COLLINSVILLE, IL – Illinois State Police (ISP) Acting Director Brendan F. Kelly regretfully announces the line-of-duty death of ISP South SWAT Trooper Nicholas Hopkins.

This morning, August 23, 2019, at approximately 5:26 a.m., Trooper Nicholas Hopkins, #6141 and other ISP Troopers were executing a search warrant at a residence in the 1400 block of North 42nd Street in East Saint Louis. There was an exchange of gunfire at the residence, and Trooper Hopkins was struck. Trooper Hopkins was transported to a local area hospital with life threatening injuries. At approximately 6:10 P.M., Trooper Hopkins succumbed to his injuries.

“It is with profound heartache and unfathomable sadness that we inform you of the death of Trooper Nicholas Hopkins. Trooper Hopkins laid down his life while protecting the citizens of this state. We are asking the public to respectfully give consideration to the family of Trooper Hopkins and the ISP while we continue to grieve and work through this tragedy,” stated Acting Director Brendan Kelly.

Trooper Hopkins was 33 years old and a 10-year veteran of the Illinois State Police. Additional information will be released once it becomes available.

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Sullivan Fifth Third Bank Robbed

Sullivan County - Today, at approximately 10:50 a.m., a male subject walked into the Fifth Third Bank in Sullivan, robbing the bank of an undisclosed amount of United States Currency. 

The initial investigation by Master Trooper Detective Jason Schofstall and Senior Trooper BJ Patterson has revealed that the suspect is a black male, approximately 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighing approximately 150 pounds, with some facial hair and a large mark on the right side of his neck.  The suspect was wearing a dark colored t-shirt with “BE FREE” on the front, a tan ball cap, dark rimmed sunglasses, blue jeans, and white tennis shoes. The suspect handed the bank teller a note demanding cash.  The teller complied with the demands of the suspect.  No weapons were displayed at the time of the robbery.  After receiving the cash, the suspect left the building on foot, walking north away from the bank.

If anyone has information on the robbery or saw the suspect in the Sullivan area earlier in the day, please contact Detectives Jason Schofstall or  BJ Patterson of the Putnamville State Police Post at 1-800-742-0717.  Information can remain anonymous.

No one was injured during the robbery.  This is all the information that will be released at this time

Assisting Agencies: Indiana State Police Crime Scene Investigator Sergeant Brandon Mullen, Sullivan County Sheriff's Department, Sullivan City Police Department and Indiana Conservation Officers.


13 Seat Belt Tickets Dished Out In Wabash/Edwards OREP Detail

This week’s seat belt blitz conducted by State Police in Wabash and Edwards Counties resulted in 13 safety belt citations and 13 total written warnings. The Occupant Restraint Enforcement Patrol was part of extra patrol coverage for ISP so troopers could focus on saving lives by making sure all vehicle occupants were buckled up. Most motorists know safety belts save lives, but some ignore their safety and that of their families by neglecting to use safety belts and child restraint devices. These patrols reinforce the occupant protection message by focusing on those who ignore the law.

Deadline Coming Up To Pre-Pay Property Taxes

Time is running out if you’d like to make a pre-payment on your Wabash County property taxes. Treasurer Beverly McBride told the county board this week that, right now, she plans to end pre-payments in August 30th. So far this year, $108,000 has been paid on 2018 taxes. It’s not clear when tax statements will be mailed this year and what the due dates will be.

McBride also said taxes on 51 mobile homes remain to be paid. That amounts to $3,300 or 11% of the total taxes. She said beginning September 1st, the penalty on late taxes will go from $50 to $75.

In terms of state payments from the Springfield, McBride said her office has received just under $25,000 in income tax receipts.

Driver Arrested For DUI Following Crash Near Ste. Marie


The Following Preliminary Information is Being Released by

Illinois State Police District 12

WHAT: Personal Injury Crash

WHERE: On E 400TH AVE E/B 1640 FEET WEST OF N 2125TH ST (Jasper Co. near St. Marie)

WHEN: 08/23/2019, 02:22 a.m.

VEHICLES: UNIT 1 – White 2004 Ford Pickup

DRIVER: UNIT 1- Payton Z. Stifle, 24, Robinson, IL

PASSENGERS: Blake A. Bell, 22, Oblong, IL

CHARGES: Driver of Unit 1 was issued the following citations: Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol, Failure to Reduce Speed to Avoid an Accident

TRANSPORTS: Driver and Passenger of Unit 1 were transported to Carle Richland Memorial Hospital.

PRELIMINARY: Preliminary investigative details indicate Unit 1 was traveling Eastbound on E. 400th Ave., approximately 1640 ft west of 2125th St. at a high rate of speed. Unit 1 struck a steep slope in the roadway, skidded out of control, and ran off the roadway to the left (North). Unit 1 then, overturned several times into the tree line. Unit 1 came to final rest in the tree line facing Westbound overturned on its driver’s side.

All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law

Michigan Man Injured In I-70 Wreck Near Effingham



The Following Preliminary Information is Being Released by

Illinois State Police District 12 


WHAT:                      Personal injury accident  


WHERE:                   I-70 e/b two miles east of Effingham.


WHEN:                      08/22/2019, 01:25 p.m.         


VEHICLES:              UNIT 1 – White, 04, Chevrolet pickup pulling a white, 03, Everest camper.

                                    UNIT 2- Black, 17, Freightliner pulling a white, 15 Stoughton semi-trailer.


DRIVER:                   UNIT 1- David A. Kallweit, 65 of Lansing, Mi.

                                    UNIT 2- Jeffrey W. Schlieve, 53 of  Bristow, Ok.


PASSENGERS:        UNIT 1- Leanne M. Kallweit, 57 of Lansing, Mi.


CHARGES:               UNIT 1 – Failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.


TRANSPORTS:       UNIT 1 – Leanne M. Kallweit by Abbot Ambulance to St. Anthony Hospital in Effingham.


PRELIMINARY:  Preliminary investigative details indicate traffic on I-70 e/b was slowed or     stopped from milepost 104 to milepost 101 due to back up while a prior accident scene was being removed.   Unit #2 was traveling e/b on I-70 at milepost 101 slowing and coming to a stop.  Unit #1 was traveling behind unit #2 failed to stop and struck the rear of unit #2.  The passenger of unit #1 was transported to Effingham St. Anthony Hospital for treatment.

City Council Approves Farmland Bids

The Mt. Carmel City Council has accepted two bids to farm city-owned property. The farmland includes 550 acres at the airport in Lawrence County and 22 ½ acres west of the city. Ivers Farms bid $315 an acre for the airport farm ground while Timberlake Farms promised to pay the city $215 an acre for the ground west of town. Both bidders currently farm the ground and their bids were up slightly over the previous agreement.

Olney Man Killed In 3 Vehicle Crash



The Following Preliminary Information is Being Released by

Illinois State Police District 12 


WHAT:                      Three Vehicle Fatal Crash


WHERE:                   IL-130 approximately 1050 feet north of E. Liberty Ln, Richland County  


WHEN:                      01:30 PM on 08/22/19


VEHICLES:              UNIT 1: Black 2008 Chevrolet Avalanche Pickup

                                    UNIT 2: Black 2015 Dodge Ram Pickup

                                    UNIT 3: White 2008 Ford F-350 Crew Cab Pickup


DRIVER:                   UNIT 1: Jesse D. Bromm, 81, Olney, IL

                                    UNIT 2: William H. Haley, 43, West Liberty, IL

                                    UNIT 3: Doug D. Giles, 53, Teutopolis, IL


PASSENGERS:        UNIT 3: Joseph A. Sowell, 32, Greenup, IL

                                                   Payton T. Bushue, 24, Effingham, IL

                                                   Cole B. Heuerman, 25, Effingham, IL


CHARGES:               UNIT 1: No Charges (Deceased)

                                    UNIT 2: No Charges

                                    UNIT 3: Doug D. Giles – Failure to Wear a Seat Belt

                                                   Joseph A. Sowell – Failure to Wear a Seat Belt

   Payton T. Bushue – Failure to Wear a Seat Belt


TRANSPORTS:       UNIT 1: Richland Memorial Ambulance Service

                                    UNIT 2: N/A

                                    UNIT 3: Jasper County Ambulance                                                                                                           


PRELIMINARY:  Preliminary details indicate that Unit 1 was southbound on IL-130 approximately 1000 feet north of E. Liberty Ln in Richland Co.  Unit 1 crossed the center line and side swiped Unit 2 in the driver’s side door.  Unit 1 continued southbound and then sideswiped Unit 3.  Units 1 and 3 came to rest in the east ditch of IL-130.  The driver of Unit 1 was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Richland County Coroner’s Office.