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The former bishop of the Belleville Diocese says he may sell the $2.2 million home he had built in Atlanta's toniest neighborhood.
Archbishop Wilton Gregory apologized to parishioners late Monday for building the 6,000 square foot, Tudor-style mansion in Buckhead. Gregory wrote on the website of the archdiocesan newspaper that he hadn't considered the impact his residence would have on parishioners who were giving to the church and struggling to pay their own bills.
Gregory was bishop of Belleville from 1994 to 2003, when he was named Archbishop of Atlanta.
A total of three people are in custody connected the murder of Belleville man.
Anthony Allen and Amanda Kent are charged with first degree murder, and another suspect, Brittney Moore is accused of lying to investigators. On Sunday, police were called to a Belleville apartment and found Darrin Hayes with multiple gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead a short time later.
Police say a tip about a getaway vehicle, and they found Moore driving the car. Police say the killing wasn't random, but would not release additional details on the investigation.]]>
A Belleville woman will spend 60 years in prison for her role in the 2011 kidnapping and murder of an 85 year old grandmother as she left a Collinsville bingo game.
That was the sentence handed down to 40 year old LaTosha Cunningham Tuesday. Prosecutors call her the ringleader in the murder of Yoko Cullen.
Authorities say Cullen was forced into the trunk of her own car, beaten with a tire iron and then burned alive.
Last month, 21 year old DaQuan Barnes was sentenced to 60-years without parole for the killing.
A third suspect, 30 year old Demarcus Barnes was found mentally unfit to stand trial.
A Belleville martial arts instructor is headed to prison after admitting to sexually abusing three of his students.
Christopher Horton told a judge, he abused the students and recorded the acts on his cell phone. The incidents happened between May of 2012 and February of this year. The victims were between six and ten years old. Horton pleaded guilty to six total counts. When he is sentenced in March, Horton will face up to 30 years behind bars.
Two metro-east teachers are among the finalists for Illinois Teacher of the Year.
Sina Rowe is a kindergarten to third grade special education teacher at Goshen Elementary School in Edwardsville. Donna Whitaker teaches seventh grade Science at West Junior High School in Belleville.
They're among 11 finalists named Monday by state education officials. The winner will be announced at an October banquet in Normal.
Other finalists: John Bierbaum at Normal Community West High School in Normal, Mark Buesing at Libertyville High School in Libertyville, Amanda Dearmond at DuQuoin Middle School in DuQuoin, William Fritz at Adlai Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, DeLores Mannes at Parker Junior High School in Flossmoor, Kerry (Fran) Meyers at Brimfield Grade School in Brimfield, Pam Reilly at Woodbury Elementary School in Sandwich, Aaron Sitze at Oregon High School in Oregon and Amy Walsh at Tioga School in Bensenville.