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An investigation has cleared the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office of allegations of fraud, theft, and official misconduct.  According to the Office of the Attorney General, State of Illinois, Public Integrity Bureau, the allegations do not constitute a criminal offense and they do not support any criminal charges.

 

The Illinois Attorney General’s Office was appointed by the Fourth Judicial Circuit Court as a special prosecutor to review and possibly prosecute allegations of fraud, theft, and misconduct levied by the Shelby County Treasurer in December of 2019.  An investigation showed theft of funds through the payroll system for the Sheriff’s Office as well as an alleged illegal sale of seized firearms.  The ISP DCI Zone 5 conducted the investigation. 

 

The company 20/20 Forensic Accounting was retained by Shelby County to conduct a payroll audit of the Office from January 2015 to July 2020. During the audit, the firm would review payroll records, bank accounts, collective bargaining agreements, and bank statements for the county and the Sheriff’s Office.  The audit showed that $326,315 was overpaid to employees and 332,598 was underpaid to employees.  The final results were a net underpayment of $6,283. The audit finds were shared and reviewed by the Illinois Attorney General’s Office.  

 

All firearms that have been related to this incident and investigation have been accounted for and secured within the office according to Shelby County Sheriff Brian McReynolds. 


Officials at Shelbyville High School have announced that due to possible inclement weather, they are moving the Saturday night graduation ceremony from the high school football field, to the high school gym.  The ceremony will still begin at 7pm, and be broadcast live on WSVZ Cruisin' 98.3.  

Shelbyville's high school graduation ceremony will include remarks from the salutatorian and valedectorian, as well as music from the Shelbyville High School band directed by Charity Astrouski.

Again, Shelbyville's high school graduation has been moved to the high school gym Saturday night with the same start time 7pm, and will be broadcast live on WSVZ Cruisin' 98.3.


Taylorville School Board approved a plan to build a Fine Arts and Sports Complex Facility.

 

Superintendent Dr. Chris Dougherty says this plan has been in the works for a while. 

The plan calls for a field house with two courts and an auditorium with around 400 seats. 

The district is in a good spot to take this project on – dubbed “Project A Plus.” The “plus” comes in a situation where the district is able to raise more money than needed for the original scheme. 

Touring examples of facilities and fundraising are the next steps. 

Dr. Dougherty appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.


Navigator Pledges To Do More In Regards To CO2 Project

Navigator and Tenaska’s Heartland Greenway Carbon Capture and Storage project hit a roadblock. 

 

Chief Operating Officer David Giles says Christian County’s moratorium on approving zoning ordinances won’t stop the project. 

The moratorium provides Navigator an opportunity to work on providing more information. 

According to Giles, there is a lot of misinformation floating around in regards to the project. Most recently, Navigator has heard rumors about how this project could impact the aquifer. Giles says it’s just not the case. 

Navigator points those skeptical to peer-reviewed research from private entities. 

Learn more at heartlandgreenway.com. Giles appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.


Heartland Greenway has released a statement on the moratorium vote in Christian County last night. Jim Prescott of Heartland Greenway says, "We appreciate that County Board members want to have all of the information they need before taking any action in the future.  As we’ve shared with them, Heartland Greenway is not ready to start construction and we haven’t filed for state or federal permits, which will take 18 to 24 months to obtain. We recognize the County Board, landowners, and Christian County residents have important questions about Heartland Greenway, and we are committed to answering all of them, and to ensure that the county has the information it needs to make an informed decision about this project. We also are committed to working with the County Board to develop a fact-based zoning framework that is fair, feasible, and leads to a prosperous future for Christian County that encourages economic development."


Three people have been arrested in Taylorville after an investigation led to a search warrant on Tuesday. Police received complaints from citizens about narcotics traffic on the 400 block of East Adams Street.  During the investigation, TPD learned that the persons of interest in the residence could be armed and there were children inside.  Taylorville Police Chief Dwayne Wheeler says that the Emergency Response Team formulated plans days earlier in a way that they could enter the residence in a safe manner. The warrant was executed after hours of surveillance Tuesday evening. 

 

Three people were arrested in the residence.  Thomas Painter was arrested for armed violence, delivery of a controlled substance 5-15 grams, possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver 15-100 grams, child endangerment, and unlawful use of a residence. Marissa Tennant was arrested for armed violence possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver 15-100 grams, child endangerment, and unlawful use of a residence. Alexis Rosa was arrested for delivery of a controlled substance for 5-15 grams and child endangerment.

 

 

Chief Wheeler thanked the ERT for their hard work and dedication.  He hopes that the citizens in the area feel safer and thanked Christian County State’s Attorney Wes Poggenpohl for the dedication to the investigation.

 

Chief Wheeler also thanked Kincaid and Assumption Police for their assistance in the execution of the warrant and all of the agencies of the Community Action Team for their continued support.


The WSVZ and Family Drug-Shelbyville Students of the Month for May 2022 were presented with their awards recently. Congratulations to McKenna Kull, Katelyne Donald, Kynlee Summers, and Rope Hatfield,

From L to R Senior McKenna Kull, Junior Katelyne Donald, Sophomore Kynlee Summers, Freshman Rope Hatfield, and Family Drug Representative Bridgette Depew.


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