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Around the state 3-8-18

 
 
Illinois teen faces felonies after school threats found
O'FALLON, Ill. (AP) — A 15-year-old southern Illinois boy is in custody and faces felony charges after authorities say he made threats against an elementary school.
Officials say the teen wrote graffiti on J Emmett Hinchcliffe Sr. Elementary School in O'Fallon, including a threatening message and explicit and vulgar drawings. He is charged with making a terrorist threat, attempt of making a terrorist threat, disorderly conduct and criminal defacement of property.
St. Clair County State's Attorney Brendan Kelly on Wednesday called it "a serious, serious threat." Police say the teen appeared in juvenile court and was sent to juvenile detention center. O'Fallon Police Chief Eric Van Hook said the teen "had no intention" of carrying out the threats.
School officials say the threats panicked the community and students were kept home from school.
 
Transgender inmate again sues Illinois corrections agency
CHICAGO (AP) — A transgender inmate who Illinois authorities agreed to move from one male prison after her claims of abuse says the mistreatment has continued at her new location in another male prison, causing her such despair that she's tried to kill herself.
The accusations come in a federal lawsuit filed Thursday for 27-year-old Deon Hampton against Illinois' Department of Corrections. Hampton, who goes by "Strawberry," is serving a 10-year burglary sentence.
She's seeking to become one of the state's first transgender women to be granted a transfer to an all-female prison. The IDOC couldn't immediately say if there's been a decision on the request and declined comment on the lawsuit.
Hampton was transferred to the Lawrence Correctional Center in January from the Menard prison under an agreement in a separate lawsuit.
 
Illinois hunters kill 318 bobcats during 2017-2018 season
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Approximately 318 bobcats were killed in Illinois during the hunting and trapping season that was in effect Nov. 10 through Feb. 15.
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources announced Wednesday that 1,000 permits were issued to hunters and trappers for the season. Permit holders salvaged 40 road-kill bobcats during the season.
There were 500 permits given out during the 2016-2017 season, the first year of legal bobcat hunting. There were 141 bobcats killed during the 2016-2017 season.
State law prohibits the taking of bobcats in 33 Illinois counties, and in portions of three additional counties. The law allowed hunters and trappers to harvest up to 350 bobcats for the 2017-18 season.
The harvest limit will be 375 bobcats for the 2018-19 season, which is scheduled for Nov. 10, 2018 through Feb. 15, 2019. Permit applications will be accepted in September.
 
Judge pushes back at calls for Chicago cop's trial to start
CHICAGO (AP) — Protesters are angry about waiting for a Chicago police officer to stand trial for murder in the 2014 shooting death of black teenager Laquan McDonald but the judge says the case "will go to trial when it's fair."
On Thursday, as protesters gathered outside the Chicago courthouse, Cook County Circuit Judge Vincent Gaughan explained the case has generated thousands of pages of documents and emails and that various issues must be decided before Jason Van Dyke can stand trial.
One issue yet to be decided is whether the trial will be held in Chicago. Van Dyke's attorneys want a change of venue because they say the extensive media attention and comments made by Mayor Rahm Emanuel about the case have made a fair trial in in the city impossible.
 
Parolee charged after Chicago officer dragged by minivan
CHICAGO (AP) — A parolee has been charged after a Chicago police officer was dragged by a minivan for several blocks following a traffic stop.
Police announced charges Thursday against 26-year-old Paris McKinley of Summit, including aggravated fleeing, armed violence and being a parolee in possession of a weapon. McKinley was arrested this week after police say he fled the traffic stop and crashed.
It wasn't immediately known whether he currently has a lawyer. Police say he had three prior convictions.
Police say officers in a marked squad car stopped the minivan in the Chicago Lawn neighborhood early Tuesday and a gun was spotted on the floor of the backseat. Police say McKinley drove away and crashed. He was captured following a foot chase.
The officer had what were described as non-life-threatening injuries.
 
Miller Park Zoo in Illinois welcomes birth of 2 otter pups
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) — Miller Park Zoo in Illinois is celebrating the birth of two male otter pups and will auction off the chance to name the newborns.
North American River Otters "Tallulah" and "Ozzie" welcomed their pups into the world on Feb. 12.
The newborns won't be on exhibit until sometime in late March as they still need to learn how to swim. But they can be seen through a video monitor in the zoo's veterinary hospital room.
The zoo in Bloomington will auction off the opportunity to name the pups in September.
Miller Park Zoo has seen otter pup litters in four out of the last five years. It's considered rare for North American River Otters to reproduce in captivity.
 
East-central Illinois participates in Stop the Bleed
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Nearly 1,200 school employees in east and central Illinois have been trained since last year on how to stop life-threatening bleeding.
Carle Foundation Hospital's trauma department is offering the national Stop the Bleed campaign training to schools in a 21-county area of east-central Illinois. The hospital is equipping all 302 public school buildings with medical supplies kits to help stop bleeding.
"The number one goal is to make the entire population in the U.S. immediate responders," said Dr. Henry Moore, trauma services medical director and chairman of a trauma committee covering the multi-county region.
He said Carle chose to start training in schools because they've been a top target in active shooter episodes.
The campaign was launched by the White House in 2015 as a national preparedness initiative to share life-saving techniques used by the military and emergency responders with the public, The News-Gazette reported. The campaign came in the wake the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.
The hour-long training teaches a medical response that bystanders can use to save lives in the critical first minutes after a trauma injury.
Rantoul school nurse Sherri White is among those trained. She completed her training in November with octher district nursing staff.
White said the training taught her the importance of people on the front line of a tragedy being prepared to know what to do before the ambulance arrives.
"Hopefully, we won't need to use it," White said.
School nurses in Champaign and Urbana school districts also have been trained. Unit 4 schools spokeswoman Emily Schmit said Stop the Bleed kits have been received by all Champaign schools, and that there's a desire to share the training the district's lead nurse administrator received with other school staff.

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