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Murder Trial set for Heather Lamie

An October 21, 2013 trial date is scheduled for a former Cullom resident charged in the 2011 death of a child who was in her foster-care. 29-year-old Heather Lamie, who now lives in Kankakee, faces two first-degree murder charges for the May 2011 death of four-year-old Kianna Rudesill.  The girl died of brain injuries while under Lamie's care.  Lamie is also charged with a felony count of endangering the life or health of a child.

Ford County Judge Stephen Pacey last Thursday denied a defense motion to continue the trial date another 60 days. Lamie was recently successful in reducing her bond from $2-million to $1-million.  She then was freed after posting 10 percent.

Another pre-trial hearing is set for 1 pm September 19th.


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Republican candidates announce intentions

There were a couple of political announcements locally this week.

State Representative Josh Harms of Watseka announced his re-election bid for the 106th House District. Harms is in his freshman term as a legislative voice for Iroquois, Ford, Vermilion, Livingston and Woodford counties. He won a three-person primary in 2012 then won the General Election last November.

Harms called his first year in the Illinois General Assembly an "eye opening" experience.

Also announcing this week was Glenn Nixon. The Bourbonnais resident is a Bourbonnais Police Officer and former Kankakee County Board member. He plans to run again next Spring for the 79th House seat, now held by Rep Kate Cloonen.

Nixon lost to Cloonen in 2012.

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Police searching for attempted bank robber suspect

Surveillance tape has been circulated as police continue to search for the man who attempted to rob Municipal Bank in Momence late Friday morning.

No one was injured and no money was stolen during the 11:30 am incident, according to Momence Police Chief Tim Swanson.

The suspect fled northbound on foot after he displayed what appeared to be a semi-automatic handgun with a silver barrel and white handle.

The Kankakee County Sheriff's Department website describes the man as approximately 6 feet tall, between 170-180 pounds and in his late 30s or early 40s. He also has disfigured teeth.

At the time of the attempted robbery, he was wearing sunglasses, a lime green shirt with blue jeans and a safari-type hat. He had scotch tape on his fingers and slight facial hair.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Momence Police Department at -815-472-2021 or CrimeStoppers at 815-93-CRIME.

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Livingston County state's attorney on sheriff resignation: 'End of troubled time'

PONTIAC - Livingston County State's Attorney Seth Uphoff said the resignation of Sheriff Marty Meredith marks the end of a troubled time in Livingston County.

Uphoff describes the ongoing investigation of the sheriff as a dark cloud that's been hanging over the county for the last several months. Meredith has announced that he'll step down from his position, and Uphoff said that marks a positive change for the county.

"I think this is probably the first little glimmer of sunlight we've seen, with the sheriff's resignation coming at the end of the month."

Meredith is accused of misusing county property and could face charges of official misconduct. The investigation remains in the hands of the Appellate Prosecutor's office, and in August Special Prosecutor Charles Coburn made an announcement that new evidence had surfaced in the case. Uphoff believes that was a wake-up call.

"I don't think it's a coincidence that last month the Appellate Prosecutor said they'd be coming down with a decision or releasing something toward the end of August, and here we are in the first few days of September and the sheriff is resigning."

The Special Prosecutors haven't yet released the new information to the public. They only said their case is moving forward.

Meredith has always maintained that he's done nothing wrong and he believes he'll be exonerated. Meredith said he intends to pursue opportunities out of state once he steps down from the sheriff's office.
{Pontiac Leader)

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Former Governors endorse Dillard in GOP race for Governor

CHICAGO - Two former GOP governors are endorsing state Sen. Kirk Dillard in the 2014 gubernatorial primary, saying he's the only Republican who can win the general election.

Former Governors Jim Edgar and Jim Thompson sent a letter earlier this week to all GOP county and township chairmen and ward committeemen asking them to support Dillard. They say the Hinsdale legislator is a seasoned campaigner and the only candidate who ''can take the fight to the entrenched Democrats that dominate the state capitol.''

Dillard served as Edgar's chief of staff. Dillard narrowly lost the 2010 GOP primary to state Sen. Bill Brady, who went on to lose to Gov. Pat Quinn.

Dillard faces Brady, state Treasurer Dan Rutherford and businessman Bruce Rauner in the 2014 primary.

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