After an Illinois primary election that saw relatively low turnout yesterday, one metro-east sheriff is out, another is in.
Glen Carbon Police Chief John Lakin took 64 percent of the vote to defeat Madison County Sheriff Bob Hertz in the Democratic primary. With no Republican candidate, Lakin will officially win the post in November.
St. Clair County Sheriff Rick Watson had been appointed in 2012 to replace the late Mearl Justus. Watson easily won the Democratic nomination. Again, no Republican candidate means he'll begin his first full term after the November election.
A metro east man has been sentenced to eight years in prison for a 2012 drunk driving wreck that killed a passenger in another vehicle.
Twenty-five-year-old Travis King of New Douglas was sentenced Monday in Madison County. Authorities say that on Oct. 20, 2012, King drove into the back of a pickup truck at the interchange of Interstates 270 and 55 near Troy.
Sixty-two-year-old Geraldine Davis of Granite City died and her daughter was injured. Prosecutors say King's blood-alcohol level was nearly twice the state's legal limit.
Three men who admit conspiring with ex-Madison County Treasurer Fred Bathon to rig property tax auctions are free as they await sentencing.
John Vassen, Scott McLean and Barratt Rochman each pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday to violating the Sherman Anti-trust Act. The three men orchestrated a multi-year "pay-for-play" scam that cheated more than 10,000 property owners out of about $2 million in excessive interest and penalty payments.
Bathon had pleaded guilty in February to rigging tax lien auctions between 2005 and 2008 to benefit his political donors.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Stephen Williams set the sentencing hearing for Vassen, McLean and Rochman for Feb. 21.
An Illinois man, accused of tying up two people and sexually assaulting them, is in custody.
Jerry Sutt was arrested Monday in Tennessee. Police say Sutt broke in to a rural Collinsville home on September 18 and bound the two people. He then allegedly assaulted one of them. That victim was taken to the hospital.
Sutt is now held on a half-million dollar bond and facing multiple felony charges.
Metro-east officials say the death of a Madsion, Illinois man should serve as a reminder of the dangers of extreme heat.
Madison County Coroner Stephen Nonn announced Monday that 56 year old Darold Mays died of heat stroke. May suffered from heart and lung disease that made him more vulnerable, but hi body temperature was over 101 when he had been found dead in an alley in the 1300 block of Klein Avenue in Venice.
Family members say that Mays was developmentally disabled and was known to venture out into the community to collect aluminum cans.
Nonn says with temperatures forecast to be in the mid and upper 90s this week, it's important to be conscious of the heat's toll on healthy individuals during normal activities, but also to keep an eye on friends and family who may be more susceptible to the heat because of age or chronic health issues.
A metro-east village is considering an ordinance that would allow residents to raise poultry.
The Alton Telegraph reports that Godfrey trustees early next month will consider an ordinance related to raising chickens on property zoned as residential. The Godfrey measure is patterned at least partly after one in nearby Alton.
Godfrey resident Kenny Feazel is hungry for the change. Unaware they were illegal, he's been raising chickens since April to have fresh, organic eggs because his wife is too sensitive to store-bought ones. The couple also raises their eight chickens to produce fertilizer for their organic garden.
A Feazel neighbor complained about the birds, prompting Grafton officials to take a look at the issue.
Godfrey lies along the Mississippi River in Madison County, north of St. Louis.
Mosquitoes carrying the West Nile virus are in the metro area.
The Madison County Health Department announced that a mosquito batch collected from just outside Granite City, Illinois tested positive for the virus. Officials say the best way to avoid West Nile is to practice the "Three R's".
- REDUCE exposure - avoid being outdoors when mosquitoes are most active, especially between dusk and dawn.
- Make sure doors and windows have tight-fitting screens. Repair or replace screens that have tears or other openings. Try to keep doors and windows shut, especially at night.
- Eliminate all sources of standing water where mosquitoes can breed, including flowerpots, wading pools, old tires and any other receptacles. Change water in bird baths weekly.
- REPEL - when outdoors, wear shoes and socks, long pants and a long-sleeved shirt, and apply insect repellent that contains DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR 3535, according to label instructions. Consult a physician before using repellents on infants.
- REPORT - In communities where there are organized mosquito control programs, contact your municipal government to report areas of stagnant water in roadside ditches, flooded yards and similar locations that may produce mosquitoes.
Last year 290 Illinois residents were infected with the virus and 12 died.
Additional information about West Nile virus can be found on the Illinois Department of Public Health’s Web site at www.idph.state.il.us/envhealth/wnv.htm or contact Madison County Health Department at (618) 296-6079 or visit our website at http://www.madisonchd.org/west-nile-virus-vector-surveillance.shtml
GODFREY, Ill. (AP) - A southwestern Illinois prosecutor says a boy bitten by a pet monkey during a dog event will undergo precautionary rabies vaccinations rather than having the primate euthanized to see if it's infected with the disease.
Madison County State's Attorney Tom Gibbons tells The (Alton) Telegraph that the decision involving the 6-year-old boy came after the prosecutor's office consulted with the child's parents.
The monkey named Nina has been in quarantine since it bit the boy June 2 when the child tried to pet the java macaque during a yearly "Bark in the Park" event in Godfrey.
No charges have been filed, and Gibbons' office is trying to determine who legally owns the monkey.
Dr. David Hall with Madison County's animal-control office says his agency was seeking advice from the Illinois Department of Agriculture.
Madison County authorities want to hear from anyone who may have witnessed a traffic stop along Godfrey Road just south of the Jersey County border about 6 p.m. Friday. That's where a 17 year old girl reported being pulled over by a man in a large, white car who may have been impersonating a police officer.
The man is described as a white male, about 30 to 40 years old, about 6'1' to 6'3' with a brown crew cut, no facial hair and wearing a blue button-up shirt and dark pants.
Madison County Sheriffs Captain Mike Dixon says investigators don't know yet if the man was an impostor, but it's important they find out.
Dixon says they suspect the man was impersonating an officer because his car had only a flashing blue light, when real police usually have both red and blue or just red lights.
But he also cautions that police do use unmarked cars to make traffic stops. Dixon says if anyone feels uneasy after being pulled over, they should call 9-1-1.