Jacksonville, ILJacksonville Journal Courier

Night beat: A first look at today's police news

• Christopher M. Femmer, 36, of 619 Ash St., Chapin, was arrested at 1:33 a.m. Thursday on a burglary charge after being accused of entering a vacant apartment in the 200 block of South Mauvaisterre Street and removing an air conditioner.
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Gun shots place fear in area residents after spree of shootings

Some Jacksonville residents were uneasy Wednesday after hearing gunshots late Tuesday, followed by police closing off Jordan Street while they investigated. “It makes me feel a little uneasy,” said Vicki Zink, who heard the gunfire from her house nearby. “I think this is a random thing, though, but it makes me question if I made the right decision in moving here.”
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Springfield, ILnewschannel20.com

Capitol Police Investigator charged in deadly crash pleads not guilty

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WICS/WRSP) — A Capitol Police Investigator arrested in connection with a deadly crash pleaded not guilty on Thursday. Robert M. Hodson, 46 of Taylorville, is accused of driving while drunk and causing a crash that killed two people and injured a third. : Capitol Police Investigator charged in...
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Chatham, ILfoxillinois.com

Chatham Police step up Route 4 patrols

CHATHAM, Ill. (WICS/WRSP) — The Chatham Police Department is stepping up traffic enforcement on Route 4. Officials with the department say they've received several complaints about speeding in the area. "Route 4 is not a race track," police department officials wrote. "Speed limits are in place for a reason."
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Heat index to hit 113, usher in potentially powerful storms tonight

Oppressive temperatures and humidity that pushed the heat index above 110 degrees today in west-central Illinois are expected to ease significantly, but not before a round of potential dangerous storms moves through the region. At 1 p.m., the temperature was 89 degrees in Jacksonville, but the heat index was 110...
Sangamon County, ILwmay.com

At 42, New Covid Cases Down By Over Half Of What They Were Yesterday

New COVID cases reported on Thursday are not as high as the day before, but still are higher than they’ve been the past couple of months. The Sangamon County Department of Public Health is reporting 42 new cases Thursday, down over half of the 87 reported Wednesday. It is not known if the large number of cases recently are connected in any way.
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'It's Been A Wonderful Life:' Bill and Anna Haine Announce Public Mass for 50th Wedding Anniversary

ALTON - William and Anna Haine will mark their 50th Wedding Anniversary at St. Mary's Catholic Church with a public Mass at 10 a.m. Saturday, August 7, celebrated by the Rev. Thomas J. Paprocki, Bishop of Springfield. St. Mary's Catholic Church is located at 519 E. 4th Street in Alton. William is known by most as the former state senator for this region and former Madison County State's Attorney. Anyone who wishes to provide well wishes to William and Anna may attend the special Mass. Bill Continue Reading
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Fungus hitting pumpkin crops could be devastating to industry

A fungus that has affected pumpkins dating back to the Irish Potato Famine of the mid-1800s is reemerging in Illinois for the third time in 30 years — and it’s devastating the canned pumpkin industry. Phytophthora capsici has the potential to decimate pumpkin crops, as well as other fruit and...
Springfield, ILwnns.com

Festival of Trees heading to downtown Springfield, in 2021.

The scenery at Memorial’s Festival of Trees will look a little different this year, as it is set to take place downtown Springfield. Memorial Medical Center Foundation has teamed up with Downtown Springfield inc. for this years event, in hopes to make it more accessible for the public. This should also help give a boost to small local businesses that are still recovering from the pandemic. Which, if you ask me, is very fitting for this year’s theme, which is “A Season of Caring.“.
Springfield, ILnewschannel20.com

Man arrested after shots fired on Brown Street

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WICS/WRSP) — A man is in the Sangamon County Jail after a shots fired incident Tuesday night on East Brown Street in Springfield. Police officers were called to the 1900 block of East Brown Street around 10:26 p.m. after a Shotspotter alert. A home in the area had...