MAN HOSPITALIZED WITH GUNSHOT WOUNDS FOLLOWING HOME INVASION AND ASSAULT IN HIGHLAND
The investigation continues into the home invasion and subsequent shooting in Highland early Sunday morning. Police have not yet released the identification of the alleged intruder. According to Highland Police Chief Terry Bell, a 33 year-old man allegedly forced his way into an apartment, in the 2600 block of Eagle Way Drive, about 3:30 a.m. Sunday. The apartment is the home of two sisters, Debi Keeney and Donna Carlyle. The man allegedly demanded money and attacked the women. Keeney told police she pleaded with the man repeatedly to stop the attack and leave and when he did not, she shot him with a small 22 cal. revolver.
Bell said wounds show the man was shot twice. He was shot in the spine and was in intensive care yet Monday morning but his current condition is unknown. Bell said this is an isolated incident and there is no evidence the man knew Keeney and Carlyle and the sisters did not know him. The man’s identity has not yet been released and no charges have been filed.
BOND COUNTY AND SURROUNDING AREA NOW DROUGHT FREE
According to the latest update from the U.S. Drought Monitor, a large part of of southeast Missouri and southwest Illinois, including Bond County and the surrounding area, is now completely drought free. Recent rains brought an average of 1.5 - 2.5 inches of precipitation. Total average rainfall for January 2013 in Greenville was 4.7 inches, more than two inches above the 46 year average of 2.1 inches. Parts of western Missouri are still experiencing “severe drought” conditions. According to the latest 6-10 day outlook from the Climate Prediction Center, near normal to below normal temperatures and near normal precipitation are likely for our area.
MULBERRY GROVE FIRE DISTRICT 2012 REPORT
Mulberry Grove Firefighters responded to 136 calls in 2012, fifty fire calls and 86 first responded calls. The department provided mutual aid 19 times and received mutual aid four times. There were three structure fires, two vehicle fires, and one other vehicle fire. Firefighters were called to three grass fires, answered five service calls, and checked eight false alarms. Approximate property loss for the year totaled $89,000.00. Mulberry Grove Firefighters and First Responders received a total of 853.5 hours of training in 2012.