ILLINOIS STATE POLICE MAKE ARRESTS IN
I-57 EXPRESSWAY SHOOTING
Expressway Shooting Investigation Leads to Three Arrests and Multiple Weapon Recoveries
CHICAGO, IL – Illinois State Police (ISP) officials announce the arrest of two suspects involved in an expressway shooting on February 4, 2019, on I-57 northbound, south of 127th Street.
On Monday, February 4, 2019, at approximately 4:05 p.m., ISP officers responded to the scene of a shooting at the above location. Three of the four people in the victim vehicle sustained gunshot wounds and were transported to local area hospitals; one victim was transported in critical condition.
The ages and genders of the three victims are as follows: thirty-eight year old male (critical condition), fifteen-year-old male (stable condition), and a twelve-year-old male (stable condition). There was also an eight-year-old female occupant inside the victim vehicle; the eight-year-old occupant did not sustain any gunshot wounds, but was also transported to a local area hospital and is in stable condition.
Through a thorough investigation, ISP Investigators identified two suspects involved in this shooting; Christian Plummer, 23 years old from Markham and Jonathan E. Thompson, 24 years old from Markham.
On March 14, 2019, ISP Investigators executed an arrest warrant and took Plummer into custody without incident. During the execution of a search warrant at Plummer’s home, ISP Investigators seized the following weapons which were illegally in Plummer’s possession; a .223 AR-15 Rifle, a Mac-10, two Rifles, and one Shotgun.
The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office approved three counts of Attempted Murder charges against Plummer; Plummer was also charged with Aggravated Unlawful Use of Weapon by a Felon. Plummer attended a bond hearing on March 15, 2019, and was ordered to be held with no bond.
On March 19, 2019, ISP Investigators executed an arrest warrant and took Thompson into custody without incident. The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office approved three counts of Attempted Murder charges against Thompson. Thompson is scheduled to attend a bond hearing on March 21, 2019.
Through the course of the investigation, ISP investigators made contact with Jamar Washington, 23 years old from Matteson, on March 19, 2019. During an interview, it was discovered Washington was illegally in possession of a handgun.
ISP Investigators recovered a Glock .357 from Washington’s home. The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office approved one felony charge of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm against Washington. Washington is scheduled to attend a bond hearing on March 21, 2019. Charges related to this shooting were not filed against Washington.
Pictured below are Christian Plummer (M/B 23 YOA), Jonathan E. Thompson (M/B 24 YOA), and Jamar Washington (M/B 23 YOA).
The public is reminded that all persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
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Aggravated vehicular hijacking at a Rockford fitness center
On Tuesday, March 19, 2019 approximately 9 PM the Rockford police were dispatched to peak fitness at 4304 E. State St. in reference to an aggravated vehicular hijacking.
When the officers arrived on scene they learned the 20-year-old male victim was sitting in his vehicle in the parking lot when he was approached by a male suspect armed with a handgun.
The suspect demanded the victim to get out of his vehicle and the victim complied and then the suspect fled in the victim’s vehicle. The victim was not injured during the incident.
Officers located the vehicle a short time later near Preston and Central and attempted to conduct a traffic stop. The suspect fled from the officers at a high rate of speed. The suspect then dumped the vehicle near Loomis and South Main. That is near the laundromat on South Main.
A K-9 unit was able to track the suspect and located him hiding in the 1200 block of S. Church St.
The suspect has been identified as 24-year-old Javari Conley of Rockford. He has been arrested for multiple charges that include aggravated vehicle or hijacking, aggravated unlawful use of the weapon, aggravated fleeing to elude, driving while license suspended, no FOID.
He was lodged in the Winnebago County jail. The charges against him are merely accusations he is considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
On Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at approximately 4 PM the Rockford police responded to the Dollar Tree at 526 E. Jefferson St. in reference to an armed robbery.
When the Rockford Police Department arrived the officers learn the suspect approached the cashier and applied he had a weapon and demanded cash. The suspect then fled with a small amount of money.
Officers located the man a short distance away walking east bound on Jefferson and took him into custody.
32 years old Charles Hill from Rockford was arrested for aggravated robbery and retail theft. He was lodged in the Winnebago County jail. The charges against him are merely accusations he is considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
Sources have told us that ex-head coach for the Rockford Icehogs Ted Dent has been arrested for domestic battery. According to public records, he was arrested for: Domestic Battery/Bodily Harm and Domestic Battery/Physical Contact. He was arrested and his next court date set for 04/16/2019 at 1:30 in courtroom 2. Bail Bond/$1,500.00-10% (Recognizance Bond)
He is considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law
1st scene is near Carthage, that is near Alpine and Harrison. Sources said there was a shooting incident. Numerous gunshots were heard in the area.
2nd scene is near the laundromat on S Main. Sounds like someone might of fled from police and police had a perimeter setup. Police had a dark colored vehicle stopped in from of the laundromat. And had officers setup for several blocks. Unknown on the suspect description at this time.
Listed below are some of the current problems with the Dam:
High and low water alarms have not worked for years
The ability to automatically open and close the gates from Joliet has not worked for a decade. This mean that Com-Ed must send an Operator out to manually operate the gates as needed
The Control Room at the Dam has press-on labels saying what to add or subtract from the digital displays to make the number match.
Gate #1 (gate closest to the West bank) is no longer working. The gate would not stay up due to bad hydraulics and in the fall of 2016 Com-Ed brought in a Contractor to manually raise the gate ½ open. They also had to install chains to keep the gate in this position. During the Flood of 2017, this meant that 50% of the water this gate was meant to discharge was not possible. After the Flood event was past Gate #1 was passing excessive water causing low water condition and watercraft being damaged by increased amounts of Sand Bars.
The spill way of the Dam has only been cleared of trees and debris once in the last 10 years. Debris was piled up so much that it was visible on Google Maps Satellite!
Com-Ed is responsible for up keep and repairs to the Dam as long as they own it according to their permit.
The Rock River is a valuable natural resource to the Rockford region. Towns such as Loves Park, Machesney Park, and Rockton enjoy the river’s beauty as well as recreation it provides. This not only brings money into the region but also increases home values. If the river heights are not managed in a good way, there are many results that hurts our community such as:
Flooded parks reduces revenue with cancelled sporting events
Lost hotel and restaurant revenue due to cancelled events
Relocation of families due to homes being flooded
Loss of property values with loss in tax revenue for cities and state
Health issues with floods affecting septic systems and farm lands with fertilizers
Debris in the river affecting boating, swimming, and docks
Damage to personal property causing increases in Insurance claims
and may more
We reached out to Com Ed for a statement and have yet to hear back from them. We will update this if they provide us with any information.