Four years after the date Vince Wesselmann was last seen, family prays that anyone with information will find the courage to come forward.
It was four years ago on Tuesday that family members of Vince Wesselmann last saw him. Yet they, along with local police, are still searching for information that will lead to the whereabouts of the missing Breese man. “We’re still looking for Vince,” said Breese Police Chief Bob Fix. “We’ve never, ever given up. We’re always checking up on any leads or possible leads and have received more tips than before.”
To date, Fix said, the police department has had numerous dead ends.
“You almost feel like you accomplish nothing,” Fix said.
In an effort to urge anyone with information to come forward, Clinton County Crimestoppers recently doubled the reward in the missing persons case to $10,000. The reward is for any information or knowledge of Wesselmann’s disappearance that will lead police to his current whereabouts.
“If anyone has information or knowledge of any incident that leads us to finding Vince, that person will be rewarded and can remain anonymous,” Fix said. “I personally want to thank Clinton County Crimestoppers for standing behind the Breese Police Department and upgrading the reward in this particular case.”
Vince, who would now be 79, was reportedly last seen at around 11 a.m. on Friday, April 22, 2011, walking near Breese Grain Co. on North Walnut and First streets in Breese. However, the validity of that sighting remains uncertain. Police do know that the last time anyone from Vince’s family saw him was around 5:20 p.m. on Holy Thursday, April 21, 2011.
A Belleville man was sentenced to 30 months probation and credit for time served in jail after appearing in Clinton County Circuit Court last Wednesday morning. Chad T. Lidisky, 18, appeared in court April 15 with his attorney Wes Gozia before Judge Martin Siemer for a negotiated plea.
Per a negotiated plea, Lidisky plead guilty to two counts of burglary, both Class 2 felonies.
Lidisky was sentenced to 204 days in the Clinton County Jail, which day for day applies, so he was able to only serve half of that sentence, or 102 days as of April 15. However, it was noted that a warrant has been issued for his arrest in another jurisdiction — Marion County.
Lidisky was also ordered to pay $620 in restitution costs to one of the victims and $120 in restitution costs to a second victim. He was ordered not to have contact with the victims, however, as ordered by the court, he is to write a letter of apology to the victims.
In addition, he was fined $500 plus court costs and is to abstain from alcohol and/or drugs and is subject to random testing. He is also expected to testify truthfully against the other co-defendants in the case.
It was noted that Lidisky was interviewed twice by Det. Charlie Becherer of the Clinton County Sheriff’s Department on Jan. 7 and again on April 2.
“During the course of that second interview, he admitted to the crimes and had knowledge of the other crimes,” said Clinton County State’s Attorney John Hudspeth.
Hudspeth provided a factual basis of the events and said that Lidisky entered a Grand Prix motor vehicle that was parked on Cemetery Road in St. Rose and drove the vehicle away from the premises without the owner’s knowledge. In addition, he also stole a 2005 Buick that was parked on St. Rose Road in St. Rose.
It was noted that Lidisky stole vehicles in other areas too, St. Clair and Marion County.
Stone marker now recognizes Samuel P. Dixon as the last Civil War veteran buried in county.
More than 30 veterans from across the county held American flags and stood at attention along the eastern banks of Carlyle Lake on Saturday morning as Civil War re-enactors and family members honored and officially marked the grave of Samuel P. Dixon, the last Civil War veteran buried in Clinton County. Dennis Hermann, a Civil War historian from Swansea and founder of the Civil War Living History Regiment, presided over the ceremony which took place at Dixon’s gravesite in Pritchett Cemetery, north of Boulder.
“We gather to reaffirm our patriotism and honor our heroes on the battlefield and on the home front, who protected our freedom and saved the Union, and to honor all those who have given, are giving and will give their service to our great country,” Hermann said. “It is an honor and privilege for me and my comrades to be with the families of this brave Civil War soldier, Samuel P. Dixon, to celebrate his life and dedicate this marker.”
Four generations of Dixon’s descendants, including his great grandson Bob Dixon, great granddaughters Dixie (nee Dixon) Pfister and Sandra (nee Dixon) Hesson, great-great grandson Larry Nelson (standing in for Dixon’s great granddaughter, Ruth (nee Carson) Nelson, and others were in attendance.
In 2008, Hermann paired with Judy Pariseau, a historian from Breese, to locate and appropriately mark the final resting place of the last Civil War soldier buried in each county/parish in southwestern Illinois.
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