MURPHYSBORO, Ill. (AP) - A special prosecutor has dropped charges against a man whose conviction in the death of a Southern Illinois University student was overturned on appeal. Prosecutors say they plan to rebuild a case against Gaege Bethune in the 2014 death of 19-year-old Pravin Varughese (VAHR'-geez). Prosecutor David Robinson said Thursday the state will begin again by re-investigating the murder case against Bethune. Bethune's attorney says no evidence was presented at trial to prove the prosecution's case
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - A 41-year-old East Peoria man with his own cable hunting show has been indicted on felony charges that he killed one more deer than a permit allowed him to kill and then trying to cover his tracks. In a news release, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Springfield says Christopher Brackett allegedly killed two bucks in 2013 instead of the one his permit allowed and tried to make it appear that his cameraman of his show called "Fear No Evil" for the Outdoor Channel had killed the second buck.
URBANA, Ill. (AP) - Eavesdropping charges have been filed against a central Illinois schools administrator who allegedly intended to secretly record a closed session of the school board. News-Gazette reports Champaign County State's Attorney Julia Rietz alleged Thursday that Samuel Byndom used a device disguised as a pen to record an Oct. 28 closed session of the school board. The 35-year-old Byndom is Urbana District 116's assistant superintendent of learning and instruction.
PALATINE, Ill. (AP) - A school district in Chicago's northwestern suburbs is moving forward with a plan to fill clerical roles with armed retired police officers who will also be available to increase school security. The Daily Herald reports that Palatine Township Elementary District 15 school board members endorsed Superintendent Scott Thompson's proposal on Wednesday. The proposal would have retired officers serve as support employees who would also be allowed to use their law enforcement experience if needed.
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