Longtime Chicago ABC 7 Meteorologist Jerry Taft Dead At 77

CHICAGO, IL. (THECOUNT) — ABC 7 Chicago meteorologist, Jerry Taft, has passed away at his home Thursday. He was 77.

Taft worked as a weatherman at WLS-TV for over 3 decades. He retired in January of 2018.

He was surrounded by family and friends when he died peacefully Thursday night, according to the station.

A cause of death was not provided.

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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.

IL Man Anatoly Spivak ID’d As Realtor Found Dead At Northbrook Haus Mortgage Monday

COOK COUNTY, IL. (THECOUNT) — Anatoly Spivak, of Northbrook, Illinois, has been identified as the victim found dead at a Cook County business on Monday.

Spivak, 37, was found unresponsive at a brokerage office near Northbrook early Monday.

According to reports, Spivak was found deceased Monday around 12:30 a.m. at the offices of Haus Mortgage, located at 1240 Meadow Rd #500 in Northbrook.

Witnesses said at least one person was taken into custody at the scene.

A cause of death was not provided.

Friends and family members took to Facebook to remember Spivak:

The cause of the deadly incident remains under investigation.

Geo quick facts: Cook County is the most populous county in the U.S. state of Illinois and the second-most-populous county in the United States after Los Angeles County, California. As of 2019, the population was 5,150,233 – Wikipedia.

IL Man John Roche Jr ID’d As Pedestrian Fatally Struck By Vehicle Saturday Night In Chicago

COOK COUNTY, IL. (THECOUNT) — John Roche Jr, of Chicago, Illinois, has been identified as the pedestrian fatally struck Saturday night in Cook County.

Roche, 21, died after he was struck by a vehicle near Chicago Saturday night.

According to reports, Roche was on-foot in the area of 11100 South Pulaski Road in Mount Greenwood, when he was struck by a passing Honda SUV Saturday evening just before midnight.

The driver of the SUV remained on scene and fully cooperated with arriving officials.

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

No one was cited at the scene.

The cause of the deadly incident remains under investigation.

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Geo quick facts: Cook County is the most populous county in the U.S. state of Illinois and the second-most-populous county in the United States after Los Angeles County, California. As of 2019, the population was 5,150,233 – Wikipedia.

Il Teen Colby Rheude ID’d As Victim In Wednesday Girard Twp Head-On Crash Involving Big-Rig

MACOUPIN COUNTY, IL. (THECOUNT) — Colby Rheude, of Virden, Illinois, has been identified as the victim in a fatal Wednesday head-on vehicle crash in Macoupin County.

Rheude, 18, was killed in a crash near Girard Twp. on Wednesday afternoon involving an 18-wheeler.

According to Illinois State Police, Rheude was operating a vehicle traveling on Route 4 near Finney Road in Girard Township, when he came into head-on contact with a semi-tractor, operated by 51-year-old Walter Smith, that had crossed centerlines for unknown reasons around 2:15 p.m. Wednesday.

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

Smith was transported to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

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Geo quick facts: Macoupin County is a county located in the U.S. state of Illinois, and is a part of the St. Louis Metropolitan Area. According to the 2010 census, it had a population of 47,765. The county seat is Carlinville. Macoupin County is part of the Metro-East region of the St. Louis, MO-IL Metropolitan Statistical Area – Wikipedia.

Double-Fatal Wrong-Way Head-On Crash Thursday Morning In Wauconda

LAKE COUNTY, IL. (THECOUNT) — A double-fatal crash occurred in Lake County, Illinois early Thursday morning after a vehicle traveling the wrong-way on Route 12 collided with a delivery truck.

Two men are dead after a Honda Odyssey traveling southbound in the northbound lanes of Route 12, collided head-on with a Freightliner delivery truck around 2 a.m. Thursday morning.

According to the Wauconda Police Department, the 25-year-old male Honda driver and his 24-year-old male passenger, were pronounced dead at the scene of multiple blunt force trauma injuries.

The 23-year-old male driver of the delivery truck was transported to an area hospital in serious condition.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

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Geo quick facts: Lake County is a county situated in the northeastern corner of the U.S. state of Illinois along the shores of Lake Michigan. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 703,462, making it the third-most populous county in Illinois after nearby Cook and DuPage Counties – Wikipedia.

WI Man Felipe Underwood Arrested In Decatur IL Murder Of Bryston Musgrave

DECATUR, IL. (THECOUNT) — Milwaukee, Wisconsin man, Felipe Underwood, was arrested in connection to the murder of Decatur, Illinois murder of 24-year-old Bryston Musgrave on April 8th

Underwood, 24, was taken into custody without further incident in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Friday.

According to reports, Underwood was arrested by US Marshals on Friday in his hometown of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, over the killing of Musgrave of Decatur, Illinois.

Underwood had been sought in the killing of Musgrave since the April 8th murder that occurred near the intersection of South Haworth Street and North Decatur Street in Decatur.

Underwood, full name, Felipe K. Woodley-Underwood, is currently housed in the Milwaukee County Jail and is facing First Degree Murder Charges.

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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. Decatur’s estimated population for 2018 was 71,290 – Wikipedia.

IL Pearl Valley Eggs Employee Dies In Plant Accident Thursday

PEARL CITY, IL. (THECOUNT) — An unidentified Pearl Valley Eggs employee has been killed while on-duty at the plant on Thursday.

According to the Stephenson County Sheriff, the a worker was killed in an accident at the egg processing facility on Thursday afternoon.

Pearl City Fire and Ambulance responded to an industrial accident at Pearl City Eggs, located at 968 S. Kent Road, around 2:35 p.m. when they arrived, first responders found the worker unresponsive.

The employee was pronounced dead at the scene.

A manner of death was not provided.

The investigation into the death is ongoing.

The name of the victim is being withheld pending next of kin.

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Geo quick facts: Pearl City is an incorporated village in Stephenson County, Illinois, with a population of 838 at the 2010 census, up from 780 in 2000 – Wikipedia.

OH Woman Kathryn Miller ID’d As Victim In Saturday Fatal Single-Vehicle Illinois Crash

MACON COUNTY, IL. (THECOUNT) — Kathryn Miller of Jamesville, Ohio, has been identified as the victim in a fatal Saturday single-vehicle crash in Macon County, Illinois Saturday morning.

Miller, 23, was killed a single-vehicle crash on Interstate 72 near Decatur Saturday morning.

According to reports, Miller was operating a vehicle on I-72 in Macon County during slick road conditions, when she lost control and made contact with the concrete wall of an overpass Saturday morning.

Miller was pronounced dead at the scene at of massive blunt force trauma injuries.

She was the sole occupant of the vehicle.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

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Geo quick facts: Macon County is a county located in the U.S. state of Illinois. According to the 2010 United States Census, it had a population of 110,768. Its county seat is Decatur. Macon County comprises the Decatur, IL Metropolitan Statistical Area – Wikipedia.

IL Couple Tanda Allee Mateo Williams Arrested Murder Of Infant Son ‘Blunt Force Trauma To Skull’

ROCK ISLAND, IL. (THECOUNT) — Tanda Allee and Mateo Williams, of East Moline, Illinois, have been arrested and are facing a first-degree murder charges, after her four-month-old son died from blunt force trauma to the skull on Tuesday.

Allee, 23, and Williams, 20, are both being held in the Rock Island County Jail on a $2 million bond, after the infant, Elias S. Austin, died of blunt force trauma.

According to officials, officers responded to the 400 block of 12th Avenue, in Rock Island, on reports of an unresponsive infant at 9:10 a.m. Tuesday. When police arrived, they found the baby suffering from apparent head injuries.

Austin was pronounced dead at the scene of blunt force trauma to the skull.

An autopsy conducted Wednesday in Peoria determined the cause of death was blunt-force trauma to the skull. The autopsy also revealed other significant injuries, according to the release.

Police obtained murder charges against Allee and Williams on Friday, according to the release, reports KWQC.

No further information was provided by officials as of Saturday morning.

The investigation is ongoing. Police ask anyone with information related to this incident to call the police department at 309-732-2677 or Crime Stoppers at 309-762-9500.

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Geo quick facts: Rock Island is a city in and the county seat of Rock Island County, Illinois, United States. The original Rock Island, from which the city name is derived, is the largest island on the Mississippi River. It is now called Arsenal Island. The population was 39,018 at the 2010 census – Wikipedia.

Former Springfield Mayor Frank Edwards & Wife Cinda Edwards ID’d As Victims In Triple-Fatal Plane Crash

SANGAMON COUNTY, IL. (THECOUNT) — Former Springfield, Illinois, Mayor Frank Edwards and his wife, Sangamon County Coroner Cinda Edwards, died in a twin-engine Piper Aerostar that crashed in a field while on approach to the Springfield, IL, airport Tuesday.

The crash Tuesday also killed John Evans, 69, of Glenarm, said Jim Allmon, chief deputy coroner for Sangamon County.

The aircraft departed from Huntsville and crashed in Sangamon County, Illinois, according to reports.

Reports say the plane went down about seven miles southwest of Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport.

The Federal Aviation Administration released the following statement:

“A twin-engine Piper Aerostar went down in a field while on approach to the Springfield, IL, airport this afternoon. The plane departed from Huntsville, AL.

Please contact local officials for information about the condition of the occupants.

The FAA and NTSB will investigate. We will release a tail number after investigators verify it at the crash site,” reports WAFF.

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Geo quick facts: Springfield is the state capital of Illinois. Downtown, the interior of Illinois State Capitol’s large dome is decorated with stained glass and statues of historical figures. The 1904 Dana-Thomas House was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum traces the life of the 16th U.S. president. Lincoln’s restored home is nearby. North, the Lincoln Tomb lies in Oak Ridge Cemetery – wikipedia.