• Man sentenced for toddler’s beating death

    by  • August 19, 2013 • 0 Comments

    A judge in southwestern Illinois has sentenced a man to 47 years in prison for beating to death his girlfriend’s 3-year old daughter. The Belleville News-Democrat reports that 24-year old Julian Gates told the Saint Clair County Judge Friday that he “snapped” when the girl urinated in her bed. Gates, who pleaded guilty to...

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    Natural gas cause of deadly house explosion

    by  • August 19, 2013 • 0 Comments

    Updating a story from last week, the Illinois Fire Marshal says natural gas caused a deadly house explosion in Du Quoin. WSIL-TV reports that fire investigators and representatives from Ameren and insurance companies collected evidence from the scene. The blast last Sunday killed 83-year old Harold A. Pundsack. The explosion damaged about a dozen...

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    Balloon Fest 2013 crowns winners

    by  • August 19, 2013 • 0 Comments

    Despite weather challenges that limited balloon activity this weekend during the Centralia Balloon Fest, a large number of visitors attended this year’s annual event, participating in other balloon fest activities. Only one balloon race was able to be held and that was Friday night. There was also a Balloon Glow Friday night and another...

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    New law bans hand held phones while driving

    by  • August 19, 2013 • 0 Comments

    Using a hand-held cellphone while driving in Illinois will be illegal on January 1st. Governor Pat Quinn signed legislation Friday aimed at reducing distracted driving. It requires motorists to use speakerphones or headsets that allow for one-digit or audio dialing. Illinois joins 11 other states and Washington, D.C. In banning hand-held phone use on...

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