State Briefs 2/23/09

Two arrested in meth lab bust

GALESBURG – Two people were arrested Friday when police executed a search warrant and found a methamphetamine lab in a Galesburg garage.

At 11:30 a.m., the Galesburg Police Department and the Multi-County Narcotics Enforcement Group discovered an active lab in the garage. Found on the scene were 3,967 grams of liquid containing methamphetamine, 10 HCL generators, lithium strips, three cans of Coleman fuel, a pill grinder, three pie plates containing a white powdery residue that tested positive for methamphetamine, a digital scale and two security cameras that were surveying the exterior of the garage.

The Statewide Meth Task Force was called to clean up the site.

Traci Ryner, 42, was arrested and charged with permitting the unlawful use of a building. She was released on a notice to appear. Lonnie D. Hoots, 46, was arrested and charged with aggravated participation in methamphetamine manufacturing over 400 grams. He also was wanted on a Knox County warrant for failure to appear in a previous DUI charge.

Galesburg Register-Mail

Grandfather hurt while putting out fire started by grandchild

PEORIA – One person received minor injuries in a house fire Sunday afternoon that caused about $8,000 in damage.

The fire was started about 2:45 p.m. by a child playing with a lighter in a bedroom of the two-story house, Peoria Fire Department Battalion Chief Maurice Super said.
 
The fire was contained to that bedroom.
 
The child’s grandfather, who was not identified by firefighters, received a small cut to his foot and suffered smoke inhalation while attempting to put out the flames. He was treated and released by paramedics at the scene.

Peoria Journal Star

Natural gas bills to be lower

SPRINGFIELD – Falling wholesale prices for natural gas will cut Illinois customer rates by 17 to 19 percent next month, Ameren Illinois Utilities announced Monday.

The lower prices compared to February affect customers of AmerenCIPS, AmerenCILCO and AmerenIP.

Natural-gas prices are down 40 to 55 percent from the peak last fall, according to the company.

Prices for the three Illinois utilities are:

--64 cents per therm for AmerenCILCO and AmerenIP, down 17 percent.

--68 cents per therm for AmerenCIPS, down 19 percent.

State Journal-Register

Illini defensive lineman may face felony DUI charge

URBANA – Illinois defensive tackle Josh Brent may face a felony charge after his arrest for driving under the influence at 1:30 a.m. Saturday.

Brent, a former Bloomington Central Catholic star, was stopped for speeding, then failed a field sobriety test when he registered a .114 blood alcohol level, Champaign County state's attorney Julia Rietz said Monday.

Brent, 21, was also arrested on a warrant for failure to appear in Livingston County for driving with a suspended license, Rietz said. A DUI charge on a suspended license could be upgraded to a felony, and Rietz was investigating Brent's driving record.

Illinois coach Ron Zook suspended Brent indefinitely Sunday. Brent's next court date in Champaign County is April 30. He also has a court date in Livingston County on March 23.

GateHouse News Service