Highland-Pierron Firefighters responded Tuesday, at 10:28 p.m., to a report of a mobile home fire on Country Lane East in Pierron.  According to Fire Chief Steve Plocher, the department received a call of the fire with people trapped inside.  When firefighters arrived, neighbors had gotten the mother and one child out.  Firefighters located a second child but could not find the third child.  According to Bond County Coroner Alan Young, 6 year-old Braedyn Schmitt died in the fire.  Two ARCH helicopters took the mother and two children to St. John’s Hospital in St. Louis for treatment of smoke inhalation and burns.  Chief Plocher said the fire started in the middle of the mobile home in the kitchen/dining room area but the exact cause could not be determined.  The state fire marshal is investigating the cause of the fire.  Highland Firefighters provided mutual aid with manpower, Highland EMS and a Bond County Deputy were also on the scene.  Firefighters were on the scene for about six hours.


Illinois State Police, Pocahontas-Old Ripley EMS and Firefighters, Bond County Deputies, Greenville Police, and Greenville Firefighters responded Wednesday, at 3:41 p.m., to the scene of a car/semi-truck crash on Interstate 70 in the westbound lanes at the 39 mile marker.  According to Illinois State Police Master Sergeant Beltz, a red car with a 44 year-old female driver from Springfield, Illinois crossed the median from the eastbound lanes into the westbound lanes and collided with a semi-truck.  The truck went up on the car and both vehicles went down the road together for about 600 feet.  The female driver and passenger Robert E. Hamilton, age 44, also of Springfield, were killed and the truck driver, Jay L. Lewis, age 46, of Akron, Indiana, was treated and released at Greenville Regional Hospital.  An accident reconstruction team worked into Wednesday night to determine why the car crossed the median.  Lanes of Interstate 70 were closed until about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday.  Traffic was diverted onto Rt. 40 from exit 41 at Greenville to exit 36 at Pocahontas. The name of the driver has not been released by the Illinois State Police.




The terrible storms and tornado that hit Joplin, Missouri May 22 have touched many lives.  Guy and Dorothy Knight, of Greenville, are traveling to Joplin this Friday to reconnect with family. Dorothy Knight told WGEL Guy has five sisters and a brother living in the area and, although all of them are alive, they all have horrific stories to tell.  An aunt and a cousin related to the Knights are still missing. The Knights are traveling in a family group. Fourteen are making the trip and are carrying donations from the Pregnancy Support Center with which Dorothy is affiliated and from Belleville Memorial Hospital.  The Knights have no more room for donated items and encourage additional donations be made through the Bond County Salvation Army. Wayne Pierce, of the Salvation Army, told WGEL donations for Joplin victims relief may be sent to Frank Joy at Bradford National Bank.




Illinois State Police responded to a two-car accident on I-255 at Gateway Commerce in Madison County that resulted in a 4 year-old passenger being ejected from the vehicle.  According to the Illinois State Police, 25 year-old Jessica Dillon of Roxana was southbound and said she swerved to miss a piece of metal on the roadway and lost control of her vehicle which left the road to the left, went through the grassy median, and entered the northbound lanes.  The Dillon car was struck in the passenger side by a truck, driven by 16 year-old Cody Helms of Edwardsville.  Passengers in the Dillon vehicle included three children, Tristynn Dillon, age four who was ejected from the vehicle and taken to Cardinal Glennon Hospital by ARCH helicopter with serious injuries, Timothy Dillon, age two taken to St. Louis Children’s Hospital by ambulance with serious injuries, and two-month old Tyler Dillon who suffered minor injuries.  Jessica Dillon also sustained serious injuries and was taken to Alton Memorial Hospital.  According to the Illinois State Police, 4 year-old Tristynn had her seat belt on but was not in a booster seat.  The accident remains under investigation by the Illinois State Police. 


The Bond County Board meet in special session Tuesday night at the courthouse to approve budget amendments for 2011.  One of the items discussed was the $56,000 that remains of the tipping fee collected at the landfill in Bond County before it closed.  Last week, the board approved moving that money to the county board fund to help pay for legal fees that will be accrued during collective bargaining with some county employees.  However, the money from the tipping fee is required to be used for recycling or recycling related purposes and at Tuesday’s meeting the board moved the more than $56,000 back to its original fund.  What can be done with that money to forward recycling in Bond County?  Since the closure of the landfill, no new money is being added and while around $56,000 dollars is a substantial sum it would be used up very quickly in materials and man hours.  Unless the landfill starts operating again, once the money is used there is no more coming in to keep a recycling program going.  County Board Chairman Brock Willeford said the board would look at possibilities over the coming months.  The Bond County Board will meet Tuesday, June 7 at 7:00 p.m.      




Carl J. Huels, age 85, of Bartelso, passed away Tuesday, May 31 at Aviston Countryside Manor in Aviston. A Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated Friday, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Cecilia Church in Bartelso. Interment will be in St. Cecilia Cemetery. Friends may call Thursday, from 3:00 - 8:00 p.m. and Friday, from 8:00 - 9:30 a.m. at the Zieren Day Funeral Home in Carlyle. Memorials are suggested to St. Cecilia’s Church.


Mildred “Mitzi” Golder, age 93, of Carlyle, passed away Monday, May 30 at Aviston Countryside Manor in Aviston. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Friday, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Carlyle. Interment will be in McKendree Chapel Cemetery near Keyesport. Friends may call Thursday, from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. and Friday, from 10:00 - 10:30 a.m. at the Zieren Day Funeral Home in Carlyle. Memorials are suggested to McKendree Chapel Cemetery.


Robert T. Curl, Jr., age 48, of Breese, passed away Tuesday, May 31 of natural causes at his residence. A funeral Mass of Christian burial will be Saturday, at 9:00 a.m. at St. Dominic Church in Breese. Interment will be in St. Dominic- St. Augustine Cemetery. Friends may call Friday, from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, from 8:00 - 8:45 a.m. at Moss Funeral Home in Breese. Memorials are suggested to the family. 


Roger L. Vosholler, age 61, of Highland, passed away Monday, May 30 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland. Funeral services will be Friday, at 11:00 a.m. at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland. Burial will be in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Highland. Friends may call Thursday, from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. and Friday, from 8:00 - 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home.


Shawn P. Durbin, age 33, of Alhambra, passed away Saturday, May 28 at St. Francis Hospital in Litchfield. A funeral Mass will be Thursday, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Elizabeth Church in Marine. Interment will be in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery. Friends may call Wednesday, from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. and Thursday, from 8:00 - 9:30 a.m. at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland.

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