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Wednesday, 12 March 2014 04:07

Ground broken on Belleville 9-11 memorial

   BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) - Ground has been broken for a September 11 memorial in southern Illinois.
   The Belleville News Democrat reports the ceremony was Tuesday in Belleville on city-owned property near a firehouse. The September 11 Memorial Walkway of Southern Illinois will be built. Organizers hope to have the project finished by Sept. 11 of this year.
   The centerpiece of the memorial will be a 7,100-pound steel column from the World Trade Center.
   There also will be a Flight 93 Memorial, a timeline of the terrorist attacks and a memorial in the shape of a pentagon.
   Organizers have raised $80,000 for the project. They hoped to raise $100,000 before breaking ground.
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   Police in Belleville now know the identity of a woman found dead behind a business Tuesday morning.   Authorities haven't released her name, but say she was 83 years old and lived about 10 blocks from where she was found.  

   Robert Holmes, the owner of a local auto shop made the discovery about 10:30 a.m.  He called police after finding the woman's body in a snowbank behind his shop in the 1800 block of West Main Street.  

   The victim had been wearing only pajamas and blood was found on the ground in the area.  An autopsy has been performed, but police haven't released her cause of death.

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A recently opened search warrant reveals the evidence authorities seized when they searched former St. Clair County judge Michael Cook's hunting cabin in Pike County, and his home in Belleville.
Drugs, guns and ammunition are among the evidence discovered by federal agents during the search which came two months after Associate Judge Joe Christ died of a cocaine overdose at the cabin.
Cook was in custody at the time of the search. The Belleville News-Democrat reports that despite the lag between Christ's death and searches of Cook's cabin and Belleville home, federal agents uncovered 48 items of potential evidence, including drug paraphernalia coated in a white powder.  
Cook pleaded guilty to drug and gun charges and agreed to an 18 month sentence.  However, the federal judge presiding over the case says he's unhappy with the sentence recommended by prosecutors.  
Judge Joe Billy McDade has ordered the U.S. Probation Office to investigate, prepare and distribute a supplemental pre-sentence report. Cook is expected to be sentenced next month.
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Tuesday, 03 December 2013 03:26

UPDATE: Suspect held for Belleville murder

   A 53 year old Belleville man shot to death as he opened his front door Saturday night was not the intended target, police say.  

   The St. Clair County State's Attorney has charged 36 year old Dashon Hinkle with first-degree murder in the shooting of John Fath Senior.  

   Belleville police say Hinkle had gone to Fath's home in the 400 block of North 40th Street to "pay a visit" to the victim's son, John Fath Junior.  

   Police say the junior Fath and Hinkle both have long criminal records.  

   Hinkle is jailed on a $2 million bond.

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Sunday, 20 October 2013 11:27

Belleville hosting film shoot next Friday

BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Belleville is going Hollywood.

The Belleville News-Democrat reports that filming of a new movie required the public square in the southwestern Illinois city east of St. Louis to be closed to traffic for about an hour Friday.

The film, titled "Belleville," is by Ted Trentman, a Belleville native who typically makes movies closer to his Los Angeles digs. But Trentman opted to use his hometown as the setting for his latest work.

There's no immediate word about the movie's plot or when the film will be released.

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   EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) - A southwestern Illinois man who insisted he was not bound by U.S. tax laws faces up to two decades in federal prison after being found guilty of falsely claiming hundreds of thousands of dollars in tax refunds.

   A federal jury on Wednesday convicted 47 year old Destry Marcotte of Belleville of four counts of filing false claims for federal tax refunds.

   Federal prosecutors say evidence presented at trial showed that Marcotte submitted the false claims for refunds for years, claiming a total of more than $600,000.

   Marcotte claimed to be a "sovereign citizen," contending he was not subject to U.S. tax laws.

   After the jury's verdict, Marcotte was ordered detained pending his Jan. 17 sentencing.

   

 
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   BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) - The owner of a former license-and-title service in the metro-east is accused of duping more than $30,000 from clients.

   The Belleville News-Democrat reports St. Clair County prosecutors charged 52 year old Brian Rainbolt on Tuesday with felony theft and a misdemeanor count of not having a state license as a remittance agent.

   Rainbolt's business, Duffy's License and Title Service in Belleville, has been closed since police descended upon it in May while investigating complaints involving vehicle titles and registrations.

   Rainbolt allegedly pocketed payments for titles, registrations or other state fees instead of turning the money over to the state to complete the legal transaction.

   Online court records don't show whether Rainbolt has an attorney. He does not have a listed home telephone number.

 
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   BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) - Illinois state regulators have cited the city of Belleville for gaps in its planning for tornadoes and other emergencies.

   The Belleville News-Democrat reports the Illinois Department of Labor investigated after an alderwoman's complaint when tornado sirens sounded during a City Hall meeting and no effort was made to move people to safety.

   The Department of Labor conducted interviews in early June and determined employees lack training on the city's emergency plan. In a July 17 citation, the department gave Mayor Mark Eckert until Aug. 21 to submit a new written emergency plan.

   Eckert says that plan has been written and he's hoping to start drills this month at City Hall. The mayor says he wants the new plan approved by the City Council on Monday.

 

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    A Belleville clothing store is the latest target of a smash and grab. This happened around 4:30 this morning at Hays Top Style clothing on West Main at North 95th.

The front window was smashed. A witness saw someone leaving in a full size maroon vehicle heading west on Main.

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   The St. Clair County States Attorney is considering charges after a six year old child got a hold of a gun and shot an 11 year old boy in Belleville Tuesday night.  

   Belleville police spokesman Mark Heffernan says it happened when three children were playing upstairs in a home during a family barbecue.  Police say the handgun didn't belong to the owners of the house but may have come from someone who was staying there.  

   Eleven year old Leonard Smith, Jr. was shot in the head and died on the way to the hospital.

   Police say Smith lived in East St. Louis and was visiting the family in Belleville.

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