WEST FRANKFORT, Ill. (AP) - Authorities say a southern Illinois man has died after he was injured in a house explosion earlier this month. West Frankfort Police Chief Shawn Talluto says he was notified of 20-year-old Casey Hester's death on Saturday. Hester was taken to a St. Louis hospital after the explosion on July 6th.
PETERSBURG, Ill. (AP) - An Arizona man is charged with first-degree murder in the stabbing death of his half-brother in western Illinois. Twenty-eight-year-old Joseph Coffman was charged Monday in the death of 47-year-old Dennis Coffman of Petersburg. Pike County prosecutors say Dennis Coffman was stabbed multiple times with a knife on Saturday.
THIRD LAKE, Ill. (AP) - Authorities say the body of a northern Illinois teenager has been found in Third Lake in Lake County. Police and fire officials have identified the victim as 16-year-old Matt Reed. Authorities say Reed was on a pontoon boat Monday afternoon when he and others decided to go swimming. Reed struggled in the water and never resurfaced.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - An Iowa filmmaker plans to make a documentary about Abraham Lincoln's tomb in Springfield. Chris Ryder is partnering with the Lincoln Monument Association on the project to mark the 150th anniversary of Lincoln's death. Ryder says the documentary will start with the arrival of Lincoln's funeral train in Springfield in 1865.
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