Charges have been officially filed in Clinton County Circuit Court for two Belleville residents who burglarized a couple of homes in Clinton County last December. Steven J. Kuklinski, 36, and Rachel E. Pisarski, 26, both of Belleville, were charged last week for their role in the Clinton County burglaries.
Kuklinski was charged June 17 with two counts of Class 1 felony residential burglary, two counts of Class 2 felony conspiracy and two counts of Class 4 felony criminal damage to property.
According to reports, on Dec. 18 and Dec. 30, 2015, Kuklinski allegedly conspired with co-defendant Pisarski and entered two residences — one on County Line Road in Mascoutah and the other on Covey Lane in Damiansville — with the intent to commit a theft. In addition, Kuklinski allegedly damaged a door and frame and other property in excess of $300.
Pisarski was charged June 7 with two counts of conspiracy, both Class 2 felonies.
On Dec. 18, 2015, Pisarski allegedly conspired with Kuklinski, went to a residence located on County Line Road in Mascoutah and Kuklinski entered said residence with the intent to commit a theft. On Dec. 30, 2015, Pisarski went to a residence located on Covey Lane in Damiansville with Kuklinski and he entered said residence with the intent to commit a theft.
Pisarski has since pleaded guilty to both residential burglaries. She was sentenced on June 15 to jail for 14 days, credit for seven days time already served, and 48 months probation.
She was ordered to not have any contact with the victims and to testify truthfully in the case.
Kuklinski and Pisarski were also involved in a Dec. 9, 2015, burglary to a home near Lively Grove in Washington County.
A press release from the Washington County Sheriff’s Department stated that on Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015, a residential burglary occurred near Lively Grove. Taken was jewelry and cash and after an extensive investigation, the two were arrested and charged.
In the Washington County case, Kuklinski was charged with residential burglary, a Class 1 felony, and theft of over $10,000, a Class 2 felony. He is currently being held in the Washington County Jail with bail set at $100,000. His court case is still pending.
Pisarski was charged with conspiracy, a Class 2 felony. She has since pleaded guilty and was sentenced (with credit for time served) to 150 days in jail, 48 months probation, and ordered to pay a $500 fine.
The Clinton County Sheriff’s Department assisted with the investigation, along with the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department, New Baden Police Department, Trenton Police Department and Smithton Police Department.
After 17 years at the helm of the Clinton County Zoning Office, Zoning Administrator Joyce Lucas has retired.She worked her last day for the county on Friday, June 17.
At the regular meeting of the Clinton County Board on Monday night, board chairman Bob Fix presented Lucas with a plaque recognizing her for “17 years of dedicated service to Clinton County government and the people of Clinton County as zoning administrator.”
Fix commented, “I really can’t say enough about what Joyce has done for the county and for the zoning department. We congratulate her on her retirement.”
Later in the meeting, the board approved the appointment of Jami Staser as the new zoning administrator. As part of the new position, Staser will also serve as Human Resource Assistant to the County Board. She begins her new position on Monday.
While new to the zoning office, Staser is a familiar face at the courthouse. For the past 5-1/2 years, she has worked as Chief Deputy County Clerk and Chief Deputy of Elections under County Clerk Mary Rakers.
Rakers commented on Staser’s appointment, “I hate to see her leave my office, but I have no doubt that she will do a great job as zoning administrator. She’s smart, she’s a quick learner and she’s a gem of a person. She’s very deserving of this position.”
Janice Strotheide will fill Staser’s position in the County Clerk’s Office.
Joyce Lucas served on the Clinton County Assessment Office’s Board of Review for seven years before filling the zoning administrator position, previously held by Don Toennies, in 1999.
The county’s regulation of land and structures on land first started when the county’s Zoning Ordinance took effect in January 1991. At that time, the late Alvin Willi handled zoning matters.
The Zoning Ordinance applies to the unincorporated areas of the county and also covers villages that do not have their own zoning ordinance. The zoning office also administers the Subdivision and Floodplain ordinances.
The department accepts applications for zoning amendments, variances and special uses which are processed and forwarded to the county’s Zoning Board of Appeals.
Lucas has seen much growth since her start in the office. She anticipates some changes to the zoning codes in 2-3 years when the county begins drafting a new comprehensive plan.
She said one of the biggest challenges in Clinton County is welcoming economic development while still preserving valuable farmland.
“Ag preservation versus progressive development is always a tough challenge, but the county has done a great job of balancing both of these,” Lucas said. She expressed her appreciation to the many people she has worked with through the years, including various members of the Zoning Board of Review, the County Board and her dedicated office staff.
In other business at Monday night’s meeting, the board heard from county resident Allan Huelsmann who is seeking the county’s help with cleaning up property at 11914 Old State Road, northeast of Breese near Frogtown Road.
Huelsmann said he built a house on Old State Road which is now occupied by his son. His complaints are in regard to a neighbor across the street whom, Huelsmann said, “Has turned a nice yard into a junkyard.”
Huelsmann said he has been in touch with the county’s Zoning Office, the State’s Attorney’s Office and the Health Department seeking some kind of action against the property owner; however, nothing has been done to date.
Huelsmann said the property looks like an “industrial junkyard” strewn with old air conditioning units and refrigerators, scrap wood, old tractors and parts and other debris.
Part of the problem is that the property is zoned for agriculture, and zoning laws regarding the presence of tractor parts and some other types of debris cannot be enforced.
Fix said the Sheriff’s Office and the Health Department are aware of the problems and will be sending letters to the property owner to help rectify the problem. Fix told Huelsmann that he will be notified when any action takes place.
The board authorized spending $2,150 from its Hotel/Motel Tax Fund for advertising to promote Clinton County and Carlyle Lake during the Crappie Master Tournament to be held at the lake in 2017.
Board member Jim Sullivan, who is chairman of the Tourism Committee, said the advertising will highlight and feature local facilities and will be published in print, on the event website and in the tournament flier.
Plans to renovate the courthouse are progressing, and the board approved bid documents related to the renovation work.
An advertisement for bids appears in this week’s Journal (see legal notice in Classified Section) for flooring, painting and other maintenance items as specified in the bid documents. The documents were prepared by Netemeyer Engineering of Aviston.
Board member Bryan Wessel, who is chairman of the County Farm Committee, said the sale price for the county farm’s commercial/industrial property — which lies within the new Clinton County Enterprise Zone — has been set at $30,000 per acre. He said this sale price is in line with what other communities are asking for similar property.
County Engineer Dan Behrens reported that concrete has been replaced and patched on North Walnut Street, under the U.S. Route 50 overpass in Breese. He expressed appreciation to the city of Breese for assisting with manpower on the job. The repairs, he said, should carry the roadway through until the proposed roundabout project (at the intersection of North Walnut Street and Holy Cross Lane) gets underway.
The resurfacing of St. Rose Road from Route 50 to the curbing on the south end of St. Rose is expected to begin in mid-July with a three-month construction period.
The board authorized the county engineer to accept sealed bids for the sale of a 2002 single axle dump truck. An ordinance was passed ascertaining the Prevailing Rate Of Wages for Clinton County. The ordinance dictates the hourly wage and benefits paid to many government-contracted laborers, workers and mechanics.
The board approved a motion to change the July meeting from the third Monday of the month to Tuesday, July 19, due to the Clinton County Fair Parade on July 18.
In final business, several appointments were approved as follows:
• Maynard “Skip” Etter to the Clinton County East Public Water District Board.
• Gary Knolhoff as an alternate member of the Zoning Board of Appeals.
• David Cohoon, James Taylor, Bonnie Nehrt and Andy Lorenz to the Posey Cemetery Association.
• Karl Klostermann and Steve Tebbe to the St. Rose Water District.
Bartelso got sweet revenge when they atoned for their only loss of the season with a blowout win over Beckemeyer on Sunday in Clinton County League action. With the win, the Barts hang on to the top spot in the league with a 6-1 record while Aviston kept pace with their win over Carlyle as they moved to 5-1.
Centralia walked off with a 1-run win over Germantown as they snapped a losing streak and moved to 3-4 on the season while the Reds are also 3-4.
Trenton got a fast start in Breese and never looked back as they took care of business with the Merchants. Trenton is now 4-3 on the season while Breese is 2-5.
Centralia 3, Germantown 2: The Reds saw one slip from their grasp as the Buds scored two times in their final at bat on Sunday.
The Buds grabbed a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning before the Reds got single tallies in the fourth and fifth innings to take a 2-1 lead.
That set up a dramatic ending for the Buds. Kyle Walker got on for the home squad and promptly scored on an RBI single from Todd Bauer with one out in the frame to tie the contest.
After a man was thrown out at the plate, D.J. Session came through with a game-winning single into center field.
Session was 3-for-5 in the win with one run scored and another batted in. Calvin O’Rear was 4-for-5 with four singles.
Dave Causey was 3-for-3 with three singles and a walk in the win while Aaron Newcomb took the win in relief of Mason McReaken. Newcomb struck out five batters in three scoreless innings of relief.
Brett Dierkes was 3-for-4 for Germantown while Lucas Infanti was 2-for-5.
Ricky Sherman was 2-for-3 with two singles while Tyler Derleth walked twice and scored one run.
Lucas Gibson was the losing pitcher for the Reds as he allowed both earned runs in the ninth inning on five hits.
Gerry Haake had a great pitching effort for the Reds as he went the first 7-1/3 innings where he allowed one earned run on 11 hits, one walk and three strikeouts.
Trenton 11, Breese 4: The Miners hung on for the win in a contest that featured 31 hits and only one fielding error.
Trenton got runs scored from Michael Klein and Paul Ritzheimer in the first inning and they never looked back from there.
They extended their lead to 3-0 after two innings before Breese got on the board with a run in the bottom of the third inning as they trailed 3-1.
Trenton put the game away in the fourth and fifth inning where they scored four times in both as the lead grew to 11-1.
Breese got a solo tally in the bottom half of the fourth before scoring twice in the ninth inning to round out the scoring.
Ritzheimer was on base all day as he went 3-for-5 with a double, two singles an RBI and one run scored.
Kyle Emig was 3-for-5 with a homer, two singles, two runs scored and two RBIs. Zack Miller was also 3-for-5 for the Miners with two runs scored.
Hunter Beetley, Jim Ritzheimer and Alex Quitmeyer each had two hits in the victory while Ritzheimer and Quitmeyer each scored twice.
Kyle Eversgerd was the winning pitcher as he went the first seven innings and allowed two earned runs on eight hits, two walks and three strikeouts.
Luis Perez was a bright spot for the Merchants from the leadoff spot as he went 3-for-4 with two singles, a double and two runs scored.
Jack Strieker was 3-for-4 with two runs scored while both Blake Haag and Justin Becker had two hits.
Luke Jackson was the losing pitcher for Breese as he went the first five innings and allowed 11 earned runs on 14 hits, one walk and three strikeouts.
Bartelso 15, Beckemeyer 2: The Barts got revenge for an earlier-season loss with their blowout win in front of the home folks on Sunday.
The home squad had 15 hits and were given 10 walks as they had runners all over the base paths.
John Pilackas had an RBI single for the Eagles in the top of the first inning against Bartelso starter Tony Schaeffer.
However, the Barts offense took charge in the bottom of the inning when they scored six times on four hits, two walks and an error.
The big hit of the inning was a 3-run homer off the bat of Jordan Kreke. Ryan Meyer and Kurt Peppenhorst each had RBI hits in the frame.
Bartelso kept the pressure on by scoring once in the second, twice in the third and fourth innings and another in the fifth.
They put the game away with three runs in the bottom of the second inning with Meyer having a two-run single and Peppenhorst adding another RBI single.
That was all the offense that Schaeffer needed as he picked up the win after going six innings where he allowed one earned run on seven hits, no walks and five strikeouts.
Peppenhorst was 4-for-5 with four singles, two runs scored and two more batted in.
Meyer was 3-for-3 with two singles, a double, two walks, three runs scored and four batted in.
Kreke was 3-for-5 with a single, a double, a homer, two runs scored and three batted in. Dusty Kantner was 3-for-4 with a homer, two singles, a walk, three runs scored and three batted in.
Brett Schubert was the losing pitcher for the Eagles as he went the distance and allowed 15 runs on 15 hits, 10 walks and three strikeouts.
Brett Mammenga and Houston Kruse each went 2-for-3 in the loss for Beckemeyer.
Aviston 10, Carlyle 3: The Aces stayed in the race for the top spot with a comeback win over the host Lakers on Sunday.
Carlyle scored twice in the first inning before Aviston hurler Ty Grotenfendt settled in and let the the Aces’ offense battle back.
Still trailing 2-0 in the sixth inning, the Aces finally got to Carlyle hurler Brady Bultman when Jake Hensler cleared the fence for a solo homer to cut the lead in half.
An unearned run in the seventh tied the game before the Aces would pile on seven runs in the top of the eighth inning to take charge.
Matt Hilmes led a 12-hit attack for the visitors as he went 2-for-4 with five runs batted in.
Blake Feldmann was 3-for-4 with three singles and a walk. Adam Richter was 2-for-5 with two doubles and two runs scored.
Grotenfendt was the winning pitcher as he went the distance and allowed three runs on seven hits, no walks and 10 strikeouts.
Bultman pitched well in the loss for the Lakers as he went 7-1/3 innings and allowed four earned runs on eight hits, four walks and three strikeouts.
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