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Don’t Miss This: Collinsville’s landmark catsup bottle has a new owner

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▪  The Collinsville landmark billed as the world’s largest catsup bottle has a new owner. Franklin “Al” Bieri also owns a construction company in O’Fallon. His plans for the structure are unclear. Bieri was convicted of improper disposal of asbestos after demolishing buildings he owned in Washington Park and was sentenced in federal court to five months in prison.

▪  A former Scott Credit Union employee has been indicted on nine federal counts after he allegedly defrauded the financial institution by creating fictitious loans and making payments on them with misappropriated funds. Theodore J. Longust, of Columbia, could face 240 years behind bars if convicted.

▪  The former manager of a Belleville doctor’s office, Jerry L. Akin, has been accused in federal court of stealing money from the business to pay for things ranging from St. Louis Cardinals season tickets to personal travel to medical bills.