Don’t miss these top stories Friday on BND.com:
▪ John Holmon III of Granite City was found guilty of first-degree murder in the 2012 death of 21-month-old Jasean Rusher.
A juror fainted when graphic photos of the dead, 21-month-old child were shown to the jury.
The baby was covered in bruises when he was discovered, not breathing, in 2012.
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▪ 14-year Army Green Beret and 20-year Army veteran Nick Umble has earned a scholarship as a long-snapper for Lindenwood-Belleville football.
Umble, 37, will be a freshman long-snapper suiting up against players nearly 20 years his junior.
“I’ve been in 112-degree heat in Iraq in the middle of a firefight, carrying around 50 pounds of equipment and sucking wind,” Umble said.
“When it comes down to it, how bad can it really be?”
▪ An O’Fallon woman was sentenced to six months of home confinement and five years of probation for healthcare fraud.
According to prosecutors, Ann Marie Sheppard was out of the country for part of the time she billed a Medicare program for taking care of a family member. She was on a Caribbean cruise for some of the time and in Costa Rica for other parts of it.
▪ A Collinsville teenager has been named one of the four best young soccer referees in the United States.
Brett Metzger, a sophomore at Collinsville High School, works 50 games a year and has done so for about four years.