Illinois became the 20th state to legalize medical marijuana use Thursday. Governor Pat Quinn signed the bill, which allows people with terminal illnesses to put marijuana in brownies or cookies, or smoke over 100 joints every two weeks to relieve pain. Opponents of the measure say it could lead to legalizing the drug for recreational purposes. The bill will establish a four-year trial program set to begin January 1st.
18-year-old Lee David Roth of Fairfield was cited for fleeing and attempting to elude an officer, improper operation of an ATV on a roadway, reckless driving and disobeying a stop sign after city police observed him operating a 4-wheeler in Fairfield. Police followed Roth to his home on Center Street and took him into custody. He was later released from the Wayne County Jail after posting bond.
Authorities in White County are investigating an apparent drowning Wednesday night at a farm pond in rural White County. Coroner Chris Marsh says 35-year-old Brent Thomas of Carmi was at a residence north of Phillipstown and involved in an argument with residents there, when he became angry, walked out of the home into a woods and eventually into a farm pond. Illinois State Police detectives, the White County Sheriff’s Department and State Police Crime Scene agents investigated the incident.
56-year-old Richard Roach of Mt. Vernon, IL was hurt Thursday morning when police said he suffered a medical emergency while driving a semi on I-57 at the 91-mile marker in Jefferson County. The semi hit a concrete median barrier and came to rest in a road cavity. State troopers and EMS administered life-saving measures before Roach was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon, IL for further treatment.
19-year-old Antonio Crossland-Camp of Salem, IL was cited for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident following a crash on Illinois Route 37 two miles south of Salem, IL. State police said 22-year-old Megan Brittany of Alma, IL was driving a vehicle northbound on Route 37 attempting to turn into a private drive, when Crossland-Camp swerved to avoid another vehicle and struck Brittany’s unit. Crossland-Camp was airlifted to Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, MO following the accident.
The Illinois Department of Transportation and Illinois State Police, along with motorcycle safety advocates have joined forces to remind motorcycle operators in the state about the dangers of mixing alcohol with motorcycle riding. The “Risk Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign began Thursday, and data shows that the percentage of drunk motorcycle riders involved in fatal crashes during the late afternoon and early evening hours are more than double that of drunk drivers of other types of vehicles.