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Walnut Man Allegedly Threatens To “Shoot Up” BV High School

May 24th, 2018

A Walnut man is is trouble for allegedly threatening to “shoot up” Bureau Valley High School. The Bureau County Sheriff’s Office reports 18-year old Colton Fritz is charged with the Class 4 felony of disorderly conduct. He’s accused of making the threats while talking with a friend Friday night. A third party heard the threat and reported Fritz, who was taken to the Bureau County Jail. He reportedly also made similar comments at school the previous week, saying he hated the school. In a third convrsation, at graduation practice, he allegedly said “You’re all going to remember me”. A bond hearing has been set for Friday afternoon and his arraignment is scheduled for June 11th. Fritz remains in custody in the Bureau County Jail.

News Headlines – May 24, 2018

May 24th, 2018

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(Undated) — Here’s the latest news: The teen accused of bringing a rifle to Dixon High School and firing it has entered a not-guilty plea. Illinois lawmakers are a step closer to making it easier for law enforcement to take people’s guns. The central Illinois man charged with a 1986 murder in Washington state is headed there to face formal charges. Investigators in Livingston County say they have three suspects in custody for the shooting death of a Streator woman.

>>Not-Guilty Plea From Accused Dixon School Shooter

(Dixon, IL) — The teen charged with bringing a gun to his high school and firing it is pleading not guilty. Matthew Milby Jr. was in court in Dixon yesterday. Lee County prosecutors are charging Milby with three counts of aggravated discharge of a firearm. Investigators yesterday said Milby’s mother, Julie, legally bought the rifle that police say her son used in the shooting.

>>Illinois House Okays ‘Red Flag’ Legislation

(Springfield, IL) — Illinois lawmakers are a step closer to making it easier to take guns away from someone considered to be a threat to themselves or others. The Illinois House yesterday approved what supporters are calling a “Red Flag” plan. State Rep. Kathleen Willis’ legislation would allow family members and local police departments to ask a judge to seize someone’s weapons. Governor Rauner has a similar plan, but it would shift the responsibility to local prosecutors. The “Red Flag” plan heads to the Illinois Senate next.

>>Central Illinois Man Headed To Washington On 1986 Murder Charges

(Tacoma, WA) — The central Illinois man accused of the 1986 murder of a teenage girl is headed to Washington state to face charges. Tacoma Police yesterday picked up 60-year-old Robert Washburn. Investigators say they linked Washburn to the murder of 13-year-old Jennifer Bastian through DNA. Police in Eureka, Illinois, arrested Washburn earlier this month. There’s no word on when Washington state prosecutors expect to have Washburn in a courtroom in Tacoma.

>>Three In Custody In Livingston County Shooting Death

(Dwight, IL) — Three suspects are in custody in what authorities in Livingston County are calling a shooting death. It happened Tuesday night in Streator. Investigators say 33-year-old Maria Dellatorre, a mother of three, died. Investigators aren’t releasing any details about the suspects, or guessing about a motive for the shooting.

>>Rock Island Arsenal Commander: We’re In Good Shape

(Moline, IL) — The top commander at the Rock Island Arsenal says he’s hopeful about the arsenal’s future. Major General Duane Gamble told a crowd of business leaders in Moline yesterday that he thinks the arsenal is in good shape. Gamble says his focus is on expanding the arsenal’s mission and bringing more jobs to the Quad Cities.

News Headlines – May 23, 2018

May 23rd, 2018

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(Undated) — Here’s the latest news: Western Illinois University could be looking at a desperate future. Republicans in the Quad Cities are asking one of their candidates to drop out of a statehouse race. Bloomington-Normal’s start-up car maker is promising a new truck and SUV later this fall. Looks like hockey will return to the Quad Cities.

>>WIU Faces Uncertain Future

(Macomb, IL) — School leaders at Western Illinois University say they may run out of money by the end of next year. WIU on Monday said enrollment at its campuses in Macomb and the Quad Cities will fall about 14-percent next fall. Western is expecting just 815 freshmen this next school year. That’s down nearly a third from just a year ago. Budget Director Letisha Trepac says WIU is expecting a deficit of almost eight-million-dollars next year.

>>Rock Island Republicans Ask House Candidate To Leave Race

(Rock Island, IL) — Republicans in the Quad Cities are asking one of their own candidates to leave a race for the statehouse. Rock Island County Republican Chairman Drue Mielke [[ milky ]] yesterday said they only recently discovered allegations of domestic violence against candidate Glen Evans. Court files show Evans was charged with domestic violence back in 2009. But the charges were dismissed. Evans also saw charges that he violated an order of protection in 1997 dismissed. Mielke said the circumstances are unfortunate. Evans told “The Quad City Times” last night that he won’t drop out of the race.

>>Bloomington-Normal Car Maker To Debut Model This Fall

(Normal, IL) — Bloomington-Normal’s start-up car maker could finally have a car by the fall. Technology website “Engadget” yesterday reported that Rivian will debut a pickup truck and SUV at the Los Angeles International Auto Show in late November. Rivian received millions of dollars in incentives from state and local governments to buy the former Mitsubishi Motors plant in Normal despite never having actually built a car. Rivian didn’t provide any further details about the timeline or specifics about the vehicles.

>>Four Released From Western Illinois’ Tainted Apple Cider Lawsuit

(Pittsfield, IL) — The list of defendants in western Illinois’ apple cider lawsuit is getting smaller. A judge yesterday dismissed the suit against four volunteers who served the cider that made several people sick at Pike County’s Fall Color Drive back in 2015. The judge said the volunteers are protected by a state law designed to shield them from these kind of suits. The judge is still allowing the suit to go forward against the Yoder Brothers Dairy Farm. Lawyers for the farm are due in court to argue their latest motion in July.

>>Hockey To Stay In The Quad Cities

(Moline, IL) — It looks like there will be hockey in the Quad Cities after all. Managers at Moline’s TaxSlayer Center have a news conference scheduled for 12:15 this afternoon to announce a new hockey partnership. The arena lost its ECHL team, the Mallards, at the end of the last season. The Quad Cities have had minor league hockey since 1995, but no one is saying which team or which league will play in the cities in 2019.

News Headlines – May 22, 2018

May 22nd, 2018

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(Undated) — Here’s the latest news: Democrats at the Illinois Capitol aren’t impressed with Governor Rauner’s plan to reinstate the death penalty. Central Illinois prosecutors are bringing child abuse charges against a former local pastor. Authorities in Arkansas say an Illinois man is dead after traveling there for a wedding. A Peoria family says the remains of a sailor killed in the attack on Pearl Harbor have finally been identified.

>>Statehouse Democrats Question Governor’s Death Penalty Plan

(Springfield, IL) — There’s not a lot of support at the Illinois Capitol to resurrect the death penalty in the state. Democrats at the statehouse yesterday grilled the governor’s office about the need to bring back the death penalty, and the mechanics of how it would work. State Rep. Christian Mitchell called the governor’s proposal slap-dash, haphazard and pathetic. The governor’s office says Illinois must once again have the ultimate penalty for cop killers and mass murderers.

>>Charges Against Former Bloomington-Normal Pastor For Child Abuse

(Bloomington, IL) — A former pastor in Bloomington-Normal is facing charges for the injuries to his two-year-old daughter. Prosecutors in McLean County filed charges yesterday against 25-year-old Matthew Everly for aggravated battery of a child, reckless conduct, and domestic battery. Investigators say Everly’s two-year-old daughter showed up at the doctor with two broken legs and a broken arm. If convicted, Everly could spend the next 60 years in prison.

>>Illinois Man Found Dead In Arkansas River

(Little Rock, AR) — Investigators in Little Rock, Arkansas, say they are looking for answers after finding an Illinois man dead near their Old Statehouse Museum. Police say they found 28-year-old Brennen Willis’ body yesterday. Willis, who is from O’Fallon, went missing on Saturday after traveling to Arkansas for a wedding. Officers found him in the Arkansas River, but they are not saying how he died.

>>Peoria Sailor’s Remains Identified

(Peoria, IL) — A Peoria family says it is happy to know where a sailor who died in the attack in Pearl Harbor is. William “Bill” Hellstern’s family yesterday said researchers identified his remains last month. Hellstern was 20-years-old when he died in the attack in December of 1941. He was a sailor on the USS Oklahoma. Hellstern’s nephew, Ted Hummell, told WMBD TV yesterday that their story proves it’s true that the military never leaves a man behind.

>>Quincy Police Look For Bomb Threat Suspect

(Quincy, IL) — Police in Quincy are looking for whoever stopped most of the work at Blessing Health System yesterday. Someone called in a bomb threat at the hospital yesterday morning. That threat led to a lockdown. Quincy Police yesterday afternoon said the threat turned out to be false. No one was hurt, and Blessing was back to business as usual by just before 1 p.m.

News Headlines – May 21, 2018

May 21st, 2018

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(Undated) — Here’s the latest news: The mother of the teen charged with last week’s school shooting in Dixon says her son was bullied, and says no one did anything about it. Illinois lawmakers are set to hear the governor’s idea to bring back the death penalty today. East-central Illinois could see the worst of today’s severe weather. There’s a big prize on the line for the winner of this year’s Illinois State Fair karaoke contest.

>>Accused Dixon School Shooter’s Mom Complains Of Bullying

(Dixon, IL) — The mother of the accused school shooter in northwestern Illinois says the school ignored her son’s troubles before he brought a gun to school. Julie Milby told reporters that her son, Matthew, had his jaw broken about six months ago. She also claimed that other students stole from and bullied her son. Julie Milby says no one at Dixon High School did enough to stop the bullying. Investigators are looking into reports that she bought the gun her son used in last week’s shooting, despite having a felony conviction on her record.

>>Illinois House To Hear Governor’s Death Penalty Plan

(Springfield, IL) — Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner’s office is getting the chance to make the case to reinstate the death penalty. Lawmakers in Springfield are scheduled today in Springfield to hear the details about the governor’s proposal to once again put people to death. House Speaker Mike Madigan says he wants to give the plan a full hearing, but he’s not saying if there is enough support to actually advance the governor’s plan.

>>East Central Illinois Could See Severe Storms

(Lincoln, IL) — The worst of the next round of severe weather is expected to hit east of I-57. Forecasters say most of central Illinois will see some strong storms today, but parts of east-central Illinois could see severe storms. The National Weather Service says it expects the worst of the weather to move through the area before tonight.

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>>Search Continues For Quad Cities Man Reported In Mississippi River

(Davenport, IA) — Searchers from both sides of the river in the Quad Cities are expected back out on the water for another day in the hunt for a man who reportedly went into the water. Rescue crews got the first report of a man in the Mississippi River on Saturday. They spent the day yesterday looking for the man, but did not find him. Crews are expected to head back out this morning to search again.

>>State Fair Karaoke Winner To Open Brett Eldredge Concert

(Springfield, IL) — There’s a big prize on the line for the winner of this year’s karaoke contest at the Illinois State Fair. State Fair managers last week announced that county fairs across the state will hold regional karaoke competitions. Those regional winners will then compete head to head at the State Fair in Springfield. The winner of that contest will then open for Brett Eldredge at his concert on Friday, August, 17th.