33-year-old Eric McKinney of Mt. Carmel, IL was jailed Friday morning on charges of home invasion after he allegedly broke into a rural Wabash County couple’s home and clubbed them while they slept. A Wabash County Sheriff’s Department K-9 unit later found McKinney hiding in a corn field. He was jailed on the felony home invasion charge. Sheriff Joe Keeling said his office had received a 911 call that someone had entered a rural residence north of Mt. Carmel, IL and beat them with some sort of club while they were sleeping, then fled on foot. The investigation is continuing.
A manhunt was underway in Crawford County, IL Friday for 30-year-old Jared Carter, an inmate at the Illinois Department of Corrections Prison at Robinson, IL, serving a ten-year sentence for residential burglary out of Bond County, IL. According to officials with the Illinois Department of Corrections, Carter was cutting grass outside prison walls when he escaped. State police, Department of Corrections officers and U.S. Marshals conducted the manhunt, utilizing K-9 units and aircraft in the area. Carter was not considered a violent offender, but according to DOC Director Tony Godinez, should be considered dangerous.
An Indianapolis, IN activist is headed to Carmi this weekend to help raise money in honor of a Norris City teen, 17-year-old Jessi Evans, who was murdered last year in White County along with her boyfriend, 22-year-old Jacob Wheeler. 47-year-old Richard Propes plans to travel in his wheelchair from the Carmi City Hall to the park at the Norris City Reservoir today in honor of Evans. Propes’ goal is to help Evans’ mother, a longtime friend, raise at least $5000 so that a scholarship in Jessi’s name can be awarded for at least the next ten years. Propes said he expects the tour to take at least six hours.
The annual Grayville Days celebration continues today. Activities include the parade at 3 p.m. and performances this evening by “US” based in Albion performing 80’s and 90’s music, and “Iron Horse” and “Junkyard Stereo”. The celebration wraps up Sunday night with fireworks on the riverfront starting just after 9 p.m.
Illinois State Police will be out in force this Labor Day Weekend, looking for drunk drivers and those not buckled up. Troopers will be enforcing the Fatal Four Violations associated with fatal traffic crashes, speeding, DUI, not wearing a seat belt and distracted driving. Roadside safety checks will also be conducted, and police say they will also be on heightened alert monitoring intelligence from the Statewide Terrorism Intelligence Center for any suspicious activity, special alerts and criminal activity crossing state lines.