Illinois News Roundup for Monday, September 10


Published on September 10 2012 1:39 pm
Last Updated on July 14 2013 12:07 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

>>Students Return To Class At Normal Community High

(Normal, IL)  --  Students at Normal Community High School were back in school today.  They were released early Friday after a 14-year old student entered a classroom and shot several rounds into the ceiling.  The shooter was tackled by a teacher and detained until police arrived, when he was taken into custody.  Students who weren't able to pick up their belongings Friday should go directly to the location where they were stationed during the code red.  If their items aren't there, students should go to the main office to search the lost and found or fill out a report.


>>Quinn Honors Fallen Airmen With Illinois Ties

(Troy, IL)  --  Governor Quinn honored a fallen U.S. Airman with Illinois ties over the weekend.  Quinn awarded Senior Airman Bradley Smith with a Silver Star, the third-highest military decoration that can be awarded to any branch of the U.S. military.  Smith was killed by an IED while recovering the body of a fallen comrade in the Kandahar Province of Afghanistan in January 2010.  He was raised in Troy, Illinois, and graduated from Triad High School.


>>Rockford Man On Run, Considered Arm, Dangerous

(Rockford, IL)  --  A Rockford man is on the run after allegedly shooting a woman to death and then shooting at police as they tried to detain him.  Kody Walsh allegedly shot the woman inside his vehicle on a Tollway near South Beloit yesterday.  He then led police on a chase from South Beloit to Rockford, where he crashed the vehicle and took off on foot.  Walsh allegedly fired at least one shot at officers during the foot chase.  Anyone with any information on where Walsh may be should contact the Winnebago County Sheriff's Police at (815) 319-6300.


>>Colorado Men Arrested After Allegedly Robbing Travel Plaza

(Barry, IL)  --  Two Colorado men who may be responsible for a cross-country robbing spree were arrested in Pike County, Illinois, yesterday.  James Nolf-Crihfielt and Jeffery Skog allegedly walked into the plaza in Barry, Illinois, yielding a screw driver and wire rod.  They demanded money from the cashier and made off with about 300 bucks, but not before the cashier got a clear description of their vehicle.  The cashier called police who stopped the men near the Griggsville exit on Interstate 72.  Police say two similar robberies were reported in Idaho Springs, Colorado, and in Lincoln, Nebraska, earlier this month.


>>Springfield Police Investigating Suspicious Fire

(Springfield, IL)  --  The Springfield Fire Department is investigating what it says is a suspicious fire that broke out early Saturday morning at a duplex in the eleven-hundred block of East Miller Street.  Fire Chief Ken Fustin says crews were called to the two-unit duplex around 2:45 Saturday morning and found the rear of the home engulfed in flames.  Residents in both units were displaced by the suspicious fire.  Those who lived in the unit that didn't catch fire were arrested, but Fustin couldn't confirm why.


>>Chicago Teachers Hit Picket Lines

(Chicago, IL)  --  Thousands of Chicago teachers were on the picket lines today.   They walked off the job this morning after talks between the Chicago Teacher's Union and the school district failed to come to terms on pay raises, health benefits, and longer school days.  One of the biggest concerns for teachers is a new evaluation system that ranks teacher performance based on students' standardized test scores.  CTU President Karen Lewis says that performance measure could put thousands of teachers out of work in the next few years.  The two sides are expected to meet sometime today.


>>Trial Begins For Man Accused Of Shooting

(Springfield, IL)  --  Jury selection is scheduled to get underway today in the trial of Jesus Ramirez, a Springfield man accused of attempted first-degree murder after he tried to shoot Springfield and Sangamon County authorities last January.  Ramirez led police on a chase that began in northern McLean County and ended near the Stevenson Drive exit off I-55.  That's where he allegedly pointed a semi-automatic pistol and tried to fire it at the pursuing officers.  Police found 900 grams of cocaine in his vehicle.  Ramirez is facing a host of drug, violence and weapons charges in addition to the two counts of attempted murder.


>>Reverse Trade Mission Begins In Illinois Today

(Auburn, IL)  --  Grain buyers from 23 nations will kick off a five-day "reverse trade mission" in Illinois today.  They're scheduled to visit a corn and soybean farm near Auburn today.  Tomorrow they'll head out to see a food ingredient supplier in Mattoon and a crop improvement center in Champaign tomorrow.  The visitors will also make stops in Assumption, Joliet, Des Plaines, and Chicago this week.  The grain buyers are from several different countries including visitor China, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, Singapore, Taiwan, and Vietnam.


>>New Lottery Game Underway

(Springfield, IL)  --  A new Illinois Lottery game began yesterday.  The "My3" game allows players to pick their favorite numbers without the need to specify what type of wager is being made, like they would in the Pick 3 game.  There are two daily "My3" drawings and in order to win the 200-dollars, players must match all three numbers in exact order.  Match the numbers in a different order and players win a lesser amount of cash.


>>St Jacob Employees Back For Now

(St. Jacob, IL)  --  St. Jacob workers are back on the job after a financial standoff shut down the village for the weekend. The mayor called a halt to all of the Madison County, Illinois town's operations Friday, after trustees couldn't come to an agreement.  According to the "Belleville News-Democrat," a special meeting has been called tonight to resolve the issue.  The town's police officers and utility workers were back today, but that's pending the outcome of that meeting.


>>Missing Child Found Safe In Bed

(Vera, IL)  --  A four-year-old girl reported missing is found hours later, safe in her own bed.  The sheriff of Fayette County Aaron Lay says they were called to a home in the small town of Vera last night, when the girl's parents couldn't find her.  Investigators searched the home, then began combing the surrounding area, even calling in helicopters.  When they returned to the house, the toddler was found in bed in her room.  The sheriff says they still have no idea where she had been.