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Decatur motorist accused in 2 fatal crashes to return to court in October

Two months earlier, the same man was involved in a fatal crash on U.S. 51 in Macon on Sept. 4, a case that has since been resolved. Police have said Andrew J. Johnson, 29, failed to yield at a stop intersection in both cases. Three people died in the two crashes.

HERALD & REVIEW - 2018-08-16 22:14:00

1 person shot at South Franklin, East Decatur streets, police say

DECATUR — One person was shot near South Franklin and East Decatur Streets, just south of downtown.Police were sent to the area shortly before 10 p.m. Sgt. Chad Shull confirmed the shooting and said the injuries are not believed to be life-threatening. He said officers were still at the scene shortl

HERALD & REVIEW - 2018-08-17 04:45:00

Decatur police say man caught with variety of illegal drugs during search

DECATUR — Police said a 32-year-old man was arrested Wednesday after officers found cannabis, cocaine, ecstasy and various pills during a search.A signed police affidavit said officers watched Durames K. Johnson as he sat on the porch of a vacant residence in the 900 block of West Marietta Street. A

HERALD & REVIEW - 2018-08-16 20:09:00

Man punches, bites woman during home invasion, Decatur police say

DECATUR — A 24-year-old man faces a preliminary home invasion charge after police said he forced his way into a woman's house and attacked her Wednesday night.A signed police affidavit said officers were called to a house in the 2000 block of East William Street about 10:20 p.m. The woman told polic

HERALD & REVIEW - 2018-08-16 20:37:00

Police at scene of shooting near downtown Decatur

Sgt. Shawn Guenther confirmed the shooting and said that police were sent there at 9:54 p.m. Officers were still investigating, he said, and further details were not immediately available.

HERALD & REVIEW - 2018-08-17 03:42:00

Decatur police officer arrests suspect for arson

Officials said there was an overwhelming odor of gasoline coming from the south, east, and north side of the residence. There was also damage to the entry door and back porch that officials say is consistent with the residence being lit on fire intentionally.

FOXILLINOIS.COM - 2018-08-15 16:27:00

Five at 5: Planet Fitness opening a Decatur location and 4 other stories to see

Planet Fitness, known for catering to the casual gym-goer, is opening a location in Decatur by the end of October.

HERALD & REVIEW - 2018-08-16 21:52:00

Police: Armed Decatur man who fled on motorcycle was carrying drugs, cash

DECATUR — An armed Decatur man who tried to flee on a motorcycle was found to be carrying large quantities of cannabis, methamphetamine and cash when he was arrested late Monday night, police said.

HERALD & REVIEW - 2018-08-15 23:51:00

Decatur man pleads not guilty to predatory criminal sexual assault of child

Taylor Szekely, 18, is accused of performing a sexual act on a girl under the age of 13. (Macon County Sheriff's Office)

NEWSCHANNEL20.COM - 2018-08-16 14:07:06

Police investigating scene at Grand and Union in Decatur

A person on a stretcher is put into an ambulance at West Leafland Avenue and North Church Street in Decatur on Wednesday afternoon.JAYLYN COOK, HERALD & REVIEWDECATUR — Police are working in the area of Grand Avenue and Union Street in Decatur, and a person was taken from the scene in an ambulance.T

HERALD & REVIEW - 2018-08-15 19:55:00

Decatur man pleads not guilty to attempted murder in shooting

Marquis, 30, also pleaded not guilty to aggravated battery with a firearm and being an armed habitual criminal in the June 17 shooting in the 1000 block of East Main Street.

HERALD & REVIEW - 2018-08-15 17:01:00

Decatur man lets woman crash on couch and she steals his wallet, police say

Detective Sgt. Chris Copeland said the victim, aged 46, said after the 29-year-old woman, whom he described as an “acquaintance” arrived, there was a knock at the door of his home in Maze Court. The woman told the victim to tell the “younger white male” at the door she wasn’t there, which he did, sa


Norfolk Southern says it is struggling to hire 30 train conductors in Decatur

A Norfolk Southern Corp. train is shown in Decatur. The company, which was Decatur's 10th-largest employer at the end of 2016, is looking hiring for some 40 positions at its Decatur terminal.


Decatur police investigating shots fired report

DECATUR, Ill. (WICS/WRSP) —Decatur Police Department is currently on scene at Grand Avenue and Union Street in Decatur, Wednesday afternoon.Police say they are investigating a call of shots fired.More details to come.

FOXILLINOIS.COM - 2018-08-15 15:42:16

WATCH NOW LIVE: Candlelight vigil for Decatur stabbing victim Cody Drew

James, in custody in the Macon County Jail in lieu of posting bond set at $5 million, faces preliminary murder charges. Preliminary charges are subject to review by the Macon County State's Attorney's Office.


Police: Decatur man arrested after setting woman’s porch on fire

Police arrived and smelled gasoline on the front porch, Copeland said. They spoke with the woman, who said she had been attempting to end a relationship with the suspect when he became angry, broke a glass and knocked over a garbage can.

HERALD & REVIEW - 2018-08-15 17:03:00

Police find 9 shell casings on Decatur’s southeast side

The officer drove southeast of Jasper and Wood Streets, where he thought he heard the shots, and spoke with a person walking in the area who told him there were shell casings at Stone and Sedgwick.

HERALD & REVIEW - 2018-08-15 15:08:00

Police: Decatur stabbing victim killed after refusing demand to share $150 video poker jackpot

The affidavit said Drew, 24, suffered five stab wounds in the 100 block of South Oakland Avenue and died in Decatur Memorial Hospital’s emergency department at 12:28 a.m. Friday.


Decatur man sentenced to four years in prison after gun battle weapons conviction

Charles L. Palmer, 27,pleaded guiltyin Macon County Circuit Court to a charge of unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon. In a plea deal accepted by Judge Jeffrey Geisler and negotiated by Palmer’s public defender, Thomas Wheeler, he was also sentenced to two years in prison on an unrelated posse


Traffic blocked after 2-vehicle crash at Eldorado, 22nd Streets

The southbound lanes of 22nd Street are open, but the northbound lanes of 22nd Street are partially blocked, according to a reporter at the scene. Both lanes of Eldorado Street through the intersection are blocked.