ISP SEIZE LARGE SUM OF MONEY
November 12, at approximately 9:48 a.m., Illinois State Police Officers from District 11 stopped a purple Dodge Durango westbound on I-70 near Highland. The vehicle was stopped for improper lane usage, however further investigation led the trooper to suspect criminal activity. The officer asked for and received permission to search the vehicle. Thirty rectangular bundles sealed with electric tape were found inside two boxes of new home audio equipment. The bundles were later determined to contain a total of $300,000.00 cash. The driver of the vehicle signed a disclaimer form saying he had no knowledge of the money. The cash was seized and the driver was questioned and released. The investigation is ongoing.
VERY BUSY AFTERNOON FOR AREA FIREFIGHTERS
Greenville Firefighters were dispatched Thursday, at 2:27 p.m., to a report of a brush fire along Rt. 143. According to the fire report, the fire was a controlled burn that got out of control. Firefighters arrived to find several large round bales and grass on fire. The homeowner said he was burning cardboard and the fire spread to some grass which ignited the bales of hay. Firefighters extinguished the grass fire and a back hoe was used to spread out the burning bales. Pocahontas, Keyesport, and Mulberry Grove Firefighters were called to provide mutual aid. Firefighters were on the scene about six hours.
Greenville Firefighters responded Thursday, at 2:26 p.m., to a report of a bulldozer on fire on the Dudleyville Road north of Wisetown. According to the fire report, grass and leaves in the undercarriage of the dozer caught fire from radiant heat. Firefighters extinguished the fire. Damage to the bulldozer, owned by Jim McCasland, is estimated at $15,000.00. Firefighters were on the scene about an hour.
Greenville Firefighters were dispatched again Thursday, at 5:39 p.m., to a report of a field fire on the Red Ball Trail. Upon arrival, firefighters found the fire to be a controlled burn.
BOOK SIGNING AT DEMOULIN MUSEUM
The DeMoulin Brothers Company is the subject of a new book and the author will be signing copies at the DeMoulin Museum Sunday, November 20. We spoke with author Julia Soots who said she wrote the book entitled The Extraordinary Catalogue of Peculiar Inventions. The book is about the DeMoulin Brothers Company which has been based in Greenville since the 1890's. The book is specifically about the prank devices manufactured there from about 1896-1930. Soots will be at the DeMoulin Museum, from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Sunday to sign copies of her book.
BOY SCOUTS SCOUTING FOR FOOD
This Saturday, the Greenville Boy Scouts will be out scouting for food. WGEL spoke with Scout Master George Schaufelberger who said Boy Scouts from Troop 57 will be collecting food Saturday, November 19, starting at 9:00 a.m., for the annual Scouting for Food Program. To participate, put out a bag of non-perishable canned food where it is easily visible from the curb. If the Scouts miss you, drop off your donation at the Greenville City Police Station or the Bond County Police Department. The scouts will be picking up food in Greenville, Smithboro, Pocahontas, and Mulberry Grove. The Boy Scouts Scouting for Food Program is the largest food drive in the nation. If you have questions, call Bill Johnson at 664-0958.
BOND COUNTY UNIT 2 BOARD OF EDUCATION TO MEET
The Bond County Unit 2 Board of Education is scheduled to meet Monday, November 21 at 7:00 p.m. in the high school media center. The agenda includes an audit report, building, grounds, and transportation update, district insurance, school library grant, action on board policies, preliminary tax levy presentation, and a closed session.