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Around the Tri States: Burlington man struck and killed by garbage truck; Galesburg hires junior senior high principal

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Burlington man struck and killed by garbage truck

A hearing-impaired Burlington man is dead after being struck by a garbage truck on Thursday morning.

The Iowa State Patrol says the garbage truck was backing up southbound on Isabella Avenue around 10 a.m.

Brian Whittaker, 49, was trying to cross the street when he was hit by the truck.

He was pronounced dead at Southeast Iowa Regional Medical Center.

The accident is under investigation.

Galesburg hires junior senior high principal

Jeff Ewing will be the next principal at Galesburg Junior Senior High School.

The board of education approved hiring Ewing at its regular meeting Monday.

Ewing comes to Galesburg from Monmouth-Roseville, where he has been high school principal since 2019.

He’ll take over for Tom Hawkins, who is leaving to be superintendent of the United Community School District in rural Monmouth.

Macomb man accused of sexually assaulting child

A Macomb man is charged with one count of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child.

Payton Rucker, 20, was denied pretrial release and remains in custody at the McDonough County Jail.

He is accused of having inappropriate contact with someone under the age of 13 in December 2023.

Police began their investigation on December 31, and the McDonough County State’s Attorney’s office charged Rucker on May 9.

Burlington man killed in crash

A 90-year-old Burlington man is dead following a traffic crash last week.

Allen Heisel was northbound on U.S. Route 61 in a pickup truck when he was rear-ended near Wever by an SUV driven by a 19-year-old from Fort Madison.

Heisel was ejected from his truck and pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the other vehicle was taken to Southeast Iowa Regional Medical Center for treatment of injuries.

The accident remains under investigation.

Henderson County man convicted of sexual assault

A Henderson County man was found guilty of four counts aggravated criminal sexual assault following a bench trial.

Kambra Ware, 42, of Biggsville will be sentenced in July.

He faces 12 to 60 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

Illinois State Police, the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office, and the Macomb Police Department assisted with the investigation.

High court appoints Pratt in Eighth Circuit

The Illinois Supreme Court has appointed Christopher Pratt to serve as an at-large judge in the Eighth Judicial Circuit.

Pratt will fill the Adams County vacancy created by the removal of Robert Adrian for judicial misconduct earlier this year.

Pratt’s term runs through the 2026 election.

He has served in the Adams County public defender’s office since 2016 and previously was in private practice.

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