State Briefs 10/08/08

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

Man killed after being thrown from vehicle

CARTHAGE — A Carthage man was killed late Monday when he was thrown from his sport-utility vehicle on U.S. Route 136 west of town.

Jason M. Bruns, 26, was pronounced dead at Memorial Hospital in Carthage shortly after the 11:09 p.m. accident.

Illinois State Police said Bruns was eastbound at a high rate of speed just west of Carthage when he lost control of his vehicle. It went off the north side of the road and rolled several times, ejecting him.

Police said Bruns was not wearing a seat belt.

The accident remains under investigation.

Journal Star, Peoria

Apartment fire leaves more than 20 homeless

HENRY — A former hotel that had been converted to apartments caught fire early this morning, leaving more than 20 people homeless but unharmed.

Firefighters from throughout the region were called to the former Hotel Henry around midnight and didn't clear the scene until about 10:30 a.m.

Henry Police Chief Jay Young said between 80 and 100 firefighters responded and fought the blaze until nearly 5 a.m., keeping the flames from spreading to nearby structures.

The three-story building had been converted to a 15-unit apartment building where more than 20 people lived. Thirteen of the apartments were occupied. No one was injured in the blaze.

Journal Star, Peoria

Judge says clerk will have to testify in trooper’s disciplinary hearing

SPRINGFIELD – Sangamon County Clerk Joe Aiello will be required to respond to a subpoena and testify at a disciplinary hearing for an Illinois state trooper once he receives a letter of immunity from the Illinois attorney general’s office, a judge said Wednesday.

He already has been granted immunity from the state and the federal government regarding his testimony at a disciplinary hearing for Trooper R. Michael Jennings, a longtime friend who allegedly told Aiello to stay away from the house of a man involved in a cocaine ring.

Jennings allegedly knew that the man, Gerald Vondebur, was being investigated by state police and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. Vondebur was one of nine men who ultimately pleaded guilty to federal drug charges and was sent to prison. Six other people, including Aiello, were connected to the cocaine ring in court documents but were never charged.

In a complaint filed with the state police merit board, ISP Director Larry Trent said Jennings' actions may have obstructed the investigation, because a search of Vondebur's home turned up only cocaine residue.

State Journal-Register

Two killed in crash

ROCKFORD — Police say a white Honda Civic carrying two men was traveling at a high speed Wednesday morning when it crossed over the median and slammed head-first into another vehicle heading south.

The two men in the Civic, a driver and a front-seat passenger, died in the crash, which occurred about 6:30 a.m., Rockford Police Lt. Dane Person said. The names of the victims, a 22-year-old male and a 26-year-old male, have not been released pending notification of their families. Both men were pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the southbound vehicle, a blue Jeep Wrangler, was taken to SwedishAmerican Hospital. The driver later was identified as 48-year-old Timothy Sage. He was treated for minor injuries and released.

Police said in a news release Wednesday afternoon that speed, pavement condition and alcohol appear to be preliminary factors in the collision. The official cause of death will be determined by the Winnebago County coroner’s office.

Rockford Register Star