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Crime and Courts

Police: Mount Zion man does burnouts, threatens onlookers with gun

Police say the driver pulled out a handgun during a verbal altercation and asked the witness if he "wanted some of this."  Read more

Public Safety

$2 million fire training facility being built in Decatur

DECATUR — A five-story fire training facility owned by the Howard G. Buffett Foundation is being bu… Read more

Crime and Courts

Police: Decatur man went too far in punishing his girlfriend's young son

DECATUR — Police said a Decatur man went too far when he spanked his girlfriend’s 5-year-old son as… Read more

Local

Decatur-based Kopetz Mfg. closes amid increased competition

DECATUR — Citing growing competition as the primary cause, longtime Decatur fabrication facility Ko… Read more

State and Regional

15 years after the Dave Matthews Band let loose over the Chicago River, we survey the damages and uncover a new victim

CHICAGO — It was 15 years ago this week that a bus driver for the Dave Matthews Band toggled a swit… Read more

High School Football

High school football: Central Illinois Conference bullies have a new challenger this year

For the time since the Central Illinois Conference's opening season in 2014, there may be a team ready to challenge the big two. Read more

Crime and Courts

Man charged after punching girlfriend and threatening to kill her son, Decatur police say

DECATUR — A Decatur man accused of cheating by his girlfriend punched her in the face before grabbi… Read more

Local

Severe weather possible across much of Central Illinois tonight

DECATUR — Much of Central Illinois, including Decatur, is at an "enhanced" risk for severe weather … Read more

Crime and Courts

NOLEN: Meet the Decatur officer whose retirement dance captured international attention

DECATUR — The dance moves of newly retired Decatur police officer Cory Barrows are now internationa… Read more

Local

Assumption first responders honored for saving Decatur woman from sinking SUV

Trapped in a sinking SUV with the cold water rising, Misty Deurloo thought she was going to die. Two Assumption first responders saved her life. Read more

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