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Mother of 2-year-old found dead appears in court

DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - A mother accused in the death of her 2-year-old daughter appeared in court Thursday. Police found 2-year-old Tanaja Barnes unresponsive, filthy and with a body temperature too low to measure, according to court records.


Police testimony: Decatur restaurant shooting victim died during attempted gun deal

DECATUR — A Macon County coroner’s jury ruled the death of 18-year-old Curtis T. Hairston a homicide Wednesday after hearing he was fatally shot during an attempted gun deal in a Decatur restaurant bathroom.


Decatur police: Woman hid 11 grams of meth inside body cavity

DECATUR — More than 15 grams of methamphetamine have been recovered from a man and woman after a traffic stop — 11 grams of which were inside one of the woman's body cavities, said Decatur police.


Details about struggle involving gunshot revealed in court

DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) – More information about a struggle between officers and a suspect that led to a gunshot came to light in court Wednesday. The details center around a confrontation between Thomas Gill, 23, and police on Jan. 31. Police tried to stop Gill’s car at about 8:30 p.m. that night in t


Decatur man denies repeatedly sexually assault girl under 13

DECATUR — A 55-year-old Decatur man is pleading not guilty to sexually assaulting a girl younger than 13 on multiple occasions. Frank E. Sherman appeared in Macon County Circuit Court on Wednesday with his attorney, Todd Ringel. Sherman denies four counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse and two


U.S. Postal Service vehicle vandalized while carrier delivered Decatur route

DECATUR — A U.S. Postal Service delivery vehicle, or LLV, was spray-painted between 11:30 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. Wednesday in the 1400 block of North Maple Avenue while a postal carrier was completing his route, according to a Decatur police report.


Pop Up Electronics Collection This Friday

February 20,2019 – Unwanted TVs and certain consumer electronic items may be dropped off for recycling during a Pop-up Electronics Collection this Friday, February 22 by registering for an appointment.


Scratch off winners won’t get paid in Illinois, for now

Due to equipment upgrades, winners of scratch off Illinois lottery tickets will have to wait a bit. Because they won’t get paid immediately, as is typical for that style of ticket.


Hero of the Week: Calvin Carson (Big Kings Basketball)

DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) -- "I will provide." Coach Calvin Carson didn't have a lot of money (he's a landscaper by day) but he did have Scripture. "Just give it to Him and that's what I do," he said.


Lawmakers react to DCFS's twisted timeline of Ta'Naja's death

DECATUR, Ill. (WICS/WCCU) -- There's still countless questions about a little girl's death, including the role the Department of Child and Family Services played. Ta'Naja Barnes died last week while in her mother's care.


Byers & Co Live at HSHS St Mary’s Hospital for Heart Month

February 21, 2019 – Byers & Co broadcast live from HSHS St Mary’s Hospital to talk heart health during heart month. Listen to the podcasts now!. -Tammy McNamera, Direct of Cardiovascular Services and Travis Walters, Business Manager of Decatur Ambulance Service:


Illinois small business cuts 6 jobs immediately after $15 minimum wage hike

A vinyl graphics business in southwestern Illinois wasn’t planning to downsize. But the state’s $15 minimum wage hike has forced the owners to cut six jobs. Shane Moore and Tracy Ross tripled their business after buying a local vinyl wrap and graphics shop and rebranding it Fenix 5ive in Wood River,


Snow to start around 6 p.m. in Decatur, turn to ice after midnight, weather service says

Snow is expected to start at 6 p.m. tonight and turn to ice after midnight, but the morning commute will be more slick for areas north of Decatur, according to the National Weather Service at Lincoln.


Electronics recycling event held Friday in Decatur

DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - An electronics recycling event is planned for Friday in Decatur. Macon County Environmental Management is holding a Pop-up Electronics Recycling Collection.


Bill could lift a decade-old rent control ban in Illinois

ROCKFORD, Ill (WIFR) - A bill moving through the Illinois legislature could get rid of a decade-old rent control ban. 23 News looks into the impact this legislation could have on the Stateline.


2 incumbents , 2 challengers running for 2 Richland board seats

DECATUR — Two incumbents and two challengers are vying for the two open seats on the Richland Community College Board of Trustees in the April 4 election. Dale Colee, who is finishing his second term on the board, and David Cooprider, who is completing his first term, hope to retain their seats, whi


Mister Softee agrees to return to Overlook Adventure Park; search continues for 2nd tenant

DECATUR — Mister Softee will return to serve more frozen treats at Overlook Adventure Park this spring after the Decatur Park District board unanimously agreed to renew its lease with the ice cream store's owners Wednesday.


“It was within seconds”; Illinois State Trooper survives near death crash on I-39

STERLING, Illinois – An Illinois State Trooper is recovering after being struck by a vehicle on I-39. The trooper was stopping another vehicle on the shoulder of the road the night of February 18th when a semi-truck hit his squad car – the trooper right inside.


Visa granted for Haitian boy to attend funeral in central Illinois

HAITI (WCIA) -- A Monticello family is celebrating triumph over tragedy. Tim Parker and his wife started an orphanage in Haiti years ago. Recently he died of a heart attack. The young boy they're adopting needed a visa to travel to the U.S. for his memorial service. It's been a long struggle to make


Macon County corner's jury rules on drug overdose, stabbing and fire deaths

DECATUR — A coroner’s jury returned verdicts of accidental death Wednesday on a Decatur couple found dead on a mattress after an autopsy said they overdosed on heroin laced with fentanyl.