Man drives truck up stairs, hits building

ROCKFORD — A 42-year-old man told police he passed out moments before he drove his pickup truck up a flight of stairs and crashed into a brick building Monday afternoon.

The driver of the pickup, Angel Amen, 42, was not believed to be injured. He was wearing his seat belt and the driver’s side air bag did deploy. However, he was taken to Rockford Memorial Hospital as a precaution, police said.

Charges are pending further investigation.

Rockford Register Star

Man dies from Russian roulette injuries

PEORIA — A man died Saturday from head injuries he sustained about two weeks ago while playing Russian roulette.

Peoria County Coroner Johnna Ingersoll said Jamel Anthony Sr., 24, of Peoria, was under the influence of marijuana the evening of Jan. 8 when he began playing with a loaded revolver.

Anthony was in the kitchen of the house with several friends when he held the gun to his head and pulled the trigger about 8:40 p.m. The gun did not go off the first time and he pulled the trigger again, shooting himself in the head, according to police reports.

Witnesses told police they tried to stop Anthony from playing with the gun. No one else was involved in the game, Ingersoll said.

Immediately after the incident, Anthony was taken by family to Methodist Medical Center. He was pronounced dead about 9:30 p.m. Saturday at the hospital.

Peoria Journal Star

Mitsubishi extends shutdown

NORMAL – Mitsubishi Motors North America announced Tuesday the addition of five weeks of non-production at its plant in Normal beginning the week of April 6.

The additional period now means that a non-production period of a total of 12 weeks will begin Feb. 16 and extend through May 8. Production is scheduled to resume on May 11.

Officials said the 12-week non-production period will optimize inventories of MMNA-produced products in the U.S. and overseas markets.

Peoria Journal Star

Second MRSA infection diagnosed

GALESBURG — A second King Elementary School student has been diagnosed with a dangerous staph infection.

On Friday, King Principal Wayne Krus said a girl had been diagnosed with methicillin-resistant Staphlococcus aureus earlier in the week. A family member says the girl first displayed symptoms Jan. 16 and had not been in school for several days due to snow days.

The relative said the girl was admitted to a local hospital Jan. 18 and was transferred to OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria when her symptoms worsened. She was given intravenous antibiotics upon her admission to the hospital.

On Monday, Krus confirmed that a student in the same class also has been diagnosed with MRSA.

Galesburg Register-Mail

Man freed from grain silo after almost four hours

CHATHAM – Firefighters struggled nearly four hours Monday before freeing a man trapped in a grain silo outside Chatham.

The 60-year-old man had been stuck in a quarter-full 50,000-bushel grain bin for an undetermined amount of time when firefighters arrived at the bin about noon. Someone on the property noticed the man was missing and found him inside the bin shortly before rescuers were called.

When firefighters first arrived at the Lick Elevator, the farmer was buried up to his chest in soybeans and his foot was stuck in an auger.

Rescuers cut holes in the side of the silo to drain the grain, and ventilation systems were hooked up to ward off hypothermia.  The temperature during the rescue was about 16 degrees, according to Springfield Fire Division Chief Bob Reside.

Rescuers had to wait until all of the grain was removed before untangling the man’s foot from the auger.

State Journal-Register