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    Evaluation ordered for man accused in deadly fire

    by  • June 3, 2013 • News • 0 Comments

    A southern Illinois judge has ordered a mental evaluation of a man accused of setting a house fire that killed four children. The mental fitness examination for 33-year-old Derrick Twardoski was requested Monday by James Kelley, his Randolph County public defender. A hearing on the testing’s outcome is scheduled for June 20. Twardoski has...

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    Rutherford announces gubernatorial candidacy

    by  • June 3, 2013 • News • 0 Comments

    Illinois State Treasurer Dan Rutherford says it won’t be easy for a republican to be elected governor. But he believes he has the best shot because he’s already won a statewide election. The 58-year-old Rutherford officially announced Sunday that he’s running for the GOP nomination in the 2014 governor’s race. He says he wants...

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    Ill. crime commission wants anti-heroin task force

    by  • June 3, 2013 • News • 0 Comments

    (AP) — The Illinois State Crime Commission is calling for a statewide anti-heroin task force. In a statement Sunday, the commission asked the Illinois attorney general to appoint the task force and give it broad investigative powers. Three months ago the commission termed Illinois’ heroin problem a “medical epidemic.” The group says say the...

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    Sunday fire destroys Centralia garage

    by  • June 3, 2013 • News • 0 Comments

    An early Sunday morning fire in Centralia destroyed a two-car detached garage and its contents, according to Centralia fire officials. The home in the 600 block of Davis Street was fully engulfed in flames when around 1:30 a.m. a neighbor noticed and called 9-1-1. According to the fire department, the fire was so hot...

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    Records show violence up at Menard prison in 2013

    by  • June 3, 2013 • News • 0 Comments

    (AP) — Illinois Department of Corrections records show an increased number of serious assaults at the Menard Correctional Center this year. Twenty serious assaults were reported by May 29, an average of four a month, The Southern Illinoisan reported Sunday. The maximum-security prison in Chester in southwest Illinois had 30 in all of 2012,...

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