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   The search for a missing a 7 year old Effingham County, Illinois girl will continue overnight.  

   Authorities and hundreds of volunteers have been looking for Willow Long since she disappeared from her Watson, Illinois home on Sunday.  The Effingham County Sheriff's Department has sent the volunteers home for the night so that an Illinois State Police Flare Plane, which detects heat, won't pick up false readings during the overnight search.  

   Willow is about four-feet tall and weighs just 46 pounds. She has shoulder-length red hair and was wearing a long purple t-shirt as a nightgown. Willow's mother says she checked on the kids Sunday morning before taking a nap. When she woke up, Willow was gone.

   The Effingham County Sheriff's Department is coordinating the search and investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact authorities at 217-342-2101.

 

 

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   LITCHFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Two Interstate 55 rest stops in central Illinois now bear the name of a state trooper killed on the freeway last year.

   Kyle Deatherage's family joined Illinois State Police in dedicating signs Thursday that designate the rest stops near Litchfield in Deatherage's honor. The action was approved earlier this year by Illinois' General Assembly.

   Deatherage was a 32 year old motorcycle trooper when he was hit and killed by a passing tractor-trailer last November during a traffic stop along the highway, about 45 miles south of Springfield.

   The trucker, 52 year old Johnny Felton Jr. of Hinesville, GA, is charged with reckless homicide and operating a commercial motor vehicle without a proper license. He has pleaded not guilty.

   Deatherage was a married father of two children and had been a trooper since May 2009.

 
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   Illinois State Police are preparing to launch Operation Fatal 4 over Labor Day weekend -- one the busiest driving periods on Illinois roadways.  

   Troopers will saturate the interstates and local roadways looking for drivers committing the four most common traffic violations:  Speeding, DUI, seat belt violation, and distracted driving.  ISP officials say drivers who choose to violate the law face fines and possible jail time.  

   This is the seventh year of the Fatal 4 Mission.  Last year, troopers made more than 90 DUI arrests and cited more than 3,300 drivers for speeding, distracted driving and seat belt violations over the Labor Day weekend.

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   CAVE-IN-ROCK, Ill. (AP) — A yearly southern Illinois outdoor music festival featuring the Insane Clown Posse rap-metal group is getting underway in southern Illinois, and police say they'll be ready for the thousands of the band's fans.

   Illinois State Police say they're prepared along with Hardin County sheriff's authorities for the kickoff Wednesday near Cave-In-Rock of the latest Gathering of the Juggalos. Juggalos are fans of the band.

   State police say 10,000 people are expected to attend the event that runs through Sunday.

   The event in past years has resulted in unrest, including fans pelting reality TV actress Tila Tequila with stones, bottles and feces in 2010. Authorities said that event also involved one man stabbing another. In 2011, one of the attendees drowned while trying to swim in the Ohio River.

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   SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois has awarded contracts for computer upgrades intended to screen out people prohibited from carrying concealed weapons under the state's new gun legislation.

   The Springfield Journal-Register reports on two contracts totaling more than $350,000. The Illinois State Police is contracting with a division of Levi, Ray & Shoup of Springfield to automate the entry of names into the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.

   The Department of Human Services is contracting with Levi, Ray & Shoup for help dealing with the new law's mental health reporting requirements.

   The law gives the Illinois six months to create an application system and another three months to approve applications.

   Earlier this month, Illinois became the last state in the nation to make it legal for people to carry concealed weapons in public.

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   A Waterloo man is critically injured after falling about 50 feet as he reportedly fled from a crash.  

   The single-car accident happened around 8:30 Monday evening along Interstate 255 just west of Illinois Route 3.  

   Illinois State Police have identified the driver as 21 year old Thomas Falk.  

   Witnesses told police that Falk appeared to have a head injury when he got out of his car.  Police say Falk argued with someone who had reported the crash to police, then jumped over a guardrail and fell to the railroad tracks below.  

   Falk was taken to St. Louis University Hospital by Arch helicopter.  His condition is reported to be very critical. 

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The agency announced Monday it will be assessed by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies. It's the state police's seventh time being assessment by the group. The force will be rated on policy and procedures, management, operations and support services. It has to comply with 364 standards to maintain accreditation.

The assessment runs from April 14 to 17. Illinois State Police was the first state police agency that the commission accredited. That happened in 1986. The commission's accreditation is valid for three years.

State Police Director Hiram Grau says accreditation "sets the tone for excellence and ensures that police service is administered efficiently and professionally."
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Monday, 18 March 2013 17:54

UPDATE: Troy, IL standoff ends

The residents in one metro-east neighborhood are back in their homes after a standoff in Troy, Illinois forced their evacuations. That standoff ended around 2 o'clock this morning when a SWAT-type police unit using teargas entered the home.

It had begun around 10:30 Monday morning. Police say an armed man in his 40s had barricaded himself inside a home in the 500 block of Woodthrust Street. Police say the man had threatened to take his own life, and possible attack police as well.

Police had tried to talk the man out, but moved in after negotiations broke down.

The man was taken to a hospital for observation.
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The Illinois State Police are ramping up enforcement patrols in St. Clair and Madison Counties in March.

District 11 Commander, Captain Brad Parsons said Sunday that the Nighttime Enforcement Patrols are aimed at getting unsafe drivers off the road. Parsons says alcohol and drug impairment is a significant factor in over 40 percent of all fatal motor vehicle crashes in Illinois, so patrols will especially watch for impaired drivers.

The month-long traffic safety project is funded by the Illinois Department of Transportation.
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GRANITE CITY, Ill. (AP) - Illinois State Police believe investigators have broken up an auto-theft operation by raiding a southwestern Illinois storage lot where they say they found suspected stolen vehicles and $300,000 worth of fine china.

No charges have been filed in connection with last week's search of a Granite City business where investigators say they found three stolen vehicles and a tractor-trailer.

Illinois State Police said Monday that officers stopped a tractor-trailer leaving the business and found two stolen vehicles inside the trailer. A subsequent search of the lot uncovered a possibly stolen 1997 Cadillac, a 2000 Lexus and a tractor-trailer in addition to the dishware.

The investigation involves officials from Illinois State Police and regional law-enforcement agencies.
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