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Local News Archives for 2013-07

Staunton Man Injured in Accident

A Staunton man was seriously injured Saturday (7-27) when the motorcycle he was driving crashed into a car in a funeral procession in St. Charles County, Missouri. Forty-eight year old Kevin Ebersohl was airlifted to a St. Louis hospital. Fox 2 reports the accident took place around noon Saturday at the intersection of Hiways 94 and 67. Two people in the car suffered minor injuries. No further details have been released.

Bunker Hill Woman Injured in Accident

A Bunker Hill woman was injured in a single vehicle accident Saturday (7-27) night in Huyear Township in Macoupin County. The Macoupin County Sheriff's Office reports that 21-year old Shawnee Bushrow was driving her car north on Route 159 near Prairie Dell Road near Bunker Hill, when she lost control of the vehicle which crashed into a ditch and rolled three times. Bushrow was ejected from the car and was taken by helicopter to St. Louis University Hospital. A male passenger in the car was not hurt.

Greene County Fatal

A Greene County man was killed in a single vehicle accident Thursday morning in Greene County.

According to Illinois State Police, 28 year old Dustin Smith of Roodhouse was driving a 2008 Pontiac G6 westbound on the Roodhouse Blacktop when the vehicle left the road, skidded back across the roadway, traveled into a ditch, went airborne and the driver was ejected from the vehicle at 2:43am.

Smith was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.

Drug Seizure At Litchfield Airport

(Litchfield)--The Department of Homeland Security, and the Litchfield Police Department seized over 64 pounds of marijuana Monday at the Litchfield Airport. According to the Litchfield Police Department, the department was called by the Department of Homeland Security regarding a plane that was in route to Litchfield. The plane was believed to be part of a cross country drug run.

Two individuals, 32 year old Jonathan Eymann and 52 year old Gary Lyons, both from California, were leaving the airport to a local hotel when they were stopped by authorities. Reportedly a small amount of marijuana was discovered in Eymann's luggage. Several thousand dollars of cash, located on Lyons, was also discovered. The Litchfield K-9 unit also discovered more marijuana and smoking devices inside the vehicle.

A further investigation revealed two large suitcases, and a small backpack were located containing 64 pounds of marijuana, along with a loaded firearm. The investigation also revealed that this was the third trip to Litchfield by the pair, each time moving marijuana to a customer near Pittsburgh.

Both individuals were taken to Montgomery County Jail, pending formal charges.

Jackson Honored As Illinoisian Of The Day

(Litchfield)--A Litchfield woman has been selected as the 2013 Illinoisian of the Day. According to Anne Jackson from the Litchfield Museum and Route 66 Welcome Center Association, Martha Jackson has been selected by the Illinois State Fair Museum Foundation for the honor. Jackson is receiving the recognition as an individual who makes a difference in her community and shows true Illinois spirit through her work and dedication to help others.

The announcement was made at the Illinois State Corndog Kickoff and Pickle Banquet. A formal announcement and presentation will be made at the Illinois State Fair on August 9th at the Fairgrounds in Springfield.

Coffeen Lake Receives Grant

(Coffeen)--Governor Pat Quinn has announced a grant of 263 thousand dollars will be used to rehabilitate the south pool boat access area at Coffeen Lake. The project includes constructing a two lane boat ramp, floating boat docks, yard hydrants and drinking fountains, a new vault toilet, and resurfacing parking lots and a new kiosk.

The project also calls for rehabilitating the existing island causeway, fishing trail, vault toilet, electrical and lighting revisions, signs, and landscaping.

The project will be managed by the Illinois Capital Development Board. It will be funded with Department of Natural Resources boating funds, with 75 percent of the costs coming from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Street Sign Damage In Hillsboro

(Hillsboro)--The Hillsboro Police Department is seeking information in connection to recent vandalism to street signs in the city. According to the Police Department, sometime between July 5th and 6th, an individual caused damage to several street signs around the city.

The damage was done with a vehicle. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Hillsboro Police Department at 532-6120, or the Macoupin Montgomery County Crimestoppers at 1-800-352-0136.

Jersey County Fatal

A Grafton man is dead following a single vehicle crash Thursday morning in Jersey County.

According to Illinois State Police, 23 year old Samuel Allen was driving a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado northbound on Otterville Road when he lost control of the pickup at 1:30am. The vehicle struck an embankment, rolled multiple times and the driver was ejected from the truck.

Allen was pronounced dead at the scene.

160 Thousand Dollars Raised For MCCA

(Taylor Springs)--The Montgomery County Cancer Association held their 9th annual Celebration of Life and Birthday Party Saturday evening at the KC Hall in Taylor Springs. During the evening it was announced that the Association raised 160 thousand dollars.

Area teams were also honored during Saturday's celebration. Special Mention Awards went to Heritage Health of Litchfield captained by Dawn Elliot, First National Bank of Litchfield captained by Mary Beth Taylor, and the We Are Family Team captained by Connie Wernsing.

The Meritorious Award went to the Home Run Against Cancer Team captained by Judy Williams and Mike Cereutti.

The Brilliance Award went to Team Rehab Edge captained by Dr. John Mekala.

The Excellence Awards went to Team Ethan's Angels captained by Kay Lee.

The Superior Awards went to Team Fishing For a Cure captained by Deb Kious, The Herschel Lipe Family Team captained by Shawna Lipe, The Our Gang Team captained by Brenda Cobetto and Linda Klotz, The Banking On A Cure Team captained by Tracy White, The Chicks For A Cure Team captained by Shelley Halleman, and Pam Johnson Meyers.

The Top Team Award winner went to team Stamp Out Cancer captained by Zach Wygal and Leslie Pollard. The team raised 40 thousand dollars this year. Combined the all of the teams raised 113 thousand dollars for the association.

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