Friday, October 20, 2017

Passenger Train Stopped and Evacuated in Lincoln

Police are investigating why a man left his bags when he got off a northbound train Friday morning in Lincoln, prompting the train to be stopped and the other passengers evacuated. The Pantagraph reports passengers were told by Lincoln police to leave the train while bomb-sniffing dogs were used to determine if there is any danger. Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari released  news statement saying  "As a precaution, 190 customers on Amtrak Train 302 have disembarked in Lincoln, while authorities examine items left behind by another passenger."  There were no injuries reported.

New Questions About Bloomington Mayor's Spending

City leaders in Bloomington are once again questioning Mayor Tari Renner's use of a city credit card. The mayor charged a 28-dollar lunch to the city while he was on a leave of absence last month. Last night one city council member asked if that's allowed. This is the second time in the past few months that Renner has faced questions about his use of city money. Renner is facing an investigation into whether the city illegally bought his girlfriend a plane ticket to Japan back in July.

Illinois' Latest Jobs Report Show Huge Losses

You have to work hard to spin something positive out of Illinois' latest jobs report. The state's employment agency yesterday said that Illinois lost almost eleven thousand jobs in September. The report says the trade and transportation sector lost the most jobs, followed by education and health services and the leisure industry. Illinois employment director Jeff Mays says the state's economy continues to sputter, and is falling behind other states that have seen a rebound from the great recession.

Three Arrested in Facebook Live Streamed Fight

So far, three people have been arrested on a  variety of charges stemming from a weekend party where a fight between two women was live-streamed on Facebook last Sunday morning. Michael Burton of Bloomington is charged with unlawful taping of a video at a residence, a Class 4 felony, and publishing obscenity. Also charged is 21-year-old Betty Vo of  Normal, with battery, and 19 year-old Gabrielle Shanahan of Bloomington, with illegal consumption of alcohol by a minor.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Two Arrested in Facebook Live Fight in Normal

Two people have been arrested in connection with that Facebook Live streaming video of fight in Normal Sunday morning at an apartment on Parkinson Street. The Pantagraph reports a 25-year-old Bloomington man is facing preliminary charges of non-consensual dissemination of a sex image, publishing obscenity, and two counts of unlawful recording of a video at a residence.  A 21-year-old woman has been arrested in connection with that fight facing three counts of misdemeanor battery. Two men were arrested at the Parkinson apartment, but those charges filed against them on Monday actually came from incidences at a different party earlier that night.

Minor League Hockey League Promises No Knees During Anthem

There's one place where you won't see any players taking a knee during the national anthem.  That's a Peoria Rivermen hockey game.  In fact, the entire Southern Professional Hockey League is ordering its players to stand for the national anthem.  SPHL president Jim Combs yesterday said they've had a rule since 2009 that requires players to stand.  Combs said it wouldn't ever cross the mind of hockey players or hockey fans to take a knee during the national anthem.

Man In Custody on Weapons Charges

A 25-year-old man is in custody following a domestic dispute in  the 400 block of West Vernon of Normal early Wednesday where a shot was reportedly fired. The man was taken into custody on preliminary charges of reckless discharge of a firearm, possession of a weapon by a former convict and criminal damage to property. There were no injuries reported.