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Headlines for Thursday, April 11, 2013

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lawsThe former Administrative Pastor of the House of Prayer in Albion, Ill. has been sentenced to three years in prison after admitting he embezzled more than a quarter of a million dollars from his church. Jason G. Laws, 44 entered a negotiated guilty plea to a felony charge of theft over $100,000, a class-2 felony.  Circuit Judge Mark Shaner sentenced Laws to three years in prison and ordered him to pay $283,422 in restitution to the church. He was also ordered to complete 300 hours of community service and will have to serve three years of probation after completing his prison sentence. Investigators discovered that Laws had forged numerous church checks and deposited the money into an account he controlled.

Write-in vote totals for the Grover Township Road Commissioner race in Wayne County have been released.  Jim Garrett staged a write-in campaign against John Ray.  Ray won the race with 686 votes to Garrett’s 151. The vote totals were released Wednesday afternoon by Wayne County Clerk Glenda Young.

Todd “Supercat” Bailey has been elected Mayor of the Village of Browns. Bailey defeated incumbent Mayor Harry Duncan by 6 votes – 41 – 35. Bailey performs with the band Orry Kraw as a vocalist and bass guitarist.

More than a month after the controversial Class 2-A Boys basketball state championship game between Harrisburg and Seton Academy, the Illinois High School Association has issued sanctions against both teams. Both head coaches have been placed on probation for the 2013-14 season. Harrisburg’s Randy Smithpeters will be suspended for the postseason next year unless he completes a behavioral training class.  Seton’s Brandon Thomas is banned form the postseasons for the next two years.

Sgt. Tim LukerTrooper Timothy W. Luker, of rural Edwards County has been promoted to the rank of Sergeant. Sgt. Luker currently serves as a Field Training Officer, Crash Reconstruction Officer, a Control and Arrest Tactics Instructor and Standard Field Sobriety Test Instructor.  A native of Mount Carmel, Sgt. Luker lives in rural Edwards County with his wife Stephanie and two daughters. Stephanie Luker is also a District 19 trooper.

A bill being proposed would bring Illinois into the digital age when it comes to showing proof of vehicle insurance. If approved, motorists could use a cellphone or other electronic device to show proof of insurance.


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