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Local News Archives for 2018-06

Nokomis Suffers Major Water Line Break

Nokomis residents should be prepared to be without water for several hours today after the city experienced a major water line break this morning.

According to Emergency Services and Disaster Agency Coordinator Joe Gasparich, the break occurred on the main line between the water treatment facility and the water tower. Public works officials are working to repair the break, but it may be late afternoon or early evening before the break will be repaired and water service to Nokomis and Coalton can be restored.

Residents may be able to get water from their water heater if needed. This can be a 15 to 40 gallon supply, depending on the size of the tank. Most water heaters have a drain valve near the bottom of the tank where water can be drained. This water would be suitable for things such as flushing toilets or hand washing.

Gasparich asks residents to refrain from calling city hall for information, as the staff is currently very busy working with city workers to help get needed supplies for water system repairs.

Authorities Investigating Greenville Convenience Store Robbery

Authorities are investigating an armed robbery that occurred last Thursday evening at a convenience store near Greenville.

According to the Greenville Police, three black suspects allegedly made off with an undisclosed amount of cash from CC Food Mart on Route 127 south of Greenville. The incident occurred around 9:14 p.m. Thursday.

Police said one of the suspects allegedly displayed a semi-automatic hand gun. They were described as black males in their early twenties with short hair, and each standing between 5'6 and 5'10 inches tall.

One of the suspects was dressed in stonewashed jeans and a black hoodie. Another had red sports pants with a white stripe and a white hoodie. The third wore a navy blue hoodie, black pants and white shoes. They left the scene in a dark or black 2005 or later model Dodge Durango with black rims and only a rear license plate.

Anyone with information about the robbery or the suspects is urged to call the Greenville Police Department at 618-664-2131.

Nokomis man shot and killed by police


An officer involved shooting in Nokomis on Friday night has left one man dead. David L. Hicks of Nokomis was shot and killed when a Nokomis police officer felt threatened by Hicks actions after responding to a disturbance call on Frederick Street.

According to the Illinois State Police investigation, Hicks had left the residence on foot prior to the officers arrival. The officer made contact with Hicks in the 100 block of Sherman Street at which point Hicks actions made the officer fear for his life.

The officer discharged his weapon, striking Hicks who was later pronounced dead by the Montgomery County Coroner.

No officers were hurt during the incident and it remains under investigation by the Illinois State Police.

The Nokomis Police Department requested Illinois State Police Zone 6 Investigations take over the investigation. It is an ongoing investigation and no further information is available at this time.

Once the investigation is complete it will be turned over to the Montgomery County States Attorney for review.

Irving man killed by drunk driver

An Irving man was killed Saturday night just before 9 o'clock while walking on Pine Street near the intersection of Franklin Street in Irving. 51 year old Michael Adams was pronounced dead at the scene by the the Montgomery County Coroner's office, after being struck by a vehicle driven by 20 year old Shane Green of Irving.

Green was arrested and cited for Aggravated Driving Under the Influence of alcohol, illegal consumption of alcohol by a minor, illegal transportation of alcohol and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident. Green is being held at the Montgomery County jail.

Hillsboro Area Ambulance, Witt Fire Department and the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office responded to the scene.

The Illinois State Police Accident Reconstruction Team were called to assist.

The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office and the Illinois State Police continue to investigate.

Nokomis shooting on Friday


The Illinois State Police are investigating a Friday night shooting in Nokomis. WSMI will have more information when it is made available.

Man Missing, Last Seen Near Pawnee

Authorities are searching for a Hillsboro man who went missing Sunday near Pawnee.

Michael Schmidt, 59, was last seen Sunday by a friend while out searching for arrowheads. Schmidt is a 5'8 white male, and weighs approximately 135 pounds. He is also reportedly in poor health, is unable to speak and has a breathing tube in his neck. According to a statement from the Sangamon County Sheriff's Office Tuesday, the search is now begin referred to as a recovery mission.

Flooding in the area caused by weather has made the search more difficult. Along with the sheriff's office, the Sangamon County Rescue Squad and Illinois State Police Air Operations have assisted in the search.

Anyone with information on Schmidt's whereabouts is urged to call the Sangamon County Sheriff's Office at 217-753-6666.

Crimestoppers Seeking Information on Antique Mall Burglary

Authorities are seeking information regarding a burglary that occurred at an antique shop southwest of Raymond last month.

The burglary occurred at approximately 9:05 p.m. on May 25, at the Lighthouse Antique Mall, located on the West Frontage Road about three miles southwest of Raymond. According to Montgomery County Undersheriff Rick Robbins, the suspect allegedly forced entry through the front door and stole some coins.

Anyone with information about this crime is urged to contact the Macoupin-Montgomery County Crimestoppers by calling 1-800-352-0136. Those with information may also text a tip by entering 722TIP and a message to the number 274637.

Any information that leads to an arrest is eligible for up to a $5,000 reward.

2 County Candidates Fill Party Vacancies Prior to Election

Nominating committees of both Republican and Democratic Precinct Committee representatives recently filed resolutions and petitions to nominate candidates with the Montgomery County Clerk's Office for the upcoming November election.

According to the County Clerk's Office, the nominations were made because no Republican or Democratic Candidate was nominated at the March 20th General Primary Election for these elected offices.

The Democrat Party nominated David Loucks to run for a seat on the County Board representing District Four against Republicans Earlene Blackburn-Robinson and Roberta Meyer. Two of candidates listed will fill the open seats in that district. The Republican Party nominated Andrew Affrunti to run for State's Attorney against Democrat Bryant Hitchings, who is serving as the current State's Attorney for the county.

Anyone with questions regarding the party nomination procedure may contact the Montgomery County Clerk's Office at the Historic Courthouse in Hillsboro at 532-9530. The deadline for filing nominations was June 4.

One Dead, Another Injured in I-55 Accident

One person was killed and another was seriously injured in an automobile accident Tuesday afternoon on Interstate 55 south of the 6th Street exit.

According to the state police, a 79-year-old Cottage Hills woman was southbound on the interstate south of milepost 92 when, for unknown reasons, her vehicle swerved from the right lane, across the center lane and into the path of a grain truck, driven by Chase Blankenship of Tovey.

Blankenship's truck hit the car, causing it to spin and roll into the median. The car's driver, whose identity has not been released, was pronounced dead at the scene by the Sangamon County Coroner's Office. Her passenger, Bobby McNealy, 57, of Hillsboro, was taken to Memorial Hospital with serious injuries.

Blankenship, 25, was uninjured in the accident, which occurred around 12:17 p.m. Tuesday.

Talley Broadcasting to Host Job Fair Wednesday

On Wednesday, the Talley Broadcasting Stations, along with local job centers, are hosting a job fair at the Litchfield Moose Lodge. 40 businesses from around the listening area will be represented at the event. They include:From Litchfield,

Addus Health Care
Alpine ITW
Aaron's
Flemings and Tawfall
Illinois Army National Guard
Kelly Services
Lincoln Land Community College
Maurices
McKay NAPA Auto Parts
Midway Trailer Sales
Midwest Aftermarket
Staff Quick
Taco Bell
Timber Creek Village
Tri County Beauty Academy
Wal-Mart
Worksaver, Inc.
WSMI/WAOX
From Carlinville,

Carlinville Job Center
Carlinville Rehab and Healthcare
IDES
From Greenville,

Federal Bureau of Prisons
From Gillespie,

Heritage Health
Illinois Valley
From Girard,

Pleasant Hill Village
From Shipman,

CHS
From Springfield,

Express Employment Professional
Illinois Department of Children and Family Services
Illinois Department of Corrections
Illinois Department of Transportation
Illinois State Treasurer
Lincoln Land Truck Driving Training
From Effingham,

CEFS-Head Start 0-5 Program
Central Illinois Public transit
From Godfrey,

Beverly Farms Foundation
From Belleville,

Caritas Family Solutions
From Fairview Heights,

Federal Bureau of Investigation
From Beardstown,

JBS
From Fort Lauderdale, Florida,

ScribeAmerica
The job fair will be held from 9 to 11:30 a.m.

State Police to Hold Child Safety Seat Check

State Police District 18 will be conducting a free child safety seat check on Wednesday at Walgreens in Litchfield.

The state police is committed to making zero traffic fatalities a reality. Making sure a child safety seat is installed correctly, the correct seat is used for the child in relation to height and weight, and the seat is not expired or recalled is the first line of defense for children from newborn to at least eight years old in traffic crashes. This event is open to all and no appointments are necessary. The Litchfield Fire Department will have a fire truck and ambulance on scene and ARCH will be landing their helicopter for people to see. Prairie Farms has also donated ice cream sandwiches for those in attendance.

The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Any questions about the child safety seat check may be directed to Trooper Heath Bryan at 217-324-4900, ext. 223.

Carlinville Law Enforcement Training

Several law enforcement agencies are participating in a special training exercise at the Carlinville High School on Tuesday, June 5, and Wednesday, June 6, from 8am until 4pm each day.

According to Macoupin County Sheriff Shawn Kahl, an "active shooter" threat will be the focus of the training. Law enforcement, fire departements, EMS and medical helicopters will all be participating.

The public is advised that this is only training and there is no actual threat at the Carlinville High School. It is requested that the public stay clear of the area of training operations.

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