• Trial continued for Nashville man

    by  • February 4, 2013

    The trial of an 18-year-old Nashville man scheduled for today in Washington County Court has been tentatively rescheduled for March 25, after the defendant’s request for expert testimony was granted a motion hearing. Ross D. Follis Jr., is charged with a Class X felony for alleged predatory criminal sexual assault of a victim under...

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    JDC closure tragedies spur legislation

    by  • February 3, 2013 • 0 Comments

    According to union spokeswoman Anne Irving, since the closure of Jacksonville, one resident has died in a community placement; four residents have been readmitted to other state operated developmental center (SODC) settings on what is being called a “temporary re-admission;” there have been 11 psychiatric hospitalizations; and 15 incidents of police involvement, both with...

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    Murdered Menard inmate identified

    by  • February 1, 2013 • 0 Comments

    Randolph County Coroner Randy Dudenbostel has released the name of the Menard inmate killed Thursday at the correctional facility in Chester, according to the Southern. Dudenbostel said the inmate was 25-year-old Jason Hall, from Chicago. Hall was two years into a 13 year sentence for aggravated vehicle hijacking with a weapon. He was pronounced...

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    Centralia couple sentenced for home repair fraud

    by  • February 1, 2013 • 0 Comments

    A Centralia couple originally charged with 42 combined felony cases and 14 misdemeanor cases pleaded guilty today in Marion county court in connection with a string of fraud charges associated with their roofing business. The couple, 60-year-old Mark D. Timmons and his wife, 52-year-old Willella J. Timmons, reportedly owned a roofing business in Centralia...

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    Phelps says bill could join opposing forces

    by  • February 1, 2013 • 0 Comments

    A new concealed carry bill may be what brings pro and anti-gun groups together after a federal court ruled Illinois’ lack of a conceal carry law unconstitutional, according to Democrat State Rep. Brandon Phelps, of Harrisburg. Phelps says anti-gun groups would want something like House Bill 997, a measure he filed earlier this week,...

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    Drive sober for the big bowl

    by  • February 1, 2013 • 0 Comments

    Illinois residents are reminded to designate a sober driver during the upcoming super bowl weekend. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 9,878 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes across the nation in 2011. Those drunk-driving fatalities accounted for almost one-third of the total motor vehicle traffic fatalities in the United States. In...

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