A Carlyle man was sentenced to 10 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections after pleading guilty to fleeing police in a stolen vehicle and threatening a police officer. Coleman R. Young, 26, of Carlyle appeared in Clinton County Circuit Court last Wednesday with public defender Stewart Freeman, before Judge William Becker.
Young was initially charged Feb. 16 with one count of unlawful possession of a stolen vehicle, a Class 2 felony; one count of fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer, a Class 1 felony; two counts of aggravated fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer, both Class 4 felonies; and two counts of threatening a public official, both Class 3 felonies.
However, according to the plea — the possession of a stolen vehicle, both aggravated fleeing counts, and the threatening of a police officer — were all dismissed.
On Feb. 13 Young allegedly gained possession of a red 1996 Ford van, owned by Four Seasons Carpet Cleaning knowing it to have been stolen. In addition, after having been given audible and visual signals from a police officer and disobeying traffic signals, allegedly increased his speed attempting to elude an officer including on state Route 127 in Carlyle, Slant Road and state Route 161, Hoffman-Hoyleton Road and through Clinton County and fleeing into Washington County and points beyond. Once arrested, Young allegedly made statements threatening a public official, including, “After I get out of prison, I’m going to rape your wife,” and “I know where all of you officers live.”
Young was sentenced to 10 years in prison on both counts, to be served concurrently, or at the same time. In addition, he was ordered to six years in prison for violation from a 2013 conviction of Class 2 felony burglary and Class 4 felony obstructing justice.
In addition to the prison sentence, he was also ordered to pay $3,463 in restitution costs and placed on three years of mandatory supervised release following his release from prison.
Hailing from tiny Damiansville, Mater Dei graduate Adam Fuehne has become the first Clinton County native to be signed to a National Football League contract. Fuehne, a 6’7,” 257 pound tight end, was hoping to get drafted in the 7th round of the NFL draft, but just missed the cut.
However, flanked by hundreds of family, friends and teammates at Fuehne’s Tavern, Fuehne got a call on his cellphone shortly after the draft notifying him that he was signed by the Detroit Lions.
“This is just crazy,” said Fuehne. “It was a long day of waiting. It was stressful — waiting on the draft and getting calls from a few teams. After the draft it came down to the Lions and Jaguars (Jacksonville). I’m proud to be a Detroit Lion today.”
A 2011 Mater Dei High School graduate, the tight end has been known for his blocking ability and route running. He backed up MyCole Pruitt his first three seasons at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.
Pruitt was drafted in the fifth round by the Minnesota Vikings last year.
While starting his senior season for the Salukis, Fuehne caught 25 passes for 351 yards and two touchdowns.
He had a career game in their season-opening 48-47 loss at Indiana where he caught three passes for 130 yards which included a 68-yard touchdown catch down the middle of the Indiana defense.
“There were actually eight offers out there,” said Fuehne. “The offers were basically the same. I know the Detroit staff really wanted me so I felt comfortable with that decision.”
Fuehne will go to Detroit this Wednesday and battle for a spot on the Lions’ 53-man final roster. Their starter is Eric Ebron who caught 47 passes for 537 yards and five scores.
The Lions were 7-9 last season behind quarterback Matthew Stafford. They lost perennial Pro Bowl wide receiver Calvin Johnson who announced his retirement in the offseason.
“You can see how excited everyone out here is for me and my family,” Fuehne said. “You have to love the support that Clinton County gives you. It’s surreal right now, it hasn’t really set in that I’m on an NFL team. Now it’s time to get back to work.”
While at Mater Dei, Fuehne was a key role in a 2-year span that saw the Knights go 19-4 in 2009 and 2010.
As a senior, the tight end had 45 catches for 685 yards and five touchdowns.
His junior season saw the Knights go 10-2 as he caught 28 passes for 479 yards and three touchdowns.
“We’ve been through a lot of things, I mean coming from Damiansville, a town of 500 people, it’s just crazy how things are going,” said Fuehne. “I thank my family for everything. My family means the world to me. My parents went to every game and my brothers went to as many games as they could. This is definitely a dream come true.”
The 10th Annual Community Link Buddy Walk is coming up this Saturday, May 7 at Northside Park in Breese. It is not too late to sign up to participate in the 1-mile Buddy Walk or the 5K run. You are still guaranteed a T-shirt in your size. Organizers are expecting a huge crowd of community supporters and a beautiful day to spend in the park.
The Buddy Walk is a very important fundraiser for Community Link. In addition to raising funds to support the many program offerings at Community Link, this particular fundraiser is also an opportunity to raise awareness for the many individuals with a diagnosis of Down syndrome.
One in every 691 babies in the United States is born with Down syndrome, making it the most common genetic condition. Community Link recognizes that people with Down syndrome as well as those with other difficulties are valued members of their families and their communities, and they contribute to society in a variety of ways.
Registration for the Buddy Walk is $15, and includes entry to the Buddy Walk, lunch, a Buddy Walk T-shirt, music and entertainment, and fun activities for the entire family. Registration for the 5K is $25, which includes the 5K run, and everything the Buddy Walk registration includes as well.
If you aren’t interested in running or walking at the event, come out to support area crafters and vendors at the Craft & Vendor Marketplace. There will be lots of great gifts for last minute Mother’s Day gifts. There will also be a booth selling Mother’s Day flowers.
If you live in the area surrounding Northside Park in Breese, please be aware of the possibility that the roads in your neighborhood might be temporarily inaccessible during the 5K race and the Buddy Walk. Organizers appreciate your patience during this time.
Community Link appreciates the unbelievable amount of support it receives from the community and is looking forward to a great day to celebrate the inclusion of individuals with developmental disabilities.
Community Link, a nonprofit organization and proud United Way member agency, is dedicated to enhancing the lives of individuals with disabilities through a person-centered approach that promotes self-directed living choices and community integration opportunities. The mission of Community Link is to challenge, teach and inspire both participants and community, linking them in ways that enhance their lives.
For more information, please visit www.commlink.org.
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