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Details scarce about Thursday's shooting

Carbondale Times

Details are few regarding an early morning shooting this week in Carbondale that seriously injured one person.

Police responded around 5:18 a.m. Thursday, May 19 to a small apartment complex at 905 W. Sycamore St., just across the street from the former National Guard Armory, regarding a complaint of shots fired.

There, they found one victim who had been shot and was subsequently taken to Memorial Hospital of Carbondale with serious injuries.

On Thursday morning, Carbondale Police were swarming around the small, second-floor apartment in which the incident occurred, as well as personnel with the Illinois State Police.

Asked at the scene about the condition of the victim, Carbondale Police Sgt. Doug Wilson said the shooting was “not yet” a fatal one. 

He said he could not discuss any other details of the ongoing investigation.

The shooting is the latest in a high-profile spate of violence in Carbondale this year. 

So far in 2016, two people have died and six have been injured as a result of gun-related incidents, excluding this most recent case this week. 

Anyone with more information on this week’s incident can provide anonymous tips by calling Carbondale Crime Stoppers at 618-549-COPS.

Chamber gets sneak peek at Splash Park

Carbondale Times

The day was wet in all the wrong ways, but that didn’t stop dozens of local citizens and business leaders from taking a sneak peek at the soon-to-open Super Splash Park Outdoor Aquatic Center Tuesday.

Members of the Carbondale Chamber of Commerce held their monthly luncheon at the almost-completed water park at the Carbondale Superblock, taking in the sights and enjoying hot dogs and bratwursts even as contractors scurried about, working to finish the facility ahead of its grand opening May 28. Also, an unseasonably cold drizzle hovered overhead.

Rick Erickson, vice president of the Carbondale Park District Board of Commissioners and a member of the advisory committee that has guided the water park’s development, said the presence of such a large crowd despite the inclement weather was indicative of the support the Splash Park has long enjoyed.

“It’s really been a grassroots effort,” Erickson told the assembled crowd. “They wanted a pool, and this is what happened.”

The pool originally was slated to open this time last year, but in March 2015, Gov. Bruce Rauner abruptly suspended a $2.5 million Illinois Department of Natural Resources grant funding most of the project, leaving organizers to scramble for how to finish the pool. 

Although that funding still paid for work completed through the date of the suspension, park district leaders ultimately took out a line of credit and ramped up fundraising to finish the project, with the possibility still remaining that the state will still pay the grant in its entirety.

Now, the pool is almost complete, with visitors on Tuesday getting glimpses of the lazy river snaking through the park, the recently completed water slide and the almost-completed competition pool. This morning, May 18, the Park District is scheduled to fill the pool with water with the assistance of the Carbondale Fire Department.

In her own remarks to the gathered crowd, Park District Executive Director Kathy Renfro thanked the entire community for its long-standing dedication to making the pool a reality.

“Thanks for all of your support, each and every one of you,” Renfro said.