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  • SPD: Someone May Have Tried to Detonate Pipe Bomb Downtown

    Springfield Police say someone may have tried but failed to detonate a pipe-bomb in downtown Springfield Monday evening.


    Without revealing too much of the ongoing investigation, Springfield Police Chief Kenny Winslow says there was an indication that someone may have tried but failed to explode the device. Police continue to look for leads in how a pipe bomb ended up downtown.


    Winslow said someone called police to report the device. Once police arrived to the scene at 600 E. Washington, they set up a perimeter and called in the Secretary of State Police Bomb Squad.


    Winslow says SPD is working with the FBI and the AFT to review surveillance footage and other clues, but didn't want to divulge much more about their investigation. Secretary of State Police detonated the device Monday evening. 


    Anyone with information should contact Crimestoppers.

  • Armed Suspect Dead, Pana Cop Recovering, Three Detained for Questioning After Early Morning Shooting

    An armed suspect is dead, and a Pana Police officer is recovering after being shot after an early morning outside of Pana Tuesday.


    An Illinois State Police press release says Christian County Sheriff's officers responded to a "man with a gun" call.


    Responding to the call, a Pana Police was shot inside a house. The suspect then fled to the roof. The Sheriff then requested Illinois State Police Air Operations to attempt negotiations. That's when the suspect set a fire, shot at police who then returned fire fatally striking the unidentified suspect.


    Three other individuals in the house were detained for questioning. State Police say they have not determined a motive.


    Christian County says Illinois State Police are handling the investigation.

  • Green Toyota backing the Hero 9-11 App

    At least one area high school will accept a $2500 dollar contribution from a local auto dealer to set up an app that could save lives in the event of a school shooting.  Green Toyota will give Ball-Chatham schools the money to set up the Hero 9-11 system at Glenwood High School.  Green Toyota has also offered to set up the system at Sacred Heart-Griffin and the three district 1-86 high schools, but those four schools have not made a final decision.  The app would trigger an alert on a smart phone to law enforcement within a 10-15 miles radius of the effected school, allowing both on and on duty officers in the area to respond to the distress call.  The app would only be able to be activated by teachers and only while they are on school property.

  • Police Respond to 600 Calls at Bel-Aire Motel in Year and a Half

    In the past year-and-a-half, police were called to the Bel-Aire Motel 600 times … 100 of those calls are grounds for the beleaguered Springfield landmark to be considered a chronic nuisance.


    That’s according to new numbers gathered by Alderman Cory Jobe in an effort to shut down the motel.


    Jobe will present more details about the hundreds of calls to the Bel-Aire during Tuesday’s Committee of the Whole where aldermen will consider an ordinance to use a chronic nuisance code to shut the facility down.


    The Houston administration says they are already working the legal channels to address the issues at the motel.

  • Sheriff's Office Corrects Gender of Victim of Crash on Waverly Road

    It was a man, not a woman that died in a single vehicle accident late Monday evening.


    The Sangamon County Sheriff’s office is correcting initial reports of that accident saying law enforcement learned it was a 35-year-old male occupant that was later pronounced dead when the 2004 Jeep Cherokee crashed on Waverly Road in the southwest part of the county.


    Sangamon County Undersheriff Jack Campbell says accident reconstruction crews continue their investigation.

  • Quinn Signs Nonbinding Millionaire Surcharge Referendum

    Voters will get the chance to sound off on the so-called millionaire surcharge this November, after Governor Pat Quinn signed the nonbinding referendum into law.


    The measure would ask voters if higher income taxes should be levied on residents making more than a million dollars in order to pay for education.


    A measure from House Speaker Mike Madigan to impose a surcharge on millionaires in the state failed to get enough support in the general assembly.


    Critics of the non-binding referendum say it’s a ploy by democrats to get their base to the polls.

  • Investigation Concludes, Ban on Admissions Continues at Hope

    An investigation at Hope Institute for Children and Families has been resolved saying there was abuse or neglect, and the state ban on new admissions to the school for the developmentally disabled on East Hazel Dell continues.


    The case trigged by a student’s injury back in November indicated an incident of abuse with Hope firing an employee believed to be involved.


    The Sangamon County State’s Attorney says no criminal charges have been filed, according to the State Journal-Register.


    Hope officials continue to work on a corrective-action plan, including staff training and better record-keeping.

  • State Fair Managers Disciplined for Beer Ticket Gifting

    Two state fair managers have been disciplined for their roles in improperly gifted beer tickets, according to a summary judgment from the Executive Ethics Commission.


    Illinois State Fair Manager Amy Bliefnick, who was suspended for two days and fined $1,000, is said to have accepted over $500 in free beer tickets from vendors.


    The judgment issued late last week says Bliefnick gave those tickets to employees of the Department of Agriculture.


    Meanwhile former DuQuoin State Fair manager John Rednour was fined $5,000 for accepting several thousand beer tickets from vendors. Rednour was asked to step down from his position.

  • Investigation Continues Into Fatal Single Vehicle Accident

    A fatal accident on Waverly Road late Monday claimed the life of a female occupant.


    The single-vehicle crash is under investigation. Sangamon County Undersheriff Jack Campbell say it’s unknown whether alcohol was a factor in the crash.

  • Police Respond to IED in Downtown Springfield

    Springfield Police and the Secretary of State Police Bomb Squad responded to a report of a suspicious device Monday evening in downtown Springfield.


    Police say the device found at the 600 block of E. Washington was an improvised explosive device.


    A press release says police responded to a report, established a perimeter and the bomb squad rendered the device safe. An investigation is ongoing.

  • Complaint: Chicago Doctor Faked Pot Paperwork

    A Chicago Doctor faked pot paperwork, according to a complaint from the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.


    The complaint says Dr. Joseph Strakman charged patients $250 to get a certificate for medical marijuana. One patient got a certificate with a state seal, but the state hasn’t issued any medical cannabis permits.


    A statement from IDFPR says the state will prosecute doctors attempting to work outside of the medical marijuana pilot program.

  • Road Salt Costs to Impact County Highways

    It could cost more to salt winter roads in Sangamon County after the state’s Central Management Services announced it was unable to obtain supplies for nearly 200 cities and counties.


    The previous brutal winter hit road salt supplies and drove up prices.


    That could impact county highways, but the State Journal-Register reports Springfield Public Works extended their previous contract for road salt and have new equipment that cuts down on how much salt is used on freezing roads.

  • One Woman Dead In Single-Vehicle Crash On Waverly Road

    A one-vehicle wreck on Waverly Road Monday night has taken the life of a female occupant of the vehicle.


    Sangamon County Undersheriff Jack Campbell says authorities were notified of the wreck just after 9:30pm Monday night.  Accident reconstructionists were on the scene late Monday to determine what happened.


    Campbell says it is unknown whether alcohol was a factor in the crash.

  • ''Improvised Explosive Device'' Found On Downtown Street; Item Safely Defused

    Springfield police are investigating an incident in which an apparent pipe bomb -- described as an "improvised explosve device" -- was located on a downtown street.


    The device was found in the 600 block of East Washington at around 6:20pm Monday evening.  Police established a perimeter around the device and called in the Secretary of State's Bomb Squad, which safely defused the device.


    There was no immediate information about who may have planted the device or why.  Police are asking anyone with information about the incident to contact Crimestoppers at 788-8427.

  • State Fair Managers Disciplined For Beer Ticket Scandal

    Managers of Illinois’ two state fairs have been disciplined for taking beer tickets in violation of the state Ethics Act’s ban on gifting.


    DuQuoin Fair Manager John Rednour and Illinois State Fair Manager Amy Bliefnick were given summary judgments by the Executive Ethics Commission late last week.


    The decision sites Rednour getting several thousand beer tickets from a vendor for free.


    Bliefnick is said to have taken hundreds of dollars in beer tickets from vendors for free and distributing those tickets to Department of Agriculture employees.


    Bliefnick was suspended for two days without pay and ultimetly fined $1,000. Rednour is no longer employed by the State of Illinois and was fined $5,000.

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