State Briefs 7/2/08

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

Man claimed to be doctor when ordering toxin

ROCKFORD — A suburban Chicago man accused of possessing a deadly poison found in puffer fish appeared Wednesday morning in federal court in Rockford.

Edward F. Bachner IV, 35, of McHenry County, has been in federal custody since Monday when he allegedly tried to pick up a shipment of tetrodotoxin from a UPS store in Algonquin. Possession of the substance, which can cause rapid and violent death, is illegal.

Several of Bachner’s family members attended the brief court appearance. James Marcus, a Chicago attorney, is representing Bachner, who works as a self-employed financial adviser.

Parties will return to court Monday to argue whether Bachner should be released on bond as the case against him proceeds and whether federal authorities had probable cause to arrest him.

Authorities claim Bachner said he was a doctor doing research when questioned about ordering tetrodotoxin from an East Coast chemical company.

Rockford Register Star

Truck filled with butter catches fire, snarls traffic

SPRINGFIELD – A tractor-trailer loaded with butter caught fire in the southbound lanes of Interstate 55 near the Toronto Road exit about 4:50 p.m. Tuesday, creating a miles-long.

The Pride Transport trailer and the butter it carried could not be salvaged. Pride Transport is a family-owned and -operated refrigerated carrier based in Salt Lake City.

All northbound lanes of I-55 were reopened by 8 p.m., according to Illinois State Police. Southbound traffic was being directed along the shoulder, with all southbound lanes reopening by about 11:30 p.m.

Police believe the truck’s brakes overheated, sparking the fire that destroyed nearly the entire trailer it was pulling. The cab itself also sustained extensive damage.

The truck driver, Randy Douglas, 53, was not cited, state police said.

State Journal-Register

Bradley baseball player wins big on ‘Price is Right’

PEORIA – Bradley baseball player Adam Kimble priced his showcase just right and won a trip to Japan and other prizes worth $17,228 on "The Price Is Right" game show, broadcast Wednesday morning.

Kimble, who appeared in 31 games for the Braves this spring, also won a home-improvement package that includes a 63-inch plasma television and kitchen appliances and cookware.

Kimble reached the two-person "Showcase Showdown" and faced off against a woman named Elizabeth, who overbid by $2000 a $30,000 package highlighted by a red Pontiac Solstice convertible.

Kimble's bid was $15,500, coming in $1,728 under the value.

The showcase is won by the contestant who comes closest to the value without going over.

A Minooka native, Kimble was selected to participate when he attended a taping of the show on June 23, while visiting family in California.

Journal Star, Peoria

West Nile-carrying mosquitoes not out in force

ELDORADO – So far this year the culex mosquitoes responsible for spreading West Nile virus have been low in numbers.

The mosquito traps over a few days have been capturing 30 to 50 at a time. But the summer is young.

Egyptian Public and Mental Health Department Environmental Health Practitioners have been testing the trapped mosquitoes and so far there are no cases of the virus in Saline, Gallatin or White counties.

The first sign of West Nile this year came from testing mosquitoes in Jackson County. Adams, Cook, Du Page and Tazewell county mosquitoes have also tested positive for the disease.

The culex mosquitoes breed in warm, stagnant water. A good recipe for high numbers of culex is a period of rain followed by hot weather. The heat evaporates running water into stagnant pools where the culex birth their offspring. In a period of days the culex larvae mature into mosquitoes and the odds of spreading West Nile is greater.

Mosquitoes contract the disease from biting infected birds and birds contract it from mosquitoes. Mosquitoes also spread it to horses and humans. In 2007 there were 101 human cases and four deaths. One death was of an elderly woman in Gallatin County.

Eldorado Daily Journal