NEWS

State Briefs 11.13.09

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

Deer wants to see inside of meat store

BARTONVILLE, Ill. - A deer crashed into Echo Valley Meats' plate glass window and shattered it Thursday morning.

According Dave Alwan, owner of Echo Valley Meats, he received a call about 6:45 a.m. from a woman who was driving nearby and saw the deer in action.

While Alwan and police initially thought the deer had come into the store, Alwan said video surveillance showed the deer crashing into the window and taking off. The deer was not found.

Bartonville Police Chief Brian Fengel said the broken window was worth $500, and nobody got hurt. Fengel said he has seen deer encounters like this before.

"I know it's rut season for deer," he said. "We've had a lot of deer accidents and a lot of deer running around."

Fengel said the accident is notable because Echo Valley Meats processes deer meat.

"We're so good, they're just dying to get in," Alwan said.

Journal Star

Man drives over gravestones during police chase through cemetery

HILLSIDE - A 21-year-old Woodstock man is in police custody after leading police on a short chase through a cemetery, where he drove over gravestones before police from Hillside and Westchester apprehended him.

Hillside Police Detective Tony Milazzo said he and another detective were driving through the West Point Center in Hillside when they saw a woman standing next to a suspicious car.

Police said the driver sped away as police approached, leaving the woman behind. One of the detectives jumped from the car and grabbed the woman, who was found to be carrying a syringe loaded with a yet-to-be-identified substance.

The man led police on a chase from the shopping center to westbound Roosevelt Road, where his car jumped the median into oncoming traffic before turning into Oakridge Cemetery.

Milazzo said the man’s car knocked over at least one gravestone before driving over several others. He drove through the cemetery, exiting across Mannheim , where he drove around a roadblock set up by Westchester Police, Milazzo said.

He then drove over a curb, blew a tire and headed east, where he drove into an auto repair business in an attempt to flee down an alley, police said. There he was captured by police.

Milazzo said the man would likely be charged at least with aggravated fleeing and eluding police. Several empty packets of a substance and syringes were also found in the vehicle, Milazzo said.

Chicago Suburban Life

'Daily Show' features report from small Illinois town

OREGON - In case you missed it Wednesday, "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" presented a report from Oregon.

Josh Gad, a correspondent for Comedy Central's mock news show, examined the effects of Cash for Clunkers on demolition derbies while reporting at The Fall Brawl Demolition Derby. Gad said that clunkers removed and destroyed 700,000 guzzlers from the streets, leaving a scarcity of cars for demolition derbies.

The government "has totally abandoned me," demolition derby driver Pat Shutte said in the feature. "Because not only do they take away the car, but they take away the availability of all the parts, too."

Austan Goolsbee, an economic adviser to President Barack Obama, responded.

"It may be a difficult time in the economy for demolition derby, but I hope that they will accept that small sacrifice for the sake of the economy," Goolsbee said.

Register Star

Tire falls off car, causes crash

SPRINGFIELD - No one was injured Thursday when a tire fell off a Springfield man’s car, rolled into the oncoming lane and struck a vehicle.

Devan Ware, 19, was heading east about noon when the front driver’s side tire on his Chevrolet Impala came off the vehicle. The tire struck the front of a Nissan Sentra that was driven by Pamela Williams, 50.

A crash report did not indicate the extent of damage on the two vehicles.

Ware was cited by Springfield police for unsafe equipment.

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