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Dusty Rhodes: Fresh Ink
Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2006 12:00 am

Former mayor says she was only trying to appease a crowd of angry black citizens

I’ve never thought of myself as particularly courageous. I don’t do bungee jumping or downhill skiing or drag racing or recreational drugs. I have to psych myself up to visit the dentist,
Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2006 12:00 am

When the Dickerson kids needed a second chance, Doris Chambers was there.

There’s something special about Doris Chambers’ house. It’s not the furniture — a mishmash of sturdy specimens from a local discount store. It’s not the décor &mda
Dusty Rhodes: Fresh Ink
Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2006 12:00 am

Psychologist sues Springfield and becomes conservative-Christian cause

I work for a newspaper that has a circulation of 30,000. I have three co-workers on the editorial side, two so young, I could be their mother. Our “newsroom” is a basement. The “view
Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2006 12:00 am

ISP summary details alleged violations by detectives, five supervisors

The yearlong investigation into alleged misconduct by two Springfield Police detectives has also ensnared five supervisors, according to an investigative summary obtained by Illinois Times. The 30-pa
Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2006 12:00 am

Former Phoenix Center director sues board members for defamation

The Phoenix Center — a nonprofit organization that provides testing, counseling, and housing for people with HIV and AIDS — has been sued for defamation by its former executive director.
Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2006 12:00 am

Controversial cop wants out; hasn't worked since March 7

Rickey Davis’ career with Springfield Police Department may be over. Davis, known for his outspoken leadership of the Black Guardians Association, has applied for duty-related disability, citing
Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2006 12:00 am

Alleged witness denies making identification

A woman listed as a witness who identified a suspect last year in a drive-by shooting says she didn’t see the crime and never told police officers that she had, according to court documents file
Dusty Rhodes: Fresh Ink
Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2006 12:00 am

ISP veteran forced to restart career after becoming the target of sexual harassment

What I’m about to tell you doesn’t matter. I mean, if it were important, the Illinois State Police would have punished the guy who did it, right? Instead, ISP director Larry Trent allowed
Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2006 12:00 am

Sheriff denies giving relative special treatment

Sangamon County Sheriff Neil Williamson came under scrutiny last week when son-in-law Jerrad Pruitt pleaded guilty to cocaine-distribution charges in federal court. Pruitt, 27, had worked as a dispatc
Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2006 12:00 am

Sheriff's son-in-law, a former 911 dispatcher, pleads guilty to federal drug charge

Jerrad Pruitt pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday to distributing more than 500 grams of cocaine in Springfield, Bloomington, and Carbondale between June 2000 and October 2003. In open court, Pr


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