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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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Decatur Park District offering full slate of 4th of July activities

DECATUR — The Decatur Park District is offering a variety of activities to help families celebrate the Fourth of July, ending with fireworks over Lake Decatur at dusk. The day begins with the annual Staley Run White and Blue fun run at 8 a.m. in Nelson Park. Kids can take part in the half-mile run at 7:30 a.m. or join the adults in the 2-mile or 5K run/walk.
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Decatur butchers prep for Fourth of July cookout crowds

DECATUR — After preparing for a long Fourth of July weekend, local butchers on Saturday were just getting started on one of their busiest days. “This is our busiest weekend of the year for sure,” said Zach Keck, co-owner of Decatur’s Notorious mEATS and the food truck Notorious P.I.G. BBQ.

Springfield Woman Headed To Prison For Drug Conspiracy Involving Son

A Springfield woman is headed to prison for a drug conspiracy that also put her son behind bars. 50-year-old Jennifer Fisher pleaded guilty earlier this year to charges that she helped her son hide and sell hundreds of pounds of cannabis and laundered the proceeds of those sales. Fisher was sentenced to 14 months in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Second Driver Dies Of Injuries From I-72 Crash That Killed Ballplayer

A second person has died from injuries in a crash that also took the life of a Springfield Lucky Horseshoes ballplayer. 27-year-old Zachary Wilham of Decatur died Thursday afternoon at HSHS St. John’s Hospital, where he was airlifted after the crash shortly before 1:30am Thursday on Interstate 72 east of Buffalo. Illinois State Police say Wilham was traveling westbound in the eastbound lanes when he crashed into a car driven by 20-year-old Lucas Otto of Arthur. Otto… who was a pitcher for the Springfield minor league ballclub… was pronounced dead at the scene.

Heyworth Veterans tell their story through song

HEYWORTH, Ill, (WCIA) — A group based out of Nashville Tennessee called Freedom Sings USA has made it their mission to help tell veterans’ stories through song. Friday they met with veterans from Heyworth to gather their stories and put them into song. Freedom Sings USA Co-founder Don Goodman said, “It’s the most rewarding thing […]

Christian County Man Charged With Falsifying FOID Application

A Christian County man is facing felony charges after authorities say he falsified information on his application for a state Firearm Owners ID card. Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul says 60-year-old Patrick Nichols of Taylorville has been charged with two counts of violating the FOID Act and two counts of forgery. Nichols is accused of failing to disclose a felony conviction out of North Carolina on his FOID application. Convicted felons are ineligible to obtain a FOID card or legally possess firearms in Illinois.
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June 2022 Weather Stats for Central Illinois

Peoria, Ill. (WMBD) — The first month of the summer season is in the books for Central Illinois and the National Weather Service (NWS) Office in Lincoln has compiled the data from across its forecast area to give a summery of what June 2022 was like. Precipitation. According to...

Man killed in I-72 crash identified

SANGAMON COUNTY, Ill. (WCIA) — The Sangamon County coroner identified an Arthur man who died in a crash. In a news release, Coroner Jim Allmon said 20-year-old Lucas Otto was pronounced dead around 1:35 a.m. Thursday at the scene of the crash. The crash happened on I-72 between Buffalo and Lanesville. An autopsy performed Thursday […]

Sista Girls and Friends pre-apprenticeship program graduation

DECATUR, Ill. (WAND)- The Sista Girls and Friends held a graduation for students in their pre-apprenticeship program. The program focuses on youths who want to join an apprenticeship or union but may not know how to. Classes help the students to prepare for tests and to expect during an apprenticeship.

Sangamon County coroner: Man dead after crash on I-72

SANGAMON COUNTY, Ill. (WCIA) — The Sangamon County coroner said a man died after a crash early Thursday morning in Springfield. It was on I-72 between Buffalo and Lanesville. Coroner Jim Allmon said the driver, a 20-year-old man, was found dead at the scene. Officers are investigating how the crash happened.

Decatur Police release video of officer discharging weapon during situation

DECATUR, Ill. (WCIA) — Decatur Police released video of an incident June 23 that involved an officer shooting their gun during a chase situation. The video released was from the officer’s bodycam as well as their in-car video. That video was sent out through Facebook. DPD officials said the officer was Sergeant K. Matt Daniels. […]
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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.