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Two Decatur women sought by police in separate gun threat incidents

DECATUR — Police said they are seeking two Decatur women involved in separate incidents of making threats with a gun. Detective Sgt. Steve Carroll with the Decatur Police Department said the first trouble occurred Friday night when a man said a 51-year-old woman pulled a gun and menaced him by pressing the barrel of the weapon against his teeth.
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Teen charged as adult in murder case

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WCIA) — A 17-year-old girl has been charged as an adult with in connection to a homicide in Springfield last month. Members of the Springfield Police Department and U.S. Marshals Great Lakes Fugitive Task Force arrested Andrea Oliver without incident on Thursday, serving an arrest warrant the Sangamon County State’s Attorney’s Office had […]

Illinois mother, son sentenced in money laundering conspiracy involving drugs

URBANA, Ill. – A federal judge recently sentenced a central Illinois mother and son in a money-laundering conspiracy involving drugs. Jennifer Fisher, 50, of Springfield, Illinois, was sentenced to 14 months in prison with a $10,000 fine. Her son Courtney Johnson, 32, of Decatur, Illinois, was sentenced to 7.5 years in prison.

Springfield May Modify Juneteenth Observance

The City of Springfield may make changes to how it observes the Juneteenth holiday. When the city adopted a formal observance of the holiday marking the end of slavery, it noted that its observance would always fall on June 19th. This year, that meant there was no official day off for city government, because the 19th fell on a Sunday. But Mayor Jim Langfelder and Aldermen Shawn Gregory and Roy Williams, Jr. have introduced an ordinance to make Juneteenth like all other holidays, so that when it falls on a Sunday, the city would take Monday off.

Power Line Relocation Work Begins Tuesday

Occasional power outages and lane reductions are anticipated over the next several weeks as part of power line relocation work related to the 10th Street railroad project. Ameren and City Water Light and Power are working together on the project to move overhead power lines and replace some transmission poles. CWLP says customers will be notified in advance if power has to be interrupted to accommodate the work. In addition, there will be periodic road closures in some areas east of the tracks between Carpenter and Jackson Streets.

CWLP, Ameren replacing power lines in Springfield

SRINGFIELD, Ill. (WCIA) — Ameren and City Water, Light and Power crews will begin a weeks-long project when they return from the 4th of July weekend. In relation to the 10th Street Rail Corridor project, crews will be replacing and relocating overhead power lines and poles starting Tuesday along a power line that runs east […]

SMTD suspending fixed service to outlying towns

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WCIA) — People living in Chatham, Riverton, Rochester and Sherman will be seeing less MTD busses in town starting this week as the SMTD cuts back service there. The SMTD will be suspending fixed route service in those towns starting Tuesday, meaning the SMTD will no longer be running busses with scheduled routes […]

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.

Springfield roads remain closed as construction continues

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WCIA) — Several construction projects throughout Springfield will keep traffic limited or completely away from several roads this week as those projects continue from last week or begin this week. Monroe Street will close this Tuesday between 9th and 11th Streets as part of the Springfield Rail Improvements Project. Access will be maintained […]

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.