Caruthersville, Missouri Police Officer Evan Burns, formerly of Vandalia, was struck and killed by a stolen vehicle while attempting to deploy spike strips during a pursuit shortly after 12:30 a.m. August 16. Late in the evening of August 15, Pemiscot County Deputies spotted a 2002 Escalade pickup truck, southbound on I-55, North at Hayti.  The Sheriff’s Office had been notified by O’Fallon, Missouri police that a vehicle matching its description was occupied by a suspect wanted by their department.  The suspect, who was considered armed and dangerous, was being pursued for charges of arson and allegations that he had set his step-father on fire and had attempted to burn his home. Officers attempted to stop the vehicle at the Hayti overpass but the driver refused to stop and proceeded eastbound on Missouri Route 84 towards Caruthersville.  Two Caruthersville police officers, in separate cars, attempted to deploy spike stripes, however, the pursued vehicle hit both police cars, injuring Officer Richard Altice and killing Officer Evan Burns. Officer Burns was 28 years old and had been with the Caruthersville Police Department for two years.  He was pronounced dead at the scene by Pemiscot County Coroner Jim Brimhall. Deonta Jamarr Williamson, age 29, of O’Fallon, Missouri, has been charged with allegations of first degree murder, armed criminal action, first degree assault, tampering with a motor vehicle and resisting arrest.  He is being held in the Pemiscot County Jail without bond. Funeral arrangements for Officer Burns are being handled by Hohlt & File Funeral Home in Vandalia.



The Bond County Board met Tuesday night at the courthouse.  Fayco Director Bob Lindberg informed the board of an opening on a Fayco board.  Lindberg asked that Gene Doll be approved to that opening.  The board will likely vote on that proposal at their next meeting.  The board approved the sheriff’s report for July.  The report showed $8,614.24 was transferred to the county treasurer’s office from fees and reimbursements with $5,679.60 from Federal Prisoner Reimbursement.  The board also approved a special use permit for a new manufactured home to be placed on 17 acres owned by Jeff and Ginger Hulvey in section 27 of Central Township. 




Governor Pat Quinn signed legislation to prevent workers convicted of serious crimes from claiming workers’ compensation benefits for injuries resulting from those crimes. Senate Bill 1147 prohibits workers from receiving benefits or attorney fees for injuries sustained in the commission of forcible felony, aggravated DUI, or reckless homicide.
After being charged with a forcible felony, aggravated DUI, or reckless homicide, the new law also prevents employees from collecting benefits or attorney’s fees until their criminal case has concluded. Acquittal or dismissal, however, does not automatically guarantee benefits. When the criminal case is concluded, workers are able to pursue benefits similar to any other workers’ compensation claim. In June, Governor Quinn signed a comprehensive overhaul of Illinois’ workers’ compensation system. The reforms are expected to save Illinois businesses between $500 and $750 million dollars, while continuing protections for injured workers. The reform package also includes a stipulation to prevent workers from claiming benefits due to injuries caused by their own inebriation while on the job.


Illinois State Police District 11 Commander Captain B. Parson reminds you to watch for children walking and riding bicycles to school as we approach the start of a new school year.  Parents taking children to school and picking them up in the afternoon will mean increased traffic in school zones.  The school speed limit is 20 mph from 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  It is illegal to talk on a cell phone while driving in a school zone and it is always illegal to text while driving.  Remember to slow down, watch for children who may dart from between parked cars, and eliminate distractions while driving.



There will be a triathlon at Carlyle Lake Saturday, August 20 starting at 7:30 a.m. at the Keyesport Recreation Area.  The event consists of a timed swim, run, and bike course with the swim portion at the Keyesport beach.  The bike course starts at the Keyesport Recreation Area and bikers will travel south.  The Keyesport Recreation Area will be closed from 12:00 a.m. Friday, August 19 until 5:00 p.m. Saturday, August 20.  For more information on the triathlon, call 618-594-2484.


Congratulations to Greenville’s Rick Blockyou. Last Friday Rick had a hole-in-one on the eighth hole at the Greenville Country Club. 


Robert Buchmiller  

Robert Buchmiller, age 84, of Highland, passed away Tuesday, August 16 at Alhambra Care Center.  Funeral services will be Friday, at 11:00 a.m. at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in New Douglas.  Burial will be in New Douglas Cemetery.  Friends may call Friday, from 9:30 a.m. until service time at the church.  The Lesicko Funeral Home in New Douglas is in charge of arrangements.  Robert Buchmiller is the brother of Jean Marti.

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