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East Peoria teen gives back to hospital

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Ivan Tharp was back on familiar territory at Peoria’s OSF HealthCare Children’s Hospital of Illinois. But instead of arriving as a patient — which he’s been several times over the years — the East Peoria teen was there on official business, with a

Forensic Pathologist Takes Stand For Defense in Cusick Trial

OTTAWA – A Forensic Pathologist testified Wednesday for the defense in the Kenneth Cusick Murder Trial in Ottawa. Dr. Christopher Milroy, who reviewed Cusick’s late wife’s toxicology and both previous autopsy reports, told jurors that caution must be taken when examining the

Ex-assistant pastor of Illinois church accused of sex crimes

  URBANA, Ill. (AP) — A former assistant pastor of an Illinois church was charged Monday with sexually assaulting a teenager in the congregation. Roger VanRaden, 48, was arraigned on sexual assault and abuse charges in a Champaign County courtroom, The (Champaign) News-Gazette reported.