Dog left for days inside Chicago animal control van

April 26, 2015 Comments off

CHICAGO — Authorities say a dog was forgotten and left for several days inside a Chicago Animal Care and Control van.

City workers discovered the pit bull mix named Missy on Friday and called police.

Police say an Animal Care and Control employee left the dog inside the van. The dog was forgotten inside the vehicle after an adopt-a-dog event at a Chicago Wolves game. But police say it appears accidental and no criminal charges are expected to be filed.

Animal Care spokesman Brad Powers released a statement saying the dog was immediately examined by a veterinarian and did not have any health issues.

He called the incident completely unacceptable and said disciplinary action is possible.

Fatal Metropolis police shooting deemed justified

April 26, 2015 Comments off

METROPOLIS, Ill. — A Metropolis police officer will not face criminal charges in a suspect’s death after a southern Illinois prosecutor deemed the shooting as an appropriate use of deadly force.

Sgt. Cody Brown killed 63-year-old Donald Hicks on April 2 after police received a call about a suicidal man threatening to shoot himself.

WSIL-TV ( ) reports Massac County State’s Attorney Patrick Windhorst has determined that the fatal shooting was justified because Hicks pointed a gun at officers after a car chase and refused to surrender.

Authorities say police first attempted to subdue Hicks with a stun gun.

Information from: WSIL-TV,

Meetings to talk transportation priorities start next week

April 26, 2015 Comments off

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Illinois transportation officials have announced the first stops on a statewide tour to discuss priorities for road, transit and other public works projects.

The meetings are designed to let residents, businesses and local leaders give their thoughts on needed infrastructure improvements and hear from state officials.

Topics will include improvements to roads, bridges and transit systems as well as airports, schools and parks.

The first eight meetings will be held next week starting with Champaign on Monday and Macomb and Springfield on Tuesday. The other locations are Ottawa, Dixon, Bloomington-Normal, Grayslake and McHenry.

Times and locations are listed on the department’s website at .

Country Acres Custom Golf Honored By Golf Digest

April 25, 2015 Comments off

MT. VERNON — If you are a golfer and looking to take strokes off your game, then you may need custom fit golf clubs, and that is exactly what Country Acres Custom Golf in Mount Vernon does. 

Don Coyle began the business in 2001. He custom fits clients with golf clubs, and then builds them with the information that is obtained during the session. 

Recently, Coyle’s business made the Golf Digest’s “Best 100 Clubfitter” list.


KSB Clean-Up and Salem’s Arbor Day Planned For Saturday

April 24, 2015 Comments off

Black says the annual tree seedling give-away sponsored by the City of Salem should begin around 10:30.  If a change is required due to the weather an announcement will be made on WJBD Saturday morning.

Medicaid Hit With $106 Million Cut From Illinois Budget Deal

April 24, 2015 Comments off

The administration also will reduce funding for services for young homeless people and victims of domestic violence and rape. Community colleges also will see a cut.

Judge rules Chicago man can stand trial for SIU threats

April 24, 2015 Comments off

BENTON, Ill. — A federal judge has ruled that a Chicago man is fit to stand trial on accusations he mailed violent threats to Southern Illinois University’s Carbondale campus.

U.S. District Judge Staci M. Yandle agreed with a psychiatrist’s decision regarding Derrick Dawon Burns during a Thursday status conference. The (Carbondale) Southern Illinoisan reports ( ) Burns waived his right to a competency hearing and filed no objections to the psychiatrist’s evaluation.

Burns’ trial is scheduled for June 15 but Burns’ attorney has requested a continuance.

Burns has pleaded not guilty to felony charges related to threatening mailings he allegedly sent in 2012 and 2013. Investigators say most of the letters suggested the campus would be targeted with violence ranging from rapes to beheadings.

Burns is held without bond at the Williamson County jail.

Information from: Southern Illinoisan,


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