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Prosecutors seek life without parole in Newton County triple homicide

Newton County prosecutors intend to seek life without parole among new murder charges for two men accused of killing three people in Newton County in late August.

24-year-old Sebastian Wedding of Lake County, Indiana, and 24-year-old Derrick Cardosi of Sumava Resorts, Indiana, are each charged with three counts of murder, auto theft and theft.

The charges stem from the deaths of 39-year-old Kimberly Spears, 23-year-old Richard Thomas and 20-year-old Justin Babbs. All the victims were from Newton County.

All three victims died from multiple stab wounds, according to Newton County Coroner Scott McCord.

Prosecutors are now seeking additional charges of two counts of murder and life without parole.

Prosecutor Jeffrey Drinski listed three reasons they are seeking life:
1. The men committed murder while committing burglary.
2. The men committed murder while committing robbery.
3. The men committed murder while committing another murder.

Court documents state the men stole Thomas’ car, electronic games, an electronic tablet and Nike Air Jordan shoes.

Both men are being held in the Newton County Jail without bond.

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Red Cross urges blood donation as one last gift to give this holiday season

The perfect gift can help save patient lives this holiday season. The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give the lifesaving gift of a blood donation in December, a time when donations decline but the needs of patients remain steady.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:


12/23/2016: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Kankakee Blood Donation Center, 20 Heritage Drive
12/29/2016: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Kankakee Blood Donation Center, 20 Heritage Drive
12/30/2016: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Bourbonnais Fire Department, 1080 Armour Rd.

12/28/2016: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., St. Joseph Catholic Church, 175 S Main St
12/28/2016: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., Church of the Nazarene, 698 N Locust St


12/28/2016: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 200 E. Maple Street

12/16/2016: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., OSF Saint James-John W Albrecht Medical Center, 2500 W. Reynolds
12/28/2016: 11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., VFW, 531 Lincoln Avenue

How to donate blood
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information.

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Settlement in non-compete clause, Jimmy John's to pay $100,000

Champaign-based Jimmy John's has reached a settlement with the Illinois Attorney General on the sandwich chain's non-compete agreements for its employees.

Lisa Madigan filed a lawsuit in June against Jimmy John's for imposing "highly restrictive non-compete agreements" against low-wage staff members, which she said at the time were illegal and unenforceable. Employees were required to sign the agreement which said they cannot work for another similar sandwich eatery within two miles of a Jimmy John's for two years after they stop working for the company. The restaurant chain has nearly 300 locations in Illinois.

But under the deal announced Wednesday, the sandwich company has to notify all current and former employees that their non-competition agreements are unenforceable and confirm that Jimmy John's does not intend to enforce them. The company also has to pay $100,000 for education and public awareness on the issue.

Starting in January, the Illinois Freedom to Work Act will prohibit use of non-compete agreements for employees earning less than $13 per hour.

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Vermilion County Board unanimously re-elects Marron

Vermilion County Board members unanimously elected Mike Marron to another two-year term as chairman Monday night.

Marron is from Fithian. He’s served as chairman the last two years, after succeeding Gary Weinard of Hoopeston.

Todd Johnson, a Rossville-area Republican, was chosen as vice chairman.

Marron said he believes the board have a great opportunity the next few years to accomplish things.

Republicans retained the majority on the 27-member board in the November election.

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Berger to continue as chairman of Ford County Board

Gibson City resident Randy Berger was re-appointed to another term as chairman of the Ford County Board. The 62-year-old Berger says focus will need to be put on efforts to reduce the red ink in the county’s budget.

The Board voted 7-0 Monday night to re-appoint Berger as Chairman. Berger is midway through his third four-year term as a county board member. His appointment to his second two-year term as chairman occurred during the reorganization meeting. No other board members were nominated for the top leadership post.

The board unanimously approved the appointment of board veteran Bob Lindgren of rural Loda as its vice chairman.

Five recently elected board members were also sworn in by County Clerk Amy Frederick: Included were: Chase McCall of Gibson City, Tom McQuinn of Paxton, Jason Johnson of Paxton, Tim Nuss of Roberts and Dr. Bernadette Ray of Gibson City.

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