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Lewis keys Kings' 4-1 win over Blues

Thursday, 16 January 2014 22:35 Published in Sports
 
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Trevor Lewis gave Los Angeles some unexpected offense with two goals early in the third period of the Kings' 4-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Thursday night.
 
Lewis scored the tiebreaker on a deflection off a Blues player's skate, then got his second goal of the season on a short-handed wraparound, capitalizing on goalie Jaroslav Halak's stick-handling goof.
 
Jonathan Quick had 28 saves as the Kings snapped a five-game road losing streak in the opener of a five-game trip.
 
T.J. Oshie scored his first career goal on a penalty shot in the second period for the Blues, who snapped a five-game home winning streak. Oshie has 11 goals on the season and has five goals and four assists in his last six home games.

Search of Judge's homes renders a bounty of evidence

Thursday, 16 January 2014 10:20 Published in Local News
A recently opened search warrant reveals the evidence authorities seized when they searched former St. Clair County judge Michael Cook's hunting cabin in Pike County, and his home in Belleville.
Drugs, guns and ammunition are among the evidence discovered by federal agents during the search which came two months after Associate Judge Joe Christ died of a cocaine overdose at the cabin.
Cook was in custody at the time of the search. The Belleville News-Democrat reports that despite the lag between Christ's death and searches of Cook's cabin and Belleville home, federal agents uncovered 48 items of potential evidence, including drug paraphernalia coated in a white powder.  
Cook pleaded guilty to drug and gun charges and agreed to an 18 month sentence.  However, the federal judge presiding over the case says he's unhappy with the sentence recommended by prosecutors.  
Judge Joe Billy McDade has ordered the U.S. Probation Office to investigate, prepare and distribute a supplemental pre-sentence report. Cook is expected to be sentenced next month.

Illinois State Police release conceal-carry numbers

Thursday, 16 January 2014 08:45 Published in Local News
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois State Police say almost one in four of the roughly 23,000 people who've applied for concealed carry permits live in Cook County.
Figures released this week show the highly populated county leading the rankings with more than 5,300 applications that have been filed since Jan. 5.
Will and DuPage counties followed in second and third with almost 1,800 and 1,600 applications respectively.
But on a per capita basis, rural counties have the highest proportion of applicants.
The Chicago Sun-Times reports when comparing application numbers to a county's population, Cumberland County in east-central Illinois ranks first. Fifty-six people there have applied for the permits. Cumberland has about 11,000 residents.
On a per capita basis, Cook County ranks last. Illinois is the last state in the U.S. to allow concealed weapons.
 

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