SHERIFF THANKS COMMUNITY FOR HELP IN FINDING ESCAPED INMATE
Following the capture of an inmate who escaped last week from the county jail, Bond County Sheriff Jeff Brown is expressing his appreciation to the community for their involvement in the case.
30-year-old Andrew J. Walker, of Pierron, was being held in the Bond County Jail on alleged production of methamphetamine charges. Walker escaped around 7:00 p.m. Friday evening through a vent that led to an outer room. Walker broke through a drop ceiling and escaped through an egress door.
He was captured Monday morning following a high speed car chase on Pokey Road, then a foot chase in the area.
Brown said he appreciates everyone who was involved in the investigation and that the case was able to be closed relatively quickly.
“Absolutely, we were lucky to do that,” Brown told WGEL. “Of course one of the worse things for us is to have someone escape. Nobody likes that -- it makes the community uneasy. It makes us uneasy as well.
“I have to tell you that the reason we caught him is because of community involvement. We got several calls this [Monday] morning and that’s what led us to the area and to his capture. We’re very grateful to the people, especially of Pierron, who called us and let us know that he was in the area and kept us up to date until we got there. We’re very, very grateful to the public and glad to have him in custody and it gets the county back at ease now, knowing that he is not on the loose.”
Brown said Walker will face additional charges and is currently being held in a jail outside of Bond County.
TWO FATALITIES UNDER INVESTIGATION IN FAYETTE COUNTY
The Fayette County Coroner’s office is investigating the death of 47-year-old Matthew Austin, who was found dead in his pick-up truck by a family member Saturday night around 9:30 p.m. on Cumberland Road in St. Elmo. Authorities report that Austin died of a single gun shot wound. The death remains under investigation. An autopsy was scheduled for Monday, but further details have not yet been released.
44-year-old Cassandra Pollard of Effingham was found dead in the home of a rural Vandalia friend Saturday morning around 9:00 a.m. Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen reports that Pollard had been visiting the home since Friday. Pollard was pronounced dead at the scene by Coroner Bowen. An autopsy was scheduled for Monday. The death remains under investigation an no other information has been released.
MILD TEMPERATURES THIS WEEK, RAIN THURSDAY
Cooler conditions are expected through Tuesday night. The National Weather Service predicts slightly warmer temperatures Wednesday with showers and thunderstorms returning to our area late Wednesday night and Thursday as another cold front moves through the region. Highs on Thursday will be in the upper 60s to lower 70s.
GREENVILLE GARDEN CLUB TO HOLD THIRD ANNUAL PLANT SALE
The Greenville Garden Club will hold their third annual plant sale Saturday, April 26 from 8:00 a.m. until noon in the Greenville Regional Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Shop parking lot. Carol Royer with the garden club told us that over 400 plants have been donated so far including perennials, water plants, bushes and a patio peach tree.
Each year, the garden club chooses a recipient to receive the proceeds from the sale based on club nominations and a vote. Last year’s recipient was the Bond County Senior Center. This year’s recipient has not yet been selected. For more information about the plant sale or if you are interested in joining the Greenville Garden Club, call Carol at 292-6895.
PORTION OF IL ROUTE 127 TO BE CLOSED IN CLINTON COUNTY
The Illinois Department of Transportation has announced that beginning April 28 at 7:00 a.m., the IL Route 127 structure over the Kaskaskia River will be closed 2.5 miles south of Carlyle.
The road closure is required to replace the structure over the Kaskaskia River. This work is expected to be completed and Rt. 127 reopened by October.
A marked detour route utilizing Slant Road and IL Route 161 will be in place.
DREW BALDRIDGE TO PUT ON CONCERT TO BENEFIT MURRAY CENTER
Local country music artist Drew Baldridge of Patoka is putting on a special concert in the area this month to benefit the Murray Center. Baldridge told WGEL he will perform at Arizona Joe’s in Centralia on Saturday, April 26 at 7:00 p.m.
“When we get to go back, we want it to be something big and something beneficial to the community,” Baldridge told WGEL. “We just happened to team up with the Murray Center to do a benefit with them. Basically it’s going to be $15 a ticket and half of its going to go to Murray Center.
“I’m super excited. I always love coming back and playing for my hometown folk. There’s nothing like people out in the crowd knowing your music and singing along with you.”
Baldridge said the Murray Center will also be selling event t-shirts at the concert. Tickets are available for purchase at First National Bank in Patoka and at Arizona Joe’s.
BOND COUNTY SENIOR CENTER TO OFFER AARP SMART DRIVER PROGRAM
The Bond County Senior Center will offer a smart driver course next month that could save you money on your car insurance. Executive Director Anna Oestreich said the class teaches driver safety.
“We have an AARP Smart Driver Program, which is May 1 and 2,” said Oestreich. “You attend from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. each day. And successful completion of that class guarantees you a discount on the liability portion of your car insurance.
“The savings isn’t huge, but the savings will be in place for three years, so you only have to take the class every three years and you are going to save a little bit of money. The main thrust of the program is to make you more aware and a safer driver.”
To sign up for the Smart Drive Class, call the Bond County Senior Center at 664-1465.
AREA CHOIRS AND ORCHESTRAS TO PERFORM SPRING CONCERT AT GC
Greenville College will host choral singers and orchestral players from Edwardsville High School, Greenville College and Greenville Free Methodist Church for a Spring Choral-Orchestral Concert on Sunday, May 4 at 4:00 p.m. in the Whitlock Music Center on campus. The concert, entitled “In Memoriam,” will celebrate the lives of loved ones and include many classic compositions.
Seating for the concert will begin at 3:30 p.m. An offering will be taken to help defray the costs of the concert. For more information about the concert, contact the Greenville College Department of Music at 664-6560.
STATE OWES SOME ILLINOISANS MONEY
The Illinois Treasurer's office says it wants people that have old paychecks or may have left money in a closed checking account to claim their cash. Treasurer Dan Rutherford says his office has returned close to 30-million-dollars in unclaimed property this year through the ICASH program. He added that there is still one-point-eight million dollars still unclaimed. If you want to check if the state owes you money, log on to www.icash.illinois.gov.
The Lady Comets soccer team defeated Hillsboro last week, 7-0. Maria Reinhard scored three goals, Katie Horton two, Katie Munshaw one, and Hollyn Beans one. Two assists were credited to Brianna Wade, one to Munshaw, and one to Jessie Lirios. Kassidy Alderman and Brittany Rolland shared the shutout victory in goal.
Michael J. “Mike” Heil
Michael J. “Mike” Heil, age 58 of Trenton, passed away Friday, April 18 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese. A funeral mass of Christian burial will be today at St. Mary Catholic Church in Trenton. Burial will be in St Mary Cemetery. Friends may call from 8:00 to 9:45 a.m. at the Moss Funeral Home in Trenton. Memorials are suggested to his daughter’s college educational fund.
He was born September 1, 1955 in East St. Louis to Joseph Heil and Camille (Bohnak) Gaines: they preceded him in death.
Also preceded in death by a step father Robert Gaines, father-in-law Andrew “Red” Drees, sister-in-law Mary Jo Baumgartner, brother-in-law Marvin “Pop” Netemeyer, nephews Jason Niemann, Randy Ruth.
He married Jane Drees November 3, 1990 at St. Mary Catholic Church, Trenton and she survives in Trenton.
Also surviving is his daughter Kathy Heil of Trenton.
Mother-in-law Florence Drees of Breese
Brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Mike (Marilyn) Drees of Aviston, Karen (John) Niemann of Breese, Linda Netemeyer of Albers, Pat (Ed) Niemann of Breese, Jerry (Susie) Drees of Trenton, Bob (Inez) Drees of Collinsville, Danny (Song) Drees of Clarksville TN, Donna (Jim) Markus of Aviston, Paul Baumgartner of Troy.
Many nieces and nephews
Mike retired after 37 years from the Belleville News Democrat. He enjoyed living in the country, traveling and driving. He especially enjoyed being part of the October week end get-away club.
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