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Drew Peterson sentenced to 38 years for murder

JOLIET — A judge has sentenced Drew Peterson to 38 years in prison for murdering his third wife.

Will County Judge Edward Burmila imposed the sentence Thursday. The 59-year-old Peterson faced a maximum 60-year prison term.

Jurors convicted Peterson in September in the 2004 death of Kathleen Savio. Neighbors found her body in a dry bathtub at her home with a gash on her head.

Peterson is also a suspect in the 2007 disappearance of his 23-year-old fourth wife, Stacy Peterson, but hasn't been charged. Her disappearance is what led authorities to take another look at Savio's death and reclassify it from an accident to a homicide.

Fascination nationwide with Peterson arose from speculation he sought to use his law enforcement expertise to get away with murder.

{Associated Press}

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Armed Robbery in Kankakee, 2 men in custody

No injury was reported, but two suspects are in jail after an armed robbery in Kankakee yesterday.

Kankakee Police report officers were dispatched just before 3 pm to a business location in the 1000-block of E. Court Street. Two black males were seen leaving a sore and they fled north thru an alley.

Police apprehended Kenneth Washington Jr. and then chased down Matthew Martin. Both men listed addresses in Chicago. They’re jailed on charges of Armed Robbery, Aggravated battery, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, No FOID card, and Resisting Arrest.

 

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Rodenbarger prosecution for double-murder could cost $1 million

WHITE COUNTY, Ind. --- County Prosecutor Bob Guy said his decision on how to prosecute 20-year-old David Rodenbarger will not be based on money, but it could cost up to $1 million.

Guy says the case against Rodenbarger is a death-penalty-eligible case or he could get life without parole. Guy said he won't make a decision on which to pursue until he has looked at all options.

The cost of pursuing the death penalty could be anywhere from $500,000 up to $1 million dollars. Life without parole would be $50,000 to $100,000. The case could last until 2015.

Rodenbarger is accused of stabbing his mother, 41-year-old Michelle Haskins, and his half-sister, 6-year-old Jillian Haskins, to death earlier this month at their Monticello home.

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Harms, Kinzinger Open House Friday


The public’s reminded about and invited to the grand opening of State Representative Josh Harms and U-S Representative Adam Kinzinger’s office in Watseka Friday.


The constituent service office is at 342 W. Walnut Street in Watseka. The open house is from 5 ‘til 6:30 pm in the Hartman Building.

The joint office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. Iroquois County Board member Susan Wynn Bence is the district staff member for Harms.

Kinzinger's district staff member is Patrick Doggett, of Crescent City, who will work the Watseka and Ottawa office.


The office phone number is 815-432-0106.

Doggett is Kinzinger's field representative for Iroquois, Ford and Livingston counties. He began working for the congressman on Dec. 3.

Kinzinger represents the new 16th Congressional District, which Iroquois, Ford, Livingston, Grundy and Will counties west to Bureau County and north to the Boone and Winnebago counties on the Wisconsin border.

Harms' 106th Illinois House District includes Iroquois and Ford counties, northern Vermilion County, most of Livingston County and eastern Woodford County.



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Winter Weather Advisory for East Central Illinois

Ford and Iroquois Counties have been issued Winter Weather Advisories. The National Weather Service issued the advisory for the two counties from 6 p.m. Thursday thru noon Friday.

Snow accumulation of three to five inches and ice accumulation of one-tenth of an inch are expected.  A period of heavy snow with rates of one inch per hour is expected late Thursday night.

Meanwhile, there’s a winter weather advisory issued for the rest of East Central Illinois from 6 p.m. Thursday to 6 a.m. Friday.  In these areas, one to three inches of snow and one-tenth of an inch of ice is possible.  Heavy winds may also lead to blowing snow.

Motorists are advised to plan your travel accordingly, and while on the road, be prepared for changing road conditions, slick areas, slow down, and buckle up.

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