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Springfield rental car agency owner faces charge of insurance fraud

The owner of a Springfield rental car agency has been accused of insurance fraud amid an investigation into the agency by the secretary of state's office. Jordan J. Monroe, 31, of Chatham, faces one count of insurance fraud, a Class 3 felony. The charge, filed Wednesday in Sangamon County Circuit Court, alleges that a false claim was made on or about Feb. 13, 2021, to National Interstate Insurance Co. of Richfield, Ohio.

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.

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.

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.

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 […]

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.
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Tarr will make first in-person appearance July 22

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.

'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...

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.

Don’s Place Staying In the Family With New Owners

One of Jacksonville’s most popular nightlife destination for the past 40 years is changing hands. Don’s Place, located at 207 West Morgan, has been a fixture for the last 4 decades in downtown Jacksonville. The legendary home of the Thursday night crab races has been officially owned by Danny Kindred since 1982.

Where to see area fireworks

Folks who want to celebrate Independence Day with pyrotechnics have a couple of options in Springfield. Fireworks displays will be happening at the following locations:. July 3, North Mansion Block, 9:30 p.m. July 4, Knights Action Park, 9:30 p.m. Safety experts and city officials says fireworks are best left to...

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. ...

Coroner identifies man killed in I-72 collision

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WICS/WRSP) — UPDATE:. Sangamon County Coroner Jim Allmon identified the man killed in a crash on I-72 this morning as Lucas Otto. Allmon says he died from multiple blunt force injuries sustained in the crash. ORIGINAL:. A 20-year-old man is dead after a collision on Interstate 72...

Two, including Springfield Lucky Horseshoes pitcher, die in crash

SANGAMON COUNTY, Ill. (WAND)- Two people, including a Springfield Lucky Horseshoes player, were killed in a crash Thursday morning. Pitcher Lucas Otto, 20 years old of Arthur, and Zachary R. Wilham, 27, of Decatur both died after the collision on Interstate 72 eastbound near milepost 118 around 11:20 p.m. Police...