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17 year old woman charged with murder

A 17 year old woman has been charged with a variety of crimes including first-degree murder in connection with the June 23rd stabbing death of 26 year old Thomas Sheppard. Andrea Oliver of Springfield is charged with First Degree Murder, Vehicular Invasion, and Aggravated Domestic Battery arising from the incident.
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Springfield woman, son sentenced for marijuana money laundering conspiracy

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WICS/WRSP) — A Springfield mother and her son were sentenced for marijuana and money laundering conspiracy. Jennifer Fisher, 50, was sentenced to 14 months in prison and fined $10,000 for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute marijuana and conspiracy to commit money laundering. Fisher is accused...
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Second man dies after I-72 crash

SANGAMON COUNTY, Ill. (WCIA) — The Sangamon County coroner released the name of a second man who died following a Wednesday crash on I-72. In a news release, Coroner Jim Allmon said 27-year-old Zachary Wilham, of Decatur, died in a Springfield hospital Thursday afternoon. He said Wilham died from multiple blunt force injuries he got […]
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Second man, of Decatur, dies in Interstate 72 crash

DECATUR — Zachary Wilham, 27, of Decatur, has died as the result of injuries sustained in a a collision on Interstate 72. Sangamon County Coroner Jim Allmon reported that Wilham died at 12:19 p.m. Thursday in HSHS St. John's Hospital in Springfield. The same crash claimed the life of Lucas Otto of Arthur.

17-year-old faces charges in fatal June 23 stabbing in Springfield

A 17-year-old Springfield girl was charged Friday in the June 23 stabbing death of a city man. Andrea Oliver faces four counts of first-degree murder, one count of vehicular invasion and one count of aggravated domestic battery in the death of Thomas Shepard, 26, in the 1500 block of East Cook Street. Shepard, who suffered multiple stab wounds to the chest, was pronounced dead at HSHS St. John's Hospital. ...

Hit-and-run suspect arrested twice in one day

JACKSONVILLE, Ill. (WICS/WLDS) — A Jacksonville man suspected in a hit-and-run last month was arrested twice in one day. Our media partners, WLDS, report police began investigating the man after he allegedly left the scene of a crash on June 2. We're told the 20-year-old Austin M. McDade's vehicle...

17-Year-Old Woman Charged In Fatal Stabbing

A 17-year-old female from Springfield is being charged as an adult with first-degree murder, vehicular invasion, and aggravated domestic battery in a fatal stabbing last week. Sangamon County State’s Attorney Dan Wright announced the charges against 17-year-old Andrea Oliver in the stabbing death of 26-year-old Thomas Shephard. He was stabbed June 23rd in the 15-hundred block of East Cook and died a short time later at the hospital. Springfield Police and the U.S. Marshal’s Great Lakes Fugitive Task Force located and arrested Oliver on Thursday. She’s being held on $1.5 million bond.

Mayor Sends Condolences Following Head-On Crash Claims Life of Arthur Pitcher

The Mayor of Jacksonville is sending condolences to the family of an East Central Illinois man who was killed in a two-vehicle crash late Wednesday night. 20-year-old Lucas S. Otto of Arthur Illinois was traveling eastbound on Interstate 72 near mile marker 118 east of Springfield at approximately 11:20 pm Wednesday when his sedan was struck head-on by a pickup truck that was traveling in the wrong direction in the same lane.

DiCenso to Lesko: You’re inept

In June, we’ve been reporting on a deputy city clerk who used a personal social media account to say Springfield aldermen are “assholes.”. Now, in an email chain WTAX News obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, it’s clear Ald. Kristin DiCenso has little respect for city clerk Frank Lesko. The chain started with concern about a frequent public commenter using council meetings to defame a city employee.

Robbery spree lands Sangamon County man 12-year prison term

PEORIA — A Sangamon County man who pleaded guilty in January to federal charges in connection with a string of robberies at banks and convenience stores in Central Illinois in spring 2021, including the robbery of the Village Pantry in Paxton, was sentenced Wednesday to 12 years in federal prison.
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Man gets federal prison sentence for series of robberies, jail escape

PEORIA, Ill. – A Mechanicsburg man who robbed several businesses, ending with one in Elmwood, will go to federal prison for the better part of 12 years for his crimes. The U.S. Attorney’s office says a federal judge this week sentenced John Beck, 55, to 120 months in prison on each of four counts of Interference with Commerce by Robbery, with each sentence being served concurrently.
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Collinsville man accused of murder will make first in-person court appearance

Friday's court appearance for a Collinsville man charged with murder was brief, but it served as a segue as to what comes next. Robert "Bobby" J. Tarr made his first court appearance with his new attorney, Montgomery County Public Defender Erin Mattson, and set Friday, July 22, for his first in-person court hearing. It is scheduled for 11 a.m.