Traffic Stop On I-72 Nets Huge Marijuana Bust

A traffic stop on I-72 in Macon County led to a large marijuana bust. Police pulled over 34-year old Federico Cabrera Wednesday- he told officers he was on a road trip to Ohio. When a K-9 unit searched his car, police ended up finding 12 vacuum sealed bags of marijuana and 10 sheets of THC wax. In all, the drugs are valued at around $50,000. Cabrera is now behind bars in the Macon County Jail on a $200,000 bond on a charge of cannabie trafficking.

Two Injured in RV Crash Along Interstate 72

Two people were injured after an RV crash along I-72 in Macon County. An elderly couple from Colorado were taken to an area hospital after their RV went off the right side of the road and slammed into a tree line before ending up in a cornfield. The accident happened near mile post 144 on Friday morning. 78-year-old Ethel Bender, the passenger in the RV, had to be airlifted from the scene. The driver, her husband, 77-year-old Bernard Bender was hospitalized in good condition.

Free Movie at Fairview Park

The Decatur Park District’s free Movies in the Park continues July 7 in Fairview Park, south of Pavilion #1. At dusk, around 8:30, enjoy “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, rated PG-13.

North Airport Rd. Partially Closed Today

North Airport Rd. in Decatur, just north of US Route 36 to IL Route 105, will be partially closed from 8:30 this morning to around 3:30 this afternoon. Crews are doing some pavement work.

Trustees Approve Budget in Decatur Township

The Decatur Township’s board of trustees approved a $2.3 million budget at their meeting this week. Not only does the budget not include any layoffs, it actually added new funds for the assessor’s office.

Decatur Man Sentenced to 55 Years

A Decatur man, Elliott Murphy, 24, convicted of murder and attempted murder, has been sentenced to 55 years in prison. He’ll receive seven years, nine months of credit for time previously served.

Free Diabetes Program at MCHD

The Macon County Health Department is offering a free Diabetes Self-Management Program that begins July 14. Classes will be held at the Health Department on E. Condit St. in Decatur.

Crews are Mowing Along E. Lake Shore Dr. Today

The outside northbound and southbound lanes of East Lake Shore Dr. in Decatur, from East Cantrell St. to the rear entrance to St. Mary’s Hospital, will be closed this morning until around 2:30 this afternoon. Crews are out mowing.

No State Budget, No Renovation Work at RCC

RCC in Decatur already had to reduce its staff by 9% due to the lack of state funding. Now, the college has had to stop renovation work on the Student Success Center until a state budget is passed.

Man Dies After Fight at Lake Paradise

Coles County Deputies say Austin McDowell, 18, died following a fight at Lake Paradise in Mattoon. Dillan DeSilva, 18, was arrested and is being held on a $500,000 bond.