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Firefighter injured in Melvin blaze

MELVIN — A firefighter escaped serious injury overnight when a floor collapsed inside a burning bar and grill. A snowplow driver called in the fire at Bubba’s Bar & Grill on Main Street.

The Roberts firefighter was taken to Gibson Area Hospital, where he was treated and later released.

The fireman fell through a weakened floor into the basement. Other firefighters lowered a ladder so he could climb out.

Firefighters cleared the scene about five hours later, but the state fire marshal’s office was called to investigate. Firemen from Melvin, Roberts, Sibley and Gibson City answered the call around 3:30 am.

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Survey favors Halvorson for Congress

A recent poll of 500 registered voters in the 2nd Congressional District favor former Congresswoman Debbie Halvorson in the race to replace Jesse Jackson Jr.

Halvorson holds the number one position with a little more than 21% of the likely-vote. Former State Rep, Robin Kelly was second with 17.4%.

Victory Research conducted the poll between Sunday and Tuesday of this week. The results have a margin of error of 4.3 percent.

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Drew Peterson sentenced to 38 years for murder

JOLIET — A judge has sentenced Drew Peterson to 38 years in prison for murdering his third wife.

Will County Judge Edward Burmila imposed the sentence Thursday. The 59-year-old Peterson faced a maximum 60-year prison term.

Jurors convicted Peterson in September in the 2004 death of Kathleen Savio. Neighbors found her body in a dry bathtub at her home with a gash on her head.

Peterson is also a suspect in the 2007 disappearance of his 23-year-old fourth wife, Stacy Peterson, but hasn't been charged. Her disappearance is what led authorities to take another look at Savio's death and reclassify it from an accident to a homicide.

Fascination nationwide with Peterson arose from speculation he sought to use his law enforcement expertise to get away with murder.

{Associated Press}

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Armed Robbery in Kankakee, 2 men in custody

No injury was reported, but two suspects are in jail after an armed robbery in Kankakee yesterday.

Kankakee Police report officers were dispatched just before 3 pm to a business location in the 1000-block of E. Court Street. Two black males were seen leaving a sore and they fled north thru an alley.

Police apprehended Kenneth Washington Jr. and then chased down Matthew Martin. Both men listed addresses in Chicago. They’re jailed on charges of Armed Robbery, Aggravated battery, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, No FOID card, and Resisting Arrest.


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Rodenbarger prosecution for double-murder could cost $1 million

WHITE COUNTY, Ind. --- County Prosecutor Bob Guy said his decision on how to prosecute 20-year-old David Rodenbarger will not be based on money, but it could cost up to $1 million.

Guy says the case against Rodenbarger is a death-penalty-eligible case or he could get life without parole. Guy said he won't make a decision on which to pursue until he has looked at all options.

The cost of pursuing the death penalty could be anywhere from $500,000 up to $1 million dollars. Life without parole would be $50,000 to $100,000. The case could last until 2015.

Rodenbarger is accused of stabbing his mother, 41-year-old Michelle Haskins, and his half-sister, 6-year-old Jillian Haskins, to death earlier this month at their Monticello home.

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