02-01-2013

 




NEW ADDITION TO GREENVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT

Brian Roedl is a new officer in the Greenville Police Department. Brian is originally from Vandalia and began working at the Greenville Police Department as a radio dispatcher and then moved to the Lake Patrol.  He was also a part-time officer.  In April 2011 he was hired as a full-time police officer at St. Elmo and in August 2012, Roedl went to Hurlong, California to work for the federal prison.  He returned to the Greenville area upon hearing about the open full-time position.  Sergeant Scott Workman said Roedl already had his training which saved the city some money.  Roedl will bring the Greenville Police Department back up to full force.

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MULBERRY GROVE EAGLES WIN SECTIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

Congratulations to the Mulberry Grove 7th Grade Eagles basketball team.  The Eagles won the Sectional Championship Wednesday, beating Springfield Flowers 41-39.  Eagles Coach Mike Gauch said the team plays this Saturday, February 2, at the St. Joe Augden School in rural Champaign.  The Eagles State Elite Eight game starts at 1:00 p.m. against Bradley St. Joes.  If the Eagles win, they will play again Saturday in the Final Four and a win there takes them to the state championship game next week.  The Eagles record this year is 11 & 4. 


1.5 MILLION DOLLARS DISCOVERED WHEN TROOPER SEARCHES VEHICLE ON I-55

On Saturday, January 26th at approximately 3:30 p.m., a District 11 trooper patrolling I-55 near Collinsville stopped a 2004 Volvo for alleged improper lane usage with an alleged illegal license plate cover.  While talking with the driver, the trooper began to suspect criminal activity.  The Trooper asked for, and was granted consent to look inside of the vehicle.  The Trooper discovered 27 vacuum-sealed plastic bags containing $1,589,860 in US currency.  Carole Irene Galves, age 62 of Gila Bend, Arizona, was arrested for alleged money laundering.  District 11 Commander, Captain Brad Parsons, said that cash amounts this large are usually connected to illegal drug trafficking.  The Illinois State Police commended the good work of District 11 troopers.


UNEMPLOYMENT RATES FALL IN MOST METRO ILLINOIS AREAS

According to the U.S. Department of Labor and the Illinois Department of Employment Security, December local unemployment rates fell in nine of twelve metro areas in Illinois.  The December 2012 unemployment rate for the Illinois Section of the St. Louis Metropolitan Statistical Area fell to 8.3%, down from 9.8% one year ago.  In Bond County, the rate fell from 9.4% in December 2011 to 7.8% in 2012.  The unemployment rate also fell in area counties.  Clinton County fell from 8.5 – 7.0%, Madison County from 9.5 – 8.1%, and St. Clair County 10.4 – 9.0%.


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UNEXPECTED HOUSEHOLD ITEM CONSIDERED A POISON

The Illinois Poison Control Center handles a wide variety of calls from people with concerns about substances.  Illinois Poison Control Center Operations Director Carol DesLauriers said one of the most common issues about which they get calls concerns prescription medications.  Medicines are essentially chemicals.  They can be wonderful things that help you when you’re sick.  However, when taken in the wrong dosages or by the wrong people, they become very dangerous.  Misusing prescription medications can be extremely harmful, if not deadly.  For more information about how to safely store poisons and toxins, call the Poison Center’s 24-hour hotline at 1-800-222-1222.


SATURDAY STORY TIME AT GREENVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY

The Greenville Public Library Saturday Story Time is this Saturday, February 2, at 10:00 a.m., in the children’s library.  Mrs. Nehrt will read books about pajamas and children may wear their pajamas if they want.  For more information, call the library.



OBITUARIES

Raymond J. “Ray” Beer

Raymond J. “Ray” Beer, age 88, of Germantown, passed away Wednesday, January 30, at Countryside Manor in Aviston.  A funeral Mass of Christian burial will be Saturday, at 10:00 a.m., at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Germantown.  Burial will be in St. Boniface Cemetery.  Friends may call Friday, from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, from 8:00 – 9:00 a.m., at the Moss Funeral Home in Germantown.  Memorials are suggested to St. Boniface Catholic Church or to Family Hospice.

Nathan R. Gray

Nathan R. Gray, age 38, of Highland, passed away Thursday, January 31, at Saint Elizabeth Hospital in Belleville.  Funeral arrangements for 38 year-old Nathan R. Gray are pending at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland.


WEATHER

SATURDAY - cloudy with a chance of snow flurries, high 39, low 27

SUNDAY - sunny, high 38, low 24


PUBLIC AFFAIRS

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.  The beginning of a new year is an excellent time to re-evaluate your insurance needs.  Mark and Michelle will talk about some of the ways you may be sure you have the coverage you need for 2013.  That’s Public Affairs this Sunday following the Noon Bond County Area News here at WGEL.

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