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Dixon Police identify suspect involved in reckless driving incident
Police are looking for 40-year-old Ryan Charleston after multiple cars were hit in Dixon, Illinois. Charleston's charged with aggravated reckless driving and DUI.
A Community's Call to Action: Seeking Justice in the Wake of a Hit-and-Run Tragedy
The serene atmosphere in Lee County, Illinois, was abruptly disrupted by a harrowing hit-and-run incident that led to the untimely demise of Patrick J. Yocum, a Rock Falls local. On a fateful December evening, as Mr. Yocum was walking near the junction of Sterling Road and Walton Road, he fell victim to a driver who sped away after the collision. Authorities have since narrowed down the suspect's vehicle to a Jeep Cherokee, dating from 2014 to 2018, which they believe bears significant damage on its front side. In response, the Lee County Sheriff's Office has put forth an urgent call to the public for their help in finding the perpetrator and has offered a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest.
Tragedy in Coloma Township: A Call to Address Substance Abuse in Healthcare
In 2022, Coloma Township, Michigan, witnessed a tragic event that brought to light the somber intersection of substance abuse and patient safety within the healthcare profession. Judith Sobol, a 43-year-old nurse, was found guilty of second-degree murder after the death of 3-year-old Ophelia Mazure. Sobol, under the influence of methamphetamine, disconnected the child's trachea tube, leading to her demise. This egregious breach of duty prompted the Michigan Board of Nursing Disciplinary Subcommittee to permanently revoke Sobol's nursing license and levy a $150,000 fine, eliminating any possibility of reinstatement and underscoring their commitment to the integrity of the nursing field and the safety of patients. Sobol is now serving a 30 to 75-year sentence at the State Huron Valley Correctional Facility.
Police: Rock Falls man arrested after bike chase
ROCK FALLS, Ill. (KWQC) - A Rock Falls man was arrested after police say he led on a bike chase. Rock Falls police attempted to stop a man around 3 a.m. Tuesday, on a bicycle for traffic control device and equipment-related violations, according to a media release. He rode his bicycle away and then ran, and was found shortly after and was taken into custody.
From Tragedy to Resilience: Rock Falls and the Path to Community Recovery
The peaceful town of Rock Falls was shaken on the cold evening of December 4, 2023, as tragedy struck in the form of a hit-and-run accident that claimed the life of 40-year-old Patrick Yocum. Near the intersection of Sterling and Walton roads, a vehicle fatally struck Yocum and fled the scene. Despite the swift response from the Amboy Fire Department and immediate medical attention, Yocum's injuries proved fatal. The Lee County Sheriff's Office quickly identified a Jeep Cherokee with front-end damage as the suspect vehicle, which was seized after the driver came forward to cooperate with the investigation.
Man charged with DUI after speeding through Dixon, injuring 5 people in crash
DIXON, Ill. (WTVO) — Police have charged Ryan Charleston, 40, with driving under the influence while leading police on a high speed chase that ended with five people injured. According to the Dixon Police Department, around 4:37 p.m. on Tuesday, December 5th, officers were notified of a reckless driver coming into Dixon from Grand Detour […]
Community and Law Enforcement Collaboration Key to Traffic Incident Management After Lee County Tragedy
In the wake of a heartrending hit-and-run accident in Lee County that claimed the life of 40-year-old Patrick J. Yocum, the local Sheriff's Office has marked a significant milestone by identifying a suspect. The collision, occurring near Sterling and Walton roads, propelled Mr. Yocum into an urgent medical crisis, culminating in his death at KSB Hospital in Dixon. As the investigation unfolds, a 2014 Jeep Cherokee linked to the suspect has been apprehended, with the driver stepping forward, admitting their presence at the scene. Despite these developments, the identity of the suspect is withheld pending further investigation, and authorities are calling on the public for additional information, signaling the crucial role community engagement plays in such cases.
Lee County Sheriff Says the Weather Shows What is Coming, Time to Prepare
It never seems to fail, when the snow returns to the Sauk Valley, people forget how to drive in it. Lee County Sheriff Clay Whelan says they have an increase in the number of accidents, both minor and major. Much of this is due to people driving as they always have and not taking into account the slippery roads. The sheriff says slow down so you get to where you are going alive.
Henry County crash leaves 1 dead
HENRY COUNTY, Ill — Update Dec. 5 at 6 p.m.: The driver has been identified as Julia Birman, 35, of Atkinson, Illinois. One person is dead following a single-vehicle crash in rural Henry County on Tuesday morning. Henry County and Geneseo authorities received the report of the crash at...
2 adults, 1 juvenile arrested after disturbance in Rock Falls
Rock Falls police officers arrested two 19-year-olds and a 17-year-old boy over the weekend after reports of a disturbance, according to a news release from the Rock Falls Police Department. Officers responded to the 1500 block of Lindy Avenue for the reported disturbance on Saturday, December 2 at about 10:45 p.m. When officers arrived in […]
Princeton Grain Farmer Elected As Vice President Of Illinois Farm Bureau
A sixth-generation farmer in Princeton has been elected vice president of the Illinois Farm Bureau. Evan Hultine will serve a two-year term as vice president of the Illinois Farm Bureau. He has been the Bureau County Farm Bureau President since 2017. Hultine grows corn, soybeans and seed corn in Princeton.
Lee County officials investigating deadly hit-and-run south of Dixon
Investigators believe the offending vehicle to be a 2014 to 2018 Jeep Cherokee. The vehicle reportedly sustained significant front-end damage to the grill, hood and windshield.
Northern IL man killed in crash near Warrensburg
WARRENSBURG, Ill. (WCIA) — A man from Northern Illinois is dead following an SUV vs. semi-truck crash near Warrensburg Monday evening. The crash happened on Illinois Route 121 at the intersection with Kenney Road. Officials with the Illinois State Police said the SUV was driving northbound on Kenney Road when it crashed into a semi-truck […]
Tiny Illinois Town’s Efforts to Save Grocery Store Has Gone Viral
Never underestimate a small town's ability to rise up and do something special. That is the story for one tiny Illinois town that was about to lose its only grocery store until citizens decided to do something about it. What they've done has now gone viral and become national news.
Sterling Police Getting a Couple of Early Christmas Gifts
The Sterling Police Department is getting an early Christmas gift. During the Monday evening City Council meeting, the council approved a request to purchase two 2023 Chevrolet Tahoes for the department. The cost for both vehicles is $84,264 or $42,123 each. Police Chief Alex Chivara informed the council that this...
Kittens in Need: Could Your Home Be Their New Home in rock falls, IL?
Whether you're thinking about adopting a pet or simply delight in watching cute animals, you'd find a plethora of endearing pets awaiting adoption at animal shelters across and close to rock falls..
New drug and alcohol treatment opens in R.I.
After 45 years, the Good Shepherd Foundation of Henry County is expanding its services to Rock Island County. The Good Shepherd is an outpatient substance abuse evaluation and treatment center based in Geneseo but with an increase in people needing services, the nonprofit is opening its second office. Foundation president...
Local Fifth Graders Surpass Reading Goal, Celebrate with Puppy Party
Fifth-grade students have been working on their reading skills, aiming to read 100 books. They have exceeded this goal, reading 267 books so far. Their efforts were recognized with a party, featuring Murphy, Mrs. Nelson's puppy.
Amboy Woman Charged with 5 Counts of Domestic Battery of Three Minor Children
Shortly after 11:00 AM on Friday December 1, Lee County Deputies took into custody 44-year-old Amy J. Pollock of Amboy on a Lee County arrest warrant. On Wednesday November 29, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office received a report from DCFS regarding alleged child abuse. The Lee County Sheriff’s Office and Amboy Police Department, with support from Shining Star and the Lee County State’s Attorney’s Office, began an investigation into the alleged abuse of three minor children.
"Southern Spiderman" Creates Primary Race For Bureau County State's Attorney
The race to become Bureau County State's Attorney should be one to follow in 2024. The current top prosecutor, Thomas Briddick is not running in 2024. Fellow Democrat Bradley Popurella has filed for the seat while Republicans Daniel Anderson and David Hardison, a.k.a. Southern Spiderman, are running to become the next state's attorney.