LISTEN: Sheriff Brown Urges Lawmakers To Hit Breaks On Pot Legalization

LISTEN: Sheriff Brown Urges Lawmakers To Hit Breaks On Pot Legalization

May 16, 2019 – With a strong push by Gov Pritzker and some of the legislature to legalize marijuana in Illinois, Macon County Sheriff Tony Brown is calling on them to fix what he calls “major flaws” in the legislation. Brown is not alone. The Illinois Sheriffs’ Association and Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police agree that the bill, as drafted, contains numerous provisions that create substantial enforcement challenges. Those include issues with impaired driving, increased crime due to the “homegrown” loophole, a plan to give a free pass to convicted drug felons and an increased burden on law enforcement that they say can’t be funded by the proposed 8 percent tax revenue from legalized pot.   Listen to the podcast with Sheriff Brown on Byers & Co now. 

 

Father’s Day Auction

Father’s Day Auction

Mark your calendars to steal a deal for Father’s Day! The WSOY-AM Special Edition Father’s Day Live Radio Auction Wednesday June 5th!  It’s a great way to snag the perfect gifts for yourself or dad!  Bidding is easy!  All you have to do is call 217-875-1340 starting at 6am on Wednesday June 5th!

Check back for updated list of items.

 

LISTEN: DPS Students Sign “Letters of Intent” for Careers At CAT

LISTEN: DPS Students Sign “Letters of Intent” for Careers At CAT

May 16, 2019 – 9 students from Eisenhower and MacArthur High School signed “letters of Intent” yesterday. . not to play sports at a college. . . but for careers at Caterpillar. The students took part in a 2 year program called the CAT Pathway program.  The students will begin full time jobs at CAT with a living wage immediately after graduation this weekend. Listen to a podcast with EHS Senior and CAT Welder Cerenity Jackson as well as Ashley Grayned, DPS Director of Innovative Programs.

LISTEN: Mayor Julie Moore Wolfe and City Manager Scot Wrighton

LISTEN: Mayor Julie Moore Wolfe and City Manager Scot Wrighton

May 14, 2019 The Decatur City Council held a special study session last night at MacArthur High School to discuss community revitalization efforts. Mayor Julie Moore Wolfe says the effort is a re-focus to a stalled effort that went by the wayside due to changes in leadership and a lack of data. Listen to the full podcast with the Mayor and City Manager Scot Wrighton on Byers and Co now.

Phone Scam Threatens Arrest

Phone Scam Threatens Arrest

May 14, 2019 – The Macon County Sheriff’s office is warning of a new phone scam that threatens your arrest.  Calls are coming from (217) 247-3080 and the caller indicates they are Lt. Butts of the Sheriffs Office.   The caller indicates that they have a warrant for your arrest and to avoid being physically arrested, you can “take care” of the warrant electronically.  Of course, this leads the caller to instruct you to pay them through a prepaid debit card and then transfer the funds. The sheriffs office says they never call a person who has a warrant and tell them they can satisfy the warrant via any over the phone or electronic transfer of funds.  

THIS IS A SCAM.  The Sheriffs office never calls a person who has a warrant and tells them they can satisfy the warrant via any over the phone or electronic transfer of funds.  They advise to immediately hang up and to never give anyone your personal information over the phone.  If a Macon County resident has received this call, they can call the Macon County Elder Abuse and Scam Hotline at (217) 615-7582.  If anyone has fallen victim to this scam, they will need to file a report with their local law enforcement agency.

Millikin Students To Unveil New LED Exhibit

Millikin Students To Unveil New LED Exhibit

May 14,2019 – The work of Students from Millikin’s University’s Arts Technology class will unveil their work this evening as part of an exhibit on the LED Sculpture “Learning Curve” by Aaron McIntosh in the Scovill Sculpture Park.  This is the second time students from this class have exhibited work on this sculpture. The theme for this display is “Story”.  The animations will feature the work of Millikin Students Stephen GardnerAllison Brannon and Carrie Thompson.  The exhibit is part of a collaboration between Millikin and the Decatur Parks Foundation.  

Walmart Debuts High Tech Pick Up Tower

Walmart Debuts High Tech Pick Up Tower

May 14,2019 – There is a new way to shop at Walmart in Decatur. A high-tech Pickup Tower has been installed at the Decatur Supercenter. Walmart reps say the Pickup Tower is a 16-foot structure that functions like a high-tech vending machine and can fulfill a customer’s online order in less than a minute. Basically meaning online orders that you wish to pick up in store will be waiting for you in the dispenser. Pickup Tower at the Decatur Supercenter is just one of 22 Pickup Towers that will be added to Walmart stores across Illinois this year 

Decatur Police Increase DUI and Seat Belt Enforcement

Decatur Police Increase DUI and Seat Belt Enforcement

May 14,2019 – As summer kicks off and travel increases, the Decatur Police Department says there will be no tolerance for seat belt and DUI Violations. Their enforcement campaign will take place now through Memorial Day one of the busiest travel seasons of the year. 

“Our officers see firsthand the tragedy when people drink and drive,” said Sgt. Steve Hagemeyer. “We need our citizens to slow down and remember: It’s up to them to make the smart decision to drive sober. As the Memorial Day weekend approaches, we want to make sure people are doing everything they can to stay safe when traveling.”

Decatur Police say they will be taking a no-excuses approach, writing citations day and night. Motorists and passengers not wearing their seat belt will be ticketed, and those caught driving impaired will be arrested. 

“Please help us spread this life-saving message before one more friend or family member is killed simply because they failed to buckle up or drove impaired,” said Sgt. Hagemeyer. “Seat belts save lives, and every vehicle occupant—front seat and back, child and adult—needs to remember to buckle up, every trip, every time.”