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Around the Tri States: Fatal accident in Henderson County; Keokuk man arrested on drug charges

Jane Carlson
Tri States Public Radio

A weekly roundup of news from around the region.

Fatal accident in Henderson County

A Stronghurst woman is dead after a one-vehicle rollover accident in Henderson County.

Sheriff’s deputies responded to Township Road 1400 East north of Stronghurst on Sunday morning.

They found Sarah Shrum, 22, trapped under her vehicle. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Illinois State Police assisted local authorities with the investigation.

Keokuk man arrested on drug charges

A Keokuk man was arrested on felony drug charges after being pulled over by authorities.

Russell Vandermartin, 60, was pulled over in the 1400 block of Palean Street to be taken into custody.

He is charged with possession with intent to deliver meth and drug tax stamp violation. He also faces misdemeanor charges of maintaining a drug house and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The arrest stems from a search warrant executed at Vandermartin’s home by the Lee County Narcotics Task Force.

Fire damages Macomb home

No injuries are reported from a house fire at 341 S. Lafayette St. in Macomb on Wednesday afternoon.

The fire department said the home sustained significant damage to the laundry room and there is smoke damage throughout the house.

Damage is an estimated $6,000.

The department said the cause of the fire is “electrical in nature.”

Galesburg SAFE-T Act resolution

The city of Galesburg approved a resolution asking the Illinois legislature to address public safety concerns in the SAFE-T Act.

The council first considered the resolution last month, tabled it, and then approved it this week.

It points out concerns about parts of the SAFE-T Act going into effect Jan. 1, including changes to police certification standards and eliminating cash bail for some offenses.

The resolution asks the state assembly to take a closer look at the bill.

Fourth Ward council member Dwight White was the lone no vote on the resolution. He said there are many good parts of the bill, and it’s not the city’s role to tell the general assembly what to do.

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