IL Lt. Governor to Host EMS Summit

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon is bringing together emergency medical workers and health care providers from rural communities to discuss how to improve emergency medical response.  

Simon is the chairwoman of the Governor’s Rural Affairs Council. She says participants in the Emergency Medical Services Summit will examine the conditions of EMS in rural Illinois. They’ll also discuss solutions for ongoing challenges such as recruitment and retention of personnel and continuing education. Continue Reading

Arrests Mount in Wake of Chicago Park Shooting

CHICAGO (AP) — A fifth man has been arrested and charged in connection with a shooting at a Chicago park last week that wounded 13 people, including a 3-year-old boy.  

A written statement released Saturday by the Police Department’s New Affairs Office says 22-year-old David Logan of Chicago was arrested Wednesday. He is charged with unlawful use of a weapon without a Firearm Owner Identification card as well as obstructing justice. Police spokesman Jose Estrada had no additional information to release on the suspect’s alleged role in the attack. Logan was scheduled to appear in bond court Saturday afternoon. Continue Reading

Mother-in-law Held in Tama Woman’s Death

TAMA, Iowa (AP) — A judge has set bail for a woman accused of killing her daughter-in-law at $1 million.  

Cedar Rapids television station KCRG reports that a Tama County Court judge set bail for 57-year-old Ginger Jefferson during her initial court appearance Friday on a first-degree murder charge. Authorities say Jefferson was originally taken into custody as a material witness in the death of 32-year-old Kerry O’Clair-Jefferson. O’Clair-Jefferson’s body was found inside her Tama house Wednesday afternoon by police, who were there to arrest her husband, Dustin Jefferson, on a warrant and learned O’Clair-Jefferson might be injured inside the house. Authorities say an autopsy shows O’Clair-Jefferson died of stab wounds to her neck. Continue Reading