State Briefs 5/28/08
Three dogs killed in house fire
MACHESNEY PARK — A Wednesday morning fire claimed the home, three dogs and the belongings of a Machesney Park family. Most of the home burned completely to the ground.
Fire crews were on the scene about 9:30 a.m., fighting the blaze that engulfed the home.
No one was home when the fire broke out. The home’s occupants — a 36-year-old woman, her six children and the woman’s mother all were at work or school when the fire started.
The cause is undetermined at this time, but fire officials said they responded to a call of a house explosion.
They are unable to confirm the first explosion but said crews witnessed two explosions while they fought the fire.
Rockford Register Star
Longtime Jacksonville doctor dies from injuries sustained in Italy accident
JACKSONVILLE — A prominent Jacksonville doctor has died, reportedly from injuries he suffered when he was struck by a car while on a bicycling trip in Italy with his son.
Dr. Harvey D. Scott III, 57, was an orthopedic surgeon at Passavant Area Hospital in Jacksonville. He joined the staff there in 1980 and was on the hospital’s board of directors from 1992 to 2004.
Scott, a Jacksonville native, was an avid and experienced bicyclist, said his longtime friend Jeff Coultas.
“I couldn’t be more surprised. He’s an accomplished and very experienced cyclist, so I would never worry about him doing something on a bicycle that would put him in harms’ way,” Coultas said. “But you just don’t always control those things.”
Scott graduated from the Northwestern University Medical School in Evanston, where he also did his residency. His medical specialties were arthroscopic surgery and joint replacements. He was affiliated with the Orthopaedic Center of Illinois. His father also was a longtime Jacksonville physician.
Man’s death in house fire ruled accidental
SPRINGFIELD – A coroner’s jury ruled Wednesday morning that the death of a Springfield man who apparently succumbed to smoke inhalation when his home burned Mother’s Day weekend was accidental.
Mark V. Davidson, 44, was found in the rubble of his home, which was destroyed in a blaze May 12. The remains of his walker, which he used to get around because of Multiple Sclerosis, were found nearby.
Davidson died about 4:30 a.m., according to the coroner. An autopsy determined the cause of death was smoke inhalation and carbon monoxide poisoning.
Firefighters were unable to find Davidson during primary and secondary searches of the home. The intense blaze caused the roof to collapse and destroyed the structure. One firefighter was burned when the roof collapsed.
A rescue dog discovered his remains about 12:15 p.m. after police made contact with Davidson’s wife, who was out of town, and determined he probably had been in the house at the time of the fire.
Death of baby being investigated as homicide
PEORIA — The death of a 15-month-old Bloomington baby is being investigated as a homicide.
An autopsy Wednesday morning into Antwan L. Lidell’s death revealed he died from head injuries, Peoria County Coroner Johnna Ingersoll said.
Lidell was pronounced dead about 8:15 p.m. Tuesday during surgery at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center. He was transported to St. Francis about 3 p.m. Tuesday from BroMenn Regional Medical Center in Normal after Bloomington police received a 911 call about 12:25 p.m. from the infant’s home.
Bloomington police and the Peoria County Coroner’s Office continue to investigate.
Journal Star, Peoria