New Athens man killed in accident in rural Millstadt; Wood River man killed in separate crash

Jul 23, 2008 Full story: Belleville News 27

A New Athens man was killed early Wednesday when the vehicle he was driving left the road and overturned in rural Millstadt.

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new athens resident

Granite City, IL

#1 Aug 10, 2008
News Democrat needs to look into this one.The N.A. officer on duty had no schooling,no experience and no clue...Was not allowed to arrest him,again no clue on what to do ,called another inept officer at home G.S..Dumped him off at a tavern after a domestic,the guy got drunk,left the bar broke into a garage,stole a car and was killed in Millstadt.IDIOTS ON THE LOOSE IN NEW ATHENS.......THE BEST PART,A COUPLE OF THE OFFICERS WENT BACK AND SANITIZED ALL THE LOGS.
sounds like

Tokyo, Japan

#2 Aug 13, 2008
Sounds like you need to contact the States Attorney and present the facts. You had betetr have proof of your facts or you might end up on the wrong side of it all.
It sounds complicated but if it's how you say it is, it needs to be reported.
All alone

United States

#3 Aug 14, 2008
What tavern?
wasnt me

United States

#4 Aug 15, 2008
Sounds like someone needs to get there story straight before running their trap.
smithton resident

Belleville, IL

#5 Aug 19, 2008
The story is straight. I personally spoke with two of the NA officers about it. The only mis information is that it wasn't a garge but a business. GS was so ill prepared and unable to make contact with his supervisors that he began calling former officers from NA for thier advise. LUckily his superior was able to "fix" the situation in time.
Curious

United States

#6 Sep 4, 2008
What tavern had he been to?
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Saint Louis, MO

#7 Sep 24, 2008
A second officer is on recorded audio/phone tape with Illinois State Police and his statement are not the same as the ones of the "clean" report. I have heard the phone call and heard both stories. The kid on duty was unsupervised, could not get any of the "experienced" officers to call him back and he let the kid go. By time the Sgt called back, it was all done. That department has went to total crap.
who says this

Collinsville, IL

#8 Sep 30, 2008
whoever knows about the audio....will you talk to the family?????? if so let me know and i will be glad to talk to you..... the aunt
ralph

Millstadt, IL

#9 Oct 2, 2008
I'm confused. Was this the burglar who died?
who says this

Edwardsville, IL

#10 Oct 3, 2008
no he was not a burglar....he had a domestic fight with his gfriend and cops to him to jail and knowing he was drunk and irrate they released him. i have no clue where the burglar stuff came in.!!
ralph

Mascoutah, IL

#11 Oct 5, 2008
who says this wrote:
no he was not a burglar....he had a domestic fight with his gfriend and cops to him to jail and knowing he was drunk and irrate they released him. i have no clue where the burglar stuff came in.!!
Sorry. I could have swore someone said he broke into a place and stole a car. That is where I got the burglar notion from. Guess he didn't do that huh???
Burglary

Saint Louis, MO

#12 Oct 8, 2008
The report says he left the police department and kicked in the door or glass at a store about a block from there. Nothing was taken, he may have done that just because he was pissed. Shame the New Athens Police let him go to start with. Tough situation for all.
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Saint Louis, MO

#13 Oct 9, 2008
who says this wrote:
whoever knows about the audio....will you talk to the family?????? if so let me know and i will be glad to talk to you..... the aunt
The audio can be requested through a Freedom of Information Act request or requested by an attorney. They need to let ISP know they are seeking to gain a copy of the tape ASAP, or it could be lost. I am not sure how long they keep the audio recordings from the phone calls.

An inexperienced officer was on the street that night with NO supervision. This is what happens when small towns just stick any young kid out on the street. I am not surprised something like this happened and I expect more of this goes on in New Athens.

I pray for your family and hope justice is done.
ralph

Columbia, IL

#14 Oct 10, 2008
Burglary wrote:
The report says he left the police department and kicked in the door or glass at a store about a block from there. Nothing was taken, he may have done that just because he was pissed. Shame the New Athens Police let him go to start with. Tough situation for all.
Oh, I thought someone said he stole a car. My bad...
Concerned

Belleville, IL

#15 May 19, 2009
Whatever happened with this??
Not Sure

Saint Peters, MO

#16 May 19, 2009
Someone said the family may have been looking into an attorney...they may just be waiting to file. Most of the time an attorney will wait 12-18 months before filing, just according to the time limits to file.

Of course I just saw the other day that the NAPD had an "UNARMED" police explorer riding around in a patrol car doing patrol. You have to ask yourself how safe does that make you feel. How many more dumb things can Bill Rainey do before they get a 3rd or 4th lawsuit against them. THe new mayor needs to get rid of him.
Concerned

United States

#17 May 19, 2009
They just promoted Rainey to the Chief position. I don't think he is going anywhere.
Not Sure

Lake Saint Louis, MO

#18 May 19, 2009
Well good luck with that. You mean Kearns made him Chief? Wow. Must be nice to get the department in 2-3 lawsuits and get to be chief again. And people question why the deprtment is a joke.
Concerned

United States

#19 May 19, 2009
That is one of the first things kearns did was make Rainey chief.
Very Concerned

Lake Saint Louis, MO

#20 May 19, 2009
I was told in town that he was still acting-chief and was on leave right now. I guess every mayor in New Athens wants someone they can push around. Of course who else would come out here right now.

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