Metro-East News

Don’t Miss This: Water main break leads to boil order

Don’t miss these top stories on Thursday:

▪ A water main break occurred shortly after 6 p.m. beneath a hydrant on Illinois 161 at Dutch Hollow Road.

Illinois American Water issued automated calls to warn customers of the boil order. The utility said in a statement that it was unclear how many customers were affected by the break. Affected residents will be notified when the boil order is lifted.

Affected water is considered safe for bathing and washing, according to the utility. Water to be used for drinking and cooking should first be brought to a rolling boil for five minutes.

▪ Madison County schools are launching a mentoring program in order to help troubled teens.

The approval of Senate Bill 100 means that schools will no longer be able to discipline students under zero-tolerance policies.

The new program, called “Give 30,” is an in-school program that will not compete with after-school programs such as Big Brothers Big Sisters.

▪ An O’Fallon 7-year-old is being remembered after she lost a courageous battle against brain cancer.

Janet Pruneau, a first grader at Delores Moye Elementary School, had been battling the disease since she was three years old.

Janey will be remembered during a service at 11 a.m. Saturday at her school, located at 1010 Moye School Road in O’Fallon.

▪ A Waterloo man has pleaded guilty to child pornography charges.

According to a statement from Acting Southern Illinois U.S. Attorney James Porter, Nicholas J. Perjak, 34, admitted to one count of attempting to access with intent to view child pornography and three counts of accessing with intent to view child pornography.

FBI agents in New Orleans first detected Perjak’s internet activity. The statement said those agents were able to collect computer information from individuals who clicked on website links they believed would lead them to child pornography. Perjak attempted to access child pornography in that manner three times in the spring of 2011.

▪ Southwestern Illinois College president Georgia Costello was the featured speaker Wednesday at Belleville’s annual Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast.

Click here to see a video of what she had to say.