Illinois News Roundup for Tuesday, May 15


Published on May 15 2012 11:33 am
Last Updated on July 14 2013 12:07 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

>>Bus Driver Cited After Rear Ending Semi

(Litchfield, IL)  --  A school bus driver is being charged with failure to reduce speed after his bus slammed into the back of a Semi-truck yesterday.  There were 33 students on board, ten of which had to be transferred to hospitals for treatment.  The bus driver, Henry Jaeger, of Highland, was also injured and taken to the hospital for care.  Authorities say the semi had slowed down for construction traffic when the bus rear-ended it.


>>Cargill Worker Dies

(Bearsdtown, IL)  --  A man injured on the job at Beardstown's Cargill plant has died.  Jackie Lee Burns the Third's finger was cut off by a cable while he was unloading hogs last Friday.  He was transferred to Memorial Medical Center in Springfield for treatment.  Burns collapsed and died while he was being discharged from the hospital.  Sangamon County Coroner Cinda Edwards says it doesn't appear Burns died as a direct result of his injuries.


>>Jail Inmate Accused Of Killing Cellmate

(Cahokia, IL)  --  A Cahokia man is charged with first-degree murder for allegedly murdering his cellmate.  Police say Mark Luster and Timothy Johnson had a fight on Sunday before Johnson was found unresponsive in the cell.  They say they're not exactly sure what caused the fight and they're not providing details on how Johnson died.  Both men had been booked into the Cahokia jail on unrelated charges on Saturday.


>>Police Want Help Locating Missing Teen

(Swansea, IL)  --  Police are calling on the public to help find a missing Swansea girl.  Fourteen year old Zoenika Humphreys hasn't been seen since last Friday.  Police say she left home alone around 4 p.m. and never returned.  Humphreys is a black female, about five-foot-two and 130 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.  Anyone with information can reach Swansea Police at 618-233-8114.

>>Former Teacher Accepts Plea Deal

(Macomb, IL)  --  A former Macomb High School basketball coach is accepting a plea deal after being accused of having a sexual relationship with a student.  The deal means all sexual charges are dropped against Dan Watson, but he will serve time for a lesser charge of excessive communication by text.  Watson is said to have sent up to six-thousand text messages to the teenager by the time he was arrested last August.  He'll serve 74 days in jail and 30 months of probation for the crime.


>>Attorney To Challenge Derrick Smith In November

(Chicago, IL)  --  A Chicago attorney is jumping in the November election, squaring off against Democrat Derrick Smith.  Lance Tyson says Smith can't adequately represent the needs of the district while he's focused on defending himself against a federal bribery charge.  Tyson says he'll run as a third-party candidate if he has to and says he has the support of several Chicago leaders, including City Clerk Susana Mendoza, Alderman Joe Moreno, Cook County Commissioners Robert Steele, John Fritchey and John Daley.  Smith has pleaded not guilty to the charge against him and vows to clear his name.


>>Jacksonville Prepares For Flood Disaster

(Jacksonville, IL)  --  It's been a year since the city of Jacksonville was left underwater by floods and now city officials are hoping they're better prepared in the event it happens again.  Mayor Andy Ezard says he and Superintendent of Utilities Jack Cosner are going through a comprehensive study to map out the course of action if and when another major flooding event happens.  He says there are some tough decisions that have to be made moving forward, including the construction of a new water plant that's not so close to an easily-flooded area.  Ezard says it has to happen but right now they're trying to figure out how to pay for the new plant.