MetroSource News 05/14/2013
Lawmakers Act Quick After Limo Driver Busted For DUI
(Springfield, IL) -- A Chicago limo driver is facing charges after getting busted for DUI while taking a group of kids to prom. Richard Madison was arrested Saturday and charged with a misdemeanor and reckless conduct, but lawmakers say he should’ve faced tougher penalties. They’ve already introduced a new bill that will strengthen DUI laws for hired drivers who operate vehicles like a school bus, limo, or taxi-cab. State reps hope to take a vote on the bill sometime this week and if it becomes law, the drivers could face up to three years behind bars.
State Not Ready To Back Lower Blood Alcohol Content Level
(Springfield, IL) -- It could soon be easier for people to get a drunk driving charge on their record. The NTSB wants to lower the threshold for drinking and driving from point-08 to point-05 but Illinois officials say it’s too soon to say if they support the idea, claiming they need to do a bit more research. But the Secretary of State’s Office points out that drunk driving has gone down by 22-percent since the state implemented its BAIID program in 2009. That program requires drunk drivers to install an ignition interlock device on their car and blow into it before starting the vehicle up.
Everyone Impacted By Flooding Should Apply For Assistance
(Undated) -- FEMA officials are urging people in Illinois disaster areas to apply for federal assistance, even if they have flood insurance. FEMA Spokesman Dick Gifford says people often miss out on grant money because they assume they won’t qualify. But, he says the feds often pick up the costs for damages that insurance companies won’t pay for. The federal money can be used for home repairs or even rental assistance. Applications can be found at DisasterAssistance.gov.
Beason Resident Sees Truck Leaving Scene Of Murders
(Peoria, IL) -- A Beason resident may have the key to Christopher Harris's conviction. Ronald Frakes Jr. testified in court yesterday, claiming he heard a loud noise the night the Gee family was killed. He says he went outside to see where the noise was coming from, but instead saw two people pulling off in a gray pickup truck. Harris owned a truck, similar to the one Frakes saw. Harris is facing life in prison for the crime.
Two Thousand Marijuana Plants Found In Hebron
(Hebron, IL) -- Police in McHenry County say they’ve busted a marijuana grow operation that’s worth about a million bucks. They discovered two-thousand cannabis plants in a wooded area near Nichols and Hillside Roads in Hebron on Saturday. They came up on the drugs after a caller reported two Hispanic men had set up camp in the woods. Police say the men were apparently planning to keep a close watch on their crop - they had fertilizer, soil, hoses, food, water, and camping equipment near the site. Police say the men took off running when they arrived on scene and they haven’t been able to trace them yet.
State Trooper Kills Pedestrian
(Swansea, IL) -- An Illinois State trooper says he didn't see a man running in the road before he hit and killed him on Route 59 in Swansea. Officials say James Gaskill, of Monmouth, darted into the lane as the officer was driving by early yesterday morning, but it was too late for the officer to avoid hitting him. Gaskill had apparently been helping a stranded driver. He died of trauma to the neck and chest. The officer's name hasn’t been released but he remains on active duty while an investigation is underway.
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