Witnesses say a car pulled out in front of the motorcycle.
This happened at the Shell Gas station in Chatham IL.
Unsure of the injuries at this time.
Details to come. Possibly fatal. Check back to this post for updates.
A blue Mercury Car pulled out in front of the black truck and the truck struck the car and both went into the ditch.
Witnesses say the truck was going at fast speed and could not stop.
Firefighters are sawing off the doors to the blue Mercury.
Only two ladies were in the blue Mercury Car.
A Springfield, Illinois man was charged after posting a threatening post on Facebook. Springfield Police says local gang member Michael T. Jackson, age 26, made a post on Facebook that said, “I’ll be at southeast tomorrow no talkin str8 gunfire.” The post SPD says was made on December 10th 2013. Police then later said another post was added that said, “I got $500 on Dontae Johnson head whoever lead me to him I’ll give you $500 in cash I need that body.” Police say that Jackson is a member of a local gang called “squad”.
Police say what lead up to the posting was a feud going on between Vontrel Young, who is Jacksons cousin, and Dontae Johnson. On the night of the Facebook post, a SPD Detective met with Vontrel and was told how the incident occured. Vontrel stated that he was approached after school by Dontae Johnson and Steven Wells and Steven pulled out a black and silver gun. Vontrel said the gun looked fake or like an air soft pellet gun. Vontrel said he didn’t alert Southeast school of the incident. Vontrel told police that he believes since he is friends with Les Davis, that is the reason why Steven and Dontae are feuding with him. Detectives asked Vontrel why is Steven and Dontae feuding with Les, and were told that the feud is over a theft or burglary.
The next day, December 11, 2013, Southeast High School officials had a meeting with Vontrel, Dontae and family and were able to resolve the conflict. Officers were also able to get in contact with Jackson via phone and as a result of the situation being resolved, officers say, “Jackson was no longer making threats of violence towards Southeast high school or Dontae Johnson.”
Around 8:30 p.m. on December 11, 2013 SPD officers arrested Jackson on an unrelated warrant. Before Jackson was taken to Jail, Jackson was taken to the Springfield Police Department to be questioned about the Facebook posts.
Detectives told Jackson they wanted to question him about the Facebook posts that were made about shooting at Southeast. Jackson told Detectives he spoke to his aunt about it and it was done and nothing was going to happen. In addition, Jackson said “some dudes name Steve and another dude named Dontae pulled a gun on his little cousin Vontrel.” Jackson goes on to say that he put the post on Facebook to solicit a response from people, but he was never going to shoot or kill anyone. Jackson said “Why would I have put it on Facebook if I was really gonna do it. I just wanted mother fuckers to respond to it.” Detectives then asked Jackson if they can get a recorded statement so they can go through the correct process of reading him his rights and ask him more questions. Jackson responded to the Detectives and said, “What do you want to know, I just told you everything. I just told you, ain’t shit gonna happen and I just put that shit on there to get mother fuckers to respond.” Detectives then told Jackson that they wanted to get a formal statement so they can close the case. When Detectives were asked by Jackson what charges the State’s Attorneys office could give him, they told him that it was considered as making a terrorist threat because the person reading the Facebook posts could only take them for the meaning of words. Jackson then told Detectives that he would not provide a statement and he wanted a Lawyer. Jackson then changed from his previous statement and said, he “did not post the postings on Facebook and he had someone do it for him.” Jackson told Detectives, “there was no way I could prove he posted that shit.”
Jackson was then taken to Sangamon County Jail and booked for his warrant on other charges.
On January 23, 2014 Jackson was indicted by a Grand Jury of Disorderly conduct (Class 4 Felony) for the Facebook post. Recently, Jackson and his attorney have stated that they’re ready for a Jury trial, but the States Attorneys office keeps requesting a continuance.
On April 9, 2014 Jackson’s bond was reduced from $500,000 to $5,000 with 10% to apply.
Jackson was released on April 11, 2014, after posting bond, and a Jury trial is scheduled for June 16, 2014.