The heat wave scorching our area has claimed the life of at least one person.  According to Madison County Coroner Steven Nonn, 51 year-old Mitsunari Uechi of Granite City was found unresponsive at his home Sunday evening.  He was taken to Gateway Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead just after 11:00 p.m.  The cause of death was heat stroke and Uechi had a body temperature of 104 degrees when he reached the hospital.  Dangerous heat is in our area through tonight and all precautions should be taken to stay cool.  Those with chronic medical problems, no air conditioning, the elderly, or outside for any extended period of time are most at risk.  It is also a good idea to check on neighbors, friends, and family members who do not have air conditioning or who may be at a higher risk of heat stroke.  


Clinton County Sheriff’s Deputies and emergency personnel responded to the scene of a single-vehicle accident Saturday, at 2:14 a.m. on Jamestown Road.  According to information from the Clinton County Sheriff’s Department, Jason Brandmeyer, age 36, of Breese, was southbound on Jamestown Road at Old State Road.  According to the press release, Brandmeyer was taken to St. Joseph Hospital in Breese where emergency room doctors pronounced him dead at 3:19 a.m. Saturday.  According to Clinton County Coroner Phillip Moss, who was called to the hospital, Brandmeyer was ejected from the vehicle.  Toxicology test results are pending and the accident remains under investigation. 


Greenville Firefighters responded Monday, at 6:48 p.m., to a report of a porch fire at a residence on Green Street.  According to the fire report, a cigarette butt, not completely extinguished, is believed to be the cause of a small fire on the porch.  Passersby noticed the fire, called the fire department, and put water on the fire until firefighters arrived and extinguished the fire.  Damage is estimated at $500.00.  Firefighters were on the scene for about half an hour. Greenville Firefighters were dispatched at 6:05 p.m. to a sounding carbon monoxide alarm at a residence on Winter Street.  Firefighters checked the home, found traces of carbon monoxide, and turned off the gas.  They were on scene for about half an hour.

Prairie Farms


According to Secretary of State Jesse White, the number of Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Devices installed on vehicles of DUI offenders has quadrupled from 3,000 to 12,000 annually in the two and a half years since Illinois’ BAIID law took effect in 2009.  The law requires all first-time DUI offenders who wish to obtain driving relief during the period of statutory summary suspension to install a BAIID on their vehicle.  National President of MADD Laura Dean-Mooney said, “Requiring convicted drunk drivers to “blow before they go” with BAIIDS has proven to be the most effective way to reduce drunk driving, keeping Americans safer on our roadways.”  According to IDOT statistics, alcohol-related crash fatalities dropped in Illinois by five percent in 2010.


The Greenville Police Department Activities Report for the first six months of 2011 indicates an increase in burglaries and traffic accidents compared to the first six months of 2010. Burglaries are up to 10 for 2011 compared to 8 in 2010 and both residential burglaries and thefts from motor vehicles are more than twice their numbers in 2010.  Total traffic accidents investigated are up to 71 through June this year, compared with only 56 in the first half of 2010. Traffic arrests, criminal arrests, juvenile offenses, traffic license violations, speeding and seat belt or child restraint violations are all down compared to 2010.  Traffic fines are approximately half their level in 2010 and uninsured motorist violations and DUI are up slightly over last year.


The Greenville City Council will meet tonight at the Greenville Municipal Building at 7:30 pm.  In addition to the regular review of past minutes and financial reports, the council’s agenda includes the adoption of an ordinance authorizing the refunding of waterworks and sewer bonds.  In the June meeting, the council estimated that refunding would save the city approximately $50,000. Annexations are on the agenda again this month but, according to the agenda, not for a vote.  City Manager Dave Willey will present additional information regarding annexations to answer some of the questions raised in June’s meeting when the annexations were tabled for at least 30 days in a motion by Councilman Will Boyd. Another item from the June meeting is back on the agenda for tonight.  Tobacco Unlimited #2 has submitted an application for a Class C liquor license for its new location on Route 127.  The council will also review the Tobacco Ordinance, in general, due to citizen input the past few weeks.


James E. Downen

James E. Downen, age 82, of Greenville, passed away Sunday, July 10 at Fair Oaks Nursing Home.  Funeral services will be Wednesday, at 11:00 a.m. at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville.  Burial will be in Mt. Auburn Cemetery with military honors.  Friends may call Tuesday, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to the Greenville First Christian Church.

Jason Brandmeyer

Jason Brandmeyer, age 36, of Breese, passed away Saturday, July 9 at St. Joseph Hospital in Breese.  A funeral Mass of Christian burial will be Wednesday, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Germantown.  Burial will be in St. Boniface Cemetery.  Friends may call Tuesday, from 4:00 – 9:00 p.m. and Wednesday, from 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. at the Moss Funeral Home in Germantown.  Memorials are suggested to his daughter’s education fund.

Imogene L. Kroeger   

Imogene L. Kroeger, age 91, of Ivanhoe, Texas, formerly of Staunton, passed away Sunday, July 10 at her residence in Ivanhoe.  Funeral arrangements for 91 year-old Imogene L. Kroeger are incomplete at the Dauderman Mortuary in Hamel.

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