Sheriff recovers stolen vehicle
Fayette County Sheriff Chris Smith reported on Monday that his department had recovered a vehicle that was reported stolen in Indiana more than a year ago.
Smith said that the owner of property along U.S. Route 40 in the Mulberry Grove area called his department about a suspicious vehicle on that property.
The sheriff said that the vehicle "appeared to have been at that location for a period of time. We had to cut away brush to recover (it)."
The 2005 beige Ford Taurus bearing Indiana license plates was reported stolen from Terre Haute on April 13 of last year.
This is the second stolen vehicle recovered by the department recently. The first was a vehicle found in the Kaskaskia River that had been reported stolen in Tennessee.
Two cyclists injured in separate incidents
Two individuals, one on a motorcycle and one on a moped, were injured in seperate incidents as they traveled together on Saturday evening.
According to the Illinois State Police, Charles W. Leidner, 68, of Vandalia, was turning around his 2008 Yamaha Star on a gravel road, on 700 North, when he lost control of the motorcycle at a slow speed and veered into the grass, where the motorcycle overturned.
The state police said that Lana D. Leidner, 67, of Vandalia, was driving a 2012 Kawasaki moped and was turning into a driveway to get help for Charles Leidner when she lost control due to loose gravel. The moped overturned, with Lana Leidner sustaining injuries to her left leg.
The accident occurred at about 7:14 p.m. on Saturday.
Charles Leidner was airlifted to Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, and Lana Leidner was transported by ambulance to Fayette County Hospital, according to state police.