Third 'High School Musical' ice show scheduled
ROCKFORD – An additional “Disney’s High School Musical: The Ice Tour” performance has been added at the MetroCentre, 300 Elm St., Rockford.
This one will be at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30.
Tickets cost $14.50 to $40 and will be on sale at 10 a.m. Monday to the general public, although those who subscribe to Centre Events’ Scoop online newsletter were able to start buying tickets this morning.
Tickets will be available at centreevents.com , the MetroCentre box office, or by phone at 815-968-5222.
The other two shows are at 7 p.m. Jan. 29 and Jan. 30 and close to being sold out.
Chain reaction accident leaves three dead
LASALLE — Authorities in LaSalle County have identified the three people killed Wednesday in a fiery crash that reportedly began when a trucker from Springfield fell asleep at the wheel.
The crash, which involved two tractor-trailer trucks and five other vehicles, occurred on Interstate 39 north of U.S. Route 6, and one of the rigs spilled a load of 45,000 pounds of potatoes onto the highway. The crash closed the highway to traffic for a time.
Pronounced dead at the scene were Caryn J. Casey, 21, of Rockford and 67-year-old Donald Rautio and 65-year-old Faye Rautio of The Villages, Fla.
According to the Illinois State Police report, the deadly chain reaction began at about 1:18 p.m. on southbound I-39. All seven vehicles involved were entering the construction zone at the Abraham Lincoln Bridge.
William A. Hinds, 42, of Springfield said he fell asleep at the wheel of his tractor-trailer truck, according to police. Ahead of him was a Ford Explorer driven by Michael H. Swiersz, 51, of Danville.
Swiersz told police he saw the truck was not slowing down for the construction zone and tried to get out of the way by driving into the median. The truck struck his SUV in the rear and knocked it down into the median, where it overturned.
The truck kept going and hit the rear of the Rautios’ Toyota Camry, forcing it into Casey’s Ford Taurus, which was trying to merge into the right lane.
Hinds’ rig and Casey’s car burst into flame and struck the rear trailer of a semi driven by Roberto Barragan, 56, of Savanna, spilling the potatoes onto the highway, police said.
Barragan’s rig then struck the rear of a Dodge Caravan driven by Michael L. Weaver Kaufman, 36, of St. Louis. The impact pushed the van into the rear cargo trailer of a Ford F350 pickup truck driven by Rachel M. Chleborowicz, 39, of Machesney Park, police said.
Hinds’ truck and Casey’s car, still on fire, finally came to rest in the median.
Hinds, Swiersz and two passengers in Swiersz’s vehicle were taken to Illinois Valley Community Hospital in Peru, police said.
A hospital spokeswoman said three of those people were treated and released and one was transferred to another hospital, but more information was not available Thursday night.
Kaufman and his three passengers were treated and released at Community Hospital of Ottawa.
The crash remains under investigation by state police and the LaSalle County Coroner’s Office,
Armed robbery of El Paso bank leads to two arrests
EL PASO - A man and woman were arrested by the Livingston County Sheriff's Department for allegedly robbing an El Paso bank on Thursday morning.
Jason L. Satterfield, 30, and Noelle Huss, 22, both of Pontiac were being held in Livingston County Jail on Thursday night, although it was unclear as to what charges were filed.
El Paso Police Chief Jeff Price said a man entered the Flanagan State Bank, 111 N. Fayette, about 11:15 a.m., showed a pistol and robbed two bank tellers before fleeing.
No shots were fired, and no one was injured during the robbery. An undisclosed amount of money was taken.
Another bank employee chased after the robber. Price said the robber ran behind the nearby IGA grocery store, and the employee gave police the description of two possible getaway vehicles.
One of those, a car, was stopped about noon by Livingston County sheriff's deputies and Pontiac police near St. James Hospital in Pontiac, where Satterfield and Huss were taken into custody.
Thursday wasn't the first time the Flanagan bank has been targeted. A man wearing a ski mask and implying he had a weapon attempted to rob it in July 2006. Police said the man left on foot without any money. No one was ever charged in the crime.
Rescue team seeks new headquarters
SPRINGFIELD – The local volunteer underwater search and rescue team is trying to locate something unusual - new headquarters.
Jim Hoover, commander of the Springfield Underwater Search and Rescue Team (SUSART), said members would like to have a new facility where all of the equipment can be kept in one spot.
"We need a building to house our equipment, to get it out of the weather," Hoover said Thursday. "We are trying to put in a building that's large enough to house our vehicle, a pontoon boat, a jon boat and anything else we might have. ... We wouldn't be doing any underwater work there. We aren't planning on a pool or anything like that."
He expects fundraisers to be planned, and the dive team is also talking about raising money by selling commemorative bricks to be incorporated into the new site.
Formed in the early 1960s, SUSART has four members. Over the years, the team has been called out to find everything from a submerged houseboat to a lost hearing aid. They were even called out once to look for a prosthetic eye.
Hospital construction delayed by discovery of storm sewer
SPRINGFIELD – Millions of dollars already have been spent, but unanticipated cost increases will prevent Kindred Healthcare from opening a 50-bed specialty hospital in Springfield in 2008.
The turn of events also could threaten the venture's future.
"It's an unfortunate situation," Jack Shapiro, Chicago-based chief executive of Kindred Hospitals of Illinois and Wisconsin, said this week of the setback,.
Kindred recently figured out that the final cost to complete a long-term acute-care hospital at the former Doctors Park site would exceed the original $14.7 million estimate by more than the maximum 5 percent allowed by the Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board.
As a result, the board would have denied an extension in the permit Kindred needs to complete the project at 701 N. Walnut St., Shapiro said.
Rather than abandon the effort, Kindred officials decided that the company would ask the state planning board for another "certificate of need" - requiring a months-long process.
"We assume nothing," Shapiro said. "As far as I'm concerned, we're starting from scratch."
Designs had to be redone after Kindred discovered a storm sewer that may be 100 years old running underneath the property. The sewer line hadn't turned up in the company's previous checks of city property records.
The redesign - making the building three stories instead of two - and the associated delay boosted the cost estimate, Shapiro said.
Contributing: Springfield State Journal-Register, Peoria Journal Star and Rockford Register Star.
State Briefs: 12/29/07
Third 'High School Musical' ice show scheduled