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Sunday, March 16, 2014 12:00 am

Accused deputy prevails

A former Sangamon County sheriff’s deputy and acknowledged thief has won a case before an arbitrator who ruled that she should be suspended for 90 days instead of being fired.
Tuesday, March 11, 2014 12:00 am

Turner case prompts district review

 The Springfield School District plans to review hiring practices in the wake of revelations that Lanphier High School basketball coach Blake L. Turner was hired in 2008 despite a long criminal history.
Thursday, March 6, 2014 12:00 am

Strays get saved in Springfield

 The dog on the exam table looks like a creature from a Star Wars sequel.Even with a doggie sweater on, it weighs just four pounds, five ounces, with hair so sparse it would risk a sunburn if thi
Thursday, March 6, 2014 12:00 am

Person on trial had minor role in state cash caper

The case against Jeri Wright, daughter of President Barack Obama’s former pastor Jeremiah Wright, is simple, prosecutors say.“This case, in two words, is about stealing and lying,” Assistant U.S
Thursday, March 6, 2014 12:00 am

Program may start this year

 Sangamon County may launch a specialized court to handle cases involving mentally ill defendants by year’s end.More than a dozen Illinois counties already have so-called mental health courts a
Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 12:00 am

Lanphier basketball coach’s record includes 11 arrests

 Blake L. Turner, coach of the top-ranked Lanphier High School boy’s basketball team, has a criminal record stretching back to 1995 that includes at least 11 arrests on suspicion of battery, il
Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 12:00 am

Two vie for spot on bench

 A lawyer could do worse than land a seat on the Sangamon County circuit court bench.A judge makes nearly $181,500 a year and doesn’t need malpractice insurance. There is always work but never
Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 12:00 am

Sheriff candidates talk Tasers

 A lawsuit filed by a man who says that he was tasered by Sangamon County jail guards while helpless from a seizure has catapulted Tasers into the Republican primary race for sheriff.The sheriff
Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014 12:00 am

Trustee wants money from Todd Green

Local car dealer Todd Green has wrongly sold a jet partly owned by failed entrepreneur Jeffrey Parsons, according to a bankruptcy trustee who is asking for a $250,000 penalty against Green. One h
Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014 12:00 am

Head shop owner protests raid

 The owner of a Springfield head shop says he fears bankruptcy in the wake of a raid by federal agents who emptied his store of pipes and suspected synthetic marijuana.That Traveling Treasures on


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