Archives for January 2016

Decatur home target of Early morning gunfire

Decatur police are asking for the community to get involved by providing any information surrounding the events that led to seven shots being fired at a home early Saturday morning.

Police responded to the 1500 Block of East Division Street at about 4:00 AM. A home owner reported hearing gun shots. When police arrived, they found the home had been shot multiple times No one was injured.

The police investigation has not, as yet, revealed whether or not the home was targeted for a specific reason.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 217-423-TIPS or the Decatur Police Department at (217) 424-2711

Decatur man charged with child pornography

A 19-year-old Decatur man was arrested on charges of child pornography and related felony charges.
Charles Tillman allegedly obtained a photo of a partially nude 15-year-old girl and pressured her for sex in exchange for not posting her photo on the internet.
The victim reported to Decatur police detective Doug Allen that she met the suspect, a person named “Charles,” on Facebook early last year.
In the probable cause affidavit, she states that she informed the suspect of her age, and he told her he was 18. After communicating with him via Facebook, she sent him a topless picture of herself.
She received a text from him at 11:04 a.m. Thursday, wherein, he threatened to expose her on the internet.
The victim replied that she would “do anything” to keep her picture from being posted online. Tillman told her he wanted her to perform a sex act for him. The victim did not respond to his request. In a police interview, Tillman admitted that the cellphone used to contact the victim was his.

Decatur man arrested on child pornography charge

A 19-year-old Decatur man was arrested on charges of child pornography and related felony charges.
Charles Tillman allegedly obtained a photo of a partially nude 15-year-old girl and pressured her for sex in exchange for not posting the image on the internet.

The victim reported to Decatur police detective Doug Allen that she met the suspect, a person named “Charles,” on Facebook last year. The probable cause affidavit states that she informed Charles of her age and he told her he was 18.

After communicating with him on the social media site, she sent him a topless picture of herself.

The police statement details how she was out of touch with Charles until she received a text from him at 11:04 a.m. Thursday, January 28, 2016, at which point he threatened to expose her image on the internet. The victim replied that she would “do anything” to keep her picture from being posted, and Tillman told her he wanted her to perform a sex act for him. The victim did not respond to his request.

In a police interview, Tillman admitted that the cellphone used to contact the victim was his.

Decatur cracks down on distracted driving

Drivers on the roadways who are distracted by the numerous devices in most of our pockets have become a serious public safety concern.
The Decatur Police Department has announced that it will increase enforcement efforts regarding distracted driving.
The efforts will focus on discouraging the use of cell phones or other electronic devices while driving.
Decatur police also say hands-free use of cell phones through a blue tooth device is recommended, and that there are a few exemptions to the law.
They include reporting an emergency situation to police, fire and rescue personnel, or pulling onto the shoulder of the road to use their phone.
Exceptions will also be made for using the phone when normal traffic is obstructed and their vehicle is in park and neutral, however, authorities say using a cell phone while waiting at a stop light during normal traffic flow is not an exemption to this law.

Decatur Water Challenge created to aid Flint, Michigan water crisis

Locally citizens showed the ower of community and com passion by creating The Decatur Water Challenge, and it was a success that even the creator Jacob Jenkins couldn’t believe.
In response to the nation’s alarming water crisis in Flint, Michigan, a social media phenomenon was born. From a goal of just 1,000 cases of bottled water to more than 3,000 plus donations, the #Decaturwaterchallenge proved once again, the support of the Central Illinois community.
Jenkins, alongside Jamian Holder Sr. was a spearhead in the initiative to surpass the original goal.
Along with several volunteers, the group’s founders packed a U-haul and took off for Flint on Friday evening.

AARP Volunteers Help with Taxes

AARP volunteers will provide free tax preparation help beginning Mon. through April 15 at the Decatur-Macon County Senior Center on N. 22nd St. They’ll be there Mon. through Fri. 8:30 to 12:30.

11% Drop in Urbana Tax Bills

Urbana taxpayers could see an 11% drop in their tax bills following a decision to put the area hospitals back on the tax rolls. Carle Foundation Hospital and Presence Covenant Medical Center will have a chance to appeal the decision.

New Assistant Principal at Monticello HS

Monticello High School has a new assistant principal. Business teacher, Andrew Turner, takes over for the retiring Randy Moss next school year.

Arrest Made in Decatur Vehicle Burglaries

Decatur Police arrested a 27 year old man in connection with three auto burglaries – on E. Buena Vista, E. Lake Shore Dr, and W. Wood. Witnesses id’ed the guy, plus he had several stolen items from the vehicles in his pockets.

MU Choir Ends Winter Tour

Millikin University’s Choir concludes its 2016 Winter Tour Sun. afternoon at 3 at St. Patrick Church on E. Eldorado St. in Decatur. The concert is free to the public.