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Around the Tri States: Man wounded in Hancock County shooting; McDonough County hog barn burns down

Jane Carlson
Tri States Public Radio

A weekly roundup of news from around the region.

Man wounded in Hancock County shooting
A Knox County man is in police custody following a shooting in Hancock County.

The sheriff’s department said they were called to Memorial Hospital in Carthage around 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14 for a report of a man who had driven himself to the emergency room after being shot several times at his home near Webster.

He identified the shooter, and deputies later arrested him at the victim’s home.

Terry Lansford, 49, of Yates City was charged with offenses related to the shooting, and more charges could be filed.

The sheriff’s department also said the men know each other and there is no threat to the general public.

The victim was flown to HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, where he was in stable condition.

McDonough County hog barn burns down
A fire destroyed a hog barn in McDonough County on Saturday morning, Oct. 14, but most of the hogs were saved.

More than half-a-dozen fire and law enforcement agencies responded to the fire at 16635 North 800th Road.

The building was fully engulfed when they arrived.

The sheriff’s department said authorities were on the scene for around four hours.

Investigators believe an electrical problem started the fire.


Arrest in Burlington pedestrian homicide
Burlington police have arrested a woman in the death of a blind man in February 2021.

Jacob Sexton, 35, died after being hit by a vehicle at Summer and Grove Streets. Sexton was walking home at the time, using a red and white cane and GPS on his phone.

Now Megan Kalar, 36, is charged with homicide by vehicle, reckless driving, and driving under the influence.

Police said she was arrested this week after results were returned from a state laboratory.


Monmouth council member steps down
A Monmouth council member has resigned.

The first ward’s Justin Thomas submitted his resignation this month, citing “unforeseen circumstances.”

Mayor Rod Davies will bring a recommendation to the council at a future meeting to fill the seat.

Thomas was in his second term on the city council.

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