(CHICAGO) As clocks are springing forward one hour this weekend, the Office of the State Fire Marshall (OSFM) is urging Illinoisans to take a few extra minutes to change and test the batteries in their smoke alarms. The National Fire Protection Association reports that between 2009 and 2013 that three out of every five home fire deaths occurred in homes that either did not have smoke alarms or the alarms did not work. In fact, more than half of the non-working smoke alarms either had missing or disconnected batteries. We’re reminded that Illinois law requires every household to have smoke alarms within 15 feet of every bedroom and at least one alarm on each floor of the home. So as residents set those clocks forward an hour before going to bed tomorrow night, change those smoke alarm batteries at the same time
(SPRINGFIELD) The Illinois Department of Natural Resources has announced that hunters and trappers harvested 318 bobcats during the latest hunting season which ran from mid-November 2017 to February 15th, 2018. Of that harvested amount, 159 bobcats were taken by trap, 130 by gun, 40 by road-kill, and 29 by archery. The 2018-2019 three-month-plus season is scheduled to start November 10th later this year. Permit applications will be accepted in September. For more details, go online at www.dnr.illinois.gov.
(EFFINGHAM) The Illinois State Police has announced that District 12 Troopers patrolling Interstate 70 seized illicit cannabis two days in a row earlier this week. The first stop of a passenger car for traffic violations at 8:11 this past Tuesday (3/6/18) was near Effingham and yielded 71 pounds of cannabis. The second stop of an RV for traffic violations at 1:44 this past Wednesday was near St. Elmo and yielded 361 pounds of cannabis. One man from Virginia and two men from California were arrested for cannabis trafficking and were jailed in Effingham and Fayette Counties. The total street value of the cannabis seized had an estimated street value of approximately $1.08 million. The State’s Attorney’s offices in both counties and the Southeastern Illinois Drug Task Force assisted with the arrests and investigations.