Foster mom charged in 2011 death of 4-year-old girl
A Livingston County grand jury has indicted a former foster mother on two counts of murder in the 2011 death of a 4-year-old girl who was in her care.
29-year-old Heather Lamie was arrested at her Kankakee County home late Friday evening.
She's charged in the death of Kianna Russell. The girl died in May 2011 at a Peoria hospital, a day after an ambulance was called to the Cullom home where the girl lived with Heather Lamie and her husband, Joshua Lamie.
Livingston County State's Attorney Seth Uphoff said the death later was ruled a homicide. The death certificate lists blunt trauma and brain injuries as the cause of death. Lamie also was charged with one count of endanger the life and health of a child.
IEMA, National Weather Service Remind People, “When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors”
Lightning Safety Awareness Week is June 23-29
Officials with the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and the National Weather Service (NWS) want you to remember, "When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors," so your fun times won't end in tragedy. The slogan is an important reminder that if you can hear thunder you're close enough to be struck by lightning, even if the thunderstorm isn't directly overhead.
The two agencies will be promoting this theme as part of national Lightning Safety Awareness Week June 23-29.
"Lightning can be fascinating to watch but it can also be deadly," said IEMA Director Jonathon Monken. "While a thunderstorm may disrupt our outdoor fun, there's really no safe place outside when lightning is in the area. We urge people to play it safe and go indoors when thunder roars."
For additional tips on lightning safety visit the Ready Illinois website at www.Ready.Illinois.gov
The Illinois Farm Bureau is expressing its disappointment in the failure of the U.S. House to pass a farm bill.
The House rejected a five year, half-trillion-dollar farm bill that would have cut $2 billion annually from food stamps and let states impose broad new work requirements on those who receive them. Illinois Farm Bureau National Legislative Director Adam Nielsen said leadership needs to emerge for any solution to be enacted.
"It's obviously very disappointing for those of us in the agriculture community who have been working for the better part of two years trying to get a five-year farm bill enacted," Nielsen said. "The hope is that we won't see days and days of finger pointing and blame game." The vote was 234-195 against the bill. 62 Republicans voted no, while 24 Democrats voted in favor of the bill. Members of both parties had signaled opposition to the food stamp cuts in the bill.
"I'm extremely disappointed in the vote, but I knew we faced an uphill battle," Congressman Rodney Davis said. "This vote should serve as a reminder of how far we've come, but how far we still have to go, and I believe if we continue to work we can get there. We owe it to our farmers to pass a responsible, long-term Farm Bill that cuts spending, makes common sense reforms and maintains a strong crop insurance program."
Nielsen said he doesn't know where the action will go next. The defeat was highly unexpected.
"This is in uncharted waters for the most part," he said. "Leadership doesn't put a bill on the floor of the House unless it has the votes; they don't take chances in this day and age. I think it may have been easier to vote against it once lawmakers saw it wasn't going to get to 218."
Democrats objected to a proposed cut of two-billion a year in food stamps. Some in the GOP said the cuts didn't go far enough.
Nielsen said the Farm Bureau was excited to have crop insurance provisions in the bill and a reduced food program attached. He credited Central Illinois lawmakers like Davis, Adam Kinzinger, and Aaron Schock for their understanding of what the bill needed and hopes better organization can find a solution soon.
Ballistics testing set for Andrew Condon murder case
A defense expert will render ballistics testing on a bullet fragment in the Andrew Condon murder case in Iroquois County. That test may lead to a trial date for Condon, who's jailed and charged with murder for last year's shooting death of gas station attendant Jonathan Rubin.
Judge Gordon Lustfeldt (Thurs) set an August 6th court date to get a status check on the ballistic test and schedule a trial date for Condon.
Condon faces two-counts of 2nd-degree murder for the October 27, 2012 shooting death of Rubin at the Gilman Shell Station, just off Route 24.
It was a search warrant last November 1 at Condon's Ashkum residence that led to his arrest for the shooting death of Rubin. Investigators recovered ballistics evidence at a shooting grounds at the rural Ashkum site. Police and prosecutors say the ballistics match those involved in the gas station shooting.