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Around the Tri States: McDonough County murder trial rescheduled; Inspection shuts down Burlington haunted house

Jane Carlson
Tri States Public Radio

A weekly roundup of news from around the region.

McDonough County murder trial rescheduled
The jury trial for Demond Wilson, Jr., 26, of Calumet Park was originally set to begin Monday, Sept. 18.

Now it’s scheduled to start on Monday, Oct. 16.

Wilson is charged with three counts of first-degree murder in the shooting death of Jerman Beathea, 26, of Chicago.

The shooting happened at a house party in Macomb during the early morning hours of March 25.

Ten people were injured in the shooting.

Inspection shuts down Burlington haunted house
A proposed haunted house in Burlington has been shut down after a city inspection.

Organizers were planning to host the Fear Street Apollo Asylum Haunted House at the former Apollo school building, 1201 Valley St.

But the city’s fire marshal determined the building does not meet code requirements and a certificate of occupancy was denied.

Galesburg community center task force surveying teens
A task force appointed to take up the issue of a community center in Galesburg met for the third time this week.

The group split into subcommittees to further research topics such as what youth want from a community center, what senior citizens want, and possible locations.

An electronic survey of teenagers in Galesburg garnered 240 responses as of Tuesday’s meeting.

Of those who responded, 85% said they want a community center as a place to hang out and feel safe. Responses also indicate interest from teens in a gaming center, cooking classes, and a place to do laundry and take showers.

Results will continue to be collected for several weeks.

Theft and burglary arrests in Hancock County

The Hancock County Sheriff’s Department said it has arrested four people on theft and burglary charges.

In one case, Jonathan McSperritt, 31, and Kacie Dehaven, 28, both from LaHarpe, are accused of taking felony amounts from the Dollar General store in LaHarpe, which is where they worked.

The department announced those arrests on Thursday.

Earlier in the week, the department announced arrests in separate cases.

Wyatt Brown, 25, of Carthage faces a felony theft charge, and Kari Howe, 37, of Warsaw faces a felony charge of burglary and a misdemeanor count of theft.

Macomb council rejects bids for road projects
It’s back to the drawing board for a couple road projects in Macomb.

City council members rejected all bids for improving Johnson Street from Harmony Lane to Grant Street. They also rejected all bids for improving Adams Street from Johnson to Charles Streets.

In both cases, the bids came in 30% to 40% above estimates.

Both projects will be re-bid in January.

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