15 YEARS FOR WOMAN WHO SLASHED DOCTOR'S THROAT
A plea deal has given a Quincy woman a break on would be attempted murder charges. Tamara Goodwin plead guilty to armed violence; she slashed the throat of a Springfield heart doctor, who has also seen patients for years at Greenville Regional Hospital.
Prosecutors were pushing attempted murder charges, but accepted the lesser plea because it came with a 15-year prison term. They say Goodwin was upset because her longtime friend, and the man who supported her, died last fall. Dr. Robert Trask, who Goodwin slashed, treated the man. Trask required 80 stitches to close the wound on his neck, but survived the attack, and continues to practice medicine today.
Goodwin's attorneys wanted to use an insanity defense, but say the attack could also be explained by booze, depression, and lack of sleep.
CHILD'S DEATH LEADS TO ENTERTAINMENT CENTER RECALL
Ameriwood Industries, Inc., of Ohio, is voluntarily recalling about 138,000 entertainment centers due to the reported collapse of a unit, allegedly causing the death of a 19 month-old child. Three other reports, of minor injuries, allegedly involving the entertainment center, have been received.
The centers, sold at mass merchandisers nationwide, are black with glass doors and measure about 54 inches wide, 71 inches high, and 20 inches deep. The back panel is reportedly the cause of the collapse problem, if it is not secured properly. If you have one of these units, contact Ameriwood at 877-732-8252, to receive a free support panel repair kit.
PRECIPITATION TOTALS SO FAR FOR DECEMBER
According to the City of Greenville's rain gauges, totals so far for December are 1.10 inches of rain and 1 inch of sleet and snow mix at the plant, 1.21 inches of rain and .75 inches of sleet and snow mix at 6th Street and 1.09 inches of rain and .75 inches of sleet and snow mix at Idler Lane.
$70 million in bonds, issued by the Illinois Finance Authority, will allow the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory to become the home of the world’s fastest supercomputers, the IBM Blue Gene/P. The facility is located in DuPage County and will house over 600 laboratory employees and research groups that will be working on answering huge scientific questions. The laboratory is already a renowned research and development center that brings together scientists and engineers to find creative new solutions to pressing national problems in science and technology.
ILLINOIS TAXES LATE COMING IN
It's not the kind of economic news you want to hear out of Springfield. Illinois Comptroller Dan Hynes says taxes coming into the state are falling-off, and the state is having to slow down payments because of it. Alan Henry with the Comptroller says payments are two weeks behind last year's schedule, now at 38 days. Henry says money to everyone from Medicaid providers, to foster parents, to cities is delayed. Less than expected tax revenue is part of the problem. Henry says corporate taxes are off four-point-four-percent and sales taxes are down two-point-nine-percent. Adding to the financial worries is a quickly disappearing pool of Medicaid money. Henry says the state has spent over half its seven-billion-dollar Medicaid bank account. He expects to run the account dry before a new budget next summer.
RECORD NUMBER OF CANDIDATES FILE FOR ELECTION
A lot of people in, and out of, Illinois want your vote. The State Board of Elections says a record number of candidates have filed for election. A total of 16-hundred-54 candidates filed the paperwork to get on the Illinois ballot. That's 313 more than the last Presidential race. John McCain, Ron Paul, Mitt Romney, Fred Thompson, Alan Keys, James Mitchell Jr., Tom Tancredo, Rudy Giuliani and Mike Huckabee filed to run for President as Republicans. Seven Democratic candidates, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, John Edwards, Bill Richardson, Dennis Kucinich, Christopher Dodd and Joe Biden have been certified for the ballot. Voters will go to the polls a little earlier this year, the primary election is set for February 5th. The final selection doesn't come till November 4th.
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HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL
In a game heard here on WGEL Radio, the Highland Bulldogs beat Wesclin in a very close game, 54-53. Highland was losing at the end of each of the first three quarters but outscored Wesclin 17-14 in the 4th quarter to pull out the victory.
GREENVILLE JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL
The Bluejays 7th grade basketball team lost to Hillsboro 24-18; while the 8th grade team won 36-31.
The Kaskaskia College Athletic Department is adding women's soccer to their programs in the Fall of 2008 and have hired Joe Basch as the coach. Basch is a 2003 Centralia High School graduate and was an all conference selection for three years. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Sports Management from Marian College in Indianapolis.
KC Athletic Director Zach Loll says that the school is extremely excited about hiring Coach Basch and getting the women's soccer program started. Kaskaskia College is also looking to hire a men's soccer coach for the fall.
ESTHER B. WAUGH
Esther B. Waugh, 87 of Greenville, passed away Sunday at Greenville Regional. Graveside services for 87 year-old Esther B. Waugh will be held Sunday at 2PM at the McKendree Chapel Cemetery near Keyesport. The family will receive friends Friday, from 4-8 at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville. For those who desire, memorials may be made to the First Christian Church.
ADAM THOMAS HAHN
Adam Thomas Hahn, infant son of Eric Hahn and Robin Knebel, passed away shortly after birth on Saturday, December 8th, at St. Mary's Hospital in Clayton, MO. Funeral services for Adam Thomas Hahn will be Thursday at 11:30 am at the Immaculate Conception Church in Pierron with interment in Immaculate Conception Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 10:00 - 11:00 Thursday, at the Meredith Funeral Home in Pocahontas.
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