MetroSource News 05/16/2013
Possible Motive Unveiled For Beason Murders
(Peoria, IL) -- Jurors may have a possible motive into the murders of a family in Beason. Jason Harris says his brother, Chris Harris, had tried to contact several of his ex-girlfriends the night of the crimes, but when things didn't pan out he decided to go talk to Justina Constant. Constant was Rick and Ruth Gee's 16-year old daughter and Chris believed she had a crush on him. Jason says Chris later admitted Justina turned him down so he slapped her just as her little brother walked in the room. According to Jason, Chris killed the family because he didn't want anyone to wake up, see what he'd done, and point the finger at him.
Murder Suspects Brother To Take Stand Again
(Peoria, IL) -- Jason Harris will be back on the stand today, testifying against his brother Chris Harris. Chris is accused of killing five members of the Gee family in Beason back in September 2009. Jason says he was with Chris the night of the crime and even though he didn't kill anyone, he did help get rid of the bloody evidence. Jason was originally charged with murder but he's testifying in exchange for a reduced sentence.
Cost Shift Hearing Today
Springfield, IL) -- The cost shift proposal is up for discussion again. House Speaker Michael Madigan is holding a subject matter hearing about the proposal this afternoon. He wants downstate and suburban school districts to start paying for their teacher pensions. Right now the state covers the pensions and the districts don't contribute at all. Madigan says that's an unfair advantage which puts a tremendous strain on the state's budget.
Seventeen Year Olds Might Get Right To Vote
(Springfield, IL) -- State lawmakers are trying to lower the voting age. They've passed a bill that would allow 17 year olds to vote in the primary. Only those who would turn 18 by the November General Election would be eligible. Supporters say the teens are well informed and should be involved in the political process. The bill now heads to Governor Quinn.
Driving On Suspended License May Mean Jail Time
(Springfield, IL) -- People who drive on a suspended license could soon find themselves in the big house. Lawmakers have passed a bill that would up the penalty from Class A misdemeanor to Class Four felony. That means the drivers could face up to three years in jail and dish out a 25-thousand dollar fine. The bill is headed to Governor Quinn's desk and if he signs it, it'll take effect in January.
IL Second In U.S. In Dog Bite Claims
(Undated) -- The state of Illinois is almost the top dog when it comes to people getting bitten by their furry friends. According to the country's largest insurance carrier Illinois is second in the nation in claims for dog bites. Illinois accounted for ten-percent of all of State Farm Insurance's dog bite claims in 2012. California is number-one.
DeKalb Couple Busted For handing Out Prescription Meds
(DeKalb, IL) -- A DeKalb couple is allegedly tied to three deaths after apparently handing out prescription meds without a probable cause. The feds took Richard Ng and Lee Lee Foong into custody yesterday, claiming they've been dispensing Methadone, Morphine, and other drugs to patients who didn't need them. Ng is the president of the Sauk Medical Clinics in DeKalb and Sterling but the indictment alleges he operated outside the business. The couple's actions allegedly caused bodily injuries to some of their clients and led to the deaths of three others. They each face up to five years behind bars.
Man Attacks Firefighter During Rescue Mission
(Alton, IL) -- An Alton man is charged with battery for allegedly attacking a firefighter on a rescue mission. Officials say Henry Jarrett had escaped the blaze, but when the firefighter tried to go inside to pull someone from the basement, Jarrett ran and knocked the firefighter off the porch. Police haven't released a motive as to why Jarrett didn't want the firefighter to go after the trapped man, but he was taken into custody and charged with aggravated battery. Fire crews eventually got into the home and brought the man to safety.
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