‘Not guilty’ pleas entered in triple murder case in Newton County
Two men accused of stabbing and killing three people last week in Newton County, IN were in Superior Court Wednesday. Both men pleaded not guilty before Judge Dan Molter.
24-year-old Sebastian Wedding of Lake County, Indiana, and 24-year-old Derrick Cardosi of Sumava Resorts are each charged with three counts of murder, auto theft and theft.
The charges are connected to the deaths of 39-year-old Kimberly Spears, 23-year-old Richard Thomas, and 20-year-old Justin Babbs.
Both Wedding and Cardosi are being held in the Newton County Jail without bond.
The state requested a protection order for the body of Kimberly Spears. Prosecutors say there is reason to believe a bite mark on the left arm of one of the defendant’s could be useful evidence if a doctor could take an impression of Spears’ mouth. That protective order was granted and prosecution plans to wait until after the showing to examine Spears’ remains.
Governors State University has announced it is closing its Illinois Small Business Development Center and its Illinois SBDC International Trade Center due to the state's budget crisis.
In a statement Tuesday, University President Elaine P. Maimon noted a 70 percent cut in state appropriations for fiscal year 2016 and only a six-month, stopgap budget for fiscal year 2017. She says as a result, Governor State must move funds used to match federal and state dollars to departments that will maintain student services.
Maimon called the decision to close the programs a difficult one, adding the development center had been a "definitive resource" for business owners and entrepreneurs in Chicago's southern suburbs.
University officials say the centers have helped more than 6,000 clients create 4,650 new jobs since 2001.
Head-on collision in Kankakee, man arrested for DUI
Illinois State Police investigated a head-on crash Monday on Route 17 at Kankakee County Road 7000 W. 58-year-old John Brinkman was arrested for drunk driving and improper lane usage, after he crossed the centerline and hit the oncoming car driven by 21-year-old Jacob Hansen of Kankakee.
Brinkman was air-lifted to an Oak Lawn hospital in critical condition. Hansen and three passengers were treated for minor injuries at Provena St. Mary's Hospital in Kankakee.