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Newton County triple homicide case reveals new details

Court documents provide new information in the August 2016 murders of three people in Newton County, Indiana.

23-year old Richard Thomas, 39-year-old Kimberly Spears and 20-year-old Justin Babbs were all found stabbed inside a home in Sumava Resorts.

Sebastian Wedding was arrested. He allegedly told a witness he needed gas money because he planned to leave the state.

The Court documents say police monitored Facebook message conversations between the witness and Wedding later that day.

Wedding allegedly admitted to being at the home where the murders took place.

Wedding was arrested August 29. Two days later, Derrick Cardosi was arrested after a witness saw him at the scene in the days following the murder.

Investigators have not commented on a possible motive.
Wedding and Cardosi pleaded not guilty to 3-counts of murder, auto theft and theft in September. In December, they both pleaded not guilty to an additional 2-counts of murder.

Prosecutors plan to seek life without parole.

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Gibson Area Hospital Welcomes the First Baby of 2017

Gibson Area Hospital Baby Central welcomed Landon James Pecchenino as the first baby of 2017. Landon arrived Monday, January 2 at 4:38 pm. He weighed 6 pounds 15 ounces and measuring 20 ½ inches long.

Landon is the first child for parents Lorraine Maxson and Andrew Pecchenino of Gilman, Illinois. Landon was delivered by Dr. Bernadette Ray.

The Gibson Area Hospital Administration, Baby Central OB Department, and Auxiliary congratulated the new family with a gift basket and gift bag. Among the variety of baby supplies they received were receiving blankets, soft plush toys, and a Halo SleepSack, as well as Gibson Area Chamber of Commerce Gibson Bucks.

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Sub-Zero wind chills expected to continue

Frigid temperatures have gripped Illiana again. The cold will likely continue all day and into the weekend. The National Weather Service says today’s high will only reach the teens. Wind chills will remain below zero.

The average high for January 4th is 31 degrees and the average low is 17 degrees. The cold temperatures are in the forecast through the weekend.

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Gilman shooting under investigation

A man suffered two gunshot wounds in Gilman Tuesday night. The victim is in stable condition at Carle Hospital in Urbana. A person of interest is in custody.

Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police and Gilman Police are investigating.

Authorities responded to the shooting outside the Pilot Gas Station/Truck Stop about 9:30 pm. Sheriff’s Police report they discovered a male inside the gas station had two gunshot wounds to his upper body.

IMH ambulance personnel treated the victim. He was taken to Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka, then transferred to Urbana. The un-identifed victim was in stable condition.

The investigation revealed the shooting had occurred behind the Pilot gas station near the semi-truck parking lot. Illinois State Police located the person of interest in Champaign County.

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Travel advisory > Snow Squalls may impact travel

The National Weather Service is alerting motorists about the possibility of ‘snow squalls.’ Sudden intense snow squalls are likely across parts of Illinois and Indiana. That could lead to visibility problems which could increase chances for multi-vehicle, chain-reaction crashes.

Motorists should be alert for changing road conditions today and tonight. Wind gusts could reach 35-40 mph.

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