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Troopers investigate deadly crash involving semi vs pedestrian

SHELBYVILLE, Ill. (WAND) - Illinois State Police said it is investigating a deadly crash involving a semi and pedestrian. ISP said on Friday at 1:52 p.m. Troopers responded to IL 128 at Main Street in Shelbyville for a report of a crash. The preliminary investigation indicated a semi was stopped...
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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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Mother and son sentenced to Prison for marijuana and money laundering

URBANA, Ill. (WCIA)–A mother and son were sentenced to 14 months in prison and a $10,000 fine for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute marijuana and money laundering. The government gave evidence that Jennifer Fisher helped her son, Courtney Johnson of Decatur in the conspiracy involving hundreds of pounds of marijuana. Fisher aided her […]

Stolen motorcycle lands Shelby County man behind bars

A stolen motorcycle led to multiple charges for a Tower Hill man. Elijah Keppler, 28, is accused of entering a building and stealing a Yamaha motorcycle. Shelby County State’s Attorney Nichole Kroncke says Keppler had .22 caliber ammunition and methamphetamine on him at the time of the crime. Keppler...

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.

Revised Ordinance On Pedestrians, Panhandlers In Medians Introduced

Long-awaited revisions to a proposed Springfield ordinance dealing with people standing in medians and at busy intersections, asking for money, have finally been introduced. The new proposal seeks to make clear that the city is trying to regulate the practice on public safety grounds, and not to infringe on someone’s First Amendment right to ask people for money.

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.

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 […]

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...

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.

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. […]

Small Town Taylorville Committee Hosts July Car Show

The Small Town Taylorville Committee sponsored their July Car Show and Car Cruise on the Taylorville square Friday night. After seeing their June event feature around 175 cars, the committee added overflow parking for this month’s event. The event once again attracted a large turnout of cars parked on the inside of the square.

Car Rental Company Owner Charged With Insurance Fraud

The owner of an embattled Springfield car rental company is now facing new legal trouble. Sangamon County State’s Attorney Dan Wright has charged Urgent Rent-A-Car owner Jordan Monroe with one count of insurance fraud. The complaint alleges that in February of 2021, Monroe submitted a false claim to National Interstate Insurance Company for an amount between $300 and $10,000.

Donated Building Provides Training Opportunities For Firefighters

Springfield firefighters will get some extra training in the weeks ahead. A building located in the 700 block of East Vine Street is slated for demolition to make way for Springfield Clinic’s new lab facility. The building was donated to the Springfield Fire Department for use until it is torn down, and the Fire Department is making full use of it until then.

'This league is like family': Dragons mourn Springfield player killed in crash

SPRINGFIELD - Springfield Lucky Horseshoes pitcher Lucas Otto's death in an automobile wreck early Thursday, was akin to a "death in the family," said Alton River Dragons general manager Dallas Martz. "It hurts," Martz said. "Really, the only time the teams in our league compete is on the field. Any other time, it's like family. His death is like a death in the family, in a way." The River Dragons and Lucky Horseshoes are Prairie Land Division rivals in the Prospect League, a summer collegiate league. According to police, Otto, 20, died when his car was struck...

17-year-old faces adult 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. ...

Second driver dies following head-on collision on Interstate 72 east of Springfield

A second driver in a Wednesday night head-on collision on Interstate 72 has died. Zachary R. Wilham, 27, of Decatur, died one day after his car collided with one containing Lucas S. Otto, 20, of Arthur, a pitcher for the Springfield Lucky Horseshoes summer collegiate baseball team. Otto had been heading home following a Wednesday night game against the Normal CornBelters.