MICHIGAN MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO HIGHLAND BANK ROBBERY
22 year old Ramsey Z. Fakhouri, of Troy, Michigan, pled guilty Thursday to a federal indictment charging him with bank robbery.
According to court documents, Fakhouri and a second suspect traveled from Michigan to Highland where the other man, armed with an air gun, allegedly robbed a Bradford National Bank employee of cash she was putting in the ATM. The total amount stolen was $25,780.
Fakhouri was arrested when he returned to the Highland Police Department, claiming images he had seen in the media were not of him. Upon investigation by the police, he admitted that he was the driver of the getaway car.
Sentencing is scheduled for July 11.
SCC NAMES COMETS TO ALL CONFERENCE TEAMS
All Conference Boys and Girls basketball teams have been announced for the South Central Conference.
Greenville’s Austin Lawrence was named to the first team, while Craig Faulkner made the second team, and Will Schaufelberger was named to the third team.
For the Lady Comets, Kassidy Alderman received a nod for the first team and Maria Reinhard was named to the second team.
COFFEEN RESIDENTS WITHOUT POWER MUCH OF THURSDAY
Residents of Coffeen were without power for much of the day Thursday.
WGEL spoke with an Ameren representative who explained the outage in the Coffeen area was due to a faulty transformer in the Filmore substation. Crews determined, upon investigation, that the transformer could not be repaired and they brought in a mobile transformer from Belleville. The mobile until will be in use until the transformer can be replaced.
GREENVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT RELEASES FEBRUARY REPORT
The Greenville Police Department recently released its February 2014 report. There was one reported theft from a motor vehicle, one theft of items valued at less than $500.00, one shoplifting theft, and two reports of criminal damage to property. These totals are slightly less than those from the same time in 2013 except for thefts less than $500.00. Through February 2013, the department received nine reported thefts of items valued at less than $500.00.
There were two offenses involving juveniles and four dealing with illegal drugs. Traffic violations include four uninsured motorist, one DUI, four driver’s license offenses, 13 speeding, and one seat belt violation. Officers responded to seven traffic accidents. The department dispatched area fire districts to 86 calls. Pocahontas-Old Ripley had 28 calls, Greenville 19, Shoal Creek 13, Mulberry Grove 11, Smithboro 9, and Keyesport 6.
CITY OF GREENVILLE LEAF VACUUMING PROGRAM TO BEGIN MONDAY
The City of Greenville will offer their leaf vacuuming program beginning Monday, March 17 and continuing through Monday, April 14, weather permitting. Residents are asked to rake their leaves to the edge of the curb or road. Leaf piles should be no higher than three feet and free of sticks and other debris. The City will compost the leaves and offer them back to residents beginning Wednesday, April 2.
Leaves can also be bagged and placed out for collection on garbage pickup day. An additional $2 will be charged for more than two bags per week.
BOARD INTERVIEWS CANDIDATES, WELCOMES MORE
The Bond County Board held a special executive session Tuesday evening to interview candidates for the position of County Highway Engineer. Four applicants were interviewed and no action was taken following the meeting.
Applications for the position are being accepted through March 28th.
CELEBRATED AUTHOR AND SPEAKER TO VISIT GREENVILLE COLLEGE
Greenville College will host celebrated author and speaker Rebekah Lyons on campus this month. Lyons is best known for her work on topics including womanhood, faith, mental health, leadership and calling.
There will be a question and answer session on Thursday, March 20 at 8:00 p.m. at Jo’s Java on campus. Lyons will also speak during chapel at 9:30 a.m. in Whitlock Music Center. Her visit is sponsored by the Greenville College Student Association. These events are free and open to the public.
Photo courtesy of Greenville College
AMEREN OFFERS SPECIAL PAYMENT PLAN FOR PAST DUE BALANCES
Because record cold temperatures have caused a 20 percent increase in winter energy usage over last year, Ameren is offering options to help manage those expenses. Spokesperson for Ameren, Marcelyn Love, told us they’ve developed a special payment plan to help customers with past due balances.
From now until the end of the month, customers can set up a payment agreement with just 10 percent down and then the remaining amount will come in monthly installments,” Love told WGEL. “Beginning April 1st, customers will be required to pay 25 percent of the total amount owed before being able to establish a monthly payment plan.”
Love said Ameren also offers budget billing, a program where customers have the same amount due each month, based on a 12-month average. For more information or to enroll, call Ameren at 1-800-755-5000.