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Illinois State Police honor 4 women for their help in locating murder victim's body
Illinois
EFFINGHAM - Four women from Salem have been honored by Illinois State Police for their efforts in finding the body of seven-year-old murder victim Willow Long.
August 19 2014
Miller on trial for James' death
Illinois
While Effingham County State's Attorney Bryan Kibler said an Altamont man should be held responsible for supplying the heroin that supposedly led to the overdose death of an Effingham woman in February, Jay C. Miller's defense attorney said his client is nothing more than an addict himself.
June 22 2014
Man drops challenge of life term in niece’s death
Illinois
EFFINGHAM, IL (AP) – A southern Illinois man has abandoned his quest to have his life sentence overturned for the 2013 stabbing death of his 7-year-old niece. The Effingham Daily News reports Justin DeRyke withdrew his motion after agreeing in Effingham County Circuit Court that the life sentence he got in March could be imposed […]
June 22 2014
Fair queen recovering from accident
Urbana, Illinois
The reigning Effingham County Fair Queen is recovering in an Urbana hospital after the SUV she was riding in was involved in an accident last week in Shumway.
June 14 2014
Jury date vacated in attempted murder case
Illinois
The case of an Effingham man accused of trying to kill a woman last fall will not go before an Effingham County jury next month.
June 05 2014
Woman credits Drug Court for getting life back
Illinois
A 2013 Drug Court graduate told a packed Effingham County courtroom how the program helped her transform herself from a homeless heroin addict into a loving mother and the manager of a local business.
May 21 2014
Meal program gets last-minute donation
Illinois
A last-minute donation from St. Anthony's Memorial Hospital has given the Golden Circle Nutrition Program the ability to serve seniors five days a week in Effingham.
May 21 2014
Zumbahlen pleads guilty
Illinois
James D. Zumbahlen pleaded guilty Monday in Effingham County Circuit Court to nine counts of sex crimes against children — crimes that occurred over a period of nearly 15 years
May 21 2014
Attorney asks court to overturn sentence of man who killed 7-year-old niece
Illinois
EFFINGHAM, Ill. -- The attorney for a southern Illinois man who pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the 2013 stabbing death of his 7-year-old niece has filed a motion seeking to overturn the man’s sentence. Justin DeRyke was  accused of killing Willow Long  in September near her home about 100 miles northeast of St. Louis. After the 23-year-old DeRyke pleaded guilty, he was  sentenced in ...
May 21 2014
Attorney asks court to overturn DeRyke sentence
Illinois
EFFINGHAM, Ill. (AP) — The attorney for a southern Illinois man who pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the 2013 stabbing death of his 7-year-old niece has filed a motion seeking to overt…
May 21 2014
Shumway meth suspects plead not guilty
Illinois
Two of the four arrested in a Shumway methamphetamine bust earlier this month pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Effingham County Circuit Court.
May 17 2014
Heartland plans expansion into old Patterson building
Illinois
The seemingly continual growth of Effingham-based Heartland Dental Care has caused the company to buy the former home of Patterson Companies not far from Heartland's home office in Network Centre.
May 03 2014
Wyckoff faces June trial date in attempted murder case
Illinois
The Effingham man indicted on multiple charges in connection with an alleged assault on a woman last fall is now scheduled to stand trial in June.
April 15 2014
Four individuals face methamphetamine charges
Illinois
EFFINGHAM, IL -- Effingham County State's Attorney Bryan M. Kibler has announced the charging of four individuals in connection with a continuing and ongoing methamphetamine investigation in the region. Arraigned in Effingham County Circuit Court Mon
April 11 2014
Effingham, Illinois native killed in Fort Hood shooting
Illinois
U.S. Army Sgt. Timothy Owens, was killed Wednesday in the attack at Fort Hood. He was one of four soldiers - including the gunman - killed. An additional 16 were wounded.
April 09 2014
One Fort Hood victim born, raised in Illinois
Illinois
The mother of a 37-year-old Illinois soldier killed during an attack at Fort Hood, Texas, says she was reunited less than two weeks earlier with a daughter she gave up for adoption at birth. Mary Muntean of Effingham, Ill., told The Associated Press that she was still celebrating that reunion when she got a call telling her that her son, U.S. Army Sgt. Timothy Owens, was killed Wednesday in the ...
April 09 2014
Man pleads guilty in stabbing death of niece, 7 - Quincy Herald-Whig | Illinois & Missouri News, Sp
Watson, Illinois
EFFINGHAM, Ill. (AP) - A southern Illinois man pleaded guilty Tuesday to first-degree murder in the 2013 stabbing death of his 7-year-old niece. Justin DeRyke was accused of killing Willow Long in September near her home in Watson, about 100 miles northeast of St. Louis.
March 28 2014
Feds indict local doctor on fraud, drug charges
Illinois
An Effingham physician has been indicted by a federal grand jury on health care fraud and drug charges.
March 27 2014
Uncle of Willow Long pleads guilty to her murder
Illinois
(KMOV.com) — Justin DeRyke pled guilty to the stabbing death of his niece seven-year-old Willow Long Tuesday.  In doing so, DeRyke is sentenced to natural life in prison without the possibility of parole. It is unclear in which facility DeRyke will serve his time. DeRyke has been in custody since Monday, September 9, the night Long's body was found.  DeRyke's public defender and the Effingham ...
March 27 2014
Effingham native takes legal career to state level
Illinois
Barry Schaefer was a business major at Eastern Illinois University when he took a course that would change the course of his life.
March 23 2014
Man pleads guilty in stabbing death of niece, 7
Illinois
EFFINGHAM, Ill. (AP) — A southern Illinois man pleaded guilty Tuesday to first-degree murder in the 2013 stabbing death of his 7-year-old niece.
March 18 2014
Southern Illinois man pleads guilty to murder in the 2013 stabbing death of 7-year-old niece
Illinois
EFFINGHAM, Ill. — A southern Illinois man pleaded guilty Tuesday to first-degree murder in the 2013 stabbing death of his 7-year-old niece. Justin DeRyke was accused of killing Willow Long in September near her home in Watson, about 100 miles northeast of St. Louis.
March 18 2014
Lincoln bests Douglas in public mind
Illinois
Thursday's special historical presentation in downtown Effingham was about the lives, careers and legacies of political rivals Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas.
March 17 2014
Trial set for June in Effingham stabbing death
Illinois
Trial was delayed again for an Effingham man accused of stabbing his roommate last spring.
March 15 2014
Lady Hearts advance, set school record
Illinois
Effingham took care of business Wednesday night, downing Mattoon 60-46 in the Class 3A Effingham Regional semifinal and making school history in the process. The win was the Lady Hearts’ 27th of the season, breaking the school record for wins in a single season, which stood at 26 entering this season.
March 14 2014
Houser trial delayed until April
Newton, Illinois
The trial date has been delayed for an Effingham man accused of helping his girlfriend and her mother dispose of a man's body nearly three years ago.
March 13 2014
Drivers and children injured in morning accident
Illinois
An accident on Illinois-33 sent two drivers and three children to the hospital Tuesday. Samantha March, 24, of Effingham, was driving a 1997 Chrysler four-door northbound at 7:09 a.m. Tuesday on Illinois-33 at Stone Ridge Drive, approximately two mil
March 12 2014
Couple charged with helping hide man's body make separate court appearances
Rockford, Illinois
The Effingham couple accused of helping the female's mother dispose of a body made separate appearances today in Effingham County Circuit Court.
March 11 2014
Basketball roundup: Effingham's Zerrusen hits 1,000 point milestone
Beecher City, illinois
Josie Zerrusen scored her 1,000th point of her career in Thursday's 64-56 win for Effingham, taking care of the milestone in her final regular season home game on Senior Night.
March 10 2014
Mother of murdered Casey man desperate for justice
Effingham, Illinois
EFFINGHAM, Ill. (WTHI) – The mother of Gregory Scott Collins is looking for answers after her son’s murder. You may recall it happened in … More »
February 11 2014
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