Category Archives: Local News

Suspect in Custody in Fulton County Shooting

Suspect in Custody in Fulton County Shooting

Fulton County Deputy Troy Chisum By Katherine Murphy and Blake Haas AVON – A man who barricaded himself in a home in rual Avon Tuesday afternoon has been arrested. Illinois State Police District commander capt. Jon Dively said the suspect was taken into custody after the more than 18 hour stand off. “Deputy (Troy) Chisum…MORE

Former Pontiac Man Facing Child Pornography Charges in Arizona

Former Pontiac Man Facing Child Pornography Charges in Arizona

By Neil Doyle A former Pontiac man has been arrested in Suprise, Arizona for child pornography. Suprise Police and the U.S. Marshals Service arrested Jay Pitchford, 37, on a felony warrant. Pitchford is in custody in the Maricopa County Jail in Phoneix, Arizona. His bond has been set at $250,000 or his extradition to Livingston…MORE

Saunemin teacher, coach charged with possession of child pornography

Saunemin teacher, coach charged with possession of child pornography

By Greg Halbleib PONTIAC – A teacher and coach from Saunemin faces child pornography charges involving a student at his school. The Livingston County Sheriff’s Department reports James Michael Stoecklin, 56, was taken into custody Sunday afternoon at the county’s Public Safety Complex in Pontiac. Stoecklin faces two counts of possession of child pornography. The sheriff’s…MORE

New Legislation Clashes with Proposed Dwight Facility

New Legislation Clashes with Proposed Dwight Facility

By Howard Packowitz It is now illegal in Illinois to run privately-operated immigrant detention centers, like the $45 million proposed detention center in Dwight. Governor J.B. Pritzker on Friday signed into law a package of legislation, building what he described as a firewall against President Donald Trump’s attacks on immigrant communities. “We will not allow…MORE

Challenger Learning Center Gearing Up for NASA Anniversary

Challenger Learning Center Gearing Up for NASA Anniversary

By Neil Doyle Heartland Community College will soon be honoring one of the greatest achievements in human history. Associate Director for Public Information Steve Fast tells WJEZ’s Todd Wineburner the college’s Challenger Learning Center has a series of events planned to recognize the anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission. “In celebration of the 50th anniversary…MORE

By Neal Doyle With school out and summer in full swing parents may be looking for options to keep kids busy. CEO of the Boys and Girls Club of Livingston County Jodi Martin told WJEZ’s Todd Wineburner the club offers different sports programs for kids of all ages. “We have summer basketball, soccer for the…MORE

More Livingston County Drug Arrests

More Livingston County Drug Arrests

By Neil Doyle Two women from Odell are in custody for drug related charges. Amber Watters, 29, and Tara Swartz, 32 were arrested Tuesday by Dwight police and both were charged with possession of a controlled substance. Watters also faces two counts of possession with intent to deliver, while Swartz also faces possesion charges in…MORE

State Health Officials Concerned About Mosquitoes

State Health Officials Concerned About Mosquitoes

By Neal Doyle The summer hasn’t officially begun, but state health officials have issued the season’s first mosquito warning. Illinois Department of Public Health officials say it could be a year with exceptionally large mosquito populations. Department Spokesperson Melanie Arnold says areas that have seen a lot of rain or flooding can expect to see…MORE

Storm Safety is a Priority This Year

Storm Safety is a Priority This Year

By Neal Doyle Summer thunderstorms are inevitable, and the National Weather Service wants to remind everyone how to stay safe when lightning is striking. The safest place to be is inside away from windows and plumbing, but if you’re caught outside you can still mitigate the danger. Avoid open fields and hilltops, and if you…MORE

A Second Suspect Under Arrest in Dwight Robbery Case

A Second Suspect Under Arrest in Dwight Robbery Case

By Neil Doyle DWIGHT – A second Bloomington man has been arrested for an armed robbery in Dwight. Dwight police said Kurtis Bowling, 21, was taken into custody Wednesday night in McLean County for unrelated charges. Police connected Bowling as the second suspect of a hold up early Wednesday morning at the Casey’s General Store…MORE