Q&A: Girl’s brain death ignites difficult debate

http://www.pjstar.com/article/20131231/NEWS/131239833/1994/NEWS : OAKLAND, Calif. — A California hospital and family are embroiled in a harrowing legal and medical fight that has reignited the debate about when machines keeping a severely brain-damaged person alive should be turned off.

Doctors, outside specialists and a judge have all agreed that 13-year-old Jahi McMath is brain dead. They consider that the same as being legally dead and want to remove the girl from the breathing machine that has […]

Hospital won’t aid transfer of girl on ventilator

http://www.pjstar.com/article/20131231/NEWS/131239834/1994/NEWS : OAKLAND, Calif. — A California hospital is unwilling to allow an outside doctor to fit a 13-year-old declared brain dead after tonsil surgery with the breathing and feeding tubes that would allow her to be safely transferred to another facility, its lawyer said Tuesday.

Children’s Hospital Oakland will not permit the procedures to be performed on its premises because Jahi McMath is legally dead in the view of doctors who have examined […]

Canton man arrested in sex abuse case

http://www.pjstar.com/article/20131231/NEWS/131239836/1994/NEWS : CANTON — The owner of Canton’s Skateland was arrested Monday in a case of aggravated criminal sexual abuse to a person under the age of 18, the Canton Police Department said Tuesday.

Stephen J. Lloyd, 66, was taken into custody at Skateland, 1040 W. Hickory St., after the department served a search warrant at 9:15 a.m. It was served based on allegations of criminal sexual abuse and possession of child pornography.

Lloyd remained in Fulton County Jail in […]

Two Canton men face heroin charges

http://www.pjstar.com/article/20131231/NEWS/131239837/1994/NEWS : CANTON — Two Canton men were charged last week with multiple counts of unlawful possession and delivery of heroin following a three-month investigation by authorities.

Samuel D. Widger, 22, is charged with three counts of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance, heroin. He is being held in Fulton County Jail in Lewistown on $125,000 bond.

Garrett M. Chester, 22, is charged with one count of unlawful possession of heroin with intent to deliver, one […]

State pension payment to rise 100M; smallest in years

http://www.pjstar.com/article/20131231/NEWS/131239838/1994/NEWS : Illinois’ payments to its pension systems will increase by only $100 million in the next budget, according to a report issued by the state’s pension actuary Tuesday.

The increase is substantially smaller than in the previous two years when the state was required to add about $1 billion each year to its pension payments to meet funding requirements.

The report, issued through Auditor General William Holland’s office, said the state will be required to pay about […]