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Illinois quick hits: Prisoner Review Board members resign; fatal stabbing at Walmart

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Prisoner Review Board members resign

The chair and a separate member of the Illinois Prisoner Review Board have resigned following the recent parole of a man who is now charged with stabbing a mother and her son the following day. The 11-year-old boy died in the attack.

LeAnn Miller conducted the recent Crosetti Brand parole hearing and prepared a draft order provided to a panel of two additional members for concurrence. According to CBS2 in Chicago, the Prisoner Review Board was never notified that a pregnant Chicago woman was seeking an order of protection against Brand, who was her ex-boyfriend.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced Miller had resigned from the PRB.

“It is clear that evidence in this case was not given the careful consideration that victims of domestic violence deserve and I am committed to ensuring additional safeguards and training are in place to prevent tragedies like this from happening again,” Pritzker said. “My thoughts are with Laterria Smith as she recovers and with the entire family of Jayden Perkins as we mourn this tragic loss – may his memory be a blessing.”

Pritzker later announced PRB Chair Donald Shelton was resigning after serving on the board since 2012.

“Donald Shelton served the state of Illinois in his role with the PRB for over a decade, providing a model of dedication to public service,” Pritzker said in a statement.

Fatal stabbing at Walmart

A Cabery man is being charged with murder after he allegedly stabbed a Walmart employee to death in what police are calling a racially motivated attack.

According to Rockford police, surveillance video shows Timothy Carter grabbing two knives from the store shelves and wandering around the store. He then reportedly walked up behind an 18-year-old employee and stabbed him once in the back.

The victim was taken to an area hospital where he later died from his wounds.

Fire department violations

The Illinois Department of Labor’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health has released an updated fact sheet detailing some of the top fire department safety violations.

The standards cited by OSHA occurred during fire department inspections between 2022-2023. Officials said the agency inspects municipal fire departments and fire protection districts across the state due to the highly hazardous environments in which firefighters work.

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