Updated on 3/10/14 4:50 pm
The identity of the man killed by an Amtrak train Sunday night has been released. Livingston County Coroner Michael Burke says 21 year old Aaron Harmon, of Pontiac, was pronounced dead at the scene just north of Pontiac. Authorities say a southbound Amtrak train struck Harmon around 7:15 Sunday night.
A Peoria woman has been sentenced to 37 years in prison for shooting a man to death in 2012. Prosecutors say Amanda Payne shot James Cohee after she and two others spiked the man's drink to knock him out so they could rob him. The drug didn't work. The others also pleaded guilty and got 25-year sentences.
A new study says the "scarlet letter" Illinois wears when it borrows money has cost it at least $80 million over a five-year period. The study from the University of Illinois' Institute of Government and Public Affairs compared bond sales against other states from 2005 to 2010 and found Illinois paid a "risk premium" based on its troubled fiscal reputation.
I-39 Firefighter Death Trial
The reckless homicide trial of a trucker from Washington state is getting underway in Bloomington. Mansur Shakirov was driving a truck on I-39 that crashed into emergency vehicles at an accident scene along Interstate 39 last year, killing Hudson volunteer firefighter Chris Brown and injuring five others.
Missouri Child Killing
A judge has denied a new trial for a young Missouri woman who pleaded guilty to murder for the slaying of a 9-year-old neighbor girl. Alyssa Bustamante was 15 years old in 2009 when she killed Elizabeth Olten and buried her in a wooded area near Jefferson City. Bustamante wrote in her diary that it was an "ahmazing" and "pretty enjoyable" experience.
A Peoria man was sentenced to five years in prison after he pleaded guilty to stealing pricy equipment from Caterpillar Inc. Authorities say 35-year-old Eliot J. Wells also agreed to testify against another man who's charged in the case. Authorities said the pair stole items valued at about $1 million from the Peoria-based manufacturing company. They made almost $500,000 re-selling the goods on eBay.
Drug Arrest Peru
Members of the Tri County Drug Enforcement Narcotics Team, known as Trident, say they arrested a 38 year old Spring Valley Man. Officers say 38 year old Andres Mendez Jr. was arrested in Peru on a warrant of Unlawful delivery of a controlled substance. In a press release, authorities said the arrest comes after Mendez allegedly sold less than a gram of purported heroin to an undercover agent. Mendez was taken to the LaSalle County Jail, and his bond was set at one million dollars.