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A man charged with murder in the death of an Illinois child welfare worker entered into a plea agreement with prosecutors and was sentenced to 21 years in prison.

Andrew Sucher was accused of attacking Department of Children and Family Services worker Pamala Knight when she tried to take a child into protective custody in September 2017.

Sucher pushed the woman to the ground and allegedly kicked her in the head, fracturing her skull and causing brain damage. The 59-year-old Knight died about 5 months later.

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Rockford police say three people were fatally shot early Saturday on a private adult-themed charter bus. The suspect has not been located after fleeing the bus after the shooting.

 

The shooting took place near the intersection of Auburn St. and Johnston Av. Police Chief Dan O'Shea says the driver of the "Distinguished Gentleman" bus called police about 3:30 a.m. The driver had driven a distance from the shooting site and parked at a gas stations where he met police.

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The man convicted of killing his six children in their Rockford home in 1978 died Sunday. Simon Peter Nelson died while still imprisoned for the crimes, according to a news release from Winnebago County State’s Attorney Joe Bruscato. He was 85.

Bruscato had been fighting Nelson’s latest attempt at parole. He was up for parole for the 19th time. There was a public petition campaign against his possible release, and his request for parole was to be ruled on by the Illinois Prisoner Review Board in July.

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Winnebago County Sheriff’s deputies are guarding a man in a Rockford hospital. He’s suspected of killing a 16-year-old Machesney Park's Rebecca Finkenhofer and shooting her grandmother Tuesday night.

Michael Mernack, 36, was shot by Winnebago County sheriff’s deputies after they were called to a Machesney Park home. They say he was armed.

Detectives Seek Answers In Sycamore Double Murder

Aug 16, 2016
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Two rural Sycamore residents were found dead in their home Monday night.

The DeKalb County Sheriff's Office found signs of forced entry at the home of 64-year old Robert Wilson and his 85-year old mother Patricia.  Chief Deputy Andy Sullivan says the victims appear to have died from blunt force trauma, and Ms. Wilson's vehicle appears to have been stolen. 

“The victim’s missing vehicle is a 2010 White 4-door Chevrolet Impala, Illinois License Plate 903-0890.  Locating this vehicle will help investigators in this tragic case," he said.  

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The man serving life sentences for killing six people in Illinois is trying to change the location of his upcoming Missouri murder trial.

Nicholas Sheley says he cannot get a fair trial in Jefferson County, south of St. Louis.

Prosecutors there intend to seek the death penalty if he’s convicted for both murders.

Sheley was charged with killing a married couple from Arkansas visiting the St. Louis area in 2008. Sheley was scheduled to make his first Missouri court appearance earlier this week, but it was postponed after the judge stepped down at Sheley’s request.

A Sterling man was sentenced to four life sentences today: that’s on top of the two life sentences he is already serving.