5-17-2011

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ACCIDENT WITH FATALITY ON RT. 159

Illinois State Police responded to the scene of a fatal accident Sunday, at 2:57 a.m., on Illinois Rt. 159, one half mile north of LL Road.  According to the accident report, Daniel W. Liefer, age 31, and a passenger, Michael A. Liefer, age 33, both of Red Bud, were southbound on Rt. 159 in a Chevy Blazer.  Liefer said he crested a hill and saw a group of subjects fighting in the middle of the road.  Two pedestrians, still in the roadway, were allegedly struck by the front passenger side of the Liefer vehicle.  Shane A. Toenjes, age 23, of Millstadt was pronounced dead at the scene and Tyler J. Donjon, age 24, of Red Bud, was taken to St. Anthony’s Hospital in South County with serious injuries. Daniel W. Liefer was released from custody pending charges from the Monroe County State’s Attorney’s Office.


DAY TWO OF THE CELEBRITY PIE AUCTION

Another great day of the 2011 Great Celebrity Pie Auction is in the books.  And the total money raised so far is $2,186.  Another huge thank you to our pie bakers, pie celebrities and of course the extremely generous pie bidders.  On Wednesday Eric Swingler will be in at 7AM, Brock Willeford at 7:30, Chris Bauer and Spanky McCray at 8AM, and Police Chief Lou Lorton at 8:30AM.  Tune into WGEL Radio at 101.7FM and help raise money for the Bond County Relay for Life.  The two day total is $4,186.


DISTRICT 11 ACTIVITY REPORT FOR APRIL

Illinois State Police District 11 Commander Captain Brad Parsons released enforcement figures and activity for April 2011.  District 11, which includes Bond, Clinton, Madison, Monroe, and St. Clair Counties, had four traffic crash fatalities in April.  Troopers issued 2,660 citations, 1,011 written warnings, and made 176 criminal arrests.  Speeding accounted for 947 citations and 667 citations were issued for occupant restraint violations.  Troopers investigated 245 traffic crashes, assisted 782 motorists and conducted 383 vehicle inspections.  There were 33 arrests for driving under the influence and 84 other citations for alcohol related violations.


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VANDALIA URGES GENERAL ASSEMBLY TO PRIORITIZE PROTECTION OF REVENUES

The City of Vandalia urges the General Assembly and the Governor to prioritize the protection of revenues collected by the State of Illinois on behalf of local governments for use in funding social services, public safety, transportation, and infrastructure.  Vandalia Mayor Ricky Gottman said, “Local governments have been responsible stewards of taxpayer revenue during the economic downturn.  We found it necessary to make very difficult choices to balance our budgets and have done the best we can to preserve core services.”  Springfield lawmakers are discussing ideas to reduce the state budget deficit including reductions in state-collected local government revenues.  This revenue diversion would amount to a loss for the City of Vandalia of $164,782.80.  Gottman continued, “The loss of these critical revenues would jeopardize our ability to maintain current service levels.”



OBITUARIES

VERMA JEAN BELCHER

Verma Jean Belcher, age 75, of Patoka, passed away Sunday, May 15 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia.  Funeral arrangements for 75 year-old Verma Jean Belcher are pending at the Day Funeral Home in Patoka.

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