Sheriff’s Car Hits Man – Decatur, IL


Decatur, Ill.- A Macon County Sheriff Deputy has been taken into custody and charged with Aggravated Reckless Driving.

Deputy Brian Duff, 41, was arrested after an incident involving a Macon County Sheriff’s squad car and a Chevy S-10 truck.

On June 29, 2012 at 10:39 p.m., Decatur Police responded to an accident in the 2700 Block of N. Jasper street that involved two vehicles, one of which was a squad car driven by an on Duty Macon County Sheriff’s Deputy.

Decatur Police Chief Todd Walker stated a Chevy S-10 pick- up truck driven by a Lloyd Dial was hauling a mattress and other items when the mattress/box spring fell out of the bed of the S-10.  “Mr. Dial immediately pulled over to the east curb, activated his emergency hazard lights, and placed the vehicle in park”.  A passenger of Mr. Dial’s, Thomas Lennox, then exited the vehicle, retrieved the box springs and was in the process of adjusting the box springs in the back of the pickup. While Mr. Lennox was at the rear of the vehicle adjusting the mattress, he and the Chevy S-10 were suddenly struck by the Macon County Sheriff’s squad car which was being driven by Deputy Brian Duff, a 7 year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office. The impact between the Sheriff’s vehicle and S-10 was significant enough that the squad car lifted the rear of the pickup off the pavement, advancing it forward for a distance and pinning Mr. Lennox between the two vehicles, according to Chief Walker.

Mr. Lennox suffered severe injuries and was eventually transported to CARLE Hospital, in Urbana where he has underwent amputation of both lower legs and still under intensive medical supervision.

Chief Walker advised, that at the request of Macon County Sheriff Thomas Schneider, Decatur Police Traffic Investigators were requested to investigate the incident. Chief Walker advised that members of the Decatur Police Departments Fatal Accident Investigation Team were called in to investigate the matter due to their specialized and advanced training in traffic accident reconstruction. ” Over the past couple of weeks members of the FAIT team have been conducting several interviews and doing an extensive investigation in order to reconstruct/ ascertain the events leading up to the accident” Walker stated.

As a result of the facts of the investigation, Chief Walker announced that Decatur Police Officers this afternoon took Deputy Brian Duff in to custody for alleged Aggravated Reckless Driving, a Class 4 Felony and booked him into the Macon County jail. “The facts of the investigation demonstrated to us that Deputy Duff’s driving actions/ or a lack of actions, were clearly reckless and unsafe.” In addition, Mr. Lennox suffered great bodily harm and permanent disfigurement which elevates the reckless driving charge to a preliminary charge of aggravated reckless driving”, according to Walker. Walker stated this entire incident was tragic. ” Our thoughts go out to  Mr. Lennox and his family during this difficult and challenging recovery period, and to be frank all parties involved”. We understand this incident has altered the lives of all involved. We do not take any arrest situation lightly, and recognize that this may potentially impact Mr. Duff’s career in law enforcement”. Walker stated that his officers were unbiased and professional in their investigation, and conferred the findings to the Macon County State’s Attorney who concurred with the investigation and probable cause findings towards Deputy Duff.

Walker also stated that preliminarily there is no evidence of Deputy Duff being under the influence of alcohol or drugs according to initial tests conducted at the Illinois State Police Crime Lab, nor would police be taking any action towards Mr. Dial or Mr. Lennox.  Walker advised that since the investigation is still ongoing and now in the judicial system that no further comments or specifics would be released. ” We understand that some may have questions, and we are confident those questions will be answered in the appropriate legal setting, but to ensure the integrity of the investigation and afford due process we will not be voluntarily releasing any further details”.

Update:

Macon County Sheriff’s Deputy Brian Duff, 41, is no longer with the sheriff’s department.

This comes after an internal investigation stemming from a traffic accident  back in June. Investigators said Duff was on duty when he hit a man who stopped along North Jasper Street in Decatur to pick up a mattress that fell out of his truck.

The victim suffered severe injuries and his legs were amputated.

Duff is a seven-year veteran with the sheriff’s office. He ha been on administrative leave since aggravated reckless driving charges were filed against him.

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Decatur House Fire Under Investigation


Decatur, IL – Firefighters are investigating a possible arson in Decatur. They believe someone may have started a fire at a vacant house on 1503 N. Union Street. Firefighters were called to the scene around 12:26 a.m. Saturday and it took them more than three hours to put out the flames. The fire is now under investigation.

Information is from WANDTV – Video is owned by Adam White – adam@decaturfilms.com

Deputy charged with Aggravated Reckless Driving

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FROM WANDTV.COM

Decatur, Ill.- A Macon County Sheriff Deputy has been taken into custody and charged with Aggravated Reckless Driving.

Deputy Brian Duff, 41, was arrested after an incident involving a Macon County Sheriff’s squad car and a Chevy S-10 truck.

On June 29, 2012 at 10:39 p.m., Decatur Police responded to an accident in the 2700 Block of N. Jasper street that involved two vehicles, one of which was a squad car driven by an on Duty Macon County Sheriff’s Deputy.

Decatur Police Chief Todd Walker stated a Chevy S-10 pick- up truck driven by a Lloyd Dial was hauling a mattress and other items when the mattress/box spring fell out of the bed of the S-10.  “Mr. Dial immediately pulled over to the east curb, activated his emergency hazard lights, and placed the vehicle in park”.  A passenger of Mr. Dial’s, Thomas Lennox, then exited the vehicle, retrieved the box springs and was in the process of adjusting the box springs in the back of the pickup. While Mr. Lennox was at the rear of the vehicle adjusting the mattress, he and the Chevy S-10 were suddenly struck by the Macon County Sheriff’s squad car which was being driven by Deputy Brian Duff, a 7 year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office. The impact between the Sheriff’s vehicle and S-10 was significant enough that the squad car lifted the rear of the pickup off the pavement, advancing it forward for a distance and pinning Mr. Lennox between the two vehicles, according to Chief Walker.

Mr. Lennox suffered severe injuries and was eventually transported to CARLE Hospital, in Urbana where he has underwent amputation of both lower legs and still under intensive medical supervision.

Chief Walker advised, that at the request of Macon County Sheriff Thomas Schneider, Decatur Police Traffic Investigators were requested to investigate the incident. Chief Walker advised that members of the Decatur Police Departments Fatal Accident Investigation Team were called in to investigate the matter due to their specialized and advanced training in traffic accident reconstruction. ” Over the past couple of weeks members of the FAIT team have been conducting several interviews and doing an extensive investigation in order to reconstruct/ ascertain the events leading up to the accident” Walker stated.

As a result of the facts of the investigation, Chief Walker announced that Decatur Police Officers this afternoon took Deputy Brian Duff in to custody for alleged Aggravated Reckless Driving, a Class 4 Felony and booked him into the Macon County jail. “The facts of the investigation demonstrated to us that Deputy Duff’s driving actions/ or a lack of actions, were clearly reckless and unsafe.” In addition, Mr. Lennox suffered great bodily harm and permanent disfigurement which elevates the reckless driving charge to a preliminary charge of aggravated reckless driving”, according to Walker. Walker stated this entire incident was tragic. ” Our thoughts go out to  Mr. Lennox and his family during this difficult and challenging recovery period, and to be frank all parties involved”. We understand this incident has altered the lives of all involved. We do not take any arrest situation lightly, and recognize that this may potentially impact Mr. Duff’s career in law enforcement”. Walker stated that his officers were unbiased and professional in their investigation, and conferred the findings to the Macon County State’s Attorney who concurred with the investigation and probable cause findings towards Deputy Duff.

Walker also stated that preliminarily there is no evidence of Deputy Duff being under the influence of alcohol or drugs according to initial tests conducted at the Illinois State Police Crime Lab, nor would police be taking any action towards Mr. Dial or Mr. Lennox.  Walker advised that since the investigation is still ongoing and now in the judicial system that no further comments or specifics would be released. ” We understand that some may have questions, and we are confident those questions will be answered in the appropriate legal setting, but to ensure the integrity of the investigation and afford due process we will not be voluntarily releasing any further details”.

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House Burglarized between June 8th-15th -Decatur, IL

The Decatur Police Department needs your help in solving this week’s crime of the week.
Between June 8th and June 15th, 2012, unknown subject(s) burglarized three houses between the 1200 block and 1600 blocks of E. Whitmer.  Numerous items of value were stolen from each home.  At this time, there are no suspect(s) to these crimes however it is possible the same person(s) committed each of the burglaries.

The Decatur Police Department needs your help in solving these crimes.  If you have any information about these crimes, please call crime stoppers at 423-TIPS.  You do not have to give your name.  Crime stoppers will pay $500 or more for information that leads to an arrest on the crime of the week.  Crime stoppers will also pay cash for information that leads to an arrest of any person responsible for a felony crime in Macon County.

 

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Semi Rollover Crash on Eldorado and Monroe Street Decatur IL

DECATUR, IL- A crash near a Decatur manufacturing plant created quite a mess Friday morning.

A semi rolled over in front of the Mueller Company plant at the corner of Eldorado and Monroe streets around 9 a.m.

The truck’s load of sand spilled in the yard of the Mueller plant and diesel fuel leaked from the truck’s fuel tanks.

One person was taken to the hospital for treatment. I was told that the driver was OK, just needed to be check out to make sure everything was fine.

I was also told that the drive took the turn to quick which the truck was loaded down and he lost control.

Man Chokes Woman

Man and woman started yelling in a yard near my house. After about 10 min of yelling the man then moved next to her which then he choked her to the ground.

The Police were called but after the police talked to the man and woman they both said they were just play fighting.. Is this play fighting?

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Shooting on West Grand Street in Decatur, IL 4-26-12

Decatur, IL – Call came out of a shooting at a home in the 300 block of West Grand Street in Decatur.

A woman was shot in the head. Reports said someone came into the house went down stairs shot the woman and then took off.  A male then drove the woman to a local hospital which then the victim has been transferred to Carle Hospital in Urbana.

Her condition is listed as serious but not life-threatening.

More information is not known at this time.

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