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Lowell double homicide suspect back in Indiana, jailed in Newton County

A Lowell-area man suspected in the death of his parents last fall has been returned to Indiana.

34-year-old Thomas Snow is jailed in Newton County. He's charged with armed robbery charge following his extradition from Minnesota -- where he was arrested as a fugitive in October.

Lake County prosecutors are preparing to file homicide charges against the man in Lake Criminal Court in connection with the deaths of 66-year-old Joyce Snow and 68-year-old Clifford Snow.

The victims' decomposed bodies were found October 18 in their home, west of Lowell.

The Lake County coroner said they died of blunt force trauma and strangulation. The time of their death is under investigation. Lake County authorities said in October they found many days of unread newspapers outside the house when they were called there to investigate the victims' well-being.

Police tracked Snow, who had been living at the house, to Minnesota through cellphone records and his parents' credit card activity. Minnesota police stopped him after a brief chase.

Minnesota's Clay County Attorney Brian J. Melton said Tuesday he decided earlier this month to dismiss several traffic charges related to Snow's attempts to flee local police.

The robbery charges in Newton County arise from allegations Snow walked into Boseman's Marathon service station at E. Indiana State Road 10 about 6:30 pm., October 17, threatened to shoot employees and demanded all the money in the cash registers.

Newton County Prosecutor Jeff Drinski said in October he would be asking that Snow be held without bond, arguing that Snow is a flight risk.

Lake County authorities are also is working with the Newton County authorities to make sure Snow he is held for potential charges.

94.1 WGFA

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Gasoline prices jump for holiday travel

Just in time for holiday traveling, gasoline prices have jumped in the Danville area and across the nation. Regular unleaded gasoline which had been selling for $3.12 a gallon at one Danville gas station on Thursday was selling it for $3.29 a gallon on Sunday.

The Triple A Motor Club's annual forecast predicted that 94-million Americans would travel 50 miles or more between Saturday (December 21st) and Wednesday, January 1st. The number of travelers is up six-percent from this time a year ago.             (article submitted}

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State police enforcing safe holiday

State police are teaming with sheriff's police and municipal police departments to increase roadside checks as part of their holiday safe-driving campaign.

The checks include the familiar "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" and "Click it or Ticket" themes and will include hundreds of roadside checks for drunken driving and safety-belt use through the first weekend of 2014.

Illinois has seen 950 traffic fatalities through Dec. 17-20, more than the same period last year.

Safe driving isn't limited to highways, however.

The Department of Natural Resources said there were 34 reported snowmobile accidents last year resulting in three deaths.

Illinois Conservation Police Chief Rafael Gutierrez said most accidents can be prevented with common sense. The department encourages everyone to take a snowmobile safety class before the first ride of the season and offers these other tips:

•Never consume alcohol before or during a snowmobile ride.
•Make sure equipment is in proper working order.
•Wear protective clothing including a full-size helmet with goggles or face shield.
•Avoid wearing long scarves, which may get caught in moving parts.
•Be aware of, and obey, trail closures and know the terrain.
•Avoid frozen waterways if you're not sure about the thickness of ice.
•Never ride alone.

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Essex fire kills wheelchair-bound woman

The cause of a house fire that killed a woman in Essex is under investigation.

59-year-old Carolyn Kirchner died Saturday morning after her home caught fire.

Kirchner was found badly burned and on the couch in her living room after the blaze was extinguished. A family dog also died in the fire.

Firemen were called to the home about 9:45 am. The victim was pronounced dead around 11 am.

The single-story ranch-style home showed extensive damage to the front side. Kirchner's husband was not home at the time of the fire.

94.1 WGFA.