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Jury rules death a suicide
A panel of six Logan County
residents heard the account of an accident that occurred on
Interstate 55 just west of Lincoln on the evening of Friday, Jan.
10. Logan County Coroner Chuck Fricke described the order of events
and provided medical evidences for the jury to decide cause and
manner in the death of Michael T. Keeney of Springfield.
Keeney, a 42-year-old parole agent for
the state of Illinois, District 3, had transported prisoners to
Pontiac earlier in the day and was returning to Springfield in a
state-owned vehicle at the time of the incident. He was the only
His vehicle was southbound at mile
marker 125½ when it was witnessed leaving the road. The van crossed
three lanes of oncoming northbound traffic, traveled down a ravine
and up a hillside before being stopped by a grove of small trees and
coming to rest on its driver side.
Sgt. Eric Hall, a state police
investigator, said there were at least four independent witnesses
who saw the vehicle leave the road, stopped and tried to assist.
Other people also tried to help, but since it was a transport
vehicle it was difficult to get into.
Lincoln Rural Fire Department took the
vehicle apart piece by piece, starting at the passenger side. Fricke
said that when access was gained, Keeney's seat belt had to be cut,
and then he was taken out of the vehicle.
Keeney's work supervisor was contacted,
and it was reported that Keeney had been experiencing mild
arrhythmia over the holidays and was seeing a doctor.
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His T-shirt was cut open. He was
wearing a bulletproof vest. It was removed. There were no external
wounds and no apparent injuries.
Keeney was confirmed dead at 8:15 p.m.
Autopsy results showed that there was a
laceration and gray powder toward the back of his tongue. Dr.
Michael Markey of Springfield reported that there were multiple
contusions and bruising to the brain stem and a fractured cervical
spine. The damages were caused by the blunt force trauma of a
bullet. The bullet was lodged inside.
A .40-caliber pistol and cartridge were
found in the vehicle.
A vitreous ethyl alcohol test measured
Keeney as having a .09 alcohol level, .08 being the legal limit.
hearing the account of the scene and medical evidences, the jury had
no questions and deliberated for a short time. They returned with a
statement agreeing that Keeney died from a gunshot wound to the
head, and they believed it to be suicide.
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Citizens Police Academy accepting applications
The Lincoln Police
Department is currently accepting applications for the Citizens
Police Academy. The classes are one day a week, and there are 10
classes, beginning March 11. Applicants must be at least 17 years
Applications may be picked up at the
Lincoln Police Department and must be returned no later than March
The Citizens Police Academy shows
citizens of the community how the department operates and covers
areas from administration to traffic control. Participants of the
class will also be allowed to ride along with a Lincoln police
officer for up to eight hours.
If you are interested in law
enforcement or would just like to see what your police are doing,
please join the class. There is no cost to the participants.
Community Policing Officer Tim
Lincoln Police Department
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Kia A. Diener, Hartsburg
Estreberto B. Tranquilono, Bloomington
Marisol Steward, Bloomington
Angela J. Pirrone, Lincoln
(Week ending 2-13-03)
Tina L. Hester, Lincoln
Carolyn D. Marrs, Logan County
Debbie M. Johnson, Mount Pulaski
Most Wanted is brought to you by the Logan County Sheriff's
Department. If you know the whereabouts of any of these suspects or
have any information about them, please call the Logan County
Sheriff's Department at (217) 732-4159. Do not attempt to approach or
speak to any suspect. The suspects presented here are just that,
suspects. They are not guilty until convicted in a court of law.
(217) 732-4159 with any information.
(217) 732-4159 with any information.
WITH ANY INFORMATION CONCERNING THESE INCIDENTS OR ANY OTHER CRIME IN THE
LINCOLN/LOGAN COUNTY AREA IS URGED TO CALL "CRIME STOPPERS" AT
732-3000 OR E-MAIL AT email@example.com.
YOUR INFORMATION WILL BE KEPT CONFIDENTIAL AND YOU MAY REMAIN
ANONYMOUS. IF YOUR INFORMATION LEADS TO THE ARREST OF THE PERSON(S)
INVOLVED, "CRIME STOPPERS" WILL PAY YOU A CASH REWARD UP TO
STOPPERS" HAS AN ANSWERING MACHINE TO ANSWER YOUR CALLS. THIS
IS TO PROTECT YOU IF YOU WISH TO REMAIN ANONYMOUS (YOUR CALLS CANNOT BE
TRACED WITH THE MACHINE). YOU NEED TO LET US KNOW HOW YOU CAN BE
CONTACTED ABOUT THE INCIDENT, OR YOU MUST WATCH TO SEE IF THE SUBJECT
HAS BEEN ARRESTED. THIS IS SO WE CAN MAKE A PAYOUT.
in Brian Bobb death
[OCT. 2, 2002]
Crime Stoppers is issuing a request
for information in the death of Brian Bobb. People who think they
may have information may contact either the Logan County sheriff's
office at (217) 732- 4151 or Logan County Crime Stoppers at (217)
Tips can be made anonymously.
People providing tips
that lead to an arrest can receive up to $1,500 cash.
before 9:22 a.m. on Dec. 15, 2001, a Chevrolet Cavalier was taken
without the owner's permission from the 200 block of Latham Street
in Lincoln. The vehicle was later found stuck in the mud at the
Sportsman's Club. Crime Stoppers is asking for information as to
who had taken the vehicle.
Sometime before 9:11 a.m. on July 21, a
burglary occurred at Lincoln Junior High School, 208 Broadway St. in
Lincoln. Unknown person(s) broke a window on the third floor and
gained access to the building. Unknown person(s) went through the
school and caused damage and vandalism to the school property.
Sunday night and early Monday morning, March 18 and 19, someone
stole items from five different Lincoln vehicles.
first vehicle was parked at a residence on the 1800 block of Pekin.
A $175 radar detector was taken from the car.
one of the Lincoln Christian College parking lots, change was stolen
from an automobile.
the 200 block of Mayfield, several items totaling $75 were stolen
from a car parked at the owner's residence: a book binder, school
books, homework, a calculator, a learner's permit and some change.
next vehicle was parked inside a garage on the 900 block of N.
McLean. The owner remembers locking the garage door. A portable CD
player, which is worth about $100, was taken from the vehicle.
last theft was from a car parked at the owner's residence. A $50
AM/FM CD player was stolen.
are no suspects at this time, but due to the timing of the crimes it
is believed that they may be connected. If you have any information
about these thefts, please contact the Lincoln Police Department at
732-2151, or Crime Stoppers at 732-3000.
series of thefts in the early morning hours of Thursday, March 15,
is under investigation. There are no suspects yet, but police
believe that one person or group is responsible for all of the
first vehicle, a pickup truck, parked at the owner's residence in
the 500 block of Tremont, was entered through the rear sliding door.
It is estimated that $400 worth of property was stolen: a radio,
duffle bag, four clothing items, prescription sunglasses, two
flashlights and a disposable camera.
second vehicle had an AM/FM CD player stolen. To gain entry, the
suspects forced entry to the side door of the '93 Jeep, which was
parked in front of the owner's residence in the 300 block of
Tremont. The radio is worth about $100.
cars were broken into in a residential parking lot on the 100 block
of S. Logan St. One vehicle, a truck, had a CD player removed; the
suspects removed the dash cover to take the $200 unit.
other vehicle, a van, had a radar detector removed. The detector is
worth about $100.
you have any information about these crimes, please contact the
Lincoln Police Department at 732-2151 or Crime Stoppers at 732-3000.
On Feb. 19, 2001, between 6 and 8:15
p.m. unknown person(s) placed an unknown substance on a 1999
Cadillac parked at the Mount Pulaski grade school. The grade school
is located at 200 N. Garden Street in Mount Pulaski. The substance
caused extensive damage to the paint on the vehicle. The Mount
Pulaski Police Department, (217) 792-5018, and the Lincoln/Logan
County Crime Stoppers are requesting anyone with any information to
On Jan. 16, 2001,
a possible arson occurred at 127
N. Kickapoo St. (the old
Scully Building) in Lincoln. The possible arson was
reported at approx. 7:12 p.m. on that date. Anyone with any information
about this incident who may have seen anything or anyone in the area of
the building is asked to contact the Lincoln Police Department,
Lincoln Fire Department or Crime Stoppers.
On Jan. 12, 2001, sometime between
6 and 9 p.m., a burglary occurred on Mayfair Drive in Lincoln. Unknown
person(s) forced open a garage door and
entered the residence. Unknown person(s) looked through dresser drawers
and a closet. Taken from the residence were several shotguns, a
cellular phone and a camera.
between Nov. 23 and Nov. 27, 2000, unknown person(s) entered a residence
on the west side of Lincoln. Unknown person(s) forced entry to the
residence and went through it. Several items of jewelry where taken,
along with a laptop computer and an unknown amount of U.S. currency.
- Sometime between Nov. 13 and
Nov. 14, 2000, unknown person(s) forced entry to the Plaza Wash and Lube
at 2821 Woodlawn Road in Lincoln. Unknown person(s) broke a window on a
door on the east side of the building. Unknown person(s) entered the
office area and took an assortment of U.S. currency and some product
coupons. Estimated damage to the door was around $70.
These are totals from the
inception of the program Aug. 1, 1983.
amount of drugs and merchandise recovered:
Dollar amount paid
out for rewards:
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