BUSY DAY FOR FIRE DEPARTMENTS
According to Shoal Creek Fire Chief Kent Priddle, there were no injuries but lots of smoke and fire involved in two calls Saturday. Both times Greenville firefighters were called for mutual aid. The first call was a mobile home fire on Reno Road in Sorento. No one was home according to Chief Priddle. The trailer was a rental and the owner who lived next door discovered the fire. When firefighters arrived there was heavy smoke and when they got inside they discovered flames in one room with smoke damage and melting throughout the structure. Priddle said two cats and a bird perished in that fire. The second fire happened around 11:30 Saturday night in a building that was being demolished on Walbash Street.
Pocahontas-Old Ripley Search & Rescue personnel responded Sunday, at 5:01 p.m., to search for two persons reportedly tubing on Shoal Creek near Nuby’s. Greenville Firefighters also responded to assist with the search. According to information from the Greenville Police Department, the two persons were found safe at home.
GREENVILLE WOMAN SENTENCED FOR KPD THEFT
Jennifer L. Bourgeois, age 31, of Greenville, was sentenced recently to seven years in the Illinois Department of Corrections and ordered to pay restitution in excess of $100,000.00 to the Kingsbury Park District for theft from the district while she was in their employ from December 2003 through June 2010.
Although Bourgeois pled guilty to the charges in October, evidence and witnesses were called by both prosecution and defense in the sentencing hearing, with Judge Keith Jensen presiding. The amount of the theft in Bourgeois’ guilty plea was just over $54,000.00. During the sentencing hearing, however, approximations ranging from $64,000.00 to $99,000.00 were entered into evidence partially by way of an audit report from West and Company requested and paid for by the KPD. Testimony from KPD Director, Jerry Sauerwein, indicated Bourgeois, in her position as secretary for both the Park District and Park District Board, was responsible for taking cash and check receipts for bank deposit. Bourgeois altered the amount of the cash deposits and adjusted the revenue record to match and shredded the deposit slips. In addition, after being arrested for those acts and released on bond, Bourgeois continued the fraud by using a KPD credit card that belonged to her boyfriend without his consent.
Bourgeois was given a chance to speak before sentencing and tearfully apologized to her family, the Kingsbury Park District, and taxpayers, whose funds she stole.
After listing mitigating and aggravating factors, Judge Jensen ordered restitution to be paid in the amount of $103,550.00 which included the cost of the audit paid for by KPD, and pronounced the seven year prison term.
GREENVILLE REGIONAL HOSPITAL HOSTS CHILDBIRTH CLASSES
The Greenville Regional Hospital Family Birth Center will offer a prepared childbirth class Saturday, July 16 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. in the hospital’s community room. The class is free to parents planning to deliver their baby at Greenville Regional Hospital. For parents planning to deliver elsewhere, the cost is $20.00. For more information or to register for the class, call 664-1230, ext. 3450.
ARREST IN MASCOUTAH POLICE STANDOFF
John L. Baker, age 45, of Mascoutah, has been charged with alleged unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon, a Class 2 felony and alleged reckless discharge of a firearm, a Class 4 felony. Baker was taken into custody Tuesday night after a standoff with police in Mascoutah.
In a 911 call about 7:30 p.m., a woman reported her 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 Baker, who was believed to still be in the apartment. The Illinois Law Enforcement and Alarm System (ILEAS) response team and an FBI negotiator arrived 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, Baker exited, and was taken into custody. No one else was in the apartment and no one was injured.
Baker has convictions for attempted armed robbery dating to 1985 in Belleville. Bail was set at $100,000.00.
GET YOUR SCHOOL SHOTS EARLY
The Bond County Health Department offers immunization clinics by appointment. According to Immunizations Clinic Secretary Cindy Burge, back-to-school shots for local students are available now and Cindy urges you to make your appointment soon. Please do not wait until the week before school to call to arrange for shots. The health department is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call 664-1442 for an immunization appointment.
CHRIS MASSEY, JR.
Chris Massey, Jr., age 79, of Greenville, formerly of St. Louis, passed away Friday, July 1 at his home. Funeral arrangements for 79 year-old Chris Massey, Jr. are incomplete at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville.
VELMA ALBERTA LEITH
Velma Alberta Leith, age 94, of Carlyle, passed away Friday, July 2 at Carlyle Heathcare Center. Graveside services will be Tuesday, July 19 at 11:00 a.m. at Carlyle Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Heartland Hospice or Shriner's Hospital for Children in St. Louis.
GEORGE PAUL WILKIN
George Paul Wilkin, age 96, of New Baden, passed away Thursday, June 30. A funeral mass will be Tuesday, at 10:00 a.m. at St. George Catholic Church in New Baden. Burial will be in Ressurection Cemetery in New Baden. Friends may call Monday, from 4:00- 8:00 p.m. and Tuesday, from 8:00- 9:30 a.m. at Hempen Funeral Home in New Baden.
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