GegenA member of the Wood River Police Department has been honored for an arrest that took an alleged violent criminal off the streets.  Late last month a Beardstown man allegedly sexually assaulted, kidnapped and battered a senior citizen and dumped her in Pontoon Beach.  49-year-old Lawrence D. Milhime was found a few hours later at the Bel-Air Motel in Wood River.

That, according to Wood River Police Chief Otis Steward, says Sergeant Timothy Gegen spotted the stolen vehicle and contacted the motel owner.

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Milhime is charged with aggravated battery of a senior citizen, aggravated criminal sexual assault, aggravated kidnapping, burglary, robbery and motor vehicle theft.  Steward also recognized the efforts of two telecommunicators – Derek Mormino and Arron Weber – for their response to a call from a Hartford mother that may have saved the life of her toddler that was not breathing.  She was advised to perform CPR while medical personnel were dispatched, and the child survived.


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