A roundup of state briefs from GateHouse papers.

Woman who stopped to relieve herself struck by car


SPRINGFIELD -- A 22-year-old Springfield woman stopped on the side of Interstate 55 late Sunday died after being struck by a car.


Jessica S. Black was pronounced dead at St. John's Hospital at 4:46 a.m. Monday.


The accident happened about 11:30 p.m. in the southbound lanes at mile marker 111.5. According to the Illinois State Police, Black had pulled off on the shoulder of I-55 and got out to relieve herself on the side of the road. Some money flew out of her pocket and onto the interstate, so Black walked onto the highway to retrieve it. When she did so, she was struck by an oncoming 2009 Honda Accord driven by Linda Rogers, 25, of Cahokia.


Police said Rogers could not avoid hitting Black, who was struck by the passenger side front bumper, grill and windshield.


Rogers was ticketed for driving on a suspended license.


Springfield State Journal-Register


Jacksonville woman delivers baby girl on side of road


SPRINGFIELD -- A Jacksonville woman delivered her child on the shoulder of Interstate 72 this afternoon.


Illinois State Police and firefighters from Springfield and Chatham were sent to assist the woman, who was in a vehicle that had pulled off on the side of the highway just west of the Wabash exit about 12:35 p.m.


Police identified the mother as Shaniece Holeman and the father as Justin Howell, also of Jacksonville. They said Holeman gave birth to a girl.


Springfield firefighters went to the scene after receiving a 911 call of a woman giving birth on the side of the highway. They arrived to find Holeman had already delivered the girl. Firefighters provided medical assistance to Holeman and the baby, and they were taken by ambulance to St. John's Hospital.


State police provided traffic control during the incident.


Springfield State Journal-Register


Teen girl robs McDonald’s manager of $5,000


SPRINGFIELD -- A teenage girl took more than $5,000 in a bank deposit bag during a robbery in the parking lot of the McDonald’s in Springfield on Saturday.


The girl, described as being in her “early teens,” took a McDonald’s bag, the bank deposit bag and $5,644 from the manager’s hands.


The girl was not armed, and there were no injuries or arrests reported.


Springfield State Journal-Register


Flood warning issued for Illinois River


PEORIA -- The National Weather Service in Lincoln has issued a flood warning for the Illinois River.


In Peoria, the flood stage is 18 feet and at about 10:30 a.m. Monday it was at 18.4 feet, said meteorologist Dan Kelly with the National Weather Service.


“We’re looking at a crest of 19.9 feet on Wednesday morning right around 6 a.m.,” he said.


In Henry, the flood stage is 23 feet and by 6 a.m. Monday, the river stood at 23.3 feet.


Downstream in Havana, the flood stage is 14 feet and it’s already sitting at 17.4 feet, Kelly said.


“It will rise to 20.1 feet by about 6 a.m. Saturday,” he said.


Peoria Journal Star


Trio accused of breaking into 80 vehicles


KEWANEE -- Three Kewanee men were arrested over the weekend in connection with burglaries or attempted burglaries to more than 80 vehicles.


Early Sunday morning, someone reported to police that three men near a car fled when the person called out to them, according to Police Chief Jim Dison.


Responding officers then began tracking them in the snow and ended up at a residence.


After an investigation that involved more than 80 vehicles that were reported to have been entered and or attempted to have been entered, police arrested the three on preliminary charges of burglary, criminal trespass to a vehicle and criminal trespass to real property.


William L. James, 20, Kewanee; Daryl J. Shaw Jr., 24, Kewanee; and Kevin Miller, 18, Kewanee; were taken to the Henry County Jail. More people may be charged as the investigation continues, Dison said.


Kewanee Star Courier