MAN WALKING DOG FINDS DEAD WOMAN IN LEBANON
The death of a Shiloh woman is being investigated by police after a man walking his dog at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday found the body inside a sport utility vehicle in Lebanon. Shiloh Police Chief Jim Stover said Shiloh police went to the home of Valesha A. Troutman-Foster at about 8:00 p.m. Saturday in response to a domestic disturbance call and she agreed to leave the home to keep the peace. Relatives of Troutman-Foster expressed concern she might harm herself but she assured them and police that was not the case.
Chief Stover said relatives called police two hours later concerned about the woman’s welfare and officers filed a missing person report. Police used cell phone records to concentrate their search in a 1 ½ mile radius area in Lebanon and Shiloh. O’Fallon and Lebanon police, along with Troutman-Foster’s family, searched for the woman but were unsuccessful.
A man walking his dog early Tuesday morning near McKendree University in Lebanon found Troutman-Foster’s SUV and called police. Troutman-Foster was pronounced dead at approximately 7:00 a.m. Tuesday.
There were no signs of trauma to the body. Toxicology test results are pending.
RECREATION AREAS AT CARLYLE LAKE STILL CLOSED DUE TO HIGH WATER
Due to the elevated pool at Carlyle Lake, some recreation areas and area roads are closed. As the pool level recedes, facilities will be reopened as soon as possible. Special programs and tours are available July 15-17 at Carlyle Lake. Call the Carlyle Lake Project Office at 594-2484 for information on available recreational areas and special activities.
BOND COUNTY BOARD OF HEALTH HAS NEW MEMBER
The Bond County Board of Health met Monday night at 6:30 p.m. at the Health Department in Greenville. The board welcomed new member, Dr. Bill Ahern.
Dr. Ahern served as a Professor Emeritus of Biology at Greenville College from 1966 until his retirement in 2008. Ahern received his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Kansas and his D. A. degree from the University of Northern Colorado.
A good deal of the meeting was spent on preliminary budget numbers for fiscal year 2012. Several grant funds regularly received by the Health Department are being decreased by the state. State reduced funds include a 9% reduction in Family Case Management, a 3% reduction in Family Planning, a 28% decrease in Vision and Hearing, a 9.5% reduction in Substance Abuse and, a decrease of 40% in Mental Health grant funding.
The loss of the grant money will present a challenge to the board as it strives to maintain services in spite of the grant cuts. The budget is to be completed by November, in time for the new year.
All local tests for West Nile virus have been negative but the first positive tests in the state were recorded in northern Illinois in late June.