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Don’t Miss This: Business owners get seven years for fraud, tax evasion

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▪ A pair of Swansea men have been sentenced to seven years in prison in relation to $1.6 million in food stamp and tax fraud. Brothers Qais Hussein, 43, and Majdi Odeh, 45 were convicted and sentenced in federal court. Five employees of the men’s business, Garden Grill Markets, in East St. Louis, have pleaded guilty to similar charges.

▪  Police continue to investigate a Caseyville area home invasion which began with the door of a mobile home being kicked in and ended moments later with the resident being shot three times as his family heard the scene unfold from the next room.

▪  Millstadt residents are hoping owners of some classic cars will help raise money to restore the village’s 1931-vintage water tower. Known as the “tin man” to local residents because of the tower’s resemblance to the Wizard of Oz character by the same name, the tower would cost $200,000 to repair and save for the future. Millstadt installed a new water tower several years ago and the iconic old tower is out of service as far as the village’s water supply is concerned.