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Lincoln Police: Burglaries and thefts are on the rise

LINCOLN – As the temperature warms up, Lincoln Police reports a rise in thefts and burglaries. According to a social media post, the department reports criminals are out looking for tools and other valuables stored within a garage or shed. As a result, the department asks the public to...
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Fugitive wanted by Crime Stoppers

Springfield Police and Sangamon Menard County Crime Stoppers want your help in tracking down a wanted fugitive. Terry McConnell is a 56 year old white man. He’s 5’10” and 165 lbs and is wanted on Sangamon County warrants for Aggravated Battery and 3 counts of Violating an Order Of Protection.
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Alleged drug dealers arrested, facing child endangerment charges

TAYLORVILLE, Ill. (WICS/WRSP) — Three people are facing charges involving drugs and child endangerment after arrests in Taylorville on Tuesday. Taylorville Police say they started investigating after receiving complaints about narcotic traffic in the 400 block of East Adams Street. They also learned the people inside the home may...

Quincy man sentenced to federal prison for drug distribution

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (KHQA) — A Quincy man was sentenced on Thursday to 60 months in prison followed by 48 months of supervised release after he was found guilty of distributing more than five grams of 99% pure methamphetamine on two occasions in Quincy. On January 29, 2019, Warren Mason,...

Controlled Drug Purchases Lead To Arrest

A series of undercover drug buys has led to the arrest of a Springfield man. Officers with the Sangamon County DIRT Team took 30-year-old Myron Hickman into custody Tuesday at a home on Grand Valley Drive. The sheriff’s office says DIRT Team members had made several controlled purchases of methamphetamine from Hickman, and used that information to obtain an arrest warrant. Hickman has a lengthy arrest record on charges ranging from robbery and assault to drug and weapons offenses.

CWLP Customers May Also Face Risk Of Summertime Outages

City Water Light and Power is warning that Springfield residents may be facing the same risk of rolling blackouts and other temporary power disruptions as private utility customers this summer… because of ongoing concerns about the reliability of the Midwestern electric grid. A decline in coal-fired electric generation… and...

CWLP warns of rolling brownouts this summer

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WICS/WRSP) — Springfield's power company is preparing for energy brownouts. Leaders from City Water, Light and Power (CWLP) addressed Springfield City Council Tuesday night. During the presentation, they warned customers may experience rolling brownouts several times over the next few months. CWLP Electric Division Manager Scott Rogers...

Firefighters Recovering After Two Major Blazes In Springfield

Two Springfield firefighters are out of the hospital after being injured while battling a major blaze at a condominium complex Tuesday. One of the firefighters was hurt when a ceiling caved in during the fire that heavily damaged three townhouses in the Country Place complex, while another was caught in a “flashover,” a sudden combustion of materials in a room because of the extreme heat produced by the fire. Fire Chief Brandon Blough says the amount of equipment and personnel needed for the condo fire was one of the largest in years for the Springfield Fire Department.

Police: One injured after 11 shots fired in Springfield

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WICS/WRSP) — One person was injured on Monday night after shots were fired in Springfield, according to Lt. Scott Ligon, Springfield Police Department. Police were called to Enterprise Street between 11th and 12th around 9:42 p.m. Ligon said officers responded to a total of eleven shots fired.

Police beat for Tuesday, May 17

• Gerald D. Jackson, 29, of 819 S. College St., Springfield, was booked into the Morgan County jail at 2:31 a.m. Sunday on charges of aggravated fleeing or eluding a peace officer, reckless driving, driving while license is revoked or suspended, leaving the scene or failing to report an accident, obstruction of justice/destruction of evidence and two traffic control violations.

Crews respond to fire at popcorn factory

ASSUMPTION, Ill. (WAND) - Crews responded to a fire at the Great Western Products popcorn factory Monday night. The Assumption Fire Protection District said it received a call about the popcorn factory on fire at 9:48 p.m. Tuesday. A passerby saw smoke coming from the building and called emergency personnel.

City chipping in to buy giant slide at fairgrounds

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WICS/WRSP) — Springfield city council is footing a $140,000 bill to sponsor the big yellow slide on the Illinois State Fairgrounds. The city will give the owner of Knight's Action Park $30,000 a year for the next four years to operate the slide at the fairgrounds. That...

Ordinance On Panhandling At Intersections Remains On Hold

An ordinance aimed at regulating people asking for money from drivers at Springfield’s busiest intersections remains on hold. City attorney Jim Zerkle says he’s still working on the exact criteria to determine which intersections would be covered by such an ordinance. The city has been threatened with legal action if it attempts a blanket ban on solicitation at all intersections, but Zerkle says linking it to objective criteria such as traffic counts or number of accidents at a given intersection could allow the city to impose limited regulations in the name of public safety.

Car Crashes Into Convenience Store; One Hurt

One person is hurt after a car crashed into a Springfield convenience store Monday. The vehicle crashed through the front door of Hometown Pantry on South Grand Avenue West just after 1pm. It ran over the foot of a woman in the store, who was transported by ambulance to a hospital for treatment.