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Coal City man arrested in Missouri kidnapping, assault case

An Illinois man is in custody after an abduction in Cape Girardeau last week that got several Illinois police departments involved. Forty-three-year-old Jeffery Lazier of Coal City was arrested in Yorkville, near Chicago, Friday afternoon on a slew of charges, including sexual abuse, kidnapping and robbery. A woman was reportedly kidnapped Tuesday by a man believed to be Lazier and was eventually able to escape from the suspect's vehicle in Effingham on Interstate 57. Lazier is in custody on 250-thousand-dollars bond.

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Milford man pleads not guilty to murder

In Iroquois Circuit Court, 52-year-old Danny Murphy pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder charges in connection with the beating death of another Milford man.

Murphy remains jailed on a $1 million bond. He's charged with two counts of first-degree murder. Murphy was indicted by an Iroquois County grand jury on May 6.

Court records show Murphy is alleged to have caused fatal injuries to 48-year-old David Garrett during an altercation at a Milford home April 7. Murphy allegedly beat Garrett in the head and face, causing his death. At the time, Murphy was on parole for robbery and false impersonation of a police officer.

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Braceville man dies in house fire

A weekend fire claimed the life of an 80 year old Braceville man. Raymond Jones was pronounced dead a little past midnight at Presence St Joseph Medical Center in Joliet. The residential fire broke on in the 200 block of South Mitchell in Braceville.

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10 years in prison for Rankin man, guilty plea in rolling meth lab case

A Rankin man was sentenced this week to 10 years in state prison for his role in a rolling meth lab discovered during a traffic stop in downtown Paxton.

26-year-old Christopher Searcy was handed the sentence (Tues). Searcy pleaded guilty to four felonies stemming from his March 1 arrest. The charges included unlawful participation in methamphetamine production, unlawful possession of anhydrous ammonia, unlawful possession of methamphetamine.

Ford County Circuit Judge Matt Fitton sentenced Searcy to 10 years for the first two felony counts. The run concurrent to a seven-year prison term he received for the third and fourth counts.

Searcy was the second person to plead guilty in connection with the rolling meth lab. 20-year-old Eugene Forbes III of Rankin pleaded guilty to identical charges as Searcy earlier. He'll be sentenced June 16.

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IMH recognizes volunteers

Iroquois Memorial Hospital celebrated National Volunteer Week, with a special reception at Celebrations on Thursday, April 16th. The event included a hospital update by CEO Chuck Bohlmann.

Individuals earning awards were greeted and thanked individually by Chuck Bohlmann, and IMH Board of Trustee members – Roger Dittrich, Board President along with Rhonda Pence and Mel Ward.

"Thank you does not seem sufficient for all the ways in which Volunteers contribute to Iroquois Memorial. From the many services they provide each day to their frequent acts of kindness that lift the spirits of patients, visitors and staff daily. Volunteers influence the organization in a very positive way," said Terri Fanning, IMH Director Volunteers. "The reception was a small token of our heartfelt thanks to our Volunteers." A total of 11,776 hours of volunteer time was documented in calendar year 2014.

Volunteers earn awards for their hours of service.

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