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TRENTON TORNADOES BASEBALL PLAYERS donned Minion hats for the TrentonFest parade this past Saturday. The parade theme was a salute to superheroes, such as the Minions from the Despicable Me movies. After a storm-shortened Friday night of activities, Saturday's weather was perfect for a picnic and TrentonFest organizers enjoyed an exceptional turnout for Saturday night. Look inside this week's Sun for more pictures from the TrentonFest.
Eat all you want at Zion UCC 'Donut Dash'
Paul Berkemann of Berkemann's Bakers Dozen presents a symbolic tray of donuts to Zion United Church of Christ 'Donut Dash' organizers Tricia and Bill Gardner.
Zion United Church of Christ in New Baden will have its annual 'Donut Dash' run/walk on Saturday, September 27. As part of the competition, participants will be given the opportunity to eat donuts at 'donut stations' along the race route. One minute will be deducted from the competitor's time for each donut consumed during the race.
The 5-kilometer run starts at 9 a.m., with a one-mile fun run/walk starting at 10 a.m. Packets may be picked up from 7:30 to 8:45 a.m. race day at New Baden Park, in the pavilion located across from the swimming pool
To register, download a form from zion-ucc.net. Completed forms and payment can be mailed to Zion UCC Donut Dash, 11 North Railway, New Baden IL 62265.
Awards will be presented to the top three men and women in age group categories.
Trenton not immune to criminal element, says mayor
Five people arrested in connection with a methamphetamine production operation in Trenton have all entered guilty pleas to reduced charges. Four of the five suspects received sentences ranging from eight to 12 years, and a fifth still awaits federal meth production charges in Randolph County, according to Trenton mayor Kyle Jones and the Trenton police department.
Jones read a prepared statement about the case at last week's Trenton city council meeting, describing a months-long surveillence that resulted in a police bust at a Trenton apartment complex the night of April 5, 2014.
Trenton police began tracking a suspicious automobile in October 2013. Through the coordinated efforts of daytime and night patrols, police were able to track the vehicle and identify the driver, Jimmy Richeson, as a registered sex offender who was not in compliance with the terms of his release.
As the investigation into Richeson's behavior continued, Trenton officer Chris Joellenbeck was able to determine that Randolph County authorities were tracking Richeson and several others in a methamphetamine conspiracy. Joellenbeck alerted other Trenton police officers to the names of the associates.
As officers tracked the movement of these individuals, it was discovered that some of them were visiting an apartment on North Adams Street in Trenton. Evidence was uncovered that indicated methamphetamine was being manufactured in the apartment.
Working with officials from Randolph County, Jackson County, Highland Police Department, and Carlyle Police Department, Trenton police found the purchases of precursors from WalMarts across southern Illinois.
Police observed that the apartment unit's windows were open when temperatures were well below freezing, and coinciding with instances when the 'cook,' later identified as Richard Brown, visited the apartment.
On March 23, 2014, Trenton officer Ryan Olier served Richeson with an arrest warrant for a violation of his probation, which helped police identify all the parties in the apartment.
Police began 24-hour surveillance, and pounced on April 5, when the methamphetamine was being actively producted. As Olier surveilled the apartment, Officer Joellenbeck secured a search warrant from Circuit Judge William Becker to enter the apartment. Trenton police, the Illinois State Police Drug Task Force, and Randoph County's Sheriff's Office, and New Baden K-9 officer Bruce Rapien coordinated and executed the search just after 9 p.m. on April 5. Police found a working methamphetamine lab in one of the apartment's bedrooms and arrested two persons on scene. Two other suspects had left the apartment just moments prior to police arriving. They were also arrested over the next several days.
Richeson entered a guilty plea on April 16 to the class 3 felony of failure to report a change of address or job. He was sentenced to 90 days jail time and two years probation, and awaits federal charges in Randolph County.
Curtis Pendegraft, Cindy Smith, and Sandy Weissert all entered guilty pleas to possession of 400 to 900 grams of methamphetamine, a class X felony. Pendegraft and Smith were each sentenced to eight years in an Illinois Department of Corrections (DOC) facility, and Weissert was sentenced to 12 years.
Richard Brown was found guilty of the class 3 felony possession of less than five grams of meth, for which he received a five-year DOC sentences. He was sentenced to 12 years for the class 2 felony possession of meth manufacturing materials.
Jones vowed to utilize all resources at the city's disposal to keep similar drug operations out of Trenton. "This operation was taking place right across the street from the elementary school," Jones said, "and every resident of the apartment complex was at risk, including children. In addition to this case, we have several ongoing prosecutions underway, and unfortunately some of them are for drugs or crimes of a sexual nature. We can't make the mistake of feeling insulated from these types of crime. We are close to the city, and the criminal element continues to move into smaller communities because they believe we don't have the resources to follow their activities closely. We will do whatever is necessary to remove these types of things from our community."
Trenton police chief calms child abduction rumors
Trenton police chief Mike Jones on Monday told city council members that the rumor mill is mischaracterizing a Saturday night incident at TrentonFest as an attempted child abduction when in fact it more closely resembles a domestic issue. "If there had been an attempted child abduction or kidnapping, we would have locked down the park immediately," said Jones. "We had a case of a non-custodial parent attempting to pick up a child from TrentonFest. We're still investigating, but there have been rumors going around that it was an attempted child abduction, and it was not. Never was any child in danger in any way. It was a quasi-domestic situation."
The incident was a minor blemish on one of the more successful TrentonFests in the event's history, despite a Friday night abbreviated by a fierce line of thunderstorms that swept through.
Council member Brent Woods, also co-chair of TrentonFest, thanked the public employees who helped prepare for and execute this year's event. "Hopefully the profits from TrentonFest will show up in improvements at the park very soon," said Woods.
Trenton's private Park Boosters organization puts on TrentonFest. The group is coordinating with the city in seeking grants to replace the antiquated restrooms at the park.
In other business from Monday night's Trenton city council work session:
City administrator Doug Brimm told council members he and TWM Engineers continue to solicit bids for the replacement of grates near the four-way stop intersection of Routes 50 and 160 in order to relieve clogging and flooding issues in the area. Brimm said the cost of the replacing the grates is estimated by engineers at about $6,500, which is below the $20,000 threshold that triggers a state requirement for a sealed-bid process. Brimm will bring more complete information to the council at its next work session later this month, with an eye toward approving a contract at the council's regular Ôvoting' meeting in October.
Trenton mayor Kyle Jones asked city attorney Tim Palen to investigate the ability of the city to recoup costs associated with publishing and mailing a notice to its water customers detailing violations of EPA standards by the city's wholesale water supplier, Summerfield-Lebanon-Mascoutah (SLM) water district.
Jones said the city spent several hundred dollars in printing and mailing costs, ten to 12 hours of labor, and about $50 in publishing costs to notify its customers of SLM's violations and remediative action. "We don't think we should have to pay for issues that we had nothing to do with," said Jones. "We wouldn't expect them to pay--nor would they expect to-- for expenses we incur on our lines," Jones said, "and we should have to pay for problems on their side."
Jones reported that the city's revenues are maintaining the pace set last year, and the general fund has generated about $124,000 in surpluses during the first four months of the fiscal year, with the most expensive summer season nearly behind it. "Actually this year's budget is less than last year's," Jones said, "so I am hopeful that we'll have a nice surplus to transfer into the capital development fund at the end of the year."
The capital development fund is a subset of the city's general fund, set aside in order to discipline the council's spending. The council has established four major projects to be paid from the fund, and is so far using the fund exclusviely for those major projects. The first of those, repaving the asphalt streets in the Northland Acres subdivision, has already been green-lighted by the council, and work is expected to begin shortly. Next on the list is a drainage project in the northeast quadrant of town, followed by drainage projects along the 160 corridor south of Route 50, and on the west end. The capital development has a balance of about $479,000, but will be drawn down to abbout $200,000 by the time the Northland Acres project is complete.
Time Marches On
Val. Welz. who has conducted a saloon at the corner of Fourth and Apple streets for the past 17 years has sold the business to Jos. Zahn.
Louis Stahl and family moved their household goods from this city to the Martin Bub farm south of town.
One of the rent houses south of the mill has been removed to New Baden and there is talk of other buildings being moved there from here in the near future.
Henry Keck of O'Fallon and Miss Anna Kaufmann, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Kaufmann, motored to Carlyle Tuesday where they were married.
Miss Julia Haury, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. G.E. Haury, and Clifford Townsend were married in Belleville last Wednesday.
Arnold Metzger had his ankle fractured while at work at the New Baden mine Wednesday.
Mrs. Christ Fix of New Baden died Sunday at the age of 69.
The marriage of Miss Edna Schoene of Summerfield and Arthur Richter of Mascoutah took place Sept. 12 in St. John's Evang. parsonage.
The local fire department received the 400 feet of new fire hose purchased by the city.
A new contract was signed between city authorities and officials of the Illinois Light and Power Co. calling for a 25 per cent reduction on street lights amounting to about $45 per month.
Eugene Trame has resumed his employment at Brefeld Chevrolet after an appendectomy.
Jerome Henry Seger, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Seger, passed away suddenly Sept. 18.
Paul J. Glaeser has been commissioned a lieutenant in the Naval Reserve at Hollywood, Fla.
The new fire siren at Aviston was sounded for the first time Monday when a gasoline delivery truck caught on fire at the John Bingaman Station.
Miss Shirley Ann Wharrie and Robert Ritzheimer were married in the New Hope Presbyterian Church in Coal City on Sept. 11.
The Sugar Creek Presbyterian Church observed the 125th anniversary of its founding.
Anton Wagner, R.R. 1 Trenton, died Tuesday morning at the age of 83.
St. Augustine Church in Breese was the scene of the wedding of Miss Patricia Hagen and John L. Buehler on Sept. 22.
A daughter, Jo Ann Marie, was born to Mr. and Mrs. Louis Jacober (Dermody) on Sept. 17.
Walter Varel, 28, of Bartelso was instantly killed on Route 50 near Beckemeyer when his car veered him into the path of a tractor trailer.
Bert Problys received the plaque for Best in Show at the Coin Festival in Belleville.
Henry Fiedler of Breese died Saturday at the age of 72.
Miss Eileen Van Dier became the bride of Larry Muckensturn Sept. 12 in Belleville.
John G. Thalgott, 80, died at his home in Zeigler on Sept. 20. He was a native of Trenton.
Over 100 people gathered at the Educational Building of the United Methodist Church on Sept. 11 to honor Miss Mildred Louden at a surprise birthday party.
Ralph Ketterer, owner of Ketterer's Tavern, died Sept. 14 at St. Joseph Hospital, Breese, at the age of 60.
Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Huegen of Albers will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary on Sept. 27.
John H. Billhartz, 76, of New Baden died Sept. 15.
Miss Mary Lou Rieger, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clinton Rieger of Trenton, became the bride of Ian S. Darrach, son of Mr. and Mrs. Scott Darrach of Quincy, Mass. on August 30 the ceremony was performed by Rev. George Schuette in St. John United Church of Christ, Summerfield.
Mr. and Mrs. Earl H. Edwards (Betty Kauffman) were united in marriage on September 14 in St. John United Church of Christ, Trenton.
Miss Judith Brooks became the bride of D. LeRoy Davis on Sept. 7 in St. John United Church of Christ.
Nathan Haselhorst received a trophy for first place in the poster contest sponsored by VFW Auxiliary 7983.
Mrs. Matilde Doelling, 91, died Friday, Sept. 14 at St. Joseph Hospital, Breese. She was born Feb. 10, 1893, the daughter of Henry and Wilhelmina Manquard Grattendick.
Mrs. Donna Horan, 35, died Sat., Sept. 15 at Barnes Hospital, St. Louis. She was born at St. Joseph Hospital, Breese, the daughter of Bernard and Wilma Meddows Quitmeyer.
Kenneth G. Frankovich of Albers was assigned to Vance Air Force Base, OK, for pilot training after being commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force.
C. Michelle Rimer of Bossier City. LA and A/1C Ronald E. Baum, son of Mr. and Mrs. Alvin G. Baum of East St. Louis and formerly of Trenton, announced their engagement.
Highland contractor Korte-Luitjohan Excavating was awarded the water line replacement in Trenton through bids.
This week's installment of the Trenton Woman's Club early recollections of Trenton was submitted by Loretta Cope-Strake.
The 1994 Trenton Legion Post 778 Squad compiled one of the best regular season marks ever with a 27-9 record.
Scott A. Fuhler, 25, of St. Rose, formerly of New Baden, died Sunday September 4, at St. Joseph Hospital in Breese.
The Board of Directors of Okawville Farmers Elevator and Trenton Cooperative Equity Exchange announced the consolidation of the two companies. The new company name is TOP AG Cooperative Inc.
The demolition of the home of Pat and Tom Leveling at 220 East Second Street in Trenton began this week, after six years of filing claims for relief from both their insurance company and the state mine subsidence fund.
Trenton native Aaron Rakers, on Tuesday, joined the Baltimore Orioles major league team as a September call-up from the minor league.
Ebby and Jean (Holtkamp) Williams celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary August 14. They were married August 14, 1954 at the First United Methodist Church in Trenton by the Reverend Guy Watson.
Leona C. Wiegmann, 77, of New Baden, died Friday, September 3, 2004 at Clinton Manor Nursing Home in New Baden.
Jones - Obit
Theresa A. Jones, 84, of New Baden, died Monday, September 8, 2014 at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Belleville. She was born November 11, 1929 in Providence, Rhode Island, daughter of Emile and Mary Louise Dubois, nee Bouchard, and they preceded her in death. She married Leith M. "Lee" Jones on September 30, 1950 in Baltimore, Maryland, and he died October 12, 1990. A son, Michael Jones, also preceded her, along with two sisters and a brother. She is survived by her children, Cynthia Jones of Tampa, Florida, Donna (Ken) Kuhl of Germantown, James (Barb) Jones of San Antonio, Texas, and Valerie (Larry) Holland of Grand Prairie, Texas; a daughter-in-law, Dawn Jones of Cameron Park, California; five grandchildren, Monica Humphrey, Brooke (Francis) Dinh, Jennifer (Wil) Meloni, Kelly (Shelley) Jones, and Abbie Jones; four great grandchildren, Jessica Humphrey, Sonny Meloni, Jimmy Meloni, and Joshua Humphrey; four great great grandchildren; a sister, Jeannette Pearl of Homestead, Florida; and a sister-in-law, Patricia Jones of Windsor Locks, Connecticut. Mrs. Jones was a retired Registered Nurse. She was a member of St. George Parish in New Baden, New Baden Lions Club, and the auxiliary to New Baden American Legion Post 321. There will be a Memorial Mass on Saturday, September 13, at 11 a.m. at St. George Catholic Church in New Baden, the Reverend Eugene Neff officiating. Friends may call from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday at Hempen-Nordike Funeral Home in New Baden. Memorials to the St. George Church Building Campaign, New Baden Lions, or New Baden American Legion Post 321 Auxiliary will be received at the church or through the funeral home, located at 15 East Hanover, New Baden IL 62265.
Condolences to hempenfuneralhome.com
Tebbe - Obit
Eugene R. Tebbe, 93, of Breese, died Monday, September 8, 2014 at Breese Nursing Home. He was born April 13, 1921 in Germantown, son of August and Emma Tebbe, nee Beckmann, and they preceded him in death. He married Dorothy Benhoff on October 2, 1951, and she died August 8, 2014. Children, grandchildren, in-laws, other relatives, and friends survive. Mr. Tebbe was a retired dairy farmer. He was a member of St. Boniface Catholic Church, Germantown. The funeral is tomorrow (Thursday) at 11 a.m. from St. Boniface Catholic Church. Friends may call this evening from 4 to 8 p.m. and tomorrow from 9 to 10:45 a.m. at Moss Funeral Home in Germantown. Memorials to St. Boniface Cemetery will be received at the funeral home.
For full obituary and condolences, mossfuneralhome.com
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