Illinois researchers working to save ornate box turtles

FRANKLIN GROVE, Ill. (AP) — A team of Illinois researchers is using dogs to track down a threatened species of turtle. Ornate box turtles once lived in half of Illinois’ 102 counties. Researchers believe they’re now in less than 10. One known home is in Lee County. A team from the Chicago Zoological Society and…Read more…

Korean War soldier’s remains returned to Illinois home town

DECATUR, Ill. (AP) — The remains of U.S. Army Cpl. Asa E. Vance were brought to his family 70 years after he left Decatur, Illinois, to serve in the Korean War. Niece Alma Andrews was on hand Monday when Vance’s remains were taken from a airliner’s cargo hold at St. Louis’ Lambert International Airport. The…Read more…

US schools fight to keep students amid fear of dropout surge

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — U.S. educators are doing everything they can to track down high school students who stopped showing up to classes and to help them get the credits needed to graduate. Their efforts, including relaxing graduation requirements, come amid an anticipated surge in the country’s dropout rate during the coronavirus pandemic. There…Read more…

Missing Georgia woman’ body found along So Illinois highway

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Authorities say a woman whose body was found at a southern Illinois highway intersection had been reported missing from Georgia, and her husband remains missing. Police say 33-year-old Tykeisha Marie Dixon of Roswell, Georgia, was identified through evidence at the scene. Her body was found Saturday morning at an Illinois 143…Read more…

US opens probe of steering problems in Honda Accord sedans

DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. government’s auto safety agency is investigating multiple complaints about steering failures that could affect more than 1.1 million Honda Accord sedans. In documents posted Monday, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it received 31 complaints about the problem. Honda has 77 more. Owners complained about the cars veering from…Read more…

Illinois regulators answer queries on predatory lending law

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois state regulators have released answers to frequently asked questions about payday-type loans after new restrictions took effect this spring. The information from the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation is aimed at helping consumers understand the Predatory Loan Prevention Act. That legislation signed into law by Gov. J.B. Pritzker on…Read more…

Charges: Illinois man stole $800K from disabled youth group

CHICAGO (AP) — The former executive director of a suburban Chicago nonprofit devoted to helping disabled children has been charged with stealing more than $800,000 from the group and using the money for personal expenses. Forty-five-year-old Stuart Nitzkin of Deerfield was charged with one count of wire fraud in a criminal information made public Thursday…Read more…

Coroner: 3 killed in Illinois blast were apparently fishing

NORTH UTICA, Ill. (AP) — A coroner says three men who died after apparently igniting an explosive powder near northern Illinois’ Starved Rock State Park appeared to have been fishing along a river before the blast killed them. LaSalle County Coroner Rich Ploch says the black powder was ignited Thursday evening in a hole along…Read more…

Ransomware gangs get more aggressive against law enforcement

RICHMOND, Va., (AP) — Criminal hackers are now using increasingly brazen methods to try to extort money from law enforcement agencies, including leaking or threatening to leak highly sensitive and potentially life-threatening information. The increasingly defiant attacks on law enforcement agencies underscore how little the criminal syndicates that operate ransomware gangs fear any repercussions. In…Read more…

Wrongfully convicted man’s barber college reopens in Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) — A man awarded $20 million after being wrongfully convicted of murdering an 11-year-old girl has reopened his Chicago barber college, a year after it was shuttered by the pandemic. WGN-TV reports Juan Rivera’s Legacy Barber College reopened last month in Rogers Park. Rivera was convicted three times for the 1992 rape and…Read more…

U of I offers new camp for high school students with autism

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — The University of Illinois is offering a new, virtual summer camp for high school students with autism who want to learn more about college life. The free camp will be offered June 22 to 25 via Zoom. Students who will be sophomores, juniors or seniors this fall will learn about opportunities…Read more…

Amazon blocked 10 billion listings in counterfeit crackdown

NEW YORK (AP) — For years Amazon has been under pressure from shoppers, brands and lawmakers to crack down on counterfeits on its site. Now it’s saying it blocked 10 billion suspected phony listings last year before any of their offerings could be sold. That’s up about 67% from the year before. The number comes…Read more…

MVPD’s newest K-9 unit graduates ISP Training Academy

MOUNT VERNON — The City of Mt. Vernon will start seeing a new K9 unit patrolling the streets. Officer Shylah Kunick and her canine partner Bane graduated Friday morning from a 10-week training course at the Illinois State Police Training Academy. ISP Director Brendan Kelly spoke at the Friday morning graduation ceremony, speaking of trying…Read more…

Centralia man facing federal weapons charge

EAST ST. LOUIS — A 35-year-old Centralia man has been charged in federal court in East St. Louis with being a felon in possession of a firearm following his arrest by Centralia police last month. On the evening of April 11, Centralia Officer Michael Peebles was reportedly on patrol in the area of Kerr and…Read more…