RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY INTERRUPTED BY OBSERVANT NEIGHBOR
Thanks to an observant neighbor, a residential burglary was interrupted June 27 in rural Greenville. About 11:03 a.m., the Bond County Sheriff’s Department received a call of a possible burglary at a residence on Box Elder Road south of Greenville. The caller said a vehicle pulled into their neighbor’s driveway with two white males and then left with only one person in the vehicle. The caller gave a detailed description of the vehicle and Sheriff’s Deputies spotted it on Millersburg Road about one mile from the residence. Robert S. Spratley, age 29, of Granite City, driver of the vehicle, was taken into custody for allegedly driving with a revoked license, for an out-of-county warrant, and pending charges for alleged residential burglary. Deputies and a K-9 unit responded to the residence and found a broken garage window and opened side garage door. A search of the area resulted in discovery of Brett T. Chastain, age 25, also of Granite City, walking about one half mile from the residence. Due to the description by the witness, Chastain was taken into custody and held in the Bond County Jail pending formal charges of alleged residential burglary. Bond County Sheriff Jeff Brown commended those who assisted the Sheriff’s Department with valuable information.
POSITIVE WEST NILE VIRUS MOSQUITOES IN SOUTHERN ILLINOIS
According to state public health director Dr. Damon T. Arnold, mosquitoes collected June 28 in Shiloh, in St. Clair County, are the first positive West Nile virus test results in southern Illinois this year. West Nile virus is transmitted through the bite of a mosquito infected with the virus by feeding on an infected bird. The best way to prevent West Nile disease is to reduce the number of mosquitoes around your home and take personal precautions to avoid mosquito bites. Remove standing water where mosquitoes breed, avoid being outdoors when mosquitoes are most active, wear long pants and a long-sleeved shirt, and apply mosquito repellent. Additional information may be found on the Illinois Department of Public Health’s website.