O'Fallon Weekly January 2, 2019

llon a F O’ Y L K E E W Ser ving t he O’Fallon S and hil o More than 250 new laws take effect in Illinois By Nick Miller Weekly Editor SPRINGFIELD - The new year brings many new laws into effect in Illinois. More than 250 pieces of legislation make up the final batch of laws approved under Governor Bruce Rauner that took effect on January 1, 2019. A few of the initiatives put into law are designed to increase safety. One dealing with for child passengers in cars, House Bill 4377, requires all children under the age of two to sit in a rear-facing child seat. Another, Senate Bill 2350, requires Illinois schools to conduct at least one law enforcement led active shooter drill per year. Related to gun safety, House Bill 2354 allows family members or police officers who believe someone is a threat to themselves or others can to go to court and ask a judge to temporarily remove access to their guns. The police can now take custody of your dog or cat ex- posed to weather conditions likely to cause injury or death See “New Laws” on page 4 In This Edition Calendar..................................................2 News................................................... 3-5 Law & Order............................................6 Education.................................................7 Health & Wellness ������������������������������������8 Sports......................................................9 Community............................................. 10 Milestones.............................................. 11 Vantage Point......................................... 12 Lifestyle.................................................. 13 Fun & Games.......................................... 14 Marketplace........................................... 15 Bon Appétit............................................ 16 Water Leak Detecting Gas Lines l Back Flow Testing l OTHS students honored at national journalism conference Page 7 Vol. 4, No. 37 $1.00 Man shot dead in trailer park Major Case Squad searching for vehicle believed to be connected By Nick Miller Weekly Editor O’FALLON – The O’Fallon Police Department and Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis are investigating a homicide that took place in the Castle Acres mobile home park Sunday evening. According to the O’Fallon Police Department, at approximately 6:52 p.m. the police responded to a shots fired call in the mobile home park, located in the 1700 block of West Highway 50. When they arrived, officers found Matthew E. Lockett, 24, of East St. Louis, in the street suf- fering from a gunshot wound. He was transported to a local hospital where he later died. During the investigation, a vehicle of interest, a light-colored vehicle, possibly white, with dark colored wheels, was seen leaving the area of Police were still investigating the area Monday morning in the Castle Acres mobile home park. (O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Nick Miller) the shooting. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Major Case Squad at (618)206-4309 or the O’Fallon Police Department at (618)624-4545. O’Fallon Girl Scout receives state wide honorable mention for environmental project By Annabelle Knef Weekly Reporter O'FALLON - Victoria Birchem, 13- year Girl Scout member and OTHS alum, recently was nominated by the Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois for an Illinois Governor’s Hometown Award (GHTA). Birchem first joined Girl Scouts in Kindergarten as a Daisy Scout and said that over her years of service, she has been able to explore different hobbies and career fields, which she wouldn’t have been able to do if it weren’t for the organization. “I have had so many opportunities through Girl Scouts that I haven’t had otherwise,” she said. The GHTA is a program that recog- nizes those who contribute to projects that improve their community’s quality of life. Projects are sponsored by local government and they have strong vo- lunteer support, met a need and made a definitive impact and generated a positive outcome in the community and the state. The program is administered by the Serve Illinois Commission, the Governor’s Commission on Voluntee- rism and Community Service. There are six project categories Water Heaters l Faucets Garbage Disposals Wednesday January 2, 2019 l l Toilets Sump Pumps Video Camera Inspection Tankless Water Heaters l Drain Cleaning High-Velocity Water Jetting $50 OFF ANY SERVICE Save Time and Money 618-624-1700 With a minimum of $200 purchase. Coupon must be presented at time of service. Cannot be used with any other offer. This coupon does not expire. (OFW) 5903 Old Collinsville Road, Fairview Heights, IL 62208 See “Girl Scout” on page 4