Withers Radio News June 16, 2015

Justin Adkinsson of Galatia is behind bars after an accident in Williamson County yesterday evening.
According to the Illinois State Police accident report, Adkinsson was driving east on Illinois 13 when attempting to make a lefthand turn on to Moellers Road without yielding, and turning into the path of James Frick, who was unable to slow down in time to avoid a collision. Both drivers received minor injuries, and it was determined that Adkinsson was driving under the influence of alcohol.  He is being charged with DUI, failure to yield and possession of cannabis among other charges.

An SIU university van is destroyed after catching fire yesterday morning on campus. According to a report from the University Police Department, fire crews were called to the arena parking lot at around 10:15 yesterday morning when a university worker found his work van engulfed in flames upon leaving the arena. Officials have not yet determined the cause of the fire, but believe it started near the back of the van. No injuries are being reported.

Former LT. Governor and Carbondale Native Sheila Simon is seriously considering a run for state senate. According to the Southern Illinoisan, Simon is eying the 58th Senate District seat currently held by Dave Luechtefeld of Okawville who has said he will not seek re-election. Simon ran for Comptroller in last year’s elections but lost too incumbent Judy Barr-Topinka, who passed away in December. Simon says she’ll make her decision over the next couple of months.

Wanted Sex Offender Devin Laminack is behind bars in Williamson County after turning himself in yesterday afternoon. Williamson County Authorities put out a search for Laminack after a compliance check revealed that he was no longer living at his registered address in Cambria. Laminack was charged in December on two counts of criminal sexual abuse. He is being held in the Williamson County jail, awaiting a formal court appearance.

(WMIX) Illinois State Police (ISP) officials are investigating a shooting death in Cairo that occurred on Friday, June 12, 2015 at approximately 9:25 P.M. Preliminary investigative details indicate the suspect, Marquad J. Harris, an 18 year old male of Cairo, IL shot Christopher L. Nelson, a 34 year old male of Cairo. The homicide occurred at 602 Jefferson Avenue in Cairo, IL. Nelson was pronounced dead at St. Francis Hospital in Cape Girardeau, MO. The investigation continues.

(AP) A preliminary federal report shows a miner who died in southern Illinois last month was examining seals in a Coulterville mine when he died. The (Carbondale) Southern Illinoisan reports that an initial report filed by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration says Glen A. Campbell was driving a two-seat tram or mantrip, which his body was found near. The 59-year-old from Sparta died May 31 at Peabody Energy’s Gateway Mine in Randolph County. The report says Campbell had 32 years of experience in mining and nine years at Gateway Mine. Randolph County coroner Randy Dudenbostel performed an autopsy but didn’t determine a cause of Campbell’s death. Dubenbostel did say that Campbell suffered “some trauma.”

(AP) Gov. Bruce Rauner has latched onto the longtime rivalry between Chicago and the rest of Illinois as he tries to negotiate the budget with the Legislature’s top Democratic leaders. Last week Rauner visited several communities around the state to promote what he refers to as his “turnaround agenda.” At a Marion motorcycle shop he said, “This is about the Chicago machine running the state versus the people.” The Chicago Tribune reports that Rauner criticized Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton, both of whom are from Chicago, as driving the “Chicago machine.” Rauner and the Illinois Republican Party also targeted more than a dozen Democratic state senators and representatives during the appearances. Democratic Rep. John Bradley of Marion countered by saying Republicans are more concerned with being loyal to their party.

(AP) A hospital group says Illinois could lease HealthCare.gov if the U.S. Supreme Court strikes down the subsidies that help some people afford health insurance. An Illinois Hospital Association memo released to The Associated Press lays out that option for Gov. Bruce Rauner and state lawmakers. The four-page memo is the clearest plan yet for how Illinois could pass legislation and create a state-based exchange. The Supreme Court could rule that only people living in states with their own exchanges can get federal financial help. A ruling is expected later this month. The memo includes an alternate possibility: Illinois could rent an exchange system from another state that has its own, such as Connecticut or Kentucky. Rauner has said only that his office “will take appropriate action” depending on the ruling.