6 pm News Headlines

6 PM News Headlines
By: Heartland News

Dogfighting Suspects in Court
Three men accused of running a Stoddard County dogfighting ring head to court.
Jamie Sifford, Jessey Short, and Curtis Pickering all face dogfighting charges.  Sifford faces drug-related charges as well.
They were officially charged today in Stoddard County.
Sifford and Short are due back in court at the end of this month.  Pickering's request for a new judge was granted.
Family Safe After House Fire
A local family deals with two fire scares, just hours apart.
Holly Fox and her six children managed to escape their burning home safely today after her youngest son told them all the house was on fire.
No one was injured and the cause is still under investigation tonight.
This comes one day after Fox's boyfriend was severely burned by a wood stove.  He apparently tried to use gasoline to get the fire started. He is hospitalized in St. Louis tonight.
Pitts Trial Delayed
The trial of a southern Illinois man accused of killing his parents is delayed.
Robert Pitts Jr. is accused of stealing a handgun from an acquaintance and killing his parents last December.
Robert Pitts Sr. and Marcia Pitts were both shot in the head with a small calibre handgun in their Jonesboro home last December.
The weapon was never recovered.
Cox to Appear in Court Monday
Former Cairo city attorney Patrick Cox will be in a Union County courtroom on Monday.
Cox is accused of taking money from a fund he was supposed to oversee for a couple going through a divorce.
He was arrested by federal marshals in Florida where he had been living since he disappeared.
Defense attorneys for Cox insist this should be considered a civil and not criminal matter.
'Superbug' Scares Too Much
The Chicago Department of Public Health says all of the scares about so-called "superbugs" may be a bit too much.
Commissioner Terry Mason says a school should not be closed or even scrubbed down because of one case of staph infection.
The government body says your best bet to stay healthy is to wash your hands with soap and water.
Former Governor Prison Sentence
The US Supreme Court wants the government to explain why former Illinois Governor George Ryan should go to prison.
A federal judge ordered him to report for prison for his corruption sentence, but he wants to remain free while his case is on appeal.
Justice John Paul Stevens wants a response from the federal government by Monday.
Candidate Stops Campaigning for Mom
Kentucky state auditor candidate Linda Greenwell is stepping away from her campaign to be with her ill mother.
The 86-year-old has pneumonia and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and is not expected to recover.
On her Web site, Greenwell says her mother is much more important than the campaign and believes voters will understand.