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.
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.