Don’t miss these top stories Wednesday on BND.com:
▪ An Imperial, Mo., woman who reported being raped at Wild Country dance club on Feb. 4 has been charged with making a false police report.
Lisa M. Soest, 21, has been charged with disorderly conduct and obstructing justice, both felonies.
Soest was not in custody as of Wednesday afternoon.
▪ St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Belleville will be laying off 26 employees, according to a statement by the hospital.
Some of the positions being eliminated include clerks, technicians and management staff.
Nursing positions will not be affected.
▪ Two men, including a state highway worker, are in serious but stable condition Wednesday after being struck by a passing vehicle while they were on an I-64 shoulder.
The accident occurred at the Illinois 111 interchange in Washington Park around 2 p.m.
▪ Illinois Congressional leaders sent a letter to Robert Cardillo, the director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, in an effort to convince him that St. Clair County is the best location for the NGA’s new campus.
NGA West Campus will replace the agency’s current campus in St. Louis. The NGA is considering a site in North St. Louis and two in St. Louis County, in addition to the St. Clair County site—a 182-acre plot adjacent to Scott Air Force Base.
Some of the lawmakers also met with Cardillo Wednesday morning. Cardillo is expected to make his decision before March 31.
▪ A woman who was discovered to be in a Granite City cop’s unmarked police car at the time he reported it was stolen was on probation.
Lt. Thomas Paul is facing charges of giving false information to police when he reported the theft of his squad car. The charges accuse him of trying to prevent the apprehension of the woman in the car, Lamonica Henderson.
Henderson, 24, was convicted of felony theft that revolved around a stolen car. In 2013 she was convicted of the crime after failing to return a rental car to Enterprise Leasing in Swansea.
▪ Thieves in Madison County are targeting the cars of people who are working out in area gyms.
Cars were targeted in four Edwardsville area gym parking lots Monday.
Police are warning people to keep valuables out of sight when their cars are parked and they’re asking for helping tracking down suspects driving a gray, late model Dodge Charger who were caught on surveillance cameras.
▪ Assistant Superintendent Brian Mentzer explains why District 201 needs a working cash bond.
He said the move is necessary to give the district more financial flexibility.