“Now from WCIA3,This “Now from WCIA3,This is Your Forecast First.” Tonight Mostly clear, with a low around 58. North wind around 6 mph becoming calm in the evening. Saturday Sunny, with a high near 85. Light and variable wind. Jake Lieb – “There are better ways to do it than taking it into your own hands.” AS IF THIS YEAR WASN’T BAD ENOUGH FOR FARMERS — ONE SAYS A PERSON CUT DOWN PART OF HIS CROP. WHY HE THINKS THEY DID IT. IT’S BEEN A LONG TWO YEARS FOR YINGYING ZHANG’S FAMILY. HOW THEY HONORED HER MEMORY TODAY. “They say that I’m too hard on the traffic out here.” BUT IT’S HIS JOB TO KEEP YOUR KIDS SAFE. WHY HE’S BEEN DOING IT FOR MORE THAN A DECADE. FROM YOUR LOCAL NEWSLEADER, THIS IS THE WCIA 3 NEWS AT TEN IN HIGH DEFINTION.. “If they just would’ve called the farmer and told him you have a blindspot could you work with us so we can see traffic there?” ((PAUL)) CORN STALKS ON THE CORNER OF THIS COUNTY ROAD WERE CHOPPED DOWN BY A VANDAL. WHILE SAFETY MAY HAVE BEEN ON THE MIND OF WHOEVER DID THIS… IT’S ILLEGAL AND THE HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT IS LOOKING FOR THOSE RESPONSIBLE. GOOD EVENING… I’M PAUL CICCHINI. ((JESSICA)) AND I’M JESSICA KUNZ. THE FARMER WHO OWNS THE LAND FOUND AN EIGHTH OF AN ACRE HACKED DOWN. IT HAPPENED AT THE CORNER OF 18- HUNDRED NORTH AND 13-HUNDRED EAST IN MONTICELLO TOWNSHIP. W-C-I-A THREE’S JENNIFER JENSEN IS HERE. JENNIFER — ARE POLICE INVESTIGATING? ((JENNIFER J)) NEITHER THE FARMER OR THE TOWNSHIP HIGHWAY COMISSIONER REPORTED THIS TO THE POLICE. BUT THEY DO HAVE A MESSAGE FOR WHOEVER DID THIS OR FOR ANYONE CONSIDERING DOING THIS IN THE FUTURE. Jake Lieb – “I drove by this morning and saw it this morning. Of course the first reaction was irritation and anger.” FARMER JAKE LIEB LOOKED OUT HIS TRUCK WINDOW TO SEE MORE THAN 1,000 OF HIS CORN STALKS SLASHED DOWN TO THE GROUND AT THIS COUNTY ROAD INTERSECTION. IMMEDIATELY HE CALLED MONTICELLO TOWNSHIP COMMISSIONER CHARLIE MONTGOMERY TO FIND OUT WHAT HAPPENED. Charlie Montgomery – “You can see the stocks just laying on the ground. They didn’t pull them out or clean them up. They just cut it to try to create vision at this intersections I assume.” WITHOUT PERMISSION, SOMEBODY CUT DOWN THE CORN. THE MOTIVE IS UNKNOWN, BUT MONTGOMERY CAN ASSUME WHAT WAS BEHIND IT. Charlie Montgomery – “I think they wanted to make sure it was easy to see.” TALL CORN THAT BLOCKS DRIVERS’ VIEW AT INTERSECTIONS HAS CAUSED DEADLY ACCIDENTS IN CENTRAL ILLINOIS. BUT LIEB SAYS HE DOESN’T THINK THIS IS THE RIGHT WAY TO GO ABOUT FIXING THE PROBLEM. Jake Lieb – “I understand that intersections this time of year are dangerous and visibility can be reduced from tall corn but you can’t take matters into your own hands and destroy somebody’s property.” FARMERS ALREADY FACED FLOODING SETBACKS DURING PLANTING SEASON THIS YEAR. Jake Lieb – “This spring was a real challenge getting the crop in. To say the least it was very poor conditions.” WHILE THIS VANDALISM IS ONLY A LOSS OF A COUPLE HUNDRED DOLLARS…LIEB SAYS IT’S THE PRINCIPAL OF THE ISSUE THAT MATTERS MORE AND HE HAS JUST ONE REQUEST. Jake Lieb – “I would urge people if they feel there’s a dangerous intersection and something can be done, contact the township commissioner or the farmer and we’ll get it taken care of.” ((JENNIFER J)) THE TOWNSHIP HIGHWAY COMMISSIONER SAYS PEOPLE HAVE CALLED HIM IN THE PAST TO REPORT VISIBILITY PROBLEMS. EACH TIME, FARMERS HAVE COOPERATED TO CUT THE CORN. IN THE NEWSROOM I’M JENNIFER JENSEN WCIA THREE YOUR LOCAL NEWS LEADER. THANKS JENNIFER. ((JESSICA)) WITH HOW HARD FARMERS HAVE BEEN HIT THIS YEAR — ONE SENATOR SAT DOWN WITH SEVERAL OF THEM TO TALK ABOUT WAYS TO HELP OUT. SENATOR DICK DURBIN SAYS ALTHOUGH FLOOD DAMAGE HIT SOME COUNTIES HARDER THAN OTHERS… THE U-S-D-A’S SUPPORT OF THE STATE IS STILL GOOD NEWS FOR THE FUTURE. EVERY COUNTY WAS DECLARED AN AGRICULTURE DISASTER AREA. THAT GIVES THEM ACCESS TO MORE AID. “It’s just been nothing but bad news from start to finish. I want to stand by and help them, make sure they around for another year. They are a critical parts of Illlinois’ economy and the American economy and they have really taken it on the chin with some of these policy decisions coming out of Washington.” OTHER ISSUES INCLUDE TARIFFS ON CHINESE GOODS. THE ILLINOIS FARM BUREAU SAYS CHINESE MARKETS BUY 25 PERCENT OF ILLINOIS SOYBEANS. THAT PUTS FARMERS HERE IN A VULNERABLE POSITION IF THE TRADE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE U-S AND CHINA FALLS APART. ((PAUL)) AFTER 2 YEARS… FAMILY AND FRIENDS WERE FINALLY ABLE TO HOLD A PROPER SERVICE FOR YINGYING ZHANG. SHE WAS KIDNAPPED AND KILLED BY BRENDT CHRISTENSEN 2 YEARS AGO. MORE THAN 150 PEOPLE FILLED THE SANCTUARY OF FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH IN SAVOY FOR HER MEMORIAL SERVICE. ZHANG WAS DESCRIBED BY HER FATHER AS SOMEONE WITH BIG DREAMS… WHO WAS DEDICATED TO SERVING OTHER PEOPLE. MANY PEOPLE AT THE SERVICE TODAY HAD NEVER MET YINGYING … BUT THEY WANTED TO BE THERE TO LET HER FAMILY KNOW THEY AREN’T ALONE. “To feel that such a young lady in the prime of her life could’ve could’ve been murdered in such a way is like… it’s just heartbreaking.” “We just wanted to show respect and support by being here physically and listen and pray for them.” INVESTIGATORS SAY… ZHANG’S REMAINS ARE LIKELY IN A LANDFILL NEAR DANVILLE. THEY’RE TRYING TO DECIDE WHETHER THEY’LL MOVE FORWARD WITH A FULL SEARCH. ((JESSICA)) NEW DETAILS TONIGHT IN TWO SEPARATE VERMILION COUNTY CRASHES. 46-YEAR-OLD KURT BERGMANN OF JANESVILLE, WISCONSIN WAS THE SEMI DRIVER KILLED IN A WRECK ON I-74 LAST THURSDAY. 18-YEAR-OLD DAISY GARCIA HIGHTOWER — OF CATLIN — WAS KILLED IN A CRASH TUESDAY NEAR THE ILLINOIS-INDIANA BORDER. ((JESSICA)) TRAFFIC IS FLOWING NORMALLY AGAIN AFTER A SEMI ROLLED OVER IN THE MEDIAN ON THE INTERSTATE. THE CRASH ON I-57 NEAR THE I-74 INTERCHANGE IN CHAMPAIGN FORCED THE INTERSTATE DOWN TO ONE LANE FOR A SHORT WHILE. POLICE ARE STILL INVESTIGATING HOW IT HAPPENED. NO WORD IF ANYONE WAS TICKETED. ((PAUL)) WE HAVE A FOLLOW UP ON A STORY THAT GAINED NATIONAL ATTENTION. POLICE SAY… A MAN IN FORD COUNTY ACCUSED OF BOMBING A MINNESOTA MOSQUE AND ATTEMPTING TO BOMB THE CHAMPAIGN WOMEN’S HEALTH CENTER HAD A CACHE OF GUNS AND ASSUALT RIFLES. THEY WERE ALTERED TO BE FULLY AUTOMATIC. AN F-B-I AGENT TESTFIED MICHAEL HARI HAD 4 RIFLES WITH THE SERIAL NUMBERS SCRATCHED OFF. THE AGENT FOUND THE GUNS IN A DUFFEL BAG AT HARI’S FRIEND’S HOUSE IN CLARENCE IN FEBRUARY LAST YEAR. HARI IS AWAITING TRIAL IN BOTH MINNESTOA AND ILLINOIS. ((PAUL)) NEW AT 10 — CHAMPAIGN POLICE ARE LOOKING FOR A STABBING SUSPECT. POLICE SAY… 27- YEAR-OLD DEONTE CAMPBELL STABBED A 29- YEAR-OLD MAN DURING AN ARGUMENT IN A PARKING LOT EARLIER THIS MONTH. THAT PERSON IS OKAY. THERE IS A WARRANT OUT FOR CAMPBELL’S ARREST. IF YOU KNOW ANYTHING — CALL POLICE. ((JESSICA)) WE HAVE AN UPDATE FROM SIX. THE UNION THAT REPRESENTS U OF I FOOD SERVICE AND BUILDING SERVICE WORKERS REACHED A TENTATIVE CONTRACT AGREEMENT TONIGHT. 750 EMPLOYEES THREATENED TO GO ON STRIKE AFTER NINE MONTHS OF CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS. THEY SAY UNDER STAFFING IS A MAJOR ISSUE. THE UNION WAS GOING BACK AND FORTH WITH THE UNIVERSITY OVER FAIR PAY. “It’s always a fight with the university. We come to work and do our jobs but we’re severely understaffed. But because we’re proud of the work we do we go above and beyond the call of duty and it’s not very well reciprocated.” THE CONTRACT WILL BE PRESENTED TO UNION MEMBERS. THEY WILL VOTE ON IT THROUGHOUT NEXT WEEK. ((JESSICA)) A VETERAN’S SERVICE TO HIS COUNTRY HAS CONTINUED WELL INTO HIS RETIREMENT. ((PAUL)) LEE MASSANGALE SERVED IN VIETNAM AND NOW… HE KEEPS GUARD OVER KIDS WALKING TO SCHOOL EVERY DAY. W-C-I-A 3’s JEN LASK JOINS US. JEN — WHY IS THIS JOB SO SPECIAL TO HIM? ((JEN L)) AS STUDENTS PREPARE TO NAVIGATE CLASSES AND EXTRA- CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES, LEE MASSANGALE IS DETERMINED TO MAKE SURE THEIR JOURNEY STARTS AND ENDS SAFELY. HE SAYS IT’S HIS WAY OF GIVING BACK. “They trust me to be down here and I mean to do what I’m sent down here to do.” LEE MASSANGALE HAS BEEN A CROSSING GUARD FOR MORE THAN 10 YEARS… ALONG WITH HIS WIFE, VERA. THE LAST SEVERAL YEARS… HE’S BEEN STATIONED RIGHT OUTSIDE INTERNATIONAL PREP ACADEMY ON KIRBY… A BUSY ROAD. “For some reason, they like buzzing through here. And since school has been out all summer, it’s going to be a little hard for them to slow down.” “Massangale starts slowing down traffic when kids reach this mailbox so that by the time they reach that pole, traffic has come to a stop.” “They say that I’m too hard on the traffic out here, but I mean for them to slow down. If they can’t slow down to 20 miles an hour, whether they see a child or not, through this school zone, I highly recommend that they take another route.” MASSANGALE KNOWS WHAT IT’S LIKE AS A PARENT TO HAVE TO PUT YOUR TRUST IN OTHERS… AND TAKE A STEP BACK. “I was always gone, like I said, north, south, east and west in the military. It makes me remember my children at that age. And somebody had to look out for them. Now I’m giving a little bit of that back. THAT’S WHY HE TREATS EACH CHILD LIKE THEY’RE HIS OWN CHILDREN. THEY TREAT HIM LIKE FAMILY IN RETURN… EVEN GIVING GIANT THANK YOU CARDS LAST SCHOOL YEAR. “Makes me cry. Just for a minute though.” AND THEN… IT’S BACK TO BUSINESS. “Give it all you can give and be satisfied with that – you’ll be recognized. Without even trying. That’s how I live.” ((JEN L)) AS I MENTIONED – LEE’S WIFE, VERA, IS ALSO A CROSSING GUARD. SHE COULDN’T MEET WITH US TODAY BECAUSE SHE WAS WORKING AT A FOOD BANK – ANOTHER WONDERFUL WAY OF GIVING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY. BACK TO YOU. THANKS JEN. ((PAUL)) THE CHAMPAIGN SCHOOL DISTRICT WILL HOLD A CROSSING GUARD TRAINING SESSION ON TUESDAY AT 2… OVER AT DISTRICT HEADQUARTERS. THE FIRST FULL DAY OF SCHOOL WILL BE THURSDAY. ((JESSICA)) ONE CITY HAD A DIFFERENT WAY FOR PEOPLE TO EXPLORE TODAY. AND THEY DID IT WITH WINE IN HAND. ((PAUL)) PLUS — A FACILITY IN PIATT COUNTY HAS A WAY FOR PEOPLE TO SEE DOWNTOWN WITHOUT GOING OUTSIDE. HOW THEY BROUGHT IT TO THEM. ((JESSICA)) AND LATER — FOOTBALL TRAINING IS ONLY ONE WEEK IN — BUT PLAYERS ARE LEARNING FAST. HOW ONE FRESHMAN IS ALREADY MAKING A NAME FOR HIMSELF.