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▪  A Caseyville businessman is charged with five felonies ranging from soliciting a child to providing his hotel as a place for prostitution services and other illegal activity.

Popatlal S. Patel, who owns the Rodeway Inn at 8950 Tucker Dr. in Caseyville, was charged by St. Clair County State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly with indecent solicitation of a child, money laundering, two counts of promoting prostitution/advanced prostitution and maintaining a public nuisance.

The charges came after several months of investigation when agents with the Metropolitan Enforcement Group of Southern Illinois raided Rodeway Inn mid-morning on Tuesday.

▪  A Madison County jury found Caleb Bailey guilty of murder in the shooting death of Travis Mayes late Thursday night.

Mayes was found dead in a Granite City parking lot on May 18, 2014, lying astride his tipped-over motorcycle. It was determined that he died of a single gunshot wound to the head.

The prosecution alleged that Bailey shot Mayes out of jealous fury in a long-running feud over Brittney Bess, whom both men had dated. The defense argued that Bailey was afraid for his life, asking for a verdict of not guilty by reason of self-defense.

▪  The O’Fallon Denny’s is back open after a remodel.

It only took 10 days to tear the diner down to the studs and rebuild, district manager Anwaar Hassan said. A grand reopening was celebrated at the restaurant, which is located at 737 W. U.S. 50, Friday.

▪  Khalilah Liddell believes all soul food has something in common: It’s prepared by a cook who puts her heart and soul into it.

The 39-year-old former caterer recently opened Khalilah’s Soul Kitchen in Alorton, where she follows recipes from her grandmother, the late Willie Mae Richards.

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▪  He was born with spinal dysgenesis, a condition which resulted in paralysis from the waist down, but 17-year-old Nathan Rainge of O’Fallon doesn’t let disability slow him down.

In fact, he goes much faster than most.

He’ll soon be defending three wheelchair division championships he won at last year’s IHSA State Track and Field Meet.