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EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) - Dozens of inmates at a southwestern Illinois jail allege their constitutional rights were violated when they underwent group strip searches.
The federal lawsuit against the St. Clair County Jail was earlier filed this month in East St. Louis. The (Belleville) News-Democrat reports the inmates seek $10 million alleging "cruel and unusual" punishment.
The 29 inmates allege multiple body cavity searches were conducted in front of other inmates and guards.
The lawsuit contends the searches should been done in private.
St. Clair County Sheriff Rick Watson couldn't be reached by the newspaper. He didn't immediately return messages left Tuesday.
 A similar lawsuit against the jail was dismissed last week. The judge ruled strip searching prisoners as a group didn't violate the Constitution if it wasn't intended to humiliate prisoners.
 
Tuesday, 31 December 2013 10:23
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   SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - State and local police officials will be working overtime during the New Year's holiday to ensure motorists are sober and buckled up.
   The Illinois Department of Transportation, Illinois State Police and more than 250 law enforcement agencies across the state said Monday their aim is to prevent fatal motor crashes and ring in 2014 with a safe start.
   Hundreds of additional hours funded with federal money through IDOT will keep law enforcement officials on the road working overtime with roadside safety checks and seatbelt enforcement zones.
   IDOT crash data show from 2008 through 2012 during the New Year holiday, 38 people died in crashes on public roads. Forty percent of those died in accidents in which at least one driver had been injured.
Tuesday, 31 December 2013 03:25
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   More than 200 new laws will go into effect in Illinois tomorrow, including some new traffic rules.  A new 70 mph interstate speed limit kicks in on January 1.  The law allows high-population counties like Madison and St. Clair to post lower speed limits.  But the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that neither county appears to be opting out.
   Also starting tomorrow, it will be illegal to use a hand held cellphone while driving.  Hands-free devices will still be allowed.
   Other laws that take affect at the first of the year will limit police use of drones, ban electronic cigarettes and tanning beds for minors, make tossing a cigarette butt on the ground a Class B misdemeanor, and make it a crime to use GPS to track someone without their permission.
   Controversial new laws on concealed weapons, gay marriage and medical marijuana will take effect later in the year.
 
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The St. Louis Police Department is hoping video from a red light camera can help ID a man seen leaving the scene of a shooting and car accident.

 

Just after 6:45 PM Sunday, a driver at the intersection of Delmar and Skinker was shot several times. The shooting caused him to crash his car. In the video, the passenger of that car can be seen running away. Police say he stole a car in the area and drove off. Officers found a gun and drugs in the vehicle.  

 

If you recognize the suspect, police ask you to call CrimeStoppers at 866-371-TIPS. It’s anonymous and tips leading to an arrest are eligible for a $1,000 reward.

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