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    Police see increase in burglary of senior homes

    by  • March 11, 2013 • News

    The Mt. Vernon Police Department says it has recently seen an increase in residential burglaries involving the elderly. Police believe the offenders are targeting elderly persons who live alone and have been contacting the residents prior to the offense by calling the residence and posing as an alarm company salesman. The police department reminds...

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    Envioronmentalists split on fracking debate

    by  • March 11, 2013 • News

    Illinois’ environmental community is split on its support for proposed legislation that would regulate high-volume oil and gas drilling. Some environmental groups joined with industry to help draft a bill that would control hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.” but others say they’ll push lawmakers for a two-year moratorium instead. About a dozen environmental and citizens...

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    Crime Commission says heroin epidemic in Illinois

    by  • March 11, 2013 • News

    The Illinois State Crime Commission says heroin use is an epidemic, and a Will County official says it should be declared a medical emergency. The commission met with experts Saturday during a summit at Prairie State College. Among the participants was Joseph Troian, director of behavioral health programs at the Will County Health department....

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    Crime victims differ on juvenile sentencing

    by  • March 11, 2013 • News

    Not all crime victims agree on the punishment for young offenders – not even when they are in the same family. Jeanne Bishop and her mother, Joyce Bishop, testified on opposite sides of a bill addressing a U.S. Supreme Court Ruling — People v. Miller — against a mandatory life sentence for a murderer...

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    Martial arts instructor facing more sex charges

    by  • March 10, 2013 • News

    A southwestern Illinois martial arts instructor is facing more federal felonies alleging that he sexually abused several students, including a 6-year-old. A federal grand jury in East St. Louis has returned a six-count indictment against 20-year-old Christopher Horton of Highland. He’s now charged with five counts of sexual exploitation of a minor and one...

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