The three inmates who escaped from the Bond County Jail early Thursday morning are all in custody.  According to the Bond County Sheriff’s Department, Brian A. Wilt, age 28, Joshua D. Frith, age 26, and James A. Hickman, age 21, escaped around 1:30 a.m. when a correctional officer unlocked a cell door to deliver items to the cell.  The correctional officer was struck and knocked to the floor by one of the inmates.  The inmates escaped through a rear jail door that had been unlocked for maintenance.  The officer was taken to the hospital, where he was treated for minor injuries and released.
At 4:30 a.m. Thursday, a vehicle was reported stolen south of Greenville.  Carlyle Police observed the stolen vehicle southbound on Route 127.  The inmates fled the car to evade police and two additional vehicles were reported stolen in the same area of Carlyle around 6:00 a.m.  According to the Carlyle Police Department, one of those cars belonged to Carlyle Mayor, Jan Fauke.
At 8:00 a.m. Thursday, Indiana Officers stopped one of the vehicles stolen from Carlyle and Joshua Frith and James Hickman were taken into custody.  Brian Wilt remained at large until 10:30 a.m., when US Marshals and the Correctional Parole Agency found him in Carbondale. 
According to the Bond County Sheriff’s Department, by approximately 4:00 p.m., Frith and Hickman were back in custody in the Bond County Jail.
The case remains under investigation and additional charges are expected soon.



A bill requiring registration of all handguns and placing a tax on ammunition is being considered in Springfield.  State Representative John Cavaletto he is a pure "Second Amendment Rights" man.  He said the amendment says "the right to bear arms" and that is what it means.  Cavaletto said the people of Chicago are trying to try to solve their problems and the only way they are going to do that is to help pass a conceal/carry bill in Illinois.  If they pass the conceal/carry bill, the playing field might be a little bit more even.  He said in Southern Illinois, every farmer who lives far away from the nearest Sheriff’s Office has a gun loaded behind their door and this is how it should be, as it could take a long time for law enforcement officers to arrive to provide assistance in the event of an incident.  Cavaletto said he is for the right to carry and they are going to try to pass that bill.  He also said he would vote against anything that would deter second amendment rights.   


This weekend, we will "spring forward" an hour due to the start of Daylight Saving Time.  Although we may lose an hour of sleep, we will gain an hour of sunlight.  These days, most digital clocks and devices are automatically programmed to adjust this for you.  If you are unsure if you need to manually change your clocks, consult your clock or device manual. Many fire departments recommend that you change the batteries in your fire and smoke detectors when you change your clocks. 


Watch for your communications survey.  The City of Greenville requests feedback from residents and businesses regarding communications services.  The survey data is needed to apply for grant assistance in investigating fiber optic opportunities for the City of Greenville.  The City mailed a survey to all residents and requests you return the survey as soon as possible to the City Hall. You may mail it or drop it off at your earliest convenience.  Highland recently implemented a fiber optics network which provides increased broadband for their citizens.  If you have any questions, call 664-1644.


The American Farm Heritage Museum’s 7th Annual Fundraiser Banquet is Saturday, March 10 at 6:00 p.m.  Ollie Schafer said they will have a meal, a couple of speakers, and an auction. There will be a lot of entertainment with videos playing and live music.  Tickets are $40.00 and are available at Bradford National Bank or from a museum member.  For more information or to order tickets, call Galen Peters at 780-4220.  The event is in the main museum building. 


According to Circuit Clerk Rex Catron, the Petit Jury scheduled for Monday, March 12 is canceled.


Clarence S. “Civ” Orschell Jr. 

Clarence S. “Civ” Orschell Jr., age 84, of Trenton, passed away Wednesday, March 7 at Memorial Hospital in Belleville.  A funeral Mass of Christian burial will be Saturday, at 10:00 a.m., at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Trenton.  Burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery.  Friends may call Friday, from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, from 9:00 - 9:45 a.m. at the Moss Funeral Home in Trenton.  Memorials are suggested to the Trenton Volunteer Fire Department or Mater Dei High School.  Knights of Columbus services will be Friday, at 7:30 p.m. at the funeral home.

Roy C. Ridings

Roy C. Ridings, age 75, of Keyesport, passed away Tuesday, March 6 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Chesterfield, Missouri.  Funeral services for 75 year-old Roy C. Ridings will be at a later date.


SATURDAY - sunny, high 56, low 38

SUNDAY - mostly cloudy with a 40% chance of showers, high 59, low 51


Tune into Public Affairs this Sunday following the Noon Bond County Area News on WGEL Radio.  Michelle’s guest this week is Mark Terry, Assistant Director of Consumer Education at the Illinois Department of Insurance.  They will talk about what the Department of Insurance does and does not do, as well as some ways they can help you with your insurance questions.  That is Public Affairs this Sunday following the Noon Bond County Area News here on WGEL.

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