State Briefs 10/15/08

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

Man gets 22 years for multiple DUIs

BELVIDERE — A man with four previous drunken driving convictions was sentenced to 22 years in prison Monday for three additional driving under the influence charges.

Jose Orozco-Ochoa, 28, of Belvidere was arrested Nov. 4, 2006; Dec. 30, 2006; and Aug. 18, 2007. He was released each time after his arrest after posting bond.

He gave police fake names on the last of the three arrests, allowing him to be released on minimal bond, officials said. According to arrest records, Orozco-Ochoa often gave police false names and dates of birth.

Orozco-Ochoa was arrested shortly after bonding out on the latest of his three DUI offenses. He has been in the Boone County Jail on $200,000 bond since Aug. 21, 2007. He was found guilty of the DUI charges in July.

Rockford Register Star

Accident kills one

PEKIN — A fatal traffic accident Wednesday morning on Illinois Route 29 near Auto Row closed traffic for several hours as police investigated.

About 10:45 a.m., a woman driving a van pulled out from Brenkman Drive in front of an oncoming northbound pickup truck and was struck in the driver’s door, police said.

Neither police nor the Tazewell County Coroner’s Office is releasing the names of those involved due to the ongoing investigation.

Peoria Journal Star

Volunteer firefighter in training accident died of pre-existing medical condition

SPRINGFIELD – A volunteer firefighter involved in a vehicle accident during a training exercise Monday night in Macon County died from a pre-existing medical condition, the Sangamon County coroner’s office reported Tuesday.

William Miller, 24, of Blue Mound was pronounced dead at 9:30 p.m. Monday at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.

He was airlifted to the hospital after the water tanker he was driving crashed and rolled over during a training exercise with the Blue Mound Fire Department.

State Journal-Register