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▪ A Highland man has pleaded guilty to five counts relating to child pornography.
Richard Hogg, 55, engaged in online chat that was sexually explicit in nature with a person he believed to be a minor, according to prosecutors. He also tried to reach out to minors to arrange meeting to have sex, they said.
According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, a search revealed Hogg had 50 videos and more than 1,200 images of child pornography on his computer.
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▪ The St. Louis Cardinals, passed on opportunities to sign free agent help to boost their offense, instead opting to try to build from within.
Will it pay off in 2016 or will the Redbirds lose control of the National League Central Division to the Chicago Cubs who signed away two of their stars over the winter?
▪ Three area hospitals have launched their own medical helicopter service.
HSHS Southern Illinois Division and Air Methods Corporation (known as ARCH helicopter) have teamed up to provide air transport for St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Belleville, St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland and St. Joseph’s in Breese.