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Top Regional News: Missing woman found – News – Daily Review Atlas


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Missing woman found

PEORIA — A 72-year-old Peoria woman, who had been reported missing earlier Wednesday was found unharmed, according to police.

Department spokeswoman Amy Dotson said Sharon Braun was found shortly before 4 p.m. in the 3100 block of West Willow Knolls Drive. Her condition was not available.

Braun was reported missing at 10:07 a.m. Wednesday from her house in the 7300 block of Radnor Road in Peoria. She had last been seen Wednesday at about 3 a.m. at her Radnor Road residence.

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Woman sentenced for 2017 fatal DUI accident

PEORIA — A Dunlap woman was sentenced Wednesday to three years in prison for driving under the influence during a fatal car crash on the Murray Baker Bridge in mid-2017.

Stephanie L. Lawson, 25, whose last known address was on West Timberdale Drive, apologized to the family of Michelle Kline-Stringer, 53, of East Peoria, who died on July 23, 2017, when Lawson’s vehicle collided with Kline-Stringer’s, which had stalled on the bridge. Lawson was convicted in February at a stipulated bench trial of aggravated DUI. She had faced up to 14 years behind bars. The three-year sentence was the minimum. While similar to pleading guilty, not contesting the evidence is legally different and will allow Lawson to appeal her conviction.

Peoria police said officers were called about 5:20 a.m. July 23, 2017, about a stalled vehicle on the Murray Baker Bridge, which carries Interstate 74 over the Illinois River. While on their way to assist, they received a call about a two-vehicle crash on the bridge. The stalled vehicle was on the westbound side of the bridge when it was rear-ended by the second vehicle, police have said.

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Attorney general calls for greater regulation of energy suppliers

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul, on Tuesday, called for greater regulation of alternative retail energy suppliers, many of which go door-to-door using “deceptive practices” to lock consumers into contracts that ultimately lead to higher energy costs.

At a Chicago news conference, Raoul said “almost nobody” who signs up to receive gas or electricity from alternative energy providers ends up paying less for their energy bills than consumers who stayed with their public utility. Raoul said Illinois customers who switched to an alternative supplier paid more than $600 million more in electricity costs over the past four years. For the average consumer who switches, the added cost is between $87 and $208 each year.

He urged the General Assembly to pass Senate Bill 651, the Home Energy Affordability Transparency, or HEAT, Act. Raoul said the bill would improve his office’s existing authority to bring suit against suppliers by enumerating acceptable and unacceptable practices for the industry so “it can be clearer and easier” for his office to “go after these bad actors.” The bill, which is sponsored by state Sen. Kimberly Lightford, D-Maywood, would also mandate alternative suppliers to provide consumers with information about rates, fees and early termination charges.

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