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Headlines for Saturday, November 16, 2013

Mt. Carmel, IL businessman and CPA Kevin C. Williams was sentenced Friday to ten years in federal prison for swindling an elderly Mt. Carmel, IL woman out of nearly $3 million.  Williams will have to report to prison next Thursday.  The lengthy sentencing hearing was carried out in U.S. District Court at Benton, IL.  Federal prosecutors said Williams had control of the 96-year-old victim’s trust account and used the stolen cash for his personal gain.

29-year-old Chance W. Young of Fairfield has pled guilty in U.S. District Court to being in possession of stolen firearms.  Young was indicted by a Federal Grand Jury on September 4th on charges he was in possession of four stolen handguns that had been taken during a burglary of a Wayne County residence earlier this year.  Sentencing is set for February 28th.  He faces up to ten years in prison.

49-year-old Pamela K. Roosevelt of Bellmont has been sentenced after pleading guilty to drug related charges in Edwards County.  Roosevelt was sentenced to five years in prison on a charge of harrassment of a witness, five years for conspiracy to participate in methamphetamine production, and three years for possession of a controlled substance.  According to Edwards County States Attorney Michael Valentine, all three sentences will be served concurrently.  Roosevelt will also have to serve another two years of parole after her prison sentence.

38-year-old Tara L. Davis of Lawrenceville, IL was arrested Thursday by Mt. Carmel, IL police after she was found to be in possession of cannibis and drug paraphernalia while visiting Wabash General Hospital in Mt. Carmel, IL.  Police said Davis told them the cannibis was her medical marijuana.  Police located a “one hitter” box and the cannibis in her purse.  She was given a notice to appear in court and released.

Strong and severe thunderstorms are possible in the region Sunday.  Forecasters at the National Weather Service in Paducah, KY say the area has an elevated chance for a severe weather outbreak, including the threat for some tornadoes.  The prime time is expected to be from midday Sunday through the afternoon hours.  Forecasters say the event could be similar to a storm outbreak this past Halloween.

The case of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich is returning to court.  On Friday a federal appeals court agreed to hear arguments over whether to toss out his 2011 corruption conviction.  The court has set a December 13th date for hearing oral arguments on Blagojevich’s contention that his 14-year sentence to a federal prison in Englewood, CO should be overturned.

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