16-Foot Camper Destroyed by Fire in Rural Iuka

October 16, 2017 Comments off

An older 16-foot long camper was destroyed by fire in rural Iuka late Saturday afternoon.

Iuka Fire Chief Kenny Eagan says the camper owned by Steven Stroot of New Baden was parked off the Calvert Road South of Iuka when a generator apparently malfunctioned. The fire spread from the back side of the camper to engulf the entire vehicle.

Stroot was able to move a restored 1943 Army truck out of the way of the fire, but it did sustain some damage to the canvas top and scorched paint.

Stroot was on a hunting trip when the fire occurred. There were no injuries.

Firemen were on the scene for about 40 minutes beginning at 4:31 Saturday afternoon.

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Cornfield South East of Salem Catches Fire During Harvest

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Salem Firemen were called to a cornfield being harvested when a hot bearing on a combine apparently started a fire in the corn stubble.

The fire was on the Steve and Gary McConaughey property on Apple Ridge Road southeast of Salem. The fire burned about a quarter acre of corn and corn stubble before it was extinguished.

The combine was driven away from the fire and was not damaged.

The fire call came in during the noon hour on Saturday.

Centralia Fire Officials Investigate ‘Mystery’ Fire at Hickory Ridge Apartments

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Centralia City Firefighters were called Saturday to investigate a fire that apparently had occurred three days earlier along the outside wall of one of the Hickory Ridge Apartments.

Firemen say the occupant returned home Saturday to discover that a two by six-foot section of siding on the apartment had been on fire.

Fire officials say someone would have to put out the fire and placed a flower pot on a wicker stand in front of the burned area to try and hide it, but firemen could find no one who admitted to any knowledge of the fire.

Fire officials say the fire may have started accidentally, as there were a number of cigarette butts in the area. They believe the fire occurred on Wednesday.

For now, the fire that caused $500 to $600 in damage will go down as ‘suspicious’ in nature.

Two Odin Residents Injured in Single Vehicle Crash South of Altamont

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State Police say two Odin residents were airlifted by medical helicopter from the scene for treatment of injuries sustained in a single-vehicle crash south of Altamont late Saturday afternoon.

Preliminary investigation shows the Jeep driven by 33-year-old Maie Michels of Odin was traveling northbound on North 1st Street when it ran off the left side of the road, went through the ditch, and overturned multiple times into an agricultural field. The vehicle came to a final rest on its side.

Both Michels and Abendroth were transported to St.John’s Hospital in Springfield for treatment of injuries.

Michels was ticketed for driving under the influence of alcohol, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, improper lane usage, no insurance, failure to wear a seatbelt, and illegal transportation of liquor.

Abendroth was ticketed for illegal transportation of alcohol.

The crash occurred at 4:31 Saturday afternoon.

Joliet Man Hurt in I-57 Crash Near Farina

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State Police say a 26-year-old Joliet man was injured in a single-vehicle crash Saturday afternoon on northbound Interstate 57 at mile marker 139 near Farina.

Preliminary investigative details indicate the van Deshaunell Knight was driving blew a front tire. That caused the van to run off onto the right shoulder of the roadway and flip over.

Knight was taken to St. Anthony’s Hospital in Effingham. There were no charges.

The crash occurred at 12:51 Saturday afternoon.

Two Receive Minor Injuries in Downtown Centralia Crash

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Both drivers complained of minor injuries following a two-vehicle crash late Friday afternoon at Elm and Noleman Streets.

Centralia Police say a van driven by 54-year-old Nathan Harris of Overbeck Road in Centralia was eastbound on Noleman Street when he allegedly ran the red light at Elm Street and collided with a northbound SUV driven by 83-year-old Marvin Cross of South Maple in Centralia.

Lifestar Ambulance responded to the scene, but both drivers declined hospital treatment for their injuries.

Harris was ticketed for failure to obey the traffic light.

The crash occurred at 5:11 Friday afternoon.

Former Wayne County Sheriff Dies From Self-Inflicted Gunshot Wound During Police Stand Off

October 14, 2017 Comments off

A former Wayne County Sheriff’s Deputy has died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound following a police standoff at his home.

37-year-old Lee Rankin was found dead in his home in Jasper Township after a SWAT team sent in a robot during the standoff early Friday morning. Police had initially been called to the home Thursday night during a family argument after Rankin had been served with divorce papers.

Rankin left the sheriff’s department earlier this year following a domestic violence arrest.