Arctic conditions are blitzing Central Illinois this evening as a wintry mix is expected overnight. It's coming during day when temperatures were dropping up to 40 degrees in a matter of hours.

Four other stories you should read are man arrested when dog found frozen to death, Sam's Club in Decatur not among those closing nationwide, accused Mattoon shooter to seek new detention facility and shooting conviction could net 60-year sentence.

Freezing temps rushing back into Central Illinois

The National Weather Service in Lincoln said an abrupt change in the weather will occur this afternoon and evening, as a strong cold front pushes across the area, dropping temperatures from the low 60s into the teens in a matter of hours.

The weather service issued a hazardous weather outlook for Champaign, Christian, DeWitt, Douglas, Logan, Macon, McLean, Moultrie, Piatt, Sangamon and Shelby counties.

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Decatur man arrested after dog found frozen to death

A 23-year-old Decatur man was arrested Wednesday afternoon and booked on a preliminary charge of animal cruelty after police said he allowed a pet dog to freeze to death and then tried to cover up the incident.

Macon County Animal Control officers were called Tuesday afternoon to a backyard in the 600 block of South Martin Luther King Jr. Drive where they said they found a female pitbull that had frozen to death.

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Decatur Sam's Club not among those closing

The Sam’s Club store in Decatur is not among those closing across the country, its manager said Thursday.

Business Insider reported Thursday that Walmart is closing 63 Sam’s Club stores. Local media outlets in multiple states reported the closures, which in some cases were so sudden that employees found out when they showed up to work.

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Move to be requested for accused Mattoon H.S. shooter

The defense attorney of the teenager accused in the Sept. 20 Mattoon High School shooting is expected to make a motion to place the boy in a different facility.

At a court hearing Thursday for Josiah Lyons, defense attorney Ed Piraino of Champaign indicated he will file a motion to find a placement for Lyons other than in the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice detention facility.

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Shooting conviction could bring 60 years in prison

A Decatur man could be looking at spending the next 60 years of his life in prison after he was convicted by a jury Thursday of aggravated battery with a firearm and being an armed habitual criminal.

Gavarius T. Carney, 25, shot a man in the left thigh May 28 after firing up to eight shots at him with a handgun.

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