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Jury convicts trucker in death of Hudson firefighter

A McLean County jury returned a verdict of reckless homicide Friday against the driver of a semitrailer truck that killed Hudson firefighter Chris Brown.

After a week-long trial, the jury deliberated eight hours on the charges against 29-year-old Mansur Shakirov of Spokane, Wash. He will be jailed until an April 24 sentencing hearing, when he faces a possible term of 14 years.

The trial was attended at some times by more than 40 Brown supporters. Brown, the father of two, was a volunteer with the Hudson department and was a career firefighter for the City of Bloomington.

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New trial date set in child-death

A trial has been moved to June 23 for a former Cullom woman charged in the 2011 death of a foster child.

30-year-old Heather Lamie is charged with two counts of murder and one count of endangering the life or health of a child in the death of 4-year-old Kianna Rudesill.

The trial was to start April 21. A Livingston County Judge granted the delay because a pediatric forensic pathologist from Minnesota has previous commitments. She is expected to testify for the defense.

Rudesill was a foster child in the Lamie home when the Cullom Fire Department was called to the home for a child having "seizure-like" symptoms. She was taken to OSF Saint James-John W. Albrecht Medical Center in Pontiac and later flown to OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, Peoria, where she died of head injuries the following day.

A Peoria County coroner's jury ruled the death a homicide. Lamie, 30, now of Kankakee County, was indicted on the murder charges in June 2013.

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Bill Brady running mate to visit Watseka

                            --Maria Rodriguez to talk with voters—

Bloomington, Illinois – Maria Rodriguez, running mate to Republican Candidate for Governor Bill Brady, will talk with Iroquois voters this Thursday March 13, 2014 in Watseka.

Rodriquez plans to talk about making a clean break for Illinois and bringing jobs to the state. , Rodriguez will be at VIPS Restaurant on Walnut Watseka at 9:30 am.

Rodriguez said "Bill Brady and I are committed to a new agenda for Illinois to bring greater financial security for our communities, for our state and for Illinois families."

Rodriguez is a small business owner and former suburban mayor in Lake County. She's Bill Brady's candidate for Lieutenant Governor.

Bill Brady says "Maria brings a fresh perspective, a new ethic and a new energy to Springfield."

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Crash kills Champaign teenager

Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup reports a car crash last Thursday (Mar 6th) took the life of a teenager. 16-year-old Kenneth McNeil II died of injuries suffered in the single-vehicle crash. It happened west of Champaign on Rising Road.
The crash remains under investigation by the Coroner and the Champaign County Sheriff's Department. An inquest may be scheduled.

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'Not Guilty' Verdicts in Alvin Shooting

A Vermilion County Circuit Court jury recently returned not guilty verdicts in a trial involving a 2011 shooting in Alvin. Forty-two year-old Jason Irwin was found innocent of attempted murder and home invasion.

According to testimony Michael Reffett Junior discovered Irwin in his Alvin home and shots were exchanged between the men. Reffett suffered several gunshot wounds. Irwin was reportedly hit with a shotgun blast. Both men survived their wounds.

The not guilty verdicts ended a three-day trial.

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