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State troopers earn praise in attempted murder case in Iroquois County

Illinois State Police Director Leo Schmitz is extending praise to law enforcement officers involved in the arrest of an attempted murder suspect in Champaign County.

36-year-old Jason Sanders was stopped by troopers and Champaign County sheriff deputies after he fled Gilman having shot another man at a truck stop.

Sanders is now charged with attempted murder and weapons violations. He’s jailed in Watseka.

State Police Director Leo Schmitz said ‘’These brave officers put their lives on the line. They knew the man had a gun and they knew he had already shot someone.

These police officers did what officers across the country do every day. They ran toward the situation, putting themselves in danger to protect innocent citizens.’’

Director Schmitz referenced the arrest of Sanders of Wesst Memphis, Arkansas. Sanders had been in an altercation on the parking lot of a truck stop in Gilman where another trucker was shot. Police say Sanders fled the scene in a semi-truck which was stopped after it was spotted traveling along Interstate 57 in Champaign County.

‘’Their professionalism and dedication to protecting others ensured this incident ended quickly and without anyone else getting hurt,’’ added the Illinois State Police Director.

Sanders is now charged with attempted murder, aggravated battery with a firearm, aggravated discharge of a firearm, and unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon.

The shooting victim was treated for two gunshot wounds. He was in stable condition at a Carle Hospital in Urbana.

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Crashes on slick roads leave injuries

Vermilion County area motorists experienced slick roads Thursday, leading to several accidents. 21-year-old Levi Stebbins of Rossville was treated at a Danville hospital after crashing his vehicle along Illinois Route 1.

Sheriff’s Police reported Stebbins was south of Mann’s Chapel Road around 5 am when his vehicle left the highway, ran into a ditch and rolled. The vehicle came to rest upright.

In another crash, a 21-year-old man from Danville was treated at a hospital after running his car into a ditch about 4 am.

Several vehicles slide-offs were investigated in Vermilion and Champaign counties. Many of them were along I-74 and I-57.

State Police and county deputies were also busy in Indiana.

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Arkansas man arrested on I-57 after shooting in Gilman

State police arrested an Arkansas man near Champaign Tuesday in connection with an attempted murder in Gilman.
Meanwhile, the victim is being treated at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.

36-year-old Jason Sanders of West Memphis, Ark., is jailed on a one-million bond in Iroquois County. He was was involved in an altercation in the south parking lot of the Pilot Travel Center in Gilman at 9:30 Tuesday night.

Iroquois County State’s Attorney Jim Devine said the fight between Sanders and the shooting victim stemmed from mis-communication with the trucking company where both men were employed.

Devine explained the two men were to exchange assignments at Gilman, but both were unaware of the company-
directive. That led to the argument and the shooting.

Sanders ended up shooting a 48-year-old man twice before leaving the scene in a semitrailer. State troopers and sheriff deputies stopped his rig in Champaign County and took him into custody.

The shooting victim was first taken to Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka before he was transferred to Carle. He was listed in stable condition.

Sanders has been charged with attempted murder and unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon. Additional charged were filed Thursday in Iroquois Circuit Court.

Sanders had bond set at $1-million by Judge Michael Sabol.

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Arkansas man arrested in Gilman shooting

A shooting at the Pilot Travel Center in Gilman Tuesday night finds an Arkansas man jailed in Iroquois County.
36-year-old Jason Sanders is charged with attempted murder and unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon.

Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police and Gilman Police reported the arrest Wednesday afternoon.

Sheriff Derek Hagen said there was an altercation in the parking lot area of the Pilot truck stop between Sanders and 48-year-old Krzysztof Bogucki of Chicago. Sanders allegedly pulled out a handgun, firing and hitting the victim twice.

Bogucki was in stable condition at Carle Hospital in Urbana.
Sanders fled in a semi. Bogucki entered the truck stop asking for help.

Illinois State Police stopped Sanders in Champaign County. A bond hearing is likely today.

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Newton County triple homicide case reveals new details

Court documents provide new information in the August 2016 murders of three people in Newton County, Indiana.

23-year old Richard Thomas, 39-year-old Kimberly Spears and 20-year-old Justin Babbs were all found stabbed inside a home in Sumava Resorts.

Sebastian Wedding was arrested. He allegedly told a witness he needed gas money because he planned to leave the state.

The Court documents say police monitored Facebook message conversations between the witness and Wedding later that day.

Wedding allegedly admitted to being at the home where the murders took place.

Wedding was arrested August 29. Two days later, Derrick Cardosi was arrested after a witness saw him at the scene in the days following the murder.

Investigators have not commented on a possible motive.
Wedding and Cardosi pleaded not guilty to 3-counts of murder, auto theft and theft in September. In December, they both pleaded not guilty to an additional 2-counts of murder.

Prosecutors plan to seek life without parole.

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