State Briefs 9/02/09

Man accused in fatal crash arrested three previous times for DUI

SPRINGFIELD – One of the three motorists accused of striking and killing a pedestrian Aug. 25 has three prior arrests for driving under the influence, all in the same general area, court documents show.

Search warrants filed at the Sangamon County courthouse this week identify two of the drivers as James A. Hoke, 28, of Auburn and Timothy S. Ladage, 23, of Springfield. Documents allege both fled the scene after first stopping and confirming they had hit someone in the road.

Hoke has been arrested three other times locally for DUI, most recently on a Seadoo on Lake Springfield in May. In addition, he was arrested for DUI in 2007 and 2003.

Ladage told police Dunbar was first in a line of the three westbound motorists, all in pickup trucks, to strike Mabie.

Dunbar allegedly told police he was following the other two drivers and that he did not hit the victim. However, police said they found blood and hair on the left front tire of Dunbar’s pickup.

According to search warrant affidavits, Dunbar called 911 about 2 a.m. to report a person had been run over by a car. Police arrived and found Dunbar and the victim. Dunbar’s blue 1998 GMC Sierra pickup truck was parked nearby.

State Journal-Register

Bill Engvall to perform in Springfield

SPRINGFIELD – Comedian Bill Engvall will perform here at the Prairie Capital Convention Center on Thursday, Oct. 22, according to Brian Oaks, general manager of the PCCC.

Engvall stars in his own sitcom on TBS, "The Bill Engvall Show," and previously starred in the sketch comedy show "Blue Collar TV" alongside Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy.

He also has released eight comedy albums. The first, titled "Here's Your Sign," has been certified platinum. "Here's Your Sign" is also Engvall's catch phrase, from a comedy bit in which he suggests stupid people ought to wear signs.

Engvall previously performed here in March 2005 at Sangamon Auditorium. Ticket prices and the date they'd go on sale were not immediately available.

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Site of child’s shooting had been repeatedly visited by police

SPRINGFIELD – Police records show officers have been called 22 times in less than three years to the house where a man allegedly shot his 9-year-old daughter Monday.

Dossie Sanders, 55, of Springfield, was arrested near his house, outside which the shooting took place, police said.

Police said Sanders was aiming at the victim’s aunt, Demellon Horton, 43, of Springfield. Horton also was arrested on suspicion of domestic battery, police said.

The shooting happened about 6:50 p.m. Monday, police said. The girl’s mother reportedly brought her over the house in an effort to stop Sanders from fighting with Horton. The two reportedly had an ongoing dispute.

Sangamon County State’s Attorney John Schmidt said possible charges against Sanders are still being reviewed. Charges could include aggravated battery with a firearm, unlawful use of a weapon by a felon, aggravated battery, reckless conduct and aggravated domestic battery.

The girl was still hospitalized in Peoria, but was out of surgery Tuesday afternoon.

Despite the number of calls, for complaints ranging from disturbances to batteries, court records indicate Sanders has no significant criminal history. Police records only indicate when and why officers were sent to the house. They do not show the outcome of any of the calls.

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Man arrested on 50 sexual assault charges

HARRISBURG – A Harrisburg man has been arrested on suspicion of numerous counts of sexual assault. ??

Kermit W. Albin, 71, was arrested 5:45 p.m. on Tuesday on 50 charges of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child and 40 charges of aggravated criminal sexual assault. He remains held at the Saline County Detention Center awaiting a court appearance. ?

?Harrisburg Police received a complaint Monday of possible criminal sexual assault of two children, according to a news release from the Harrisburg Police Department.

Interviews with the victims pointed to Albin committing numerous acts with two children under age 10 over the past two years. ??Albin confessed during interviews with police, according to the release.

?Albin, a professional photographer, has operated Kermit Albin Studio for decades out of his residence in Harrisburg. Police Chief Bob Smith said he does not believe the victims were clients.

??Harrisburg Daily Register

Lynyrd Skynyrd to play in Bloomington

PEORIA —  Lynyrd Skynyrd will bring its "God and Guns Tour" to Bloomington's U.S. Cellular Coliseum at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 7.

Tickets are $49 and $69 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday at all Ticketmaster outlets, the U.S. Cellular Coliseum box office, online at Tickemtaster.com or by phone at (800) 745-3000.

The tour is named after the band's new album, set to be released Sept. 29. The album continues a career that started some 35 years ago in Jacksonville, Fla., and which was halted for a decade by the 1977 plane crash that killed three members.

Lynyrd Skynyrd helped define the genre of Southern rock since forming in the 1960s. Hits include "Free Bird," "Gimme Three Steps" and "Sweet Home Alabama," which has passed the 2 million mark in downloaded ringtones. The band has released more than 60 albums, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006.

Peoria Journal Star