IL Man Rober Powell ID’d As Pedestrian Struck Friday Near Collinsville Columbus Plaza

COLLINSVILLE, IL. (THECOUNT) — Robert L. Powell of Collinsville, Illinois, has been identified as the pedestrian fatally struck by a vehicle Friday night.

Powell, 45, was on-foot in the area of South Bluff Road near Columbus Plaza when he was struck by a vehicle before 10 p.m. on Friday.

Powell was pronounced dead at the scene of multiple blunt force injuries.

The driver of the vehicle remained at the scene and is fully cooperating with officials.

No further information was provided by law enforcement.

The Metro East Crash Assistance Team is conducting an investigation of the incident, reports KSDK.

Anyone with possible information on the deadly incident may contact police at 911.

Geo quick facts: Collinsville is a city located mainly in Madison County, and partially in St. Clair County, both in Illinois. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 25,579, an increase from 24,707 in 2000 – Wikipedia.

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John P. Rivera ID’d As Chicago Police Officer Shot To Death In Vehicle Saturday Morning

CHICAGO, IL. (THECOUNT) — The off-duty officer, 23-year-old John P. Rivera, was shot in the chest, arm, and mouth, police said. He was pronounced dead at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

(ORIGINAL INFORMATION:) An off-duty Chicago police officer was fatally shot while seated in a vehicle early Saturday morning. The officer has not yet been identified.

Chicago police confirm a 23-year-old officer and three other individuals were sitting in a parked car when two men approached the vehicle near W. Huron St & N. Clark St, in Chicago, IL on Saturday.

One man showed a handgun and started shooting. The offenders fled the scene.

Another individual in the car was also shot and remains in surgery at an area hospital.

First Deputy Supt. Anthony Riccio said the officer who was killed was working 3rd watch in the 6th District and had completed a shift around 9 or 10 p.m.

Riccio said the off-duty officer had been with the department for just under two years, reports ChicagoCBS.

Officials said one person of interest is being questioned.

IL Teen Emily Petronella ID’d As Suspect After Chicago Cop Shot Saturday Night Serving Warrant

CHICAGO, IL. (THECOUNT) — Emily Petronella has been identified as the teenager arrested in the shooting of a Chicago Police officer on Saturday night.

Petronella, 19, was taken into custody following the shooting of a Chicago police officer Saturday night in a Humboldt Park neighborhood on Chicago’s West Side.

The officer was shot around 7:20 p.m. while attempting to serve a search warrant in the 2700 block of West Potomac Avenue, Chicago police said.

The 34-year-old officer was transported to an area hospital suffering from a gunshot wound to the shoulder, police said.

He was listed in critical condition but had thankfully stabilized.

No shots were fired by officers, police said.

A weapon and drugs were recovered from the scene.

Police Supt. Eddie Johnson said the officer had been with the department for more than four years and had served in the U.S. Marine Corps.

Petronella has been charged with several felony counts, including attempted murder, according to Fox32Chicago.


Geo quick facts: Chicago, on Lake Michigan in Illinois, is among the largest cities in the U.S. Famed for its bold architecture, it has a skyline punctuated by skyscrapers such as the iconic John Hancock Center, 1,451-ft. Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower) and the neo-Gothic Tribune Tower. The city is also renowned for its museums, including the Art Institute of Chicago with its noted Impressionist and Post-Impressionist works – wikipedia.

McHenry County Deputy Dies In Hospital After Shot In Rockford IL Extended Stay Hotel Active Shooter Situation

ROCKFORD, IL. (THECOUNT) — A U.S. Marshals task force officer has died in the hospital after being shot while trying to serve an arrest warrant at a Rockford hotel Thursday morning.

Rockford police identified the suspect as 39-year-old Floyd E. Brown, of central Illinois. His suspected vehicle is a light blue or silver Mercury Grand Marquis with a license plate of BF13112 or a temporary plate of 4850256.

(ORIGINAL INFORMATION:) The suspect is believed to have fled more than 100 miles south, authorities said.

Police in Rockford are on the scene of an active shooter situation at the Extended Stay America hotel Thursday.

A report of an active shooter situation at a hotel in Rockford Thursday morning.

Authorities said officers were at the scene investigating an “active shooter” situation at the Extended Stay hotel off North Bell School Road and State Street.

Residents were advised to avoid the area.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said it was responding to the scene as well. As of 10:13 a.m., they reported the scene was “still active,” according to NBCChicago.


“Lucy The Dog” Reunited With IL Owners After Involved In Serious Weekend Plainfield Crash

PLAINFIELD, IL. (THECOUNT) — Lucy The Dog, an animal that went missing following a semi-truck rollover crash in Plainfield, Illinois over the weekend, has happily been located and reunited with his family.

According to police, Lucy was described as a black mouth cur and had been missing since she ran off from the crash on Ridge Road between Route 126 and Plainfield Road at around 2 p.m. Sunday.

On Wednesday evening, Plainfield police reported that Lucy had been located, reports Patch on Wednesday.

“We are happy to report Lucy, the dog who has been on the loose for a few days after the truck she was riding in overturned, has been reunited with her owners,” police said, thanking everyone who shared Lucy’s story in the hopes of finding her.

The good news came after false information was posted on Facebook saying Lucy had been found deceased underneath the semi. Lucy’s owner said that wasn’t the case, and while Lucy is microchipped, she wasn’t wearing any tags when she went missing.

The owner, a Florida resident, said he was taken from the crash scene via ambulance and was having a procedure for injuries to his arm, and did not have the means to get back to the crash scene to look for his dog. No one else was hurt in the crash.

Geo quick facts: Plainfield is a village in Will and Kendall counties, Illinois, United States. The population was 39,581 at the 2010 census and an estimated 43,926 in 2017. The village includes land in Will County’s Plainfield and Wheatland townships, as well as Na-Au-Say and Oswego townships in Kendall County – Wikipedia.

IL Woman Brittany Mae Shelton ID’d As Pedestrian Fatally Struck In Decatur Saturday

DECATUR, IL. (THECOUNT) — Brittany Mae Shelton, of Decatur, has been identified as the pedestrian fatally struck in Macon County, Illinois on Saturday.

Shelton, 23, was on-foot in the area of 3500 Greenhill Road, in Decatur early Saturday morning, when she was struck by a pickup truck driven by 27-year-old, Sidney J. Flinn.

Flinn remained at the scene, however, was arrested and charged with aggravated driving under the influence resulting in death.

Flinn was transported to Macon County Jail and booked on a preliminary charge of aggravated DUI.

Shelton was pronounced dead at the scene of multiple blunt force trauma injuries.

Preliminary charges are subject to review by the Macon County State’s Attorney’s office, reported Herald-Review.

Anyone with possible information on the deadly collision may contact police at 911.

Friends and family members took to Facebook to remember the beloved young woman:

The investigation is ongoing.

Geo quick facts: Decatur is the largest city and the county seat of Macon County in the U.S. state of Illinois, with a population of 76,122 as of the 2010 Census. The city was founded in 1829 and is situated along the Sangamon River and Lake Decatur in Central Illinois. In 2017, the city’s estimated population was 72,174 – Wikipedia.

IL Man Dehrone Hobbs ID’d As Thursday Champaign Shooting Victim

CHAMPAIGN, IL. (THECOUNT) — Dehrone M. Hobbs has been identified as the victim found suffering from multiple gunshot injuries in Champaign Thursday morning.

Hobbs, 38, was shot to death in residence in the 800 block of Fairoaks Drive, in Champaign, IL, Thursday, according to officials.

The photo of Dehrone M. Hobbs shown above is from a 2014 arrest.

Police responded to Fairoaks Drive on calls of shots fired around 4:40 a.m. Thursday.

Upon arrival, officers found a male victim inside the home suffering from life-threatening gunshot injuries.

Hobbs was later pronounced dead of gunshot injuries.

Police say they believe the shooting was targeted.

Police say a preliminary investigation indicates an unknown subject, or subjects, forced entry into the home and fired multiple rounds at the victim before fleeing the scene, reports newschannel20.

At this time, there is no suspect information.

The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with possible information should contact police at 911.

Quick geo facts: Champaign is a city in central Illinois. On the sprawling University of Illinois campus, the Krannert Art Museum has a vast collection of ancient and modern works, and the Spurlock Museum displays cultural artifacts. Neo-Romanesque Altgeld Hall houses the University Chime in its tower. Orpheum Children’s Science Museum is located downtown in a 1914 theater. The art deco City Building stands as a symbol of the city.

IL Woman Sarah Gilbert ID’d As Body Found In Front Yard Of Barstow Home Monday

BARSTOW, IL. (THECOUNT) — Sarah Hubbard-Gilbert has been identified as the woman found dead outside a Barstow, Illinois home on Monday.

Sarah Gilbert, 36, was located deceased after police were called to the 100 block of 186th Street at 7 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 14., on calls of an unresponsive person laying out in front of a home.

Officials say Gilbert was pronounced dead by the Rock Island County Coroner’s Office.

An autopsy was scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 15.

The investigation is ongoing.

The sheriff’s office was assisted at the scene by the Illinois State Police Crime Scene Unit and the Barstow Fire Department. Continue reading

IL Grant Community HS Student Sydney Weber ID’d As Pedestrian Killed In Tuesday Night Ingleside Collision

FOX LAKE, IL. (THECOUNT) — Grant Community High School student, Sydney Weber, of Fox Lake, IL, has been identified as the pedestrian struck and killed Saturday in Ingleside.

Weber, 16, was struck by a vehicle, operated by an 18-year-old Lake Villa woman traveling in a 2016 Jeep Patriot southbound on Wilson Road, south of Rollins Road, at around 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

The victim was reportedly hit by the Jeep after entering the roadway.

Weber was pronounced dead from injuries caused by blunt force trauma, and the routine toxicology report is pending.

“The investigation into her death is ongoing by our office and the Lake County Sheriff’s Office,” Cooper said.

“We have been in close contact with Sydney’s family and our deepest condolences go out to them. This is truly an awful tragedy,” officials said in a statement. Continue reading

IL Man William Shane Peterson ID’d As Victim In Friday Night Fiery Maroa Single-Vehicle Crash

MACON COUNTY, IL. (THECOUNT) — William Shane Peterson, of Clinton, IL, has been identified as the victim in a fatal Friday night single-vehicle crash near Maroa, IL.

According to the Macon County Coroner, Peterson, 41, was operating a vehicle on Washington Street Rd. near Lake Fork Ln. west of Maroa, when his vehicle struck a drainage system and a pole before rolling over and catching fire.

Two victims became entrapped in the vehicle. Both were extricated and Peterson was later pronounced dead at the scene.

The other victim was transported to an area hospital. That individual’s condition was not provided.

The Macon County Sheriff’s Office is investigating. Continue reading