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Decatur, Illinois
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Friday, August 21, 2009
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www.herald-review.com FRIDAY, AUGUST 21, 2009 DECATUR, ILLINOIS LOCAL A5 Associated Press Bobby Degner clears debris away from his property Thursday in Williamsville. Williamsville, Loami reeling from Wednesday's tornadoes WILLIAMSVILLE (AP) -Among the tons of debris volunteers in Williamsville hauled off by the truckload Thursday after a tornado were remains of one of just two churches in this Central Illinois village its roof and walls collapsed, but its steeple still standing. "That church has been a cornerstone of the community,'' lamented Tom Yokley, board president in Williamsville, a community of about 1,500 located roughly 10 miles northeast of Springfield. "It's gone It's destroyed." , At least two tornados struck Central Illinois on Wednesday afternoon, with Williamsville hit the hardest, National Weather Service meteorologist Ed Shimon said. Some 25 village buildings were damaged, and there were about a dozen injuries, none life-threatening. Customers sought shelter in a walk-in freezer at a Casey's General Store in Williamsville as the tornado roared by, blowing out walls and toppling a gas-pump canopy, said Bill Walljasper, CFO of the Iowa-based company. No one in the store was hurt, he said. Another confirmed tornado struck in Loami, just southwest of the state capital, damaging homes and injuring several people in one of the most destructive storms to sweep "across the heart of Illinois so far this year, Shimon said. One of 12 injured people brought to St. John's Hospital in Springfield had been in a car flipped by a powerful wind, and another person had been blown off his motorcycle, nursing coordinator Roscoe Cook said. "Tornados, 70 mile-an-hour winds, Ughtning, tree limbs flying all over the place it was one heck of storm," said Leigh Morris, a spokesman for Ameren, the utility that provides electricity to Central Illinois. ' Three Springfield residents charged in cab driver slaying By RON INGRAM H&R Staff Writer TAYLORVTLLE Three people were indicted Thursday by the Christian County Grand Jury on charges relating to the July 25 shooting death of Springfield taxicab driver Steven L. Brummett, 40, of Loami. Charged with first-degree murder are Donnella D. Hamilton, 26, and Brandon L. Allsup, 26, both of Springfield. They face three counts of first-degree murder, which are differing theories on how the crime may have been committed. Hamilton and Allsup face prison terms of 20 years to natural life if convicted. They also would receive a mandatory 25-year add-on sentence if a jury finds one or both of them fired the 9 mm semiautomatic handgun that authorities allege was used to kill Brummett. Indicted on a single count of concealment of a homicidal death was Ashley N. Davis, 20, of Springfield. She faces possible probation, a fine up to $25,000 or a prison term of two to five years if convicted. In a terse news release, Christian County State's Attorney Tom Finks said he was not at liberty to discuss the facts of the case or what took place in the grand jury, the proceedings of which are secret by law. . "This is an important step in the due process to which these accused persons are entitled," Finks said. "We will continue to move the matter forward as expeditiously as possible." The grand jury indictments did indicate that Larry Piotrowski, an Illinois State Father faces reckless homicide charges Kindergartner hlledin crash at Coles Co. airport By HERB MEEKER H&R Staff Writer MATTOON A kindergartner died from her injuries after a single-vehicle accident Wednesday night, and her father is facing reckless homicide and driving under the influence charges, Coles County Coroner Ed Schneirs said Thursday. Elsa Shackles, a student at Riddle Elementary School, died at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center on Wednesday night, Schneirs said. Mattoon Deputy Police Chief Adam Weinstock said William B. Shackles, 34, of Mattoon was taken into custody about an hour after he reportedly drove a vehicle into the Coles County Memor ial Airport perimeter fence at 7:37 p.m. Wednesday, Weinstock said. Shackles was arrested and charged with DUI and reckless homicide. Both the girl and driver were taken to Sarah Bush by witnesses who saw the accident near the airport entrance. An investigation led to the arrest, officials said. Shackles was taken to the Coles County jail in Charleston. The accident occurred after storms had eased up Wednesday evening in Coles County. The ongoing investigation also involves the Coles County Coroner's Office, Illinois State Police Division of Crime Scene Services and the Coles County State's Attorney's Office. According to Coles County court records, Shackles pleaded guilty to a charge of possession of alcohol by a minor in 1992. He was arrested in 1998 and later pleaded guilty to a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol. He was fined, sentenced to two years of supervision and ordered to undergo alcohol treatment. He also pleaded guilty to a charge of driving 15 to 20 mph over the limit in relation to his 1998 arrest for DUI. He was charged in 2000 and later pleaded guilty in 2001 to DUI and was ordered to pay costs, court records indicate. A charge of failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident was dismissed as part of that, case. Shackles' record also included guilty pleas to traffic violations in October 1994 for driving 11 to 14 mph over the limit and in November 1994 for driving 15 to 20 mph over the limit, according to court documents. hmeekerjg-tc.com238-6869. 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