Condon disputes validity of search warrants in murder case
Murder suspect Andrew Condon claims police investigators acted recklessly in their search of his property last fall, resulting in Condon’s arrest for the murder of a Gilman gas station attendant.
Condon’s attorney is contesting the validity of search warrants used to gather evidence in the case against the defendant.
The 34-year-old Condon is jailed on a $1-million bond for the fatal shooting of gas station attendant Jonathan Rubin of Danforth.Condon’s charged with 2-counts of 1st-degree murder for the shooting death of Rubin October 27, 2012.
Condon was arrested after police search his rural Ashkum property.
Judge Gordon Lustfeldt set another court hearing for May 30th at 1:30 pm.
A Danville man was killed and another hurt when two vehicles collided head-on along East Voorhees Street in Danville. It happened about 1:30 Monday afternoon. Vermilion County Coroner Peggy Johnson identifies the victim as 22-year-old Aaron Bryant of Danville. A second man driving a pickup truck was taken to Presence United Samaritans Medical Center for treatment of injuries.
Both men were alone in their vehicles when the crash occurred where Voorhees Street turns into Lynch Road.
Coroner Johnson says Aaron Bryant was traveling eastbound when, for some unknown reason, he drifted into the westbound lane and crashed into the pick-up truck. Danville Police and the Vermilion County Coroner's Office are continuing to investigate.
Bonfield man pleads guilty to DUI to avoid sex abuse charge
A 40-year-old Bonfield man won't be prosecuted for the alleged molesting of his stepdaughter after he agreed to plead guilty Monday to a separate DUI charge stemming from an accident that left a Limestone teen seriously injured.
William Kibbons, who had pleaded not guilty to the 2009 criminal sexual abuse charges, pleaded guilty instead to aggravated DUI and faces up to eight years in prison.
The Daily-Journal reports the plea deal means Kibbons will not be tried on charges that he sexually abused his stepdaughter, who was under the age of 13 at the time of the alleged offense. Kankakee County prosecutors agreed to drop those charges if Kibbons pleaded guilty to the DUI, which carries a greater maximum prison term.
On June 4, 2012, Kibbons drove his pickup head-on into a car driven by then 19-year-old Zach Jones. Kibbons fled the scene of the accident but was later arrested by Illinois State Police. He had a blood alcohol content twice the legal limit.
According to the Journal, Kibbons faced up to seven years for the sexual abuse charges and up to 12 for the aggravated DUI. But under current state sentencing laws, Kibbons would have served half of his sentence if convicted of sexual abuse.
The DUI, on the other hand, must be served at 85 percent of the sentence, and prosecutors agreed to ask for no more than eight years in exchange for his guilty plea.
It’s Prom Weekend for many area high schools.And the Prom season presents the perfect opportunity for law enforcement and school officials to emphasize student safety.
The Illinois State Police were joined by Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police and Watseka Police yesterday (Friday) to remind high school students to buckle up and pay attention to their responsibility behind the wheel.
The scene at Watseka High School (Friday) afternoon was also displayed at GCMS in Gibson City and at Manteno --to get that message out there.
Sgt. Steven Sigler, Safety Education Officer for District 21 of the State Police and M/S Angie Kinstner of the State police say it’s all about being safe.
"It's all about education. We want to make sure we educate students and parents and the community about having safe graduations and proms," says Sgt. Steven Sigler of the District 21 state police. Master Sgt. Angie Kinstner also said "we emphasize P. R.O.M., an ancronym for Please Return on Monday. We want all to have fun and be safe so all return to school on Monday."
Officers made their presence known at all exits around the high school as students called it a day.It’s Prom Weekend.It’s a celebration.It’s fun for the young adults.
But it’s also time to remember that graduation and Prom calls for a little more responsibility.The students, Sigler says, are receptive.
Tragic accidents involving teens have made the news all too often, recent accidents right here in the WGFA-listening area.