LOCAL NEWS HEADLINES

October 31, 2014   5:05 am

Dwight Case
The June double murder case in Dwight has been officially closed. Dwight Police Chief Tim Henson says the investigation over the past few months shows that 27-year Joseph Sipple acted alone in the shooting deaths of 60-year old Donna Denker and 30-year old Kelli Denker on June 14th. Sipple later took his own life in LaSalle County near Sheridan on June 27th. Henson said testing done on October 21st showed that Sipple's tennis shoes had DNA from the victim's on them.

Henson said he is very thankful for all of the Law Enforcement Agencies that helped throughout the investigation.

Democrats Hopeful about Turnout
Key campaign strategists for Governor Pat Quinn say they're focusing on turnout by "sporadic" Democratic voters in the final days before Tuesday's election. They say they're confident Quinn will be helped by early and mail-in votes. They say the campaign also will be encouraging trips to the polls by Democrats who don't faithfully show up every election cycle.

Halloween Safety
Local Law Enforcement Agencies are reminding everyone to have a safe and happy Halloween. Authorities say they will be out in extra patrols tonight to make sure trick-or-treaters are staying safe, but they are also on the lookout for drunken drivers. Some tips for parents include check your child's treats before they eat them, apply reflective tape to areas of your child's costume, candy bag or shoes, and avoid walking on the street. For trick-or-treat times, visit http://am1250wspl.com/pages/20180702.php?

Lansford Speaks with Majestic Owner
Streator Mayor Jimmie Lansford recently spoke with the owner of the Majestic Theatre to see what plans are in store for the building. Lansford said theatre owner Tim Burke still has the building up for sale and hasn't made any new advances for the building. Lansford mentioned that the heating system in the building has been updated twice in the past couple of years and that is something Burke is still looking into whether that will be updated for a third time. Lansford told Burke that the city wants to keep the theatre as a viable part of the downtown and are willing to help out in anyway they can.

Lansford plans on talking to Burke again in about two weeks.

Only Half of Illinois Students are Ready for College
The latest report card on Illinois schools is offering parents and school administrators a host of new features and benchmarks to pore over. The report on the 2013-2014 school year shows that more than 70 percent of recent graduates enrolled in college. But another measurement showed fewer than half of students were deemed ready for college coursework.

Death Row Inmate Freed Incorrectly?
Alstory Simon says he's angry with people he says forced to confess to a double murder he didn't commit. Simon was freed from a central Illinois prison Thursday after Cook County prosecutors re-examined his case. The state's attorney says there is "compelling" evidence a death row inmate freed after Simon's confession was responsible for the 1982 killings -- but he can't be put on trial again. The case of Anthony Porter was instrumental in a campaign to halt the death penalty in Illinois.

20 Years to the Day Airline Crash
Friday marks 20 years since a commuter plane headed to Chicago crashed into a farm field in northwest Indiana during bad weather. Relatives will gather to dedicate a memorial wall that includes the names of the 68 passengers and crew members who died in the crash of American Eagle Flight 4184.

Rockford Murder Charge in Car Crash
First-degree murder charges have been filed against the alleged driver of a vehicle that crashed into a car driven by a Rockford attorney as it fled a crime scene.    Bryant Locke was charged Thursday in the death of 42-year-old Karen Williams. Locke, D'Angelo Brooks and Ronaldo Ford, both 19, are accused of fleeing Boone County sheriff's police after a report of an armed robbery at a Belvidere cellphone store. The chase ended when the auto allegedly driven by Locke slammed into Williams' auto.
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