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Altercation reportedly leads to pit bull bite for victim

DECATUR – A dispute about reckless driving through a neighborhood turned into an alleged dog-assisted assault on the accuser.

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Decatur man sent to prison for attacking woman

DECATUR – Marcelus Witherspoon, who was convicted of home invasion, domestic battery with three prior convictions for domestic battery and coc…

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Decatur man accused of firing shots at women

Decatur man accused of firing shots at women

DECATUR – Keantre Milan, a 21-year-old Decatur man, is being held in jail on $100,000 bond, after he allegedly shot at a vehicle occupied by t…

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Decatur man accused of choking, detaining woman

DECATUR – Beau J. Cunningham, a 39-year-old Decatur man with an extensive criminal history, is being held in jail on $50,000 bond, after he al…

June 02, 2015 4:00 am
Decatur women disagreement over gas money comes to blows; suspect sought

Decatur women disagreement over gas money comes to blows; suspect sought

DECATUR - An argument over gas money led to one Decatur woman beating another, according to police reports.

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Drinking turned violent at Decatur house

Drinking turned violent at Decatur house

DECATUR - A night of drinking together turned violent when two Decatur men got into a fist-fight, according to police.

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Fonville sentenced to 80 years for attempted murder

Fonville sentenced to 80 years for attempted murder

DECATUR – Ed Gunning sat in the witness stand and delivered a lengthy, moving statement in which he told Jason Fonville about the extreme pain…

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Higgins-Vogt confesses to the April slaying of Paige Mars

Higgins-Vogt confesses to the April slaying of Paige Mars

DECATUR – A 22-year-old parolee who was arrested Thursday for the murder of Paige Mars confessed to police that he shot the teenager “to keep …

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Victim faces down the man who shot him; Fonville gets lengthy sentence

Victim faces down the man who shot him; Fonville gets lengthy sentence

DECATUR – Ed Gunning sat in the witness stand and delivered a lengthy, moving statement in which he told Jason Fonville about the extreme pain…

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Arrest made in Paige Mars murder

Arrest made in Paige Mars murder

DECATUR – Decatur police have arrested Matthew Higgins-Vogt, a 22-year-old parolee, for the murder of Paige Mars, a 19-year-old Long Creek res…

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Demarta Cunninghan gets life in prison for murders

Demarta Cunninghan gets life in prison for murders

DECATUR – After Demarta Cunningham protested his innocence and his lawyer argued that he should have a new trial, the 30-year-old former Detro…

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Man arrested in connection with the murder of Paige Mars

DECATUR – Decatur police arrested a 22-year-old parolee for the murder of Paige Mars, a 19-year-old Long Creek resident who was shot to death April 6.

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Demarta Cunningham given life terms for double murder

Demarta Cunningham given life terms for double murder

DECATUR – After Demarta Cunningham protested his innocence and his lawyer argued that he should have a new trial, the 30-year-old former heroi…

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DeWitt County outlines jail's mental health care

CLINTON — When an inmate among the geographically diverse population of the DeWitt County Jail needs help with a mental health crisis, a Clint…

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State Crime

Pana guardsman faces sex charge

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — An Illinois Army National Guard staff sergeant has been arrested on aggravated criminal sexual abuse charges.

May 07, 2015 10:28 pm(0)

Monticello woman's killer admits guilt

DIXON (AP) — A Rockford man has pleaded guilty to killing a Monticello woman at a Northern Illinois highway rest stop a day after he allegedly…

April 29, 2015 8:20 pm(0)

New report singles out most litigious Illinois counties

CHICAGO (AP) — While lawsuit-filing rates in most of Illinois are at a 40-year low, they remain high in Cook and Madison counties due, in part…

April 14, 2015 6:58 pm(0)

Man escapes Illinois jail after beating guard

KANKAKEE (AP) — A man awaiting sentencing for murder escaped from a jail in Eastern Illinois on Wednesday after beating a guard into unconscio…

April 01, 2015 8:28 pm(0)

Hybrid Court celebrates nine new graduates

DECATUR – Since Hybrid Court got under way three years ago, Macon County's diversion program for people charged with drug offenses and driving…

March 28, 2015 4:00 am(0)

Judge: Man innocent in 1994 home invasion, sex assault

PEORIA (AP) — A Peoria County judge has declared innocent a man who was once convicted in a 1994 home invasion and sexual assault.

March 06, 2015 6:23 pm(0)

Man freed after sentence tossed in Illinois teen's death

Man freed after sentence tossed in Illinois teen's death

CHICAGO (AP) — A man who spent nearly 30 years in prison for the 1984 sexual assault and slaying of a 15-year-old suburban Chicago girl left p…

February 11, 2015 8:10 pm(0)

Drew Peterson allegedly sought lawyer's death

Drew Peterson allegedly sought lawyer's death

CHICAGO (AP) — Drew Peterson, the former suburban Chicago police officer convicted of killing his third wife and suspected in the disappearanc…

February 09, 2015 5:58 pm(0)

Judge to rule in case of beanbag gun death next month

Judge to rule in case of beanbag gun death next month

MARKHAM (AP) — The trial of a suburban Chicago police officer who shot and killed a 95-year old World War II veteran with a beanbag gun ended …

January 16, 2015 6:33 pm(0)