Trenton, IL man dies after beach rescue on North Carolina coast

CAROLINA BEACH, N.C. (AP) — Police on the North Carolina coast say a man has died after he was pulled from the ocean. A news release from Carolina Beach police on Tuesday says firefighters and emergency personnel were summoned to a stretch of beach after a report of lifeguards responding to an ocean rescue. Police…Read more…

Chicago banker convicted in loans-for-Trump job scheme

NEW YORK (AP) — A Manhattan jury has convicted a Chicago banker of criminal charges for enabling Paul Manafort to get $16 million in loans as the former campaign manager for ex-President Donald Trump helped him get an interview for a job in the Trump administration. The jury returned its verdict Tuesday in federal court,…Read more…

Chicago restarts COVID travel rules with cases up in states

CHICAGO (AP) — Rising COVID-19 rates in other states have prompted Chicago to restart a travel order. The move comes after weeks of no travel restrictions and declining infections. The Chicago Department of Public Health announced Tuesday that unvaccinated travelers from Missouri and Arkansas have to either quarantine for 10 days or have a negative…Read more…

Flash flooding takes out bridge in north central Illinois

SENECA, Ill. (AP) — Authorities say heavy rains and ensuing flash flooding caused a north central Illinois bridge to partially collapse with a truck on it. Police said in the village of Seneca, about 60 miles miles southwest of Chicago, say some good Samaritans pulled the truck driver from the vehicle to safety. Seneca police…Read more…

SIU researcher studying bobcat, coyote habitat in Illinois

CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — A Southern Illinois University researcher is tracking coyotes and bobcats to understand the habitats they seek and how they affect them. Nicole Gorman is a graduate zoology student and a research assistant at SIU’s Wildlife Research Laboratory in Carbondale. She is studying the movement of bobcats and coyotes in central and…Read more…

COVID-19 outbreak reported after Ohio church retreat

MIAMISBURG, Ohio (AP) — Local health officials are reporting a COVID-19 outbreak among people who attended a church retreat in Ohio several weeks ago. Dayton and Montgomery County public health officials said more than 800 people attended the Baptist Church retreat at Camp Chautauqua in Miamisburg from June 27 to July 3. The retreat included…Read more…

Route 66 exhibit opens with Illinois State Fair

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Visitors to this year’s Illinois State Fair will be able to visit one of the nation’s more historic highways with the Route 66 Experience. The multiyear project will turn the Springfield fairgrounds’ Gate 2 into a year-round destination with a microform of the Mother Road in Illinois, from Chicago to the…Read more…

Man shot outside jail in Chicago had up to 64 bullet wounds

CHICAGO (AP) — Police say a man who was apparently ambushed after being released from the Cook County Jail in Chicago suffered as many as 64 bullet wounds to his head and other parts of his body. A police report says the shooting Saturday night killed 31-year-old Londre Sylvester. The report says Sylvester had just…Read more…

Summer camps hit with COVID outbreaks — are schools next?

ASSOCIATED PRESS — The U.S. has seen a string of COVID-19 outbreaks tied to summer camps in recent weeks in places such as Texas, Illinois, Florida, Missouri and Kansas, offering what some fear could be a preview of the upcoming school year. The clusters have come as the number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus…Read more…

Salem man arrested for firing shots at Wamac police officer

WAMAC — Bail has been set at $150,000 for a 37-year-old Salem man was arrested Friday afternoon following a foot pursuit with a Wamac police officer during which shots were fired. Ian Merideth was taken into custody after multiple officers responded to the initial radio call of shots fired during the foot chase. That radio…Read more…

Mt. Vernon man sentenced to more than 140 years for child sex crimes

JEFFERSON COUNTY — A 49-year-old Mt. Vernon man was sentenced Thursday in Jefferson County Court to more than 140 years in prison on multiple counts of child pornography. Michael L. Wheeler had pleaded guilty in February to five counts of producing child pornography and two counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a victim under…Read more…

Man whose case helped end death penalty in Illinois dies

CHICAGO (AP) — A former Illinois death row inmate whose exoneration became an incentive to end the death penalty in Illinois has died. Attorney Jim Montgomery says Anthony Porter died this week at age 66. The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office said Porter died from “anoxic brain injury, probable opioid toxicity,” and ruled the death…Read more…

Authorities seek 4 inmates after escape from Illinois jail

LEWISTOWN, Ill. (AP) — Four inmates escaped from a county jail in western Illinois and authorities are advising area residents to remain locked in their homes as they search for the men. Authorities say that Fulton County deputies learned of the escape Wednesday night after one inmate went missing from a cell block in the…Read more…

Police: 3 undercover officers shot, wounded in Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) — Police say three undercover law enforcement officers were shot and wounded while driving onto an expressway on Chicago’s South Side. The shooting occurred at 5:50 a.m. Wednesday near the 22nd District police station. Chicago police Superintendent David Brown says the two agents with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives…Read more…

Authorities have released ID of man shot and killed at Mt. Vernon bar

MOUNT VERNON — Officials have released the identity of a 34-year-old Mt. Vernon man shot and killed Sunday morning at a Mt. Vernon bar. According to Jefferson County Coroner Roger Hayse, Jamarco Foulks was shot multiple times at the Corner Tavern on 19th and Perkins in Mt. Vernon. Hayse says an autopsy conducted on Monday…Read more…