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Local News Archives for 2012-11

Crimestopper Tip Leads To Meth Bust

(Hillsboro)--A Crimestopper tip lead to a meth bust in Hillsboro. According to the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office, on Tuesday the Sheriff's Office and the South Central Illinois Drug Task Force searched an apartment in the three hundred block of King Street in Hillsboro.

During the search of the apartment three meth labs were discovered along with meth manufacturing material. 33 year old Jerry Jett of Litchfield, 42 year old Donna Durbin of Litchfield and 23 year old Richard Wilhelm of Hillsboro were taken into custody for aggravated participation of meth manufacturing.

The incident remains under investigation, with more arrests anticipated. Anyone with more information is asked to contact the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office, or the Macoupon Montgomery County Crimestoppers at 1-800-352-0136.

Reward-Lost Dog

There is a lost dog in the WSMI listening area. The dog is a black lab mix, approximately 55 pounds with a pink collar and goes by the name Riley. The dog has been claimed to have been spotted at times in Litchfield, Gillespie, and Staunton. If you find this dog, please contact Jim Cloud at 314-566-9116. There is a reward involved. For more information, visit facebook.com/operationfindriley.-

Trooper Killed In An Interstate 55 Accident

(Litchfield)--A 32 year old Illinois State Police Trooper was killed Monday morning following a traffic stop in the northbound lanes of Interstate 55 between the Carlinville and Raymond exits.

According to Illinois State Police, 32 year old Trooper Kyle Deatherage was killed when he was struck by a semi on Interstate 55 while performing a traffic stop. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Deatherage, a motorcycle trooper, had been a member of the Illinois State Police since May of 2009. The accident is under investigation.

Meth Bust Near Hillsboro

(Hillsboro)--Two people were arrested and face drug related charges following their arrest Monday in Hillsboro. According to the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office, the South Central Illinois Drug Task Force along with the Illinois State Police methanphetamine response team and Hillsboro Police searched a machine shed on Route 16 in Hillsboro.

During the search of the property, a meth lab was discovered along with meth manufacturing material. 52 year old Larry Korunka of Hillsboro and 35 year old Jason Darte of Mt. Olive were taken into custody.

Korunka was cited with two counts of aggravated participation of meth manufacturing, and with delivery of meth. Darte was cited with participation of meth manufacturing. The arrests were apart of a three month long investigation.

More arrests are anticipated.

Wednesday Morning Talk Show: Pastor Matt Ferguson and Al Lemme

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Pastor Matt Ferguson and Al Lemme were guests on the Wednesday Morning Talk Show with Tobin Ott and Uncle Ralph to talk about the Community Thanksgiving in Hillsboro. They also talked about the upcoming Presbyterian Church Holiday Concert.

Wednesday Morning Talk Show: Leslie Johnson

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Leslie Johnson from Lincoln Land Community College stopped by the Wednesday Morning Talk Show to talk about what's going on at the college.

First Weekend Of The Firearm Deer Season Sees Increase

(Springfield)--The Illinois Department of Natural Resources announced deer hunters havested more than seventy two thousand deer during last weekend's opening of the firearm hunting season, an increase of five thousand deer a year earlier.

The Department says the highest totals during the first three days were in Pike, Fulton, Adams, Jo Daviess, and Randolph counties. The Department also says 60 percent of the deer taken so far were bucks.

The first weekend of the season started last Friday and ended on Sunday. It will resume November 29th and end on December 2nd. More than 334 thousand firearm deer permits have been issued for this years season.

Octoberfest Promotion

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Jim McKay, Tommy Schmidt, and Rink Calcari discuss Octoberfest at the St. Michael's Church in Staunton.

Fatal Near Auburn

A Taylorville man was killed in a car versus bicycle accident Thursday morning west of Auburn.

According to Illinois State Police, 22 year old William Cohen of Pawnee was driving a 1999 Nissan westbound on Rt. 104 when the vehicle drifted onto the westbound shoulder and struck a bicycle at 8:42am.

The driver of the bike, 71 year old Grover Everett, was taken by Auburn EMS to Memorial Medical center in Springfield.

Sangamon County Coroner Cinda Edwards reported that Everett was pronounced dead at 9:35am at the hospital.

The accident remains under investigation.

Watson Resigns

A state representative from Jacksonville is leaving his office in a couple of weeks.

Jim Watson will resign to become executive director of the Illinois Petroleum Council. His resignation will take effect at 11:59pm on December the 3rd. He says the decision to resign was a difficult one, and that it had been an honor to serve the people of his district.

Watson was first elected to the state house in 2001. His district includes parts of Macoupin, Morgan, Calhoun, Greene, Jersey, Madison and Pike counties.

Illinois Firearm Deer Hunting Season Ready To Begin

(Springfield)--The Illinois firearm deer hunting season begins Friday through Sunday and concludes November 29th through December 2nd. According to the Department of Natural Resources, hunters harvested over ninty eight thousand deer during last year's hunt. So far this year, over 334 thousand permits have been issued.

The legal hunting hours for the firearm season are one half hour before sunrise and one half hour after sunset. Hunters who succeed in taking a deer must register throught the Department of Natural Resources website, or by phoning 866-452-4325.

Macoupin County Contested Race Results

Macoupin County contested race results.

County Board District 6 - William Harding 1,279
Robert Quarton 1,245
Judy Bacon 989

County Board District 7 - Bernard Kiel 1,159
Shielda Lewis 1,123
Kevin Nichelson 721

County Board District 8 - Harry Star IV 1,141
Robert "Tony" Wiggins 1,077
Frances Goodman 1,013

County Board District 9 - Todd Armour 1,327
Raymond Coatney 1,003
Lyndal Herschelman 922
Veryl Reiher 888Results of Propositions.

City of Benld Yes 253 No 251

City of Gillespie Yes 640 No 700

City of Staunton
Energy Yes 670 No 1,369
Trash Yes 727 No 1,406

City of Bunker Hill Yes 477 No 332

Nilwood Twp Yes 96 No 189

All results are unofficial until canvassed 14 days after the election.

Montgomery County Election Results

(Hillsboro)--Over twelve thousand ballots were cast during Tuesday's General Election, a turn out of sixty seven percent.

Montgomery County Coroner

Rick Broaddus--6,550

Tobin Gunn--4,570County Board District 1

Megan Beeler--1,028

Michael Webb--949

Connie Beck--918

Dennis Williams--898

James Gray--388County Board District 3

Heather Hampton-Knodle--905

Bonnie Branum--843

Jay Martin--773

Bob Durbin--754

George Blankenship--744County Board District 4

Jim Moore--964

Mike Plunkett--961

Earlene Blackburn-Robinson--863

Pamela Thacker--858County Board District 5

Glenn Savage--825

Richard Wendel--711

Sharon Kuchar--666

Shelley Brakenhoff--613County Board District 6

Roy Hertel--1,129

Ron Deabenderfer--941

David Ronen--901

Scott Merano--732

Richard Bax--392County Board District 7

Robert "Bob" Sneed--1,192

Nicole "Nicki" Bishop--1,131

Mary Bathurst--986

Daniel White--716Coffeen Property Tax Question

No--217

Yes--48

Meth Bust In 2011 Leads To Over 40 Years In Sentencing

(Hillsboro)--A September 30th, 2011 meth bust in Nokomis has resulted in a total of over 40 years in sentencing. According to the Montgomery County States Attorney's Office, 50 year old Joseph Shelton of Nokomis, 37 year old Charles Johnson of Bingham, and 44 year old Diana Beamer of Nokomis were arrested when an active meth lab was found at a residence on South Pine Street in Nokomis.

Shelton was sentenced to 13 years in prison on June 19th following a contested hearing. Charles Johnson was sentenced on July 16th to 18 years in the Department of Corrections. Diana Beamer was sentenced on October 22nd to 7 and a half years in the Department of Corrections for the offense of meth conspiracy. Beamer was also sentenced to 3 years for aggravated battery.

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