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11 hurt after car crashes into hayride in northern Illinois

LITTLE ROCK TOWNSHIP, Ill. (AP) — A northern Illinois woman has been ticketed for driving her car into a hayride wagon carrying 14 adult passengers, injuring 11 of them.

The Kendall County Sheriff’s Department says a car driven by 22-year-old Kaitlin Minick of DeKalb slammed into the rear of the wagon being towed by a tractor. The accident occurred Saturday in Little Rock Township, about 50 miles (80.5 kilometers) west of Chicago.

Authorities say she was ticketed for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

Little Rock-Fox Fire Chief Greg Witek says many of the injured suffered broken bones and some were unconscious when emergency crews arrived. Three of the wagon passengers were hospitalized in serious condition. Their conditions were unavailable on Sunday.

Fire officials say Minick’s vehicle flipped over in the crash. She was treated at the scene.

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Fifth victim in Chicago apartment shooting dies

CHICAGO (AP) — A fifth person has died from wounds suffered in a shooting at an apartment building on Chicago’s Northwest Side.

Police say a 67-year-old man went into a neighbor’s apartment Saturday evening, fatally shooting four people as they ate dinner. They say the suspect then went to a unit on the floor above and shot another woman, who died of her injuries Sunday.

The suspected gunman has not yet been identified or charged as of Sunday afternoon. He was taken into custody shortly after the shooting.

First Deputy Supt. Antony Riccio says the man had a history of issues with his neighbors but investigators “don’t know what set him off.”

Riccio says it’s not clear how the suspect was able to enter the apartments but there was no sign of forced entry.

Marion County Sheriff Patch

Driver injured in one-car wreck on Hotze Road south of Boone Street early Saturday morning   

A 39-year-old Salem woman was injured in a one-vehicle crash on Hotze Road south of Boone Street just outside the northwest Salem City Limits early Saturday morning.

While complete reports were not yet available, initial information from the Marion County Sheriff’s Department indicates Tina Camp of Sycamore Street ran off of Hotze Road into the roadside ditch and rolled her car several times.

Camp was taken to Salem Township Hospital for treatment.

Camp was ticketed for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, failure to wear a seatbelt, driving on a suspended or revoked license and operating an uninsured motor vehicle.

The crash was reported at 1:18 on Saturday morning.


Centralia teen charged with aggravated battery following stabbing incident    

An 18-year-old Centralia woman has been charged in Marion County Court with aggravated battery after allegedly stabbing another person in the hand.

The charge states Nalani McClain of South Lincoln caused bodily harm to Angel Jackson by stabbing her in the hand on October 6th.

Centralia Police say they were unable to locate McClain until Thursday when she was taken into custody.

Bond was set at $4,500.  McClain had the public defender appointed to represent her.  A preliminary hearing was set for October 29th.

SCHS Homecoming King and Queen

Salem Community High School Homecoming King and Queen crowned

Homecoming Queen Dusk Donoho and King Jake Hope.   Photo by Kendra Donoho.


The Salem Community High School 2019 Homecoming King and Queen are Jake Hope and Dusk Donoho.

The two were crowned during halftime festivities at the Salem-Carlyle homecoming football game.

Other Queen candidates were Valentina Moskal and Raygen Parker.  Other King candidates were Caden Ice and Brady Munter.

Junior Homecoming attendant was Keylee Wilman and escort was Logan Rubin.

Sophomore Homecoming attendant was Emmaleigh Brandon and escort was Brayden Smith.

Freshman Homecoming attendant was Maya Susmena and escort was Charlie Fehrenbacher.

2019 Donation to Foundation Park

Balloon Fest donates $10,000 to Foundation Park for Park Improvements  

$10,000 Check Presentation from Centralia Chamber to Centralia Foundation.  Pictured (L to R):  Dr. Susie Batchler, Kaskaskia College; Bruce Gansauer, Farmers State Bank; Louie Kalert; Travis Etheridge, The Insurance Alliance; Bill Sprehe, Centralia Foundation; Marcus Holland, Balloon Fest Chair; Damon Harbison, SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital; Brad Haege, US Bank; Dick Cary, Wham & Wham Lawyers; Myra Bartlett, Egyptian Workspace; and Emily Kracht, E. Kracht Photography.


The Centralia Chamber of Commerce, on behalf of Balloon Fest, has donated $10,000 to the Centralia Foundation to be used for park improvement.

Balloon Fest celebrated its 30th Anniversary in 2019 and contributes $10,000 annually to Foundation Park.

Centralia Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Marcus Holland says Balloon Fest is fortunate to have such a scenic nature park as the location for this magnificent community event and the chamber is appreciative of the support of the Foundation Board.

The check presentation to Bill Sprehe of the Centralia Foundation Board was made at the chamber’s September board meeting.

Balloon Fest 2020 has been set for August 21st, 22nd, and 23rd.

This story has been updated to correct an error in the first sentence.  We apologize.

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