36 year-old Scarlett D. McKenzie of Mattoon has been cited for failure to yield and DUI, after pulling onto the highway in the path of the Teutopolis team bus Friday afternoon at 3:30 on Illinois Route 32 at the Bruce-Findlay Road at Lake Shelbyville in Moultrie County, south of Sullivan. Rob Bothwell who was driving the bus, tried to avoid McKenzie’s van, but could not, and the impact caused the bus to overturn on its side and skid to a stop. McKenzie and five people in the bus were treated for minor injuries at an area hospital, and were released.
The Fairfield Colts won the Class M State Tournament Championship game Friday night, by beating the Vienna Rams, 52-35. People lined up on First and West Main Street around 10:00 Friday night to welcome the team home. A video of the team’s arrival, along with a team photo of the players, cheerleaders, and coaches at DiMaggio’s before eating their victory meal can be found on the WFIW Radio Facebook page.
The back end of a semi-trailer burned in an early Saturday morning fire in the Interstate 57 rest area south of Salem. The fire was already visible when the Salem Fire Protection District was called shortly after midnight. Items inside the trailer caught fire, causing a number of explosions, yet firemen reported no hazardous materials were involved. A cause of the fire has not been determined, and no injuries were reported. The truck is owned by Erives Enterprises, Incorporated of El Paso, Texas.
The Hardin County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a shooting death in Cave-In-Rock. At around 4 a.m. Friday, the sheriff’s department received a call from someone reporting that a person was dead in their home from a shooting. Officers responded to the scene and confirmed the person had died. A suspect was taken into custody. Police have not released the identities of the victim or the suspect at this time.
State legislators are making another attempt at bringing automatic voter registration to Illinois as Democrats filed bills in the state House and Senate on Friday that would automatically register state residents to vote when they visit certain state agencies, unless they decide to opt out. The agencies include the Secretary of State’s offices, where residents apply for driver’s licenses, and four others. Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed an automatic voter registration proposal last year, despite wide support in the General Assembly. Backers say they’ve simplified the proposal, and if approved, it would take effect in July 2018, ahead of the midterm general election.