03-30-2012

 




LEBANON WOMAN CHARGED WITH BANK ROBBERY

Carla R. Walker, age 43, of Lebanon, the “flip flop bandit,” was charged recently with one count of alleged bank robbery.  Walker allegedly entered First Federal Savings Bank around 4:40 p.m. March 26, wearing green flip flops, and handed a teller a note demanding money.  She then allegedly pulled an apparent handgun from a bag, pointed the gun at the teller and continued demanding money.  After getting $14,000.00 - $16,000.00, she ordered the teller onto the floor and warned someone was outside the bank with a gun aimed at the entrance.  Walker was identified from surveillance footage and a search of her residence yielded, among other things, a pair of fluorescent green flip flops in a trash container.


TWO DEAD IN ACCIDENT IN MASCOUTAH

Two people are dead after a tragic accident at the intersection of Route 161 and Route 4 in Mascoutah, Illinois.  According to the Mascoutah Police Department, Wednesday, March 28, Joseph A. Casson, age 22, and his front seat passenger, David E. Casson Sr., age 80, both of Belleville, were eastbound on Route 161 in a Buick.  Joseph Casson was home on leave from the Navy.  According to witnesses at the scene, Tammy L. Small, age 44, of Pinkneyville, allegedly drove through the red light in her Nissan and struck the driver’s side of the Buick.  Both vehicles slid into a light pole killing David Casson Sr.  Joseph Casson was airlifted from the scene to St. Louis University Hospital where he later died from his injuries.  Small was taken to St. Elizabeth’s Hospital where she was treated for minor injuries.  The continuing investigation will determine if any charges will be filed.

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10TH ANNUAL BOND COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY QUILT SHOW

The tenth annual Bond County Historical Society’s Quilt Show is Saturday, March 31, from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at the Free Methodist Church on Route 140. Shirley Pustelnik told WGEL they hope to have 100 quilts on display at the show.  This year, they will also have a “Room of Champions” where winners from previous years will be on display.  Admission to the show is $3.00.  For more information, call Shirley at 664-1175. The 4-H will also be having a cook out that takes place at the same time as the quilt show at the Free Methodist Church. Wes Pourchot's legendary pork burgers and pulled pork sandwiches will be available.


GREENVILLE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT HONORED AT IPA BREAKFAST

Maggie Alibaikzadeh was recently selected to be honored by the Illinois Principal’s Association.  Greenville High School Principal Wendy Porter said the Illinois Principal’s Association has a breakfast each year at which principals are invited to bring one student from their school to be recognized.  Principal Porter said Maggie was chosen because she was the recipient of a Golden Apple award.  This is a scholarship awarded to Maggie because she has committed to being a teacher in a district which has been designated as having needs.  To be selected is an honor because each school may only choose one person from the entire student body.


GREENVILLE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT COUNCIL SPONSORS BLOOD DRIVE

The Greenville High School Student Council sponsored an American Red Cross blood drive recently.  Sixty-seven persons registered with sixty units collected.  The goal was 54 units.  Twenty-four students were first-time donors and received blood drop pins.

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OBITUARIES

Nellie E. Murphy

Nellie E. Murphy, age 92, of Greenville, passed away Tuesday, March 27 at Fair Oaks Nursing Home.  Funeral services will be Friday, at noon, at Young Funeral Home in Greenville.  Burial will be in Fairlawn Cemetery in Vandalia.  Friends may call Friday, from 11:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to the Bond County Senior Center.

Dr. Allan Ranz, D.D.S.

Dr. Allan Ranz, D.D.S., a retired Lieutenant Colonel from the U.S. Army, age 66, of Trenton, passed away Wednesday, March 28 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese.  Funeral services will be Saturday, at 11:00 a.m. at Messiah Lutheran Church in Lebanon.  Burial will be in Trenton Cemetery with full military honors.  Friends may call Saturday, from 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. at the Moss Funeral Home in Trenton.  Memorials are suggested to Messiah Lutheran Church.

Brooks Moreland

Brooks Moreland, age 62, of Coffeen, passed away Wednesday, March 28.  Funeral services will be Saturday, at 1:00 p.m. at the Toberman-Dean Funeral Home in Coffeen.  Burial will be in Waveland cemetery.  Friends may call Saturday, from 10:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to the Coffeen Fire Department or Liberty Church in Bingham, IL.


WEATHER

SATURDAY - mostly sunny, high 73, low 56

SUNDAY - sunny, high 85, low 62


PUBLIC AFFAIRS

Tune into Public Affairs this Sunday following the Noon Bond County Area News on WGEL Radio.  Michelle’s guest this week is Captain Lee Johnson of the Armed Forces Museum.  They will talk about the museum and how you may help preserve one of the most important parts of our nation’s history.  That’s Public Affairs this Sunday following the Noon Bond County Area News here at WGEL.


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