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SWIC
10:58 am
Thu July 19, 2012

SWIC in Belleville evacuated after bomb threat

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Classes have been called off at a southwestern Illinois college after a bomb threat forced the evacuation of the campus.

The Belleville News-Democrat reports that officials ordered Southwestern Illinois College in Belleville cleared out Thursday morning after a student found a threatening hand-written note in a men's bathroom of the main building.

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Crime
12:07 pm
Tue November 29, 2011

Man admits defrauding southern Ill. church, school

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Sentencing is scheduled for next spring for a southwestern Illinois man who's admitted using schemes involving leased copy machines to defraud a school, a church and community groups.

Forty-nine-year-old Kevin Welch of Altamont pleaded guilty Monday in federal court in East St. Louis to charges of mail fraud and engaging in a fraudulent financial transaction involving more than $10,000.

Authorities say the fraud took place from 2001 to 2009.

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Golf Course for Sale / Belleville
1:00 pm
Wed November 16, 2011

In the market to buy a golf course?

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An 18-hole golf course in southern Illinois could be yours for $750,000.

The Belleville News-Democrat reports that the family of Joseph Trover is selling the Yorktown Golf Course in Belleville.

They have owned the 38-acre property since 1992 and hope to keep it a golf course. Trover says he is willing to come down on the price because a golf course is good for the community and people.

Heat death
11:02 am
Thu September 1, 2011

Record heat proves fatal in Metro East

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Yesterday's record high temperature was a contributing factor in the death of a 79-year-old Belleville woman.

Ruth Reinhardt's body was found on the porch of a home Wednesday evening. The Belleville News-Democrat says police tried to locate Reinhardt earlier in the day after someone reported that she seems disoriented while walking around the neighborhood.

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Child porn crackdown
5:18 pm
Thu August 25, 2011

Madigan declares "Operation Glass House" a success

Ill. Atty. Gen. Lisa Madigan speaks at a press conference on Aug. 25, 2011 regarding "Operation Glass House," an effort to go after the top 25 child pornography consumers in the state.
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Ill. Attorney General Lisa Madigan says a year-long effort to target the top 25 consumers of child pornography in Illinois has been a success.

Two Belleville men - 61-year-old Garold Lee Semelka and Mike G. Telkamp, 48, were the 25th and 26th men arrested under Operation Glass House, the anti-child pornography initiative Madigan launched in August 2010.

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Morning News Round-up
9:46 am
Tue March 29, 2011

Morning Headlines: Tuesday, March 29, 2011

A high-speed train in the country of Portugal. The state of Missouri is expected to apply for federal funding for a high speed rail line between St. Louis and Kansas City, Mo.
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Good morning! Here are a few of today's starting headlines:

Missouri to apply for high-speed rail funding

The State of Missouri will apply for federal funding to construct high-speed rail service between the state's two metropolitan areas. Gov. Jay Nixon is scheduled to announce details of the application during a 10 a.m. news conference at the Kirkwood Amtrak station in suburban St. Louis. Nixon's office says the application will include a proposal for immediate upgrades to improve speeds on existing lines between St. Louis and Kansas City, Mo.

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