NEWS

State Briefs 11/09/09

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

Man shot to death while sitting in van

ROCKFORD – A 26-year-old man was shot to death about 8 p.m. Friday while he was sitting in a van.

Police say Marty Flint of Rockford was shot while he sat in a minivan at the corner of Ferguson and Morgan streets. He later died at Rockford Memorial Hospital.

Police found Flint lying on the street outside the van at about 8 p.m. Witnesses said Flint was in the minivan while a friend went inside Neighborhood Market at the corner of Morgan and Ferguson.

Police were told another minivan, described as dark in color, came up behind Flint’s vehicle and occupants from that van opened fire. The dark-colored van fled south on Ferguson Street, police said.

No arrests have been made.

Rockford Register Star

Coroner: Drugs or alcohol may have caused teen's death

PEORIA – Drugs or alcohol may have played a role in the death of a Peoria High School junior found in a basement Sunday, the Peoria County coroner said.

Jordan L. Frase, 17, was found dead in the basement of a house on Knoxville Avenue on Sunday afternoon. It is believed that she arrived at the house Saturday night. The home is rented by Kari Laughlin and her two teenage sons.

An autopsy conducted Monday was inconclusive, pending toxicology reports. Frase had no injuries to her body. It is suspected that she had been dead for several hours before she was found about 1:15 p.m.

"It is suspected that perhaps alcohol and/or prescription medication and/or drugs may have caused Jordan's death," based on investigation of the scene and the autopsy, Peoria County Coroner Johnna Ingersoll said Monday. Officers found open alcohol containers and energy drinks near the scene, she added.

Peoria Journal Star

Brad Paisley to play in Bloomington

PEORIA – Brad Paisley, country music’s current leading man, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 24 at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington.

Miranda Lambert and Justin Moore will open the show.  Tickets for the show are $39.75 and $54.75 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum box office, all Ticketmaster outlets and online at Ticketmaster.com or by calling (800) 745-3000.

Paisley has been in the news lately as leading the nominees for Wednesday’s 43rd annual CMA Awards with seven nominations. The star also will co-host the awards show with Carrie Underwood. It is set to air at 7 p.m. Wednesday on WHOI-TV Channel 19.

Paisley’s album “American Saturday Night” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard country chart when it was released this summer.

Peoria Journal Star

Man sentenced to nine years in fatal DUI

ROCKFORD — A speeding drunken driver who struck and killed a 17-year-old girl last summer was sentenced Friday  to nine years in prison.

Wesley John Hanson, 45, of Beloit, Wis., was arrested in the early morning hours of July 28, 2008, on a charge of aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol involving death. The ordeal ignited controversy when Loves Park police requested a blood sample for forensic testing and Rockford Memorial Hospital workers requested a court order before taking action.

Hanson’s charge stems from a two-vehicle accident at Harlem and Forest Hills roads that took the life of Amanda Kordich. A witness stated Kordich was traveling west on Harlem Road when Hanson, who was traveling north on Forest Hills, sped through a red light and T-boned Kordich’s vehicle in the driver’s side. Kordich was pronounced dead at the scene.

Officers at the scene noticed Hanson had a strong odor of alcohol on his breath and slurred speech. Medical personnel gave Hanson a blood draw as part of his treatment and turned the results over to police. But hospital workers requested a court order for a second blood draw for DUI testing after Hanson refused the additional draw.

Prosecutors said a court order should not have been required. The battle was resolved when Hanson was released to police and a sample was drawn at the Winnebago County Jail, about 3 1/2 hours after the accident.

Despite the time lapse, Hanson was still found to have had a blood-alcohol concentration of .157, nearly double the state’s legal limit of. 08. Tests also showed he had THC, a chemical found in marijuana, in his system.

Rockford Register Star