  A sentencing hearing date has not been set.


OBITUARIES

HAROLD E. “GENE” TRACY

Harold E. “Gene” Tracy, age 84, of Marine, passed away Thursday, March 10. Funeral services will be Wednesday, at 10:00 a.m. at the Marine United Church of Christ in Marine. Burial will be in the Marine Cemetery. Friends may call Tuesday, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland, and Wednesday from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. at the church. Memorials are suggested to the United Church of Christ in Marine or Shriner’s Hospital for Children.

CAROLYN L. CRANSTON

Carolyn L. Cranston, age 84, of Champaign, formerly of Greenville, passed away Sunday, March 13 at Helia Health Care in Champaign.  Funeral services will be Friday, at 10:30 a.m. at the Mattis Avenue Free Methodist Church in Champaign.  Burial will be in Mt. Auburn Cemetery at 3:00 p.m. Friday.  Friends may call Thursday, from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the church, located at 1913 South Mattis Avenue in Champaign.  Memorials are suggested to the international child care ministries.

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