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Cornbread’s World’s Largest Garage Sale

(KTVI) – More than 300 people will show off and sell their treasured items at the ‘Cornbread’s World’s Largest Garage Sale.’ More than 5,000 people are expected to attend the semi-annual event.

MERS Goodwill and 111 Salvage are presenting the event which is open to the public. The gates open at 8 a.m. and admission is $5 a person. Children ages 12 and under have free admission.

Fairmount Park Racetrack
Sunday, April 27, 2014
8:00am-2:00pm
Collinsville, Illinois

WIL listeners have a chance to get in one hour early. Attendees who want to shop early can by paying $10 between 7 and 7:30 a.m.

For more information, visit: www.wil92.com/worlds-largest-garage-sale-spring-2014/classifieds/.

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Thieves swipe $31,000 in iPads from Walmart

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COLLINSVILLE, IL (KTVI) – Three thieves made off with $31,000 iPads from a Collinsville Walmart.  Police say it happened at the Collinsville Crossing early in the morning on April 14th.

The men got into the store’s iPad case and took dozens of the tablets.  The thieves pictures were caught on surveillance.  The men were last seen leaving the parking lot in a Chevy Impala.

Police say the same men attempted a similar theft at the Arnold Walmart.

Teens fuel for speed at Gateway

MADISON, IL (KTVI)– Gateway Motorsports Park is inviting high school students to race on the Madison, Illinois NHRA sanctioned drag strip.  The Gateway High School Championship series is part of a program geared to educate young drivers about the importance of safety.

“What happens illegally on the street is not drag racing,” said Chris Blair, Gateway`s General Manager.  “Drag racing is a sport that`s conducted with rules that we enforce.”

Tyler Piazza is a high school student from Bourbon, Missouri.  He came to Gateway Wednesday to race for the first time.

“If people can come here and race, they`re not going to go out on the streets and race,” said Piazza.

Street racing problems in St. Louis have made the news in the past.  Gateway officials hope their program will help curb those problems and promote the sport of auto racing.

Couple charged in sexual assault of teen

COLLINSVILLE, IL (KTVI)– Charges were filed against a couple in the sexual assault of a 14-year-old girl at a Collinsville motel.

Anthony Redden, Jr. and Jennifer Smith face four counts of criminal sexual assault.

Prosecutors say the couple gave the girl alcohol and drugs at the motel then sexually assaulted her.

Police say the girl knew the couple as acquaintances.

Both are being held on $200,000 bond.

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Over $31,000 in iPads stolen from Collinsville Walmart

COLLINSVILLE, IL (KTVI) – The Collinsville Police Department is looking for three suspects in connection to the theft of over $31,000 in iPads from a Walmart at the Collinsville Crossing. The thefts occurred on Monday, April 14th at 2:30 am, when 3 males gained entry to the stores iPad case.

The suspects were last seen driving away in a white Chevy Impala.

Police say the trio may have attempted the same type of robbery at a Arnold, Missouri Walmart.

If you have any information on the suspects, you are urged to call Collinsville Police Detective Bud Jeremias at (618) 344-2131 ext. 5275 or Crime Stoppers at 1-866-371-8477.

Work begins on Chester grade school gym

Work begins on Chester grade school gym

CHESTER, IL (KTVI) - Work has begun on the Chester Community Grade School following a groundbreaking ceremony that happened this past Thursday.

Illinois General Assembly Representative Jerry Costello II joined Illinois State Senator David Luechtefeld, Chester CUSD 139 Superintendent Chris Diddlebock and Illinois Capital Development Board Executive Director Jim Underwood to formally announce the plans for the school and the start of construction to the community.

In order for the school to receive funding for the project, Rep. Costello and Sen. Luechtefeld worked to pass an amendment for Illinois General Assembly Bill 1595.

Jim Underwood, Executive Director of the Illinois Capital Development Board, said “Students and teachers suffer when they don’t have adequate buildings. We’re committed to seeing this project done quickly and correctly.”

IDOT to inspect Chain of Rocks Bridge

GRANITE CITY, IL (KTVI) – The Illinois Department of Transportation will perform bridge inspection of the I-270 Chain of Rocks Bridge from April 28th through May 9th.

Weather permitting, the bridge inspection schedule will be as follows:

  • April 28 and 29, the westbound left lane will be closed, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.
  • April 30 and May 1, the westbound right lane will be closed, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.
  • May 2, the westbound left lane will be closed, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • May 5 and 6, the eastbound left lane will be closed, from 5:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily.
  • May 7 and 8, the eastbound right lane will be closed, from 5:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily.
  • May 9, the eastbound left lane will be closed from 5:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.