OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – The Missouri State Highway Patrol says an elderly couple and another woman were killed when a powerful storm destroyed their homes in southwest Missouri. Patrol spokesman Sgt. John Lueckenhoff said the bodies of 86-year-old Kenneth Harris and his 83-year-old wife, Opal, were found about 200 yards from their home outside Golden City Wednesday night. And 56-year-old Betty Berg died and her husband, Mark, was seriously injured when their mobile home was destroyed just west of Golden City.
CHICAGO (AP) – U.S. Census Bureau estimates say the majority of municipalities in the Chicago region, including the city itself, lost population last year. The yearly estimates released this week show that Chicago remains the nation’s third-largest city with just over 2.7 million residents, down an estimated 7,073 from 2017 to 2018. The new estimates show that most municipalities in northeastern Illinois aren’t adding residents. The newspaper says more than three-fourths lost population in the last year.
ALTON, Ill. (AP) – A southern Illinois middle school teacher has been charged with the sexual abuse of a high school student more than 20 years ago. Fifty-one-year old William C. Ingersoll is accused of having a sexual relationship with a minor from 1998 to 2000. An Alton Police Department spokeswoman said Ingersoll was charged with criminal sexual assault and aggravated criminal sexual abuse in Madison County Court. Bail was set at $250,000. He was released after a family member posted a $25,000 cash bond.
CHICAGO (AP) – A Rockford man on trial in the death of a 2-year-old boy and dumping his dismembered remains in a Chicago lagoon took the witness stand and declared his innocence. Prosecutors haven’t said how Kyrian Knox died, but allege 44-year-old Kamel Harris killed the toddler before scattering the boy’s weighted-down remains in the lagoon. Prosecutors earlier presented testimony from jailhouse informants who said they heard Harris admit to the killing. Harris denied their testimony.