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Taylorville Police Searching for Man After Three People Shot in Domestic Incident Monday Morning

UPDATE 3:30 P.M. - The suspect's vehicle may have been found in Hillsboro. The Hillsboro School District posted this message on their Facebook page earlier this afternoon.



UPDATE 1:21 P.M. - We have learned through Kennedy's Facebook page that he is from Dubois, IL and works at Continental Tires in Mt. Vernon.


UPDATE 11:32 A.M. - Police say Kennedy's truck is a GMC Sierra, not a GMC Sonoma as previously stated in the first press release. A picture of his car is below.



Police are looking for a man in connection with a shooting that left three people injured in Taylorville early Monday morning.


Taylorville Police responded to the 500 block of S. Walnut around 5 a.m. Monday to a shots fired call. Officers found three people had been shot, one of them being a 13-year-old. All three victims were treated at Taylorville Memorial Hospital before being transferred to Springfield hospitals. Taylorville Police Chief Brian Hile says all of the injuries appear to be non-life threatening.


Hile says they are looking for 43-year-old Lee W. Kennedy in connection with the shooting. He says this is not the first domestic incident they have been called to involving Kennedy.



The Christian County State’s Attorney’s Office, Christian County Sheriff’s Office, Illinois State Police, and other outside agencies are assisting Taylorville Police with the investigation.


Kennedy could be heading back to Southern Illinois, as Hile says he is familiar with that area. He was last seen driving a white 1996 GMC Sonoma extended cab truck with Illinois registration 2-3-6-3-5-1-0-B. Kennedy should be considered armed and dangerous. If you have any information on his whereabouts, call your local law enforcement agency.

Special Election Night Coverage on Miller Media Group Tuesday

Tuesday is primary election day across Illinois and we will have special election coverage Tuesday evening on the Miller Media Group of radio station. We will have updates throughout the night on all of the contested races across Christian, Shelby, and Montgomery counties. You can listen for hourly updates or follow each race online with the latest updates at TaylorvilleDailyNews.com. The Miller Media Group and TaylorvilleDailyNews.com is your source for all things local elections on Tuesday evening.


Christian County Sheriff Kettelkamp Holds Regional Meeting On School Safety

Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp is encouraging residents to speak up if they believe someone could be a threat to themselves or others. His call is in response to the recent waves of local school threats and the Florida school shooting in February.


Kettelkamp says he recently organized a meeting with local school and police officials in response to the school shooting last month. He says many local officials came and represented their entity.



Kettelkamp says speakers from the FBI and Illinois State Police spoke to the group in attendance. He says he’s proud of everyone that came together on this day for student safety across the area.



Kettelkamp appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show.

New Medicare Cards Could Lead to New Scams, Christian County TRIAD Warns

The Social Security Administration will be starting the process of sending out new Medicare cards in April. The Christian County TRIAD wants to make sure residents are on their toes for scammers that could use this process for personal gain.


Rich Peters with the Christian County TRIAD, along with Taylorville Police Chief Brian Hile appeared as guests on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show. Peters says one important piece of information that has been on the card in the past will no longer be on the card.



Peters says one thing to remember about Medicare cards when it comes to scams is that there’s no cost to getting a card.



Peters says the biggest key to keeping yourself from becoming a victim of these possible scams is to not give out any information over the phone.

SAIL Continuing to Provide Independent Living for Illinois Residents Needing Help

Soyland Access Independent Living, or SAIL, has 23 independent living centers across the state of Illinois, but those programs aren’t just for the elderly.


Betty Watkins is the Rural Outreach Coordinator for SAIL. She says she started at SAIL to make sure people know they have help for many different health issues.



There are many services SAIL provides through state money. Watkins says one of those programs, for people ages 18 to 59, is the community reintegration program.



Watkins appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show live from our downtown Shelbyville studios.

Shelbyville Schools, Like Many Districts, Taking Every Precaution in School Safety Plans

Many school districts across Central Illinois have been reviewing their security policies after the Parkland, Florida school shooting and local threats. Shelbyville Schools is no different.


Shelbyville School District Superintendent Denise Bense says they have been fortunate to not have any serious threat to the district. But, a simple reference in another school’s threat led Shelbyville officials to make sure it wasn’t for their schools.



Bense says they treat every threat very seriously because they don’t take any chances with student safety.



Bense appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show live from our downtown Shelbyville studios.

Alma Himstedt Awarded Central Illinois Smiles Family Dentistry "Big Smile for the Community"

This month’s NEWSTALK WTIM Central Illinois Smiles Family Dentistry “Big Smile for the Community” honoree is Alta Himstedt. Himstedt works hard to solve a common issue in rural areas. As a result of road construction and the need to haul water for their wells, Alta and neighbors formed the Sharpsburg and neighboring area water system, which brings water to more than 200 people and is still expanding.


Himstedt says she was thinking about her home and her neighbors when she helped to create the water system



Himstedt says when more people wanted help getting water after phase one was completed, she got back to work to help her neighbors.



To nominate someone for the NEWSTALK WTIM Central Illinois Smiles Family Dentistry “Big Smile for the Community” award, send your nominations to bigsmile@randyradio.com.

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