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updated: 6/8/2014 4:17 PM

St. Charles ex-carnival worker wants murder sentence reduced

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A former carnival worker has asked a Kane County judge to reduce his 25-year prison sentence for stabbing and killing a St. Charles man in September 2008.

Arthur Manning, 63, formerly of the 900 block of Main Street, St. Charles, was convicted in 2009 of stabbing and killing Naromi Mannery.

He initially was sentenced to 29 years behind bars, but an appellate court overturned the verdict in May 2011 and ordered a new trial.

Manning was convicted a second time in December, and in April he was resentenced to 25 years in prison.

Assistant Public Defender Mike Tatman recently submitted court papers to Judge Susan Clancy Boles asking for a 20-year term, which is the minimum for first-degree murder. Tatman cited his client's ailing health and called the 25-year sentence "excessive."

No hearing date has been set for the judge to consider the request by Manning, who has been held in either jail or prison since his arrest more than five years ago.

Mannery, 28, was stabbed three times at Manning's residence after an argument with the defendant and other carnival workers during a night of drinking.

McHenry adds drop box: The McHenry County Sheriff's Department recently added a drop box at the entrance to the jail for residents to drop off unused or unwanted prescription medications for safe disposal.

The green, steel drop box is in the corrections lobby, just off Ware Road at the jail, 2200 N. Seminary Avenue (Route 47 and Ware Road) and is available 24 hours a day.

Research and law enforcement officials say misuse and abuse of prescription drugs can be a gateway to use of hard drugs, such as heroin.

"A great way for community members to do their part in the fight against drug addiction is to safely dispose of unused, unwanted prescription medications," Undersheriff Andrew Zinke said.

For more information, call (815) 338-2144.

Many area police departments have drop boxes available to residents of a particular town.

The Kane County Sheriff's Office, 37W777 Route 38, St. Charles, has a drop box in its lobby available weekdays during business hours.

Make a safe sale: The Elgin Police Department has a tip for people who use Craigslist and other online services to shop garage sales.

"If you want to meet with someone to exchange merchandise you're purchasing on Craigslist or through an online garage sale, you are welcome to have your transaction occur at the Elgin Police Department. Our lobby is open 24/7. This opportunity may reduce unscrupulous or dangerous opportunities for criminals," the department recently wrote on its Facebook page.

The department is at 151 Douglas Ave.

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