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July 21  11:02 am

Oglesby Standoff
An Oglesby man was arrested this morning following an eight hour standoff. Oglesby Police say they received a call around 8:40 Sunday evening from a female who had been battered by her husband. Authorities say the female informed them that the man, Eric Fischer, had barricaded himself in the residence along with two handguns and three canines. Authorities say upon arrival, the immediate neighborhood was evacuated and Fischer’s home was secured by police. Authorities say they communicated with Fischer for several hours before forcing him from his home around 4:30 this morning after he refused to come out. Fischer has been charged with domestic battery and further charges are pending.

Grundy County Fatal Crash
One man is dead following a fatal vehicle crash late last night in Grundy County. The Grundy County Coroner’s Office says an SUV was eastbound on US Route 6 yesterday evening, northeast of Morris, when the vehicle left the road into the south ditch and rolled over several times. Authorities say three people were ejected from the vehicle and one remained inside of the vehicle. Authorities say one of the ejected individuals were pronounced dead at the scene just after midnight this morning.

Doddy Indicted
A man suspected of killing two people this summer, including one near Paw Paw, has pleaded not guilty. Terence Doddy has been charged with first-degree murder as part of a 15-count Winnebago County grand jury indictment. The 36-year-old Doddy is charged with the June 30th killing of high school friend Todd Hansmeier, and Doddy is a suspect in the July 1st slaying of 44-year-old Tonya Bargman at the I-39 rest stop in Paw Paw.
Doddy was apprehended July 4 after a police chase near Beloit, Wisconsin. Police say he was driving Barman's car. Other charges include robbery and possession of a stolen vehicle.


Starved Rock Trails
At last report, the main trails at Starved Rock remain closed for the third week. Officials at the Illinois Department of Natural Resources said late last week that most of the debris on the trails has been cleared, but some trail stairways and walkways still need to be repaired. The trails were closed down following severe thunderstorms on June 30th that knocked down numerous trees throughout the park. Conservation Police Sargent Hank Frazier says conservation police has handed out 57 citations to those walking on closed trails.

Medical Marijuana for Minors
 Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has signed legislation that will allow minors with epilepsy to use medical marijuana. The law adds seizures to the list of treatable conditions in Illinois' medical cannabis program. It allows children with seizures from epilepsy to consume oil from the marijuana plant with a parent's consent.

Bond in Fatal Crash into Quarry
 Bond has been set at $250,000 for a Geneva man whose car plunged into a water-filled quarry. Prosecutors say Michael Szot was drunk when he failed to make a curve and drove into the quarry in Naperville. Divers later discovered the bodies of Sajaad Syed and Mihirtej Boddupalli still in the vehicle.

Paddleboarding Death
 Authorities in southwestern Michigan say that an Evergreen Park man drowned while paddle boarding on an inland lake. Cass County Undersheriff Richard Behnke says a dive team and other searchers recovered the body of Vincent Churak. The undersheriff says Churak was an avid swimmer and had a home on the lake.

Psychiatric Clinic Closing in Rockford
 The University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford is planning to close its psychiatric clinic this fall. Officials started notifying patients last month. College of Medicine spokeswoman Cynthia Hall says the clinic has been struggling financially in recent years. The clinic has been open for more than 20 years.

Search History in Death
 An investigator testifying at the trial of a former missionary accused of killing his wife says the Internet search history on the suspect's computer included queries on various ways to kill someone. Nathan Leuthold is accused of shooting his 39-year-old wife, Denise, in their Peoria home in February 2013. Leuthold's attorney countered Friday's testimony by saying the computer wasn't password protected and anyone could have used it to make those searches.

Facebook Shoplifting
 Police investigating a theft of clothing from a southern Illinois boutique say they arrested a woman after she posted Facebook pictures of herself wearing the stolen duds.    Authorities say 27-year-old Danielle Saxton of West Frankfort is charged with misdemeanor retail theft.  The store's co-owner, Kert Williams, says he noticed the missing items and posted about the theft on Facebook. Officials say that Facebook users who saw Williams' posting and those of Saxton made the connection and helped police.