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Headlines for Tuesday, January 14, 2014

49-year-old Helen Marie Westall of Bridgeport has entered a guilty plea to charges she hired a Mt. Carmel man to murder her uncle, 78-year-old Robert V. Westall.  In return for the guilty plea, the state has agreed to a sentence of no more than 30 years.  Her co-defendant, 22-year-old Tyler McQueen was sentenced last month to 50 years in prison for his role in the slaying. Sentencing has been set for March 25 – the second year anniversary of the slaying.

Wabash County authorities are investigating the death of a rural Mt. Carmel man who was found dead in his home Sunday afternoon.  35-year-old Max H. Johnson was pronounced dead at the scene around 10 a.m. Sunday. An autopsy has been scheduled to determine the cause of death.

50-year-old Pamela Roosevelt of Belmont has been sentenced to five years in prison after pleading guilty in White County Circuit Court to a charge of being in possession of methamphetamine. State’s Attorney Denton Aud says Roosevelt’s sentence will run concurrent with sentences out of Edwards County last November for meth manufacturing, harassment and possession of a controlled substance.

Illinois residents are applying for permits to carry concealed weapons at a rate of more than 1,000 a day, leaving local police agencies worried they won’t be able to identify applicants with a history of violence. State Police have 120 days to investigate applications and issue permits.


Last week’s bitterly cold temperatures and snow cost the state of Illinois about $14 million.  The Illinois Department of Transportation spent over $12 million for labor, equipment and road salt.  The Illinois State Police racked up more than $108,000 in overtime and $30,000 was spent to deploy National Guard troops to rescue stranded motorists.

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