Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)


Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)


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ILLINOIS MADISON COUNTY Motorist At Stoplight Wounded In Gun Attack A man from Madison County was wounded critically late Wednesday by a shotgun blast fired from a car that pulled up next to him at a stoplight.

Pontoon Beach Detective Mike Crouch identified the victim as Randy Duckett, 40, of the 100 block of Voight Place, Mitchell. Crouch said Duckett was in critical condition Thursday at a hospital in the St. Louis area.

Duckett was shot in the neck at 11:46 p.m. Wednesday while he was stopped in the northbound lane of Illinois Route 111 at State Aid Route 35, Crouch said.

A witness told police a small white car had pulled into the turn lane beside Duckett's car and the driver fired a shotgun at Duckett.

No motive for the shooting has been determined, Crouch said.

The Illinois State Police were assisting in the investigation.

Anyone with information in the case is asked to call Crouch or State Police Agent Robert Knezevich at the Pontoon Beach Police Department at 618-931-0738.

***** ST. CLAIR COUNTY Motorist Is Sentenced In Fatal DWI Accident Roosevelt Ervin, 46, of O'Fallon, will serve 36 months on probation for the death of Andrew Stewart, 31, of Belleville, who was killed in a drunken-driving collision last year near Scott Air Force Base.

Expressing remorse at his sentencing, Ervin said he would give his own life if it would restore Stewart's. Both had been Air Force sergeants.

After the sentencing, Ervin's wife approached Stewart's widow and the two shared a sorrowful embrace.

Ervin pleaded guilty in August of reckless homicide. Police said his blood alcohol at the time of the crash was almost twice the legal limit.

He was sentenced Wednesday by Circuit Judge James K. Donovan in circuit court in Belleville.

Ervin's pickup crashed head-on with Stewart's car on Illinois Route 158 near Shiloh Station Road on Sept. …

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