PERSON FOUND DEAD INSIDE CAR ON FIRE ON HOOKDALE AVENUE
Police and local firefighters found a dead body inside a car on fire early Thursday morning. According to a news release from the Bond County Coroner’s Office, Thursday, April 10, at 1:07 a.m., a 911 call was received of a vehicle on fire on Hookdale Avenue, approximately one mile west of the Keyesport Road. Bond County Sheriff’s Deputies and Smithboro Firefighters responded.
Upon arrival, deputies found a vehicle partially in a ditch on the north side of Hookdale Avenue fully engulfed in flames. After firefighters extinguished the fire, a body was found lying inside the Chevrolet minivan. Bond County Coroner Tony Brooks pronounced the victim dead at 2:07 a.m.
Illinois State Police Crime Scene Services Officers and the Illinois Fire Marshal responded to the scene to assist in the investigation. The case is under investigation by the Bond County Sheriff’s Department and the Bond County Coroner’s Office. Identification of the victim is being withheld pending positive identification and notification of family members. No other information has been released.
TWO MAJOR DRUG BUSTS IN THE AREA
Law enforcement agencies conducted two significant drug busts recently.
A quarter-million dollars worth of heroin is off the street thanks to a routine traffic stop in Edwardsville. Illinois State troopers pulled over an SUV on I-55 last Friday for a problem with the license plate. Noticing the driver, 46 year old Rodolfo Hernandez-Flores, of Tijuana, Mexico, was unusually nervous, they called for a K-9 unit, which sniffed out 11 pounds of heroin in vacuum-sealed bags. State police say Flores admitted he was driving 5.5 kilos of heroin in a hidden engine compartment to Ohio from Tijuana. He was charged with alleged Possession with Intent to Deliver Heroin and issued a warning for his license plate infraction. He was transported to the Madison County Jail.
5.5 kilos of heroin seized by the Illinois State Police
Scott A. Hassebrock of Mascoutah, was arrested by the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and Southern Illinois Drug Task Force on April 9th following a covert purchase of cannabis in the Witt area. During the covert purchase, Hassebrock allegedly delivered a quarter pound of suspected cannabis to officers. Hassebrock was taken to the Montgomery County Jail pending charges and a bail amount and additional evidence from the investigation led to a search warrant being executed at his Mascoutah home, where another 5 pounds of cannabis was allegedly found.
5 pounds of cannabis seized by the Southern Illinois Drug Task Force
Montgomery County Undersheriff Rick Robbins says in addition to charges in Montgomery County, Hassebrock is facing multiple charges in St. Clair County.
VACANCY ON UNIT 2 BOARD
The Bond County Unit #2 Board of Education now has a vacancy on the board. Scott Workman, a resident of Burgess Township, was elected to the board in 2013, but has relocated to Central Township. The board currently seats three other members from Central Township, making Workman ineligible to continue serving on the board.
Workman has resigned and the school district will accept applications for a replacement.
The vacancy can be filled by anyone 18 and older residing in the Unit #2 School District in Tamalco, Pleasant Mound, Mulberry Grove, Mills, LaGrange, Burgess, Old Ripley, Shoal Creek, Grisham, or Walshville Townships. Interested candidates must have lived in the Unit #2 School District for at least a year and must be a registered voter.
Candidates need to provide a letter of interest to Superintendent Jeff Strieker at 1008 North Hena, Greenville, IL 62246 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications should be submitted no later than Thursday, April 17.
GREENVILLE CITY COUNCIL APPLIES FOR LOAN TO EXPAND SEWER SYSTEM
At Tuesday night’s Greenville City Council meeting the council voted 5-0 to apply for a USDA Rural Development low interest loan in the amount of $4,852,000 to expand the waste water system. The expansion would bring sewer services to areas of the city that currently do not have sewer, and if the loan is approved by both the USDA and the Greenville City Council, it could mean a large sewer rate increase. According to the report given to council members, the increase could be as much as 38 percent or around $8.63 more per month. The final increase would depend on how many new users, both inside the city and outside the city, tap onto the sewer. If more users tap onto the new sewer pipes, the final cost could be lower. The loan application will now go to the USDA for approval, then back to city council.
The City Council will also likely discuss the idea of a Business Tax District at the May meeting. Last year the council had been considering creating a Business Tax District to collect an addition 1 percent sales tax to be used for infrastructure improvements inside the district. The idea was met with opposition from business owners inside the district and from residents who came to the public hearings. The council will likely revisit the idea of a tax district at the May meeting.
JICCA HELD SPRING CONVENTION AT AMERICAN FARM HERITAGE MUSEUM
The JI Case Collectors’ Association held their annual spring convention at the American Farm Heritage Museum this weekend. Museum representative Sherry Schaefer told WGEL the convention brought collectors from throughout the country.
“They have a spring get-together every year and this year they had it in Greenville," Schaefer told WGEL. "I don’t know exactly how many states were here, but I drove through the parking lot and I counted at least seven states. A few people brought tractors in, there were a lot of vendors set up there, and they had an action. I even ended up buying a few Case memorabilia pieces for myself.
“It was a great weekend, everybody had a good time, and they’re all looking forward to coming back to the summer show at the museum, since we’re featuring Case then.”
Greenville Tourism coordinated bus tours during the group's visit, highlighting various local attractions:
Marcoot Jersey Creamery
The One Room School Museum
The DeMoulin Museum
The Bock Sculpture Museum
The Bond County Historical Society's Hoiles-Davis Museum
Photos courtesy of the Greenville Chamber of Commerce & Greenville Tourism
MULBERRY GROVE VILLAGE VOTES TO BUY NEW EQUIPMENT
At their regular meeting Monday, the Mulberry Grove Village Board approved the purchase of a meter and water line locator for approximately $1200. The new piece of equipment assists in locating water lines in the event of a leak or when other maintenance is needed. The board also approved the purchase of a new weed eater for approximately $400.
Mulberry Grove Teachers and Junior Class Sponsors Karen Clark and Bobby Koonce asked the board for support of the class’s 5-K run/walk through town. The run/walk is Saturday, April 26, with race-day registration at 7:15 a.m. and the race at 8:30. The board sanctioned the event and several board members signed up to participate.
Police Officer Robert Sutton reported the new spotlight was installed on the police car.
Board members discussed wording of the Doty Sanitation contract. They scheduled a special meeting for Monday, April 14, at 7:30 p.m., to finalize the contract and work on the AGE agreement.