A Mascoutah man’s standoff with police Tuesday night ended without injury but could have had much different results.  In a 911 call placed at about 7:30 p.m., a woman reported her 45 year-old male roommate became upset after she asked him to leave the apartment on West Main Street in Mascoutah and fired two shots from a “long gun” before she could leave the apartment. Mascoutah Police arrived but could not make contact with the man who was believed to still be in the apartment.  The Illinois Law Enforcement and Alarm System (ILEAS) response team was contacted and approximately 30 ILEAS officers and an FBI negotiator arrived at the scene at 8:30 p.m.  Continued efforts to contact the man failed and ILEAS used a robot and cameras to locate the man in an upstairs bedroom.  Pepper spray was used and at approximately 11:30 p.m. the suspect came out of the bedroom and was taken into custody.  No one else was in the apartment and no one was injured. The suspect is being held in the St. Clair County Jail pending charges, which are expected to be filed Thursday.


Robert Allen Sloat, age 51, of Herrin, pled guilty recently to possession of explosive materials by a convicted felon and to possession of an unregistered destructive device.  March 12, 2011, authorities stopped a vehicle in Franklin County in which Sloat was a passenger.  Sloat possessed components to make a pipe bomb including one can of gunpowder, two lead pipes wrapped in duct tape with end caps screwed on, shotgun shells, and a fuse.  Both counts have a maximum sentence of ten years imprisonment, a $250,000.00 fine, or both, and three years supervised release.  Sentencing is set for October 14.




The Corps of Engineers at Carlyle Lake told WGEL Radio the Dam West and Boulder Campgrounds will reopen Today at noon.  Campsites will be available on a first come first served basis with no reservations.  The campgrounds have been closed due to high water. 


Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Damon T. Arnold warns you to avoid contact with bats as they start becoming more active during this time of year. Bats are the primary carrier of rabies in Illinois. Thirteen bats and one bovine have tested positive for rabies already this year. Dr. Arnold said, “Over the past couple years the Department has received increasing reports and phone calls about people coming into contact with, or being exposed to, bats. It’s important to remember that you should never try to approach or catch a bat, or any wild animal, in your home. Instead, call your local animal control agency for its recommendations.” In 2010, 117 bats tested positive for rabies in Illinois. A bat that is active during the day, found on the ground, or is unable to fly is more likely than others to be rabid. Such bats are often easily approached, but should never be handled. If you find any animal acting strangely, indoors or outdoors, contact Tom Melvin at the Bond County Health Department at 664-1442.




Flora H. “Flo” Wellington, age 96 of Hialeah, Florida passed away Tuesday, June 21 at Palm Spring Hospital in Florida. Funeral arrangements for 96 year-old Flora “Flo” Wellington are pending at Dauderman Mortuary in Alhambra.


Harold E. Miller, age 87, of Highland, passed away Wednesday, June 29 at St. Francis Hospital in Litchfield. Funeral services will be Friday, July 1 at 11:00 a.m. at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland. Interment will be Tuesday, July 5 at 3:00 p.m. at Highland City Cemetery.  Visitation is Friday, from 8:30 - 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home.


Donald C. "DC" Pemberton, Jr., age 56, of DeSoto, Missouri, formerly of Highland, passed away Monday, June 27 at his residence.  Funeral services will be Thursday, at noon at Meridith Funeral Home in Pocahontas.  Burial will be in Robinson Cemetery in Pocahontas.  Friends may call Thursday, from 10:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.

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