Illinois State Police are preparing to step up traffic enforcement for the holidays.
This year, the officers are dedicating the push a fallen officer. "Operation Kyle" is a 24 hour traffic enforcement push between Tuesday and Wednesday. Trooper Kyle Deatherage was hit and killed by a semi-truck during a traffic stop on November 26, 2012. The truck driver, 52-year-old Johnny Felton Junior faces multiple charges and 14-years in prison if convicted.
The Illinois State Police will have increased patrols through the New Year, they will place an emphasis on speeding, use of seatbelts, DUI's, and distracted driving.
Former Illinois state trooper Matt Mitchell is asking for the fourth time to have his driver's license reinstated at a hearing Tuesday morning at the Secretary of State's Mount Vernon office. A similar appeal in July was denied.
Mitchell lost his license after pleading guilty to causing the 2007 crash that killed Collinsville sisters Kelli and Jessica Uhl. Mitchell had been driving his patrol car in excess of 120 miles an hour and texting when he slammed into the Uhl's car.
A decision on Mitchell's license reinstatement is not expected for 90 days.
The Illinois State Police are assisting in an investigation after an Alton police officer shot a suspect Tuesday, critically wounding him. The Officer had been responding to a call for shots fired in the area of McClure and Harriett Street when he encountered the suspect.
Alton Police Chief Jake Simmons say an officer fired on the man when he drew a weapon after being ordered to the ground.
"The initial investigation disclosed that the gun the suspect drew was an airsoft-type handgun," he aid. "The handgun looks identical to a Glock semi-automatic handgun carried by law enforcement."
Chief Simmons says it's a tragic incident any time a law officer has to discharge a weapon. The officer involved is on routine administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.
A suspect is in custody after a bomb scare in Shiloh, Illinois Thursday afternoon.
FBI officials say they learned of a bomb threat about 2:00 p.m.
Special Agents and Bomb Technicians from the FBI, the Illinois State Police Hazardous Device Unit and the Shiloh Police responded to a home in the first block of Twin Oaks Drive.
Several nearby homes were evacuated while bomb technicians used a robotic device to locate, identify, and disarm potential explosive devices inside the home.
The suspect's identity hasn't been released. The FBI continues to investigate.
As the Illinois State Police get ready to begin issuing concealed weapons permits, they're letting residents know more about the requirements of the Illinois Firearm Concealed Carry Act.
Concealed carry license applicants must successfully complete 16 hours of firearms training, including classroom and range instruction. So the ISP website now includes a list of approved concealed carry firearms training curricula. The website also provides an updated list of qualified instructors.
Concealed carry license applications will be available by January 5, 2014.
More information can be found at the ISP's firearms ccw website.
A traffic stop on I-64 in Illinois has led to the arrest of three men and the recovery of marijuana, an assault-style weapon, a handgun and $25,000. Illinois State Police say the men aroused suspicion when they were stopped on Tuesday because they appeared nervous while being questioned. That prompted a search of their vehicle. Authorities say the men, ranging in age from 19 to 27, were headed from Georgia to Colorado to buy marijuana when they were pulled over on Interstate 64 in Nashville, Illinois. The driver is charged with possessing marijuana and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon. The passengers are facing a marijuana-possession charge.
The Effingham County state's attorney's office is releasing no information regarding the body discovered last night near where a seven year old girl went missing from her home in Watson, Illinois on Sunday. Authorities and volunteers had been searching for Willow Long when remains were found around 7:30 PM on Monday. There has been no identification of the body and an autopsy is expected to be performed today. According to Fox-2 news, crime scene tape surrounds the little girl's home and the Illinois State Police have assumed control of the investigation. Willow's mother says she was napping when the girl walked out of the house and disappeared.
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.
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.
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.