Officers subdue mentally ill man attempting to blow up trailer home
A Belleville man will spend four years in prison for tring to blow up a trailer home in March. James J. Dobbs, 52, pleaded guilty but mentally ill on Wednesday before St. Clair County Circuit Judge Robert Haida. Belleville police were called to Arapahoe Drive on the afternoon of March 20 by a property manager, who told them that Ruby E. Summers, 50, was banned from the park. Summers left, but police were called back when she returned later. She was charged with criminal trespass. Get more details here.
Coroner releases ID of man who drowned in Troy pond
A two-hour search for a man who went underwater while he was swimming in a pond on property on Troy-O’Fallon Road north of Lebanon Road in Madison County on Wednesday ended when the man’s body was recovered. Madison County Sheriff John Lakin says two men made “a gentleman’s bet” to see who could swim across the pond. Richard A. Brown, 46, of Collinsville was pronounced dead at the scene Wednesday evening after his body was recovered from a private pond near 33 Troy-O’Fallon Road in Troy. Get more details here.
Rape reported at SIUE; woman later asks police not to pursue case
A woman has reported a rape on the campus of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, but has declined to follow through with an investigation.According to SIUE police, the woman reported that she accompanied a male acquaintance to his on-campus apartment in Cougar Village about 4 a.m. Sunday. They were part of a group of friends who attended a party in Edwardsville but dispersed once they returned to campus. She reported that back at his apartment, he sexually assaulted her. Get more details here.
Pope Francis to the powerful: Serve humanity better
Pope Francis spoke to Washington’s political power and comforted its powerless on his final day in the nation’s capital, delivering the same message at two stops: those with the most must do more to help those who have the least. The populist pope straddled this city’s political and economic divide Thursday, making history in the process as the first Vatican leader to address a joint meeting of the House of Representatives and Senate before meeting nearby with some of the city’s homeless. Get more details here.
Oh Canada! Four in 10 Americans want wall on northern border
The latest Bloomberg Politics poll that also shows that immigration, a flashpoint in the 2016 presidential campaign thanks in large point to the incendiary rhetoric of Republican front-runner Donald Trump, is an issue that stirs strong emotions among Americans, some of them contradictory. While four in 10 Americans favor border walls, overwhelming majorities also express positive feelings about immigration: 80 percent agree the U.S. economy has thrived historically because of new arrivals and 70 percent expressed approval for the efforts of Pope Francis to encourage nations to be more welcoming of immigrants.