Updated on 3/10/14 05:38
Body Found in I&M CanalConservation Police and Death Investigators continue to look into the cause of death to a woman found under the Illinois Route 351 bridge over the I&M Canal Thursday afternoon. According to Illinois Conservation Police Sgt. Hank Frazier, the body of the woman was found by two walkers just before 2 PM. An autopsy took place Friday morning in Bloomington. More details on this story when we receive them.
Peru Heroin ArrestA La Salle man was arrested last week following a lengthy drug investigation. According to Peru Police Chief Doug Bernabei, 24-year old Jason Anderson was arrested at his home on Saint Vincents Avenue last Thursday afternoon on an arrest warrant issued by La Salle County. Authorities say Anderson has been saught out with an on-going investigation after Anderson allegedly distributed heroin throughout the Peru area. Anderson was taken to the La Salle County Jail where he is being held on a $500,000 bond.
Spring Valley Walleye TournamentDespite ice covering the Illinois River for most of the season, things are thawing out for the upcoming walleye tournament in Spring Valley. According to Spring Valley Walleye Club President Bill Guerrini, the tournament is still on as scheduled starting on March 28th. Guerrini said the Masters Walleye Circuit has been monitoring the river conditions but have made no announcement on schedule changes. The MWC consists of 10 tournaments throughout the year with the championship to take place in North Dakota.
A southwestern Illinois man is jailed on $500,000 bond after forcing a school's lockdown through a threat authorities say he called in from a tavern. Prosecutors have charged Robert Dean Smith with making a false terroristic threat. Investigators say Smith made the threat involving Granite City's Coolidge Middle School during a call last Thursday from a tavern to a mental-health service.
A federal judge in Chicago is scheduled to decide whether a father, mother and daughter charged in an alleged $7 million shoplifting spree must stay behind bars. The suburban Chicago family is accused of traveling to stores nationwide to steal dolls, toys, cosmetics and other valuables. Branko, Lela and Julia Bogdanov, were arrested last week at their luxury home in Northbrook.
Illinois State Police are asking for the public's help in finding a motorist they say fled after hitting and killing a pedestrian on a northwestern Illinois freeway on Saturday. Investigators believe the vehicle involved may be a full-sized truck or SUV. They say it may be missing a driver's side mirror and have a damaged headlight on that side.
Jury Award to Brown's Chicken Suspect
An attorney says jurors in a civil rights case who awarded nearly $500,000 to a man serving life in prison for killing seven people should have been told details of the Chicago-area slayings. James Degorski claimed that a Cook County jail guard beat him in 2002 after his arrest. A U.S. judge in Chicago barred lawyers from mentioning details of the killings.
The state will pay three attorneys up to $200 per hour to represent Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford (ROOTH'-ur-furd) in a lawsuit filed by a former employee. Edmund Michalowski accused Rutherford last month of sexually harassing him and forcing him to do campaign work on state time. Rutherford, who is seeking the Republican nomination for Illinois governor, has denied the claims. He's said the accusations have made his campaign more difficult.
Historians believe they've unraveled the mystery of a cryptic note Abraham Lincoln penned that doesn't identify the recipient by name and has a section clipped out. Researchers at the Papers of Abraham Lincoln project concluded Lincoln was writing to an ally to ask him to maintain a secret relationship with a political insider during the 1860 election campaign.
The Audubon Society says volunteers counted a record number of American bald eagles during an annual midwinter survey. The society said Friday that 5,975 of the birds were counted between January 1st and 15th. Extreme cold in northern Minnesota and Wisconsin is believed to have led to a larger number of the birds to winter in Illinois.