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Two plead guilty to Coles meth charges

CHARLESTON -- A man who was one of two people arrested for having methamphetamine avoided a conviction for that offense but received prison time for lying about his identity to police.


Crews recover 9-year-old boy's body from Illinois lake

WAUCONDA, Ill. (AP) — Authorities in the northern Chicago suburb of Wauconda say they've located the body of a 9-year-old boy who fell into a lake while paddleboating. The (Waukegan) News Sun reports dive crews using sonar technology found the boy about 12 p.m. on Saturday. Wauconda Fire District of


Coles County electronics recycling set for April 27

MATTOON -- Disposal of computers and related equipment, TVs and more will be available for Coles County residents on April 27. An electronics recycling event is scheduled starting at 8 a.m. that day at Lake Land College, according to a news release from the Coles County Regional Planning and Develop


One dead after accident in Illinois

LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ill. (WTHI) - One person is dead in Lawrence County, Illinois after an accident. Illinois State Police say it happened near the intersection of Billet Lane and 700 North in Lawrenceville Friday night.


Charleston-Mattoon Christian Women's Connection plans luncheon

CHARLESTON — The Charleston-Mattoon Christian Women's connection will hold a luncheon from noon-1:30 p.m. Thursday at the LifeSpan Center, 11021 ECR 800 N, Charleston; the cost is $9, inclusive.


Escaped Wisconsin inmate found hiding in baby crib in Illinois

A minimum-security inmate that escaped from a Milwaukee facility has been found in Illinois, police say. Steger Police located 27-year-old Trezelle Bishop at an acquaintance's home in the village of Steger after being advised by a Will County dispatch center about the ongoing contact.


Illinois police officer drives man to job interview after pulling him over, man lands the role

One ordinary traffic stop in Illinois had an extraordinary ending, when a police officer pulled over a car with expired plates, only to learn the driver had an expired license as well. The law enforcement official learned the man was en route to a job interview, and he had no other way of traveling


Lyme disease cases in Illinois expected to continue to rise this year

An expert says Lyme disease cases in Illinois will likely continue to rise this year after having shown a gradual increase in recent years. Chris Stone, director of the Medical Entomology Laboratory at the Illinois Natural History Survey, said Lyme disease has doubled over the last decade.


Coles County saw population loss from 2017-18, adding to 5-year out-migration trend in Illinois

MATTOON — New census data shows Coles County had a population decline of 463 residents from 2017 to 2018, part of a broad pattern of out-migration across the state that could have an impact on federal funding and congressional seats. The population decreased from 51,348 to 50,885 over that time.


New rules for nurses considered in Illinois House

Lawmakers could put new rules on nurses. A proposed bill would cap how many patients they can treat at one time. "It mandates how many nurses hospitals would have to have throughout the hospital." said Julie Moore-Wolfe, of St. Mary's Hospital.


Congressman shot by Belleville man to speak in Illinois

COLLINSVILLE, Ill. – Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana is scheduled to speak later this month at a congressional prayer breakfast in southern Illinois. Scalise was injured in June 2017 when he was shot while practicing for the annual congressional baseball game in Washington. When he s


Illinois residents feeling the pinch on property tax bills

For the first time, every metropolitan area in the state of Illinois is reporting a loss in population. Although it may be too soon to tell, with the 2020 census right around the corner, officials estimate Adams County could see a loss of almost 400 people.


Grand Jury Indicts Illinois Man in Theft of Over 130 Weapons

A Madison County man has been charged with stealing 135 firearms from a sporting goods store in southwestern Illinois. Federal prosecutors said Bradley Boswell of Wood River was indicted by a grand jury on Thursday. Boswell, 30, is accused of stealing shotguns, a grenade launcher and more in Februar


Woman ticket for DUI after crash

CUMBERLAND COUNTY, Ill (WCIA) -- A Neoga woman was ticketed for a DUI and other offenses after she was involved in a crash. This happened on I-70 near Montrose. State Police said in a release, Bonnie Swofford overcorrected her car when it started to leave the road. The car spun out of control and wa


TX man sells semi-automatic guns to Illinois ATF agents

JOLIET, IL (KFVS) - A Texas man was jailed after selling semi-automatic guns and ammunition to ATF agents in Joliet, Illinois. On March 24, the Joliet Metropolitan Area Narcotics Squad and ATF agents from Chicago negotiated the purchase of four guns and one semi-automatic rifle from Allen Estrada, 2


Man who didn't report for Coles DUI sentence gets more prison time

CHARLESTON -- More prison time was added to the term of a man convicted of failing to report for an earlier sentence he received for a DUI conviction. Tony W. Ricketts received a three-year prison sentence for not reporting to the Coles County jail as required on July 25.


California 'house of horrors' parents sentenced to life in prison

The California “house of horrors” parents who abused and tortured 12 of their 13 children were sentenced to life in prison Friday with the possibility of parole after 25 years.


Lake Land roundup: Softball sweeps Frontier in doubleheader

MATTOON — Lake Land softball began a new winning streak after seeing its run of eight straight victories snapped in a shootout loss to Wabash Valley on Tuesday. The Lakers swept Frontier in a non-conference doubleheader Friday afternoon, winning the first game 2-0 and the second game 7-0. They moved


Cheyenne Hunter earns Girl Scout Gold Award

CHARLESTON -- Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois is pleased to announce that Cheyenne Hunter from Charleston has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award— the highest award a Girl Scout can receive.


04-19-19 Effingham County Jail bookings

The Effingham County Jail reported the following bookings. • Effingham County deputies arrested Stephanie L. M. Boyd, 27, Olney, April 18 on an Effingham County warrant for failure to appear in court on an original charge of theft of property valued under $500. Boyd posted $375 and was released.