State Briefs 7/23/09

Fifty-foot boom lift stolen

PEORIA – A 50-foot towable boom lift was stolen between 6 p.m. Tuesday and 9 a.m. Wednesday in South Peoria, police said.

Michael A. Grady, owner of Schaefer Electric, told police the boom lift, valued at more than $21,000, was missing from the locked parking lot when he arrived.

During the theft, a $25 padlock was cut, allowing access to the boom lift, and then replaced with another padlock, police said.

Peoria Journal Star

Two killed in head-on crash

BANNER – Two drivers were killed Wednesday afternoon when their vehicles collided head-on east of Banner on U.S. Route 24, police said.

The drivers were pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, which was reported at about 3:20 p.m., the Fulton County Sheriff's Department said.

A passenger in one of the vehicles was taken by medical helicopter to OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

The accident occurred when a southbound vehicle on Route 24 pulled out to pass another vehicle and struck a vehicle that was going north, police said.

Peoria Journal Star

Women awakes to find car on fire

PEORIA – A South Peoria woman awoke early Wednesday morning to find her car engulfed by a fire that appeared to have been set intentionally.

Kashawn N. Watson, 32, told police she heard a loud pop around 4:30 a.m. and looked out her apartment window to see her 2003 Pontiac Grand Am burning in the parking lot.

Firefighters extinguished the flames after Watson called 911. The front and rear exterior of the car appeared to have been set on fire, according to a police report.

Peoria Journal Star

Lincoln Museum to present ‘The Civil War’ musical

SPRINGFIELD – This weekend, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum will present the musical “The Civil War.”

The show tells personal stories of the individuals — soldiers, slaves, civilians — who lived with and died in the fighting.

The show played on Broadway in 1999, where it was widely panned by critics but nevertheless received a Tony Award nomination. It was substantially changed for a national tour and again for a performance at Gettysburg, Pa.

At 7:15 p.m. Friday through Sunday, Bob Welch will sing his “Songs of the Civil War — Lincoln & Liberty Too,” a combination of music, history and storytelling.

Welch will also perform at 11 a.m. Friday through Sunday in the Lincoln Presidential Museum Plaza.

State Journal-Register