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TUESDAY JANUARY 3
We don’t have any details on this yet. But fire fighters were called to Forest and North Street in Bradley last night for a structure fire. No word yet on injuries, damage or t he cause of the blaze.
There was a car deer accident over the holiday weekend in Iroquois County. Iroquois County Police say 51 year old Michael Raymond of Milford struck the animal while on 1200 North at 850 East Monday. No one was hurt.
Emma Grace Stuart of Coal City is Riverside Hospitals first baby of the New Year and the first to be born in Kankakee County in 2012. Emma arrived on January first at 7:29 in the morning. She is the fourth child for David and Melissa Stuart. Emma weighed in at 8 pounds 5 ounces. For being the first born in 2012 at Riverside, the family receives a Wal-Mart gift card and a basket of baby goodies. The first baby of the year at Provena St Marys Hospital arrived about at 8:55 New Year’s day. Justin Bessette is the second child for Kelly and Randy Bessette of Chebanse. Justin weighed in a six pounds even. At Iroquois Memorial the first baby of the New Year arrived Tuesday morning to Ashley and Brad Schrock of Donovan. Ayla Schrock weighed 6 pounds 15 ounces at birth. All are doing fine.
K3 NATIVE JUDGE DIES
Retired northern Illinois Judge Angus "Gus" More has died. He was 72. More served as an associate judge for the 17th Circuit in Northern Illinois from 1992 until he retired in 2006. The Kankakee native died Friday.
A Woodland woman was arrested over the holiday weekend after she was found passed out in a hallway in the 100 block of East Walnut Street. Watseka Police took 32 year old Jennifer Pederson into custody for possession of a controlled substance.
PAXTON MAN CONFESSION
A guilty conscience got the better of a Paxton man over the weekend. Rantoul Police say 26 year old David Robbins walked up to a police officer in Ludlow Saturday and told the officer he was responsible for a burglary to a home in Rantoul last October during which a play station gaming system had been stolen. Robbins was held until Rantoul Police arrived to take him away for prosecution.
REN DRUG ARREST
A Rensselaer man who was arrested at his home on an outstanding warrant new years day will also be facing drug charges after the arresting officer notice the makings for a meth lab in the home of 28 year old Nicholas Radick. Police say they also found a stash of marijuana in the home. Radick was found hiding from officers in the bathroom.
Riverside Medical Center has earned a Staywell Silver Best in Class Award for the best execution of social media. The hospital won the award for their Riverside baby faces Facebook page. Spokesman Carl Maronas says the page is more than just photos of newborns.
WATSEKA STORE CLOSING
The Daily Journal reports that Watseka is losing its Berkot Super Foods store. The company announced late last week that it will be closing its Walnut Street location; however a closing date was not announced.
When the Watseka City Council meets tonight they might take up a measure to close a loop hole local law that theoretically allows alderman to spend city funds with no oversight. Watseka Mayor Bob Harwood says it may be time to change or do away with the measure.
WEDNESDAY JANUARY 4
At last nights Bourbonnais Village Board meeting, trustees gave final approval to an increase in sewer rates. Mayor Paul Shore the board kept the increase as low as possible. The new rates will take effect this month.
At last nights Kankakee City Council meeting alderman approved on first reading an agreement to issue a conditional use permit for a proposed crematorium at 2450 Grinnel Road. 7th ward Alderman Steve Hunter says the people who live in the immediate area of the proposed operation don’t want it in their backyards. Following the meeting we spoke with Mayor Nina Epsteen about budget negotiations for the new fiscal year. Epsteen say the city still hopes to avoid layoffs.
Iroquois County Sheriffs Police say a Milford man who suffered a gunshot wound to the leg last month during what he first said was a confrontation with an unknown man who then fled the scene will face formal charges. 30 year old Carl Keeling was taken to the hospital, treated and released. However, the police investigation later revealed that keeling had accidentally shot himself.
A Kankakee man suffered a broken foot last night after he jumped from a second story window in a apparent failed attempt to avoid arrest. Police were originally called to the home in the 500 block of North 5th Ave for a domestic dispute. 19 year old Timothy Gilbert was taken to the hospital for treatment.
THURSDAY JANUARY 5
A rumor going round Watseka that the soon to open Wal-Mart store forced Berkot Foods to announce it’s closing their location is not true. Mayor Bob Harwood speaking at a business after hours at Riverside Specialty Services Wednesday said that the Berkot closing was a business decision based on other factors.
BUCKLEY WOMAN CHARGED
The News Gazette reports that a Buckley woman faces federal mail fraud charges for allegedly defrauding a Champaign law firm of more than $150,000 over a 10-year period. Laura R. Tholen, 55, of Buckley, was arraigned on Wednesday afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge David G. Bernthal in Urbana. Tholen worked as the firm's office manager from February 2000 to February 2010 and served as legal assistant to a lawyer who practiced family law. Tholen was responsible for the lawyer's client trust account. According to the indictment, Tholen allegedly used more than 100 checks totalling more than $150,000 from the trust account to pay for her personal expenses, including rent and credit card accounts.
Iroquois County Sheriffs Police have made an arrest in connection with a burglary last month at Cissna Park High School. Taken at the time was an undetermined amount of cash and electronics. Police say some of that has been recovered. Under arrest is a Cissna Park juvenile.
KMEG agents were busy during the holidays. Agents raided a home in the 2200 block of Hickory Street and came away with 161 grams of marijuana along with a small amount of cocaine and heroin. Arrested was 29 year old Andrew Henry of Kankakee. Also over the New Year weekend, KMEG agents arrested a passenger in a vehicle stopped for seatbelt violations. A consensual search of the passenger allegedly turned up two LSD pills on 17 year old Dayan Crawford of Kankakee.
Four new police officers joined the Bourbonnais Police Department. All four were sworn in during this week village board meeting. Police Chief Greg Kunce says the new hire replaces officers who have recently left the department or retired.
HIGH SPEED RAIL FUNDS
High speed rail service in Illinois got a 186 million dollar shot in the arm Wednesday when the federal government released the funds in part for work on the corridor running from Joliet to Dwight. The money will also allow for a passing siding track in the Braidwood area. When completed trains will be able to travel 110 miles an hour between St Louis and Chicago.
FRIDAY JANUARY 6
CAR DEER ACCIDENT
There was another car deer accident in Iroquois County this week. Police say 30 year old Nicholas Arie of Watseka was on 2400 North Road near 1600 East when the animal appeared in the roadway. No one was hurt.
The board of trustees of Iroquois Memorial Hospital and resident home has decided to issue a request for proposals to formally explore opportunities to affiliate with another healthcare organization. In a press release the hospital says benefits would include increased access to capital and resources to facilitate physician recruitment to name a few.
JASPER CTY BURGLARIES
Jasper County officials are warning homeowners to keep an eye out for anything suspicious in their neighborhood. Jasper County Sheriff Terry Risner says burglars have been targeting homes from De Motte to Rensselaer over the past four to six weeks. Police advise homeowners to be on the lookout for any suspicious vehicles in their neighborhoods, especially vehicles that appear to be moving items. Anyone with any information should contact the Jasper County Sheriff's Office at 219-866-7334.
Kankakee Fire called to Shapiro Developmental Center early this morning. It turned out that there was no fire just some smoke from an overheated motor. No one was hurt.
After 17 years on the job Kay Pangle retirement officially took effect December 31st. However the regional school superintendent for Iroquois and Kankakee counties says she’s still going to remain active in the life of children, but those kids will be her grand children. Pangles longtime assistant Gregg Murphy will move up with the approval of both Iroquois and Kankakee county officials and is running for reelection. Pangle says she’s been grooming Murphy for years. Pangles last day on the job officially was December 31st.
PONTIAC HIGH SCHOOL
Pontiac Township High School was on lockdown for two hours Thursday after someone called a red alert on the schools radio system. Police from Pontiac, Dwight, Fairbury and Livingston County were called to the school to investigate, but no problems were found. No one knows who made the radio call, but an inventory of the radios is taking place and the security code word has been changed. Officials believe it was a prank because another red alert was called later in the day, but used then outdated code word.
SYNTHETIC POT ARREST
Bond has been set at 100,000 dollars for the owners of the Briarcliff Lane Convenient Store in Bourbonnais. Anilkumar and Gitabahen Patel of Bourbonnais were arrested after KAMEG agents discovered 56 packages of suspected synthetic cannabis for sale in the store.
TAX BREAK DENIED
A proposed 12 million dollar Limestone Township grain elevator and train shuttle was denied any tax breaks this week by a vote of the Kankakee County Planning and Zoning Committee. At stake, according to the Daily Journal is 15 full and part time jobs. Despite the vote, board chairman Mike Bossert says the full board will reconsider the measure.
WATSEKA TRAIN DEATH
A Watseka man was struck and killed by a CS Freight Train Sunday afternoon. It happened near North Street in Watseka just after 1pm. Coroner Bill Cheatum says it appears that 45 year old Mark Houser just stepped in front of the train. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The investigation continues.
CAR HORSE ACCIDENT
Here’s something you don’t see every day. There was car horse accident Saturday in Beaverville. Police say 33 year old Christopher Mereditch was on St Charles Street near St Marys Street when a miniature house entered the roadway and was struck by the vehicle. No injuries reported. No word on the condition of the horse.
Nothing official on this yet, but we understand there was a house chimney fire in Bradley Sunday. The home on Prince Valent Lane is said to have suffered only minimal damage. We’ll have more when it becomes available.
TRUCK CLOSES 157
An overturned semi has hauling tomatoes and squash had the northbound lanes of I57 block for a time this morning. Traffic had to be rerouted for four hours until the mess was cleaned up. Illinois State Police say the driver, a Texas man, was not hurt, but was ticketed for improper lane usage.
Nearly 70,000 dollars was raised over the weekend in a benefit concert to reopen the Christopher Myer Children's Safety Center in Bourbonnais. The facility has been closed since funding ran dry in 1996. Organizers tell the Daily Journal that the money raised, three times more than expected, will be used to train volunteer instructors to teach kids in a fun way about the dangers of growing up in the 21st century.
LIMESTONE WELCOME HOME
Limestone welcomed home Air Force Master Sgt Tom Osborne Friday. The Daily Journal reports Osborne was returning after a six month deployment in Afghanistan. Osborne was greeted by some 50 family and friends.
MLK DAY MONDAY
Martin Luther King Day is a week from today and the annual king celebration in Kankakee will be held Saturday, Sunday and Monday. The weekend begins with films and stories about king at the public library Saturday from noon until 4. King Foundation spokesperson Pat Polk says Sunday it’s the annual Gospel Fest at House of Prayer on East Court Street. The prayer breakfast is Monday at the Quality Inn in Bradley followed by services at New Hope Baptist on East Cedar.
WW2 HERO DIES
The Kankakee area lost a genuine World War 2 hero Friday with death of 92 year old John Neville. Neville won the Distinguished Flying Cross for saving the lives of his crew when he was able to crash land his B29 Superfortess after being attacked by Japanese fighters and anti aircraft fire. The Distinguished Flying Cross is surpassed only by the Congressional Medal of Honor.
TUESDAY JANUARY 10
FATAL CAR CRASH
A man from India, who was visiting his daughter in rural Rantoul has died from injuries received in an accident Saturday on Route 115 south of Roberts. Police say 47 year old Kamleshb Ambani was on Ford County 1400 North when he failed to yield at a stop sign at 115 and was struck by a pickup truck. Ambani died Sunday.
A Chicago man has pleaded guilty in Iroquois County Court to a charge of predatory criminal sexual assault of an 11 year old Watseka girl in January of 2011. The Iroquois County States Attorneys office says say 42 year old Richard Wilkins will spend 20 years in prison.
At last nights Bradley Village Board meeting, trustees for a third time tabled the controversial inspection and rental multi family unit ordinance. Mayor Bruce Adams said before the board votes there will be one more meeting with Bradley landlords. That meeting will take place a week from today at 7pm at village hall in Bradley.
We received news Monday of the death of a Crete woman over the weekend in St John Indiana. Dead is 43 year old Annette Orellana. She died from injuries suffered in the crash when her vehicle was rear ended by one driven by a Dyer Indiana man who fled the scene. Police later tracked down the guy. He’s hospitalized. Police say alcohol is believed to be a factor in the crash.
SAFETY CHECK RESULTS
Illinois State Police have released the results of a roadside safety check that took place Christmas weekend at Court and I57 in Kankakee. A total of 14 citations were issued including two arrests for alcohol and drug offences.
Kankakee City Police were called to Superior Carriers in the 600 block of Eastgate Industrial Parkway Monday for a report of a stolen 2011 International Prostar Tractor. The rig was taken sometime over the weekend according to company officials. Police are investigating.
WEDNESDAY JANUARY 11
Bradley Police are reviewing security tape today following an armed robbery at an AT@T store in the 900 block of North Kinzie Ave.
There was a burglary Tuesday in the 200 block of North Fairmont in Kankakee. City police say the home owner reports a Water Proff camera, a 32 inch LCD TV and an Xbox 360 missing from the home.
The Daily Journal reports a school bus accident this morning that sent four students to the hospital with unknown injuries. The crash at Merchant and Orchard, involved a District 111 bus. No word yet on the cause of the accident.
TRUCK HOUSE ACCIDENT
Bradley Police today continue their search for the driver of a full size pickup truck that crashed into a home in the 400 block of North Prairie Ave Tuesday morning. No one inside the home was hurt. The driver fled on foot. Bradley Police say the truck turned out to be stolen.
COUNTY BOARD MEETING
At their monthly meeting the Kankakee County Board Tuesday approved a new contract with employees of Local 751 representing workers at the offices of auditor, recorder and treasurers. Also Tuesday the board approved the appointment of Greg Murphy as regional superintendent of schools for Iroquois and Kankakee Counties. He replaces Kay Pangle who stepped down at the end of the year. The Iroquois County Board also approved the appointment Tuesday.
A man suffered a gunshot wound to the leg early Tuesday morning while walking in the 2400 block or East Court Street. The 25 year old victim tells police as he was heading home when a shot rang out from a passing vehicle striking him in the left leg. The victim was taken to the hospital for treatment. No arrests have yet been made.
The five republican candidates running for state representative in the new 106th house district will take part in a political forum tonight at Crescent City. The night is sponsored by the Iroquois County Tea Party. It’s starts at 7 tonight at the grade school in Crescent City.
The Herscher Community Unit 2 School District has been fined 30,000 dollars because of alleged over payment to a retiree. According to district officials the error apparently occurred while calculating how retirees are paid. The Daily Journal reports that, in the end, current Herscher teachers could be forced to accept a pay cut to even out the numbers.
There will be a ceremonial ribbon cutting today at Meadowview Shopping Center in Kankakee. New owners have closed on the property and hopefully will reveal their plans for the shopping centers future.
The courts have, for now, stopped the State of Illinois from docking the city of Kankakee, for what state officials contend was a 540,000 over payment in sales tax to the city. Money that the state says should have gone to the suburb of Glendale Heights instead. City officials claim in the Daily Journal that the state is wrong and the whole thing reeks of retribution over the citys much talked about sales tax sharing program dispute with cook county officials and others.
A Rensselaer woman is facing up to 50 years in prison following her arrest in connection with the discovery of a suspected meth lab New Year’s Day at an apartment rented in her family name. 28 year old Kelly Bruneer is believed to be the girlfriend of Nicholas Radick. Police went to the apartment new years day to arrest Radick on an outstanding warrant when they stumbled across what authorities believe was a meth lab in the apartment in the 5000 block of North McKinley.
THURSDAY JANUARY 12
ATTEMPTED ARMED ROBBERY
There was an attempted armed robbery last night in the 600 block of West Henry Street. A 27 year old man says he struggled with another man, believed to armed with a knife until the assailant dropped the object and fled on foot. The victim injured his knee in the fight but was otherwise unhurt. Police are looking for the bad guy.
Two men and a juvenile have been arrested in connection with a burglary in progress in the 300 block of East Fairman Ave in Watseka. The three had fled by the time police arrived but were located a short distance away. Charged with burglary are 21 year old Darrell Jones Jr of Sheldon, 19 year old Connor Wallace of Watseka and a 15 year old juvenile. No word on what if anything was taken in the burglary.
SEMI IN RIVER
A semi driver who says he fell asleep behind the wheel put his big rig in the Iroquois River Tuesday. Newton County Sheriffs Police said Wednesday they found the driver on the roof of his truck about four miles north of Kentland on US 41. 42 year old Robert Jones of Boswell Indiana was suffering from hypothermia but was otherwise ok.
The new owners of the Meadowview Shopping Center introduced themselves to the community Wednesday afternoon at a press conference. The venture is a partnership between Tarraco Real Estate and Frontline Real Estate based in the northern suburbs. Frontlines Scott Gendell says you’ll see many changes at Meadowview in the coming months. Kankakee Mayor Nina Epsteen was on hand yesterday to welcome the new owners. Developers say ultra foods has agreed to say at Meadowview for the next 15 years and say you can expect to see more national retailers open at Meadowview in the future.
MEET AND GREET OFF
The impending snowy weather has forced its first cancellation. Tonight’s meet and greet scheduled at Miss Carols Restaurant in Watseka by Congressman Don Manzullo has been canceled. A make up date will be announced soon. Manzullo is up against current Congressman Adam Kinzinger in next years congressional elections.
SCHOOL BUSES COLLIDE
Eight Crete Monee District 201 students suffered minor injuries Wednesday when one school bus rear ended another in the 1900 block of Exchange in Crete. In all the two busses were transporting a total of 75 students at the time.
FRIDAY JANUARY 13
10 YEAR SENTENCE
A Kankakee man has been sentenced to 10 years behind bars after pleading guilty to two counts of distribution of cocaine. 31 year old Ken Davis Jr of Kankakee was arrested by KMEG agents following a three month investigation in the fall of 2010.
There was a burglary Thursdays in the 1100 block of South Poplar. A revolver, jewelry and electronics were taken from the home. Its believed the burglars were able to enter the home through a door that was left unlocked.
BUS STOP PHOTOS
City police are looking for a white male in his 30’s who was spotted taking photographs of children at a school bus stop at Cedar and Fairmont Ave. Police say the man was driving a silver SUV with tinted windows. After talking with one of the students, police believe the two photos were taken about five minutes apart as the vehicle made two passes by the bus stop Thursday morning.
Kankakee County Crime Stoppers are offering a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the man who robbed the AT&T store in the 900 block of North Kinzie Tuesday. Bradley Police describe the man as a black heavy set male, wearing wire rim eyeglasses and a multi colored scarf and hat.
Kankakee County roadways are passable this morning but still slippery. In Iroquois, Newton and Jasper Counties officials say there is some drifting, roads are snow packed but passable. We’ve had a number of fender bender accidents, but no serious injuries reported.
Two people, who allegedly stole a SUV, were arrested by city police earlier this week when officers located the pair parked in the 1700 block of East Court Street, in the SUV doing drugs. Taken into custody on various charges were 20 year old Brandi Pierce of Bourbonnais and 28 year old Charles Hagel of Kankakee.
A White County Indiana man has been charged with welfare fraud. According to prosecutors Kenneth Asbury of Burnettsville allegedly collected unemployment benefits to the tune of 35,000 dollars even though he had a job.
In December Congressman Jessie Jackson Jr held a presentation before Kankakee Civic and business leaders at the Kankakee Public Library on his plan for south suburban airport at Peotone, Thursday it was Will Countys turn. Jackson and his group are at odds with Will County officials over control of the airport and have been for years. Will County Spokesman Erin Quick while they don’t have a blueprint for an airport, neither does Jacksons group. Thursdays’ meeting was sponsored by the Economic Alliance of Kankakee County. President Mike Van Mill says his group will look closely at both proposals before making any recommendation to the city to give support to either side. And the beat goes on.
A train carrying ethanol has derailed in central Illinois, slipping off railroad tracks near Gibson City
in Ford County. Gibson City fire chief Bruce Kallal says three tanker cars derailed on Thursday afternoon but no ethanol spilled or leaked. Traffic on a 1-mile stretch of Illinois 9 was diverted around the scene of the derailment, near the One Earth Energy ethanol plant. No injuries were reported but emergency workers evacuated nearby
businesses as a precaution. Gibson City Mayor Dan Dickey says the train cars remained
upright but dug into the ground after the track broke.
PACK THE HOUSE
Tomorrow is Pack the House Saturday at Kankakee Community College. Enjoy free admission to both the men’s and women’s basketball games. KCC Athletic Director, Ted Peterson, says the afternoon will include more than just exciting college basketball. The men take on Highland Community College tomorrow at 3. The Lady Cavaliers play Highland at 1 pm. And again, admission is free.
A Steger man, convicted a year ago in the death of his girlfriend’s son in a drunken driving accident will not get a new trial. A Will County judge denied the request and set a January 20th sentencing date for 24 year old Cecil Conner. Conner wrap his car around a tree in may of 2010 killing 5 year old Michael Langord Jr. A new trial was requested by Conner attorneys over the recording of conversations Conner made while in prison.
Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. has picked up endorsements from two big labor unions in his re-election bid. The Service Employees International Union in Illinois included Jackson on its list of endorsements for the March 20 primary this week. He also received an endorsement from the AFL-CIO in Illinois. Jackson was first elected in 1995. He faces a primary challenge from former one-term U.S. Rep. Debbie Halvorson.
MONDAY JANUARY 16 MLK DAY
Bond has been set at 50,000 dollars for a Wheatfield Indiana man charged with child molestation and incest. Indiana State Police say 37 year old Timin Loeschke allegedly molested the Michigan girl last summer while the girl was visiting the area.
Today is Martin Luther King Day. Kankakee remembers the civil rights leader with two events. First it’s the annual prayer breakfast. Following the breakfast, services will be held at the Greater New Hope Missionary Baptist Church at 1591 East Cedar in Kankakee. Kankakee Alderman Steve Hunter was in attendance and reminded us that there is still a ways to go before Kings legacy is fulfilled. Alderman Carl Brown was also on hand Monday and says he was encouraged with the community came together to help police with the investigating into the recent shooting death of Kankakee barber Joe Buckner.
A New Lenox man believed to be involved a in Kankakee house bombing that killed two people in 2000, was sentenced on drug charges in will county court last week. 48 year old Ruben Gutierrez will serve 26 years behind bars after police found 31 grams of cocaine in his home in march of 2010. In 2000, Gutierrez was believed to be behind the shooting of Marty Patnaude for allegedly stealing a kilo of cocaine from Gutierrez. Patnaude survived the shooting, but both his parents died in a later bombing of the Patnaude home, Gutierrez was never charged in the bombing.
A man who was allegedly involved in a hit and run accident in Watseka was arrested by Iroquois County Sheriffs Police Sunday after he lost control of his vehicle on 1850 North near 2230 East. The vehicle left the roadway, and severed a utility pole before coming to rest in a cornfield. Travis Wood was charged with driving too fast for conditions and was later arrested by Watseka Police on the hit and run charges. A passenger in Woods vehicle was treated for minor injuries.
THE GIRL IS A COP
Bond has been set at 50,000 dollars for a Chicago man who allegedly agreed to meet and have sex with a 14 year old girl that turned out to be a Crete police officer. The will County States Attorneys office say 41 year old Jesus Martinez is facing a number of charges including indecent solicitation of a child after agreeing to a January 12th meeting.
BARICKMAN TAX CUTS
Friday marked the one year anniversary since Governor Pat Quinn enacted the largest tax hike in Illinois history. Raising taxes on individuals by 67% and businesses by 46%. Republican State Representative Jason Barickman says a year later the tax increase has failed to pay down billions of dollars in unpaid bills.
K3 GETS XMAS GIFT
The City of Kankakee got a Christmas present from the Illinois Department of Revenue in December. 1.9 million in sales tax money of which the city receives 475 thousand dollars. According to the Daily Journal, the money was unexpected and is the result of audits on two of the company's involved with the city's much talked about sales tax sharing program. Audits continue on two more companies.
WILMINGTON SENIOR TO ANNAPOLIS
A Wilmington High School senior has been nominated for the US Naval Academy at Annapolis by Congressman Adam Kinzinger. Garrett Saulters is one of three Kinzinger nominations for Annapolis. 5 candidates were chosen to attend West Point. The eight nominees were chosen based on test scores, extracurricular activities, letters of recommendation and the requirements of each U.S. Service Academy.
A Watseka man found himself under arrest after allegedly breaking into a home and assaulting a person over the weekend. Facing a number of charges including domestic battery is 26 year old Clayton Marcum of Watseka.
There was a burglary Monday is the 100 block of South Washington Ave in Kankakee. Two tvs and a dvd player reported missing. It’s believed entry was made by breaking a bedroom window.
A woman purchased a laptop computer from the Kankakee Wal-Mart using 6 counterfeit 100 dollar bills. City police say the bills were actually five dollar bills that had been reprinted as 100 dollar bills. Not only is the store out a laptop, Wal-Mart also gave the woman 70 dollars in change. Those bills were good.
Kankakee City Police today are looking for suspects in connection with a shooting that took place over the weekend at River and 5th Ave. Nobody was struck with the gunfire. The intended target managed to run to a nearby bar and called police. The victim says he was confronted by three men who inquired about his gang affiliation. The man says he was shot at as he fled on foot.
Kankakee School District 111 officials are inviting parents to a community forum tonight to explore ways to make the schools a better place to learn. Superintendent Colleen Legge says the information gathered tonight and from a similar forum held this morning will be studied by a district consultant who will eventually make recommendations for changes. Tonight’s meeting will be held at the Kankakee Public Library from 6 until 7:30.
State senator Shane Cultra of Onarga is seeking repeal of a law he says is holding up checkout lines at hardware stores. The law requires customers who buy such things as Drano to sign a form. The law was created after Drano was used in an attack on two women in Chicago.
WILL COUNTY ZONING
Will County officials are putting together a complete revision of zoning laws and will be seeking public comment on the plan. Public workshops are set for tomorrow night at 6pm at the Forest Preserve Administration Center on West Laraway Road in Joliet and Thursday night at 6pm at the Frankfort Township office. After the meetings, the county will create a final draft of the zoning law revisions and a formal public hearing will be held in the spring.
WEDNESDAY JANUARY 18
Kankakee City Police say a car fire this morning park in a secure parking lot next to an auto body shop in the 100 block of Vanmeter was arson. No one was hurt. There was no damage to the building.
There were a couple of burglaries Tuesday in Kankakee. Someone took off with copper piping from the basement of a vacant home in the 1400 block of East Court Street. In the 400 block of South Wildwood, someone broke a back window to gain entry to a home and made off with various electronic items.
At last nights Bourbonnais Village Board meeting, trustees approved an ordinance that would expand the area inside the Kankakee River Valley enterprise zone boundaries to allow Country Chevrolet in Herscher to expand.
At last nights Kankakee City Council meeting the developer of a proposed crematorium on Grinnell Road unexpectedly withdrew his request for a conditional use permit, just before the city council was expected to give its final approval. Also last night the city approved the transfer of the ownership fo the former Carson Pierie Scott building in the 100 block of South Schuyler to the Kankakee Development Corporation. City attorney Cris Bohlen says the move paves the way for the building to be rehabbed.
FORUM LAST NIGHT
About 75 parents reportedly turned out for last nights community forum at the Kankakee Public Library sponsored by Kankakee School District 111. The district is looking for input to help make Kankakee schools a better place to learn.
CHANNAHON MAYOR SENTENCED
Channahon Mayor Joe Cook Tuesday was sentenced to two years probation, six months on home confinement, for not paying income taxes between 2005 and 2008. Cook took a plea deal last fall that also requires him to pay over 14 thousand dollars in restitution. The Chicago Sun Times reports that Cook apologized Tuesday in Will county court for his actions.
ST ANNE SOLDIER TIES
The Daily Journal reports that one of the four Indiana National Guard soldiers killed in an attack in Afghanistan January 6th had ties to St Anne. National Guard Staff Sgt Jonathan Matthew Metzger is the middle son of Jim and Jackie Metzger. Services for Metzger will be held today and tomorrow in Indianapolis where he lived with his wife. Jackie Metzger says in the Daily Journal that her son died doing what he loved.
There was an armed robbery near Myrtle and East Oak last night. The victim tells city police that one of four men pulled a gun as a fight broke out between the victim and his assailants. In the end the man lost his wallet but was uninjured. No shots were fired.
The Bloomington pantagraph reports State Rep. Jason Barickman of Champaign is outpacing state Sen. Shane Cultra of Onarga when it comes to raising money in the Republican primary for the 53rd district Senate seat. According to the latest round of financial reports, Barickman raised $18,210 in the most recent quarter and has more than $91,300 on hand, compared to Cultra's $74,355. Gibson City Republican Tom Bennett is leading the pack when it comes to fundraising in the GOP primary in the 106th House District. Bennett has more than $48,500, compared to former Pontiac Mayor Scott McCoy's $5,712. Josh Harms of Watseka reported having $3,427 in his account after taking in loans worth $6,000 from relatives.
THURSDAY JANUARY 19
A Milford man was arrested Wednesday as he allegedly tried to elude police. Iroquois County Sheriffs’ Police say 30 year old Eric Deaton was at one point clocked doing 40 miles an hour over the speed limit. Deaton facing a number of charges today including possession of drug paraphernalia.
MANTENO MAN ARRESTED
A Manteno man was arrested in Georgia Wednesday morning after driving 700 miles to have six with a minor he had met online, that turned out to be an FBI agent. Authorities identify the man as 66 year old Michael Isacson. In a press release the FBI says Isacson thought he was meeting with an 11 year old girl in Alpharetta Georga. Hes charged with attempted sexual exploitation of a minor.
Three undercover investigations last month by the Illinois Attorney Generals office ended with the seizer of close to 2000 packages of synthetic marijuana from stores throughout Illinois including one in Hoopeston. Officials say they discovered 108 packages for sale at the Hoopeston Convenient Mart on Orange Street.
Kankakee City Police are investigating a burglary Wednesday in the 1200 block of South Popler. The homeowner says she was away for a couple of hours and when she returned the front door of the home had been pried open and the bedroom ransacked. Missing is a kindle fire, IPod, laptop computer and jewelry.
CAR DEER ACCIDENT
A car deer accident in Concord Township sent two people to the hospital this week. According to police reports, 48 year old Robin Miller of Iroquois was on 2150 North and 2650 East when the animal appeared in the roadway. Miller ended up losing control of the vehicle which left the roadway, struck a utility pole and came to rest in a field. Miller and a 22 year old passenger were treated and released.
MCCARTHY TO SPEAK TONIGHT
Orland Park Police chief and former secret service agents Tim McCarthy will speak tonight at the Kankakee Public Library. While on a president protection detail in 1981, McCarthy took a bullet for then President Ronald Reagan during an assassination attempt by John Hinkley Jr. . The evening is sponsored by Friends of the Kankakee Public Library. The program gets underway tonight at 7 pm at the library.
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It appears two barn fires late Wednesday that erupted within minutes of each other near Loda were intentionally set. The barns were only about a quarter mile apart on 300 north. The fires are being investigated by Iroquois County Sheriffs Police and the state fire marshals office. Both barns were completely destroyed.
Kankakee Fire fighters were called to Goldens Gymnastic Center in the 1100 block of Lesco Road in Kankakee Friday morning. Kankakee Fire saying the blaze was confined to the rooftop heating and cooling unit. The inside of the building was not damaged nor was an adjacent business.
Will County Board Chairman Jim Moustis is ready to fight Governor Pat Quinn every step of the way if he awards control of the proposed Peotone Airport to a group headed by Congressman Jessie Jackson Jr. Moustis speaking at the first Will County Board meeting of the year Thursday also said that over the years Will County officials have been told by Quinn’s and previous administrations to keep their mouths shut and get along with Jackson. Moustis says Will County will never accept Jacksons group because communities outside will county would have veto power over any decision.
The Daily Journal reports that 19 year old Ricky Kendrick of Kankakee has been given a second public defender to help in Kendrick’s defense on murder charges. Kendrick and his cousin are both accused in shooting death of Kankakee barber Joe Buckner the 3rd.
The Bourbonnais Planning Commission has a new member. Mike McGruder joined the board this past week after receiving the blessing of village board trustees. Mayor Paul Shore says McGruder is a fine addition to that body.
The 4th annual Date Night a Celebration of Marriage, is tonight at Centennial Chapel at Olivet Nazarene University. The evening gives you and your spouse the opportunity to laugh and learn about yourselves. The evening features Dr Kevin Leman who says it’s all about connecting with your spouse. The cost is 10 dollars per person that’s tonight at 7 pm.
NASH SCHOOL HONORED
Josh Nash Middle School in Clifton has been nominated by the Illinois State Board of Education for the 2012 National Blue Ribbon Schools award. Nash is one of 16 schools from Illinois to nominated for the award handed out by the US Department of Education.
OLD COUNTRY BUFFET
Managers today at the Old Country Buffet confirming that the Bradley location is closed for good. This after the Minnesota based parent company filed for bankruptcy protection Thursday. They have 245 million in debt. The Bradley location is one of 81 underperforming restaurants closed yesterday.
FEE STAYS THE SAME
At a meeting of the Kankakee Code and Building Committee Thursday night the committee voted to keep the fee for the controversial inspection and rental ordinance intact. The fee has drawn the ire of landlords in city. The fee remains 60 dollar for a single unit and 10 dollars for each addition unit. The full city council takes up the matter next.
BERKOTS IN WATSEKA
The Berkot Foods in Watseka closed their doors for good this past week. The move was announced a few weeks ago and comes a little more than a week before the opening of a Watseka Super Wal-Mart and Grocery Store that’s scheduled to open next Wednesday.
WATSEKA BREAK IN
A 15 year old juvenile was arrested Thursday night after he allegedly broke into Watseka High School. No word on what if anything was taken.
9 YEARS SENTENCE
A Steger man whose drunk driving caused a collision that killed a five year old boy has been sentenced to nine and a half years in prison. The Will County States Attorney office says Twenty-four year old Cecil Conner was sentenced in Will County court for causing the MAY 2010 crash that killed Michael Langford, Junior....the boy was sleeping in the back seat of his car at the time.
A Hoopeston man was arrested over the weekend on an escape charge. 25 year old Rory Kempen was taken into custody after he failed to turn himself in at the Iroquois County jail to serve a weekends prison sentence on a separate charge.
A Forrest Illinois man has been charged with arson in connection with a pair of barn fires last Wednesday in rural Loda. Arrested was 43 year old Leon Kaeb. Iroquois County Sheriffs Police say Kaeb is the brother of the owner of the Structurs . Damage was estimated at about 30,000 dollars both buildings are a complete loss. No one was hurt in the fires.
MAN DIES IN ACCIDENT
A single vehicle accident Sunday has claimed the life of a Cabery man. 49 year old Scott Clapp died when he lost control of his vehicle on Livingston County 3600 east near 311 North. The vehicle had so much momentum behind it, it was able to jump a 38 foot creek before coming to rest in a field. The Livingston County Coroners office says an autopsy will be conducted today to determine the exact cause of death.
The Village Of Crete could become the center for a national immigration debate as officials mull a proposed immigrant detention center. The proposed facility in Crete is among several U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials have chosen nationwide. Crete Mayor Michael Einhorn tells the Chicago Tribune the facility could have up to 700 beds. Some residents and activists are campaigning against it. Their arguments include lack of transparency, objections to a prison-style center and that such centers break up families.
WATSEKA OFFICE CLOSING
The Daily Journal reports that the Watseka office of the Illinois Department of Human Services will close for good February 2nd. The closure means some 800 monthly clients will now have to travel to Kankakee to receive assistance. The closing is an effort by state officials to make more efficient use of resources. Five employees in Watseka will be transferred to the Kankakee office.
MANZULLO IN WATSEKA
The Iroquois County Tea Party held a meet and greet with Congressman Don Manzullo Friday night at Miss Karols in Watseka. Manzullo is up against Congressman Adam Kinzinger in the 16th congressional district republican congressional march primary. The new 16th includes Iroquois County. Manzullo says he’s a no nonsense conservative.
UNITED WAY RAFFLE
The Kankakee United Way is heading into the final stretch of their annual fund raising campaign. Yep, its time to give away a car, maybe two. It’s the Wheels and More raffle. Tickets available at their web site myunitedway.org.
TUESDAY JANUARY 24
The controversial Bradley rental and multi family unit inspection ordinance is just one vote away from becoming law. At last nights Bradley Village Board meeting, trustees gave initial approval measure. Also last night the village treasurer reported Bradley is currently running a general fund shortfall of 1.3 million dollars. Slow payments from the state is too blame for the red ink.
Kankakee Fire called to the 200 block of South Albert this morning for a car fire. The fire was contained to the engine compartment of the vehicle. No one was hurt. A cause is still pending an investigation.
A Pembroke Township man was arrested early Tuesday morning in the alley of the 100 block of South Wildwood on a charge of burglary from a motor vehicle. Police say at the time of the arrest 43 year old Toney Johnson was in possession of burglary tools and suspected stolen property.
LOWELL MAN ARRESTED
A Lowell Indiana man is facing a possible 40 years in prison if convicted of sexually molesting a 13 year old girl in September of last year. Authorities say 20 year old Keegan Hernthaisong is a friend of the victim’s brother.
There was a burglary Monday in the 900 block of South Evergreen Ave. Police say someone forced open a back door and took off with a play station game system, an IPod touch, jewelry, four pairs of Air Jordans and 30 fitted baseball hats.
CRETE MEETING PACKED
A packed house came out for Mondays nights Crete Village Board meeting to oppose a planned illegal immigrant detention center. Under the plan the village would operate a 600 bed facility on 70 acres of Crete zoned for light industrial. Village officials say it could bring in an addition one million dollars for Crete Monee School District 201U.
We received word today of an accident over the weekend that claimed the life of a Chebanse man. Iroquois County Coroner Bill Cheatem identifies the victim as 24 year old Leonard Rocha Jr. Rocha died after his vehicle struck a tree at 1265 East and 3400 North.
An engine block was found in the middle of Court Street Monday night. The engine was discovered just west of Indiana Ave. No one sure exactly how it got there or who the owner is.
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A Colfax Illinois man, who for a time lived in Kankakee, has been sentenced to a year and a day in federal prison after pleading guilty in August to the manufacture of marijuana with intent to distribute. Police say 37 year old Leon Battiste was operating a sophisticated growing operation from the basement of his Colfax home. Along with 180 marijuana plants, police also seized five weapons and 20,000 dollars in cash.
A woman serving a life sentence for the gruesome 1995 murders of two children and their mother, whose unborn son was cut from her womb, has asked for her case to be reopened and reconsidered by a judge. The Daily Journal reports Tuesday that 45-year-old Jacqueline Annette Williams has filed a letter with the DuPage County court petitioning for a judge to reopen and reexamine her case. In the letter Williams says she is a "changed woman" and deserves "a second chance." Prosecutors say she got her second chance when her death sentence was commuted to life in prison by then governor George Ryan. Williams was convicted in the death of 28-year-old Debra Evans of Addison and Evans' 10-year-old daughter Samantha and 7-year-old son Joshua. The baby boy cut from Evans' womb survived. Evans has family in Bourbonnais.
CHARITIES COULD LOSE
Charities collecting on street corners in Kankakee could be a thing of the past soon. At last nights Kankakee city ordinance committee meeting, the committee voted to repeal the law that now makes that possible. Liability issues lead to the vote. It’s now up to the full city council to decide.
The Ken Hayes Industrial Park in Bradley is a safer place to work now that water delivery to the buildings fire protection systems has been beefed up. A new water main was installed along with two new fire hydrants. Bradley Mayor Bruce Adams says the whole neighborhood will benefit from the improvements.
A Bourbonnais man, charged with grooming and sexual exploitation of a child has been indicted by a Kankakee County Grand Jury. Police say 47 year old Terry Elimon allegedly sent an explicit photograph of himself to a 13 year old boy via a computer.
Kankakee City Police were called to the 800 block of North Evergreen last night for a report of shots being fired at a home. A resident tells police she was sitting on the couch when the bullet came through a window and lodge in the sofa. The woman was not hurt by the gunfire. Police are looking for the gunman.
Visitation for Milford Fire Department Veteran Ernest Garrett is today at Milford Christian church from 4 until 8. Garrett died suddenly over the weekend of a heart attack. Milford Fire Chief Frank Hines says Garrett will receive a formal fire fighters funeral tomorrow. Funeral services will be tomorrow at 1 pm. Garrett spent 16 years with the department as a fire fighters and EMT captain.
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7 YEARS FOR DUI
A Buckley man charged in the 2010 drunken driving death of 33 year old Corbin Siddall of Lake Iroquois was sentenced to seven and a half years in jail Wednesday in Iroquois County Court after pleading guilty to a charge of aggravated drunken driving. Police says 25 year old Jordan Hasselbring was driving under the influence at 82 miles an hour when the two vehicles collided at an unmarked intersection in Artesia Township. Hasselbring took a plea deal to avoid a possible 14 year sentence if convicted by a jury.
Watseka Police say they caught a man red handed Wednesday attempting to break into a home in the 700 block of West Iroquois. After a short struggle police took 20 year old Kyle Owens of Watseka into custody on a number of charges.
Cameras in area courtrooms could be on the way. This week the Illinois Supreme Court began a pilot program allowing news cameras in select courtrooms to judge its effectiveness. In Kankakee, 21st Judicial Circuit Court Chief Judge Kathy Bradshaw Elliot says there is enthusiasm for Kankakee to be included in the pilot program.
A ribbon cutting was held Wednesday to celebrate the opening of the new Super Wal-Mart store in Watseka. The new store has 120 thousand sq feet of space and will be open 24 hours and seven days a week. The new Wal-Mart employees about 200. The old Watseka Wal-Mart closed on Tuesday.
The Times Republic reports that the Watseka City Council this week repealed an ordinance that allowed alderman to spend up to 1000 dollar a month with no oversight. No one ever took advantage of the open checkbook, but officials in the end felt in light of current economic times it was best to repeal the law.
Representative Jason Barickman (R-Champaign) received the endorsement of five Sheriffs in the new 53rd Senate District yesterday. Iroquois County Sheriff Derek Hagen says he is supporting Rep. Jason Barickman because of Barickman's ability to get things done in Springfield. Barickman is up against current Illinois Senator Shane Cultra in the March primary.
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An alert neighbor called police last night to report a burglary in process in the 800 block of North Wildwood. When police arrived they spotted two juveniles about a block away apparently hauling away a home computer and a 42 inch Proscan TV. Both were arrested.
An East Lynn Illinois man, wanted in two counties and driving a stolen vehicle out of Hoopeston on a revoked license, lead the FBI, Milford, Iroquois County and Vermilion county sheriffs police on a chase Thursday afternoon that ended with the man crashing the truck into a telephone pole in Milford. 25 year old Michael Rogers was not injured in the wreck, but was arrested and is facing a litany of charges today.
Five people were hospitalized Friday following a car deer accident in Beaver Township. Iroquois County Sheriffs Police say 16 year old Jordan Cooper of rural Martinton, was on 3100 East near 2600 North when he swerved to miss the animal in the roadway. The vehicle entered a ditch and overturned. None of the injuries were life threatening.
Two KMEG agents suffered minor injuries while executing a search warrant at a home in the 300 block of West Station Street Thursday. The officers were injured while scuffling with 22 year old Marlan Johnson. Johnson was arrested a weapons charges after police found a stolen, loaded semi automatic handgun in the home. Earlier this week, KMEG agents raided a home for drugs in the 300 block of South Evergreen. While no drugs were found. Police did locate 21 year old Roger Jackson of Kankakee hiding in a closet with a stolen, loaded semi automatic handgun. Jackson was found to be wanted on an outstanding warrant as well.
Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee has been named as one of the top five percent of hospitals in the country by health grades. Dr John Jurica, Sr Vice President and Chief Medical Officer says the distinguished hospital award means patients in Kankakee get the finest of care at Riverside.
FORMER MAYOR DIES
We received word today of the death of former Bradley mayor, trustee and police chief Bob Martin. Martin died this morning at the Manteno Veteran’s Home at the age of 90. Bradley Mayor Bruce Adams says will be missed.
Accused killer Brian Garrett will be back in Iroquois County Court today a continuation of a hearing from earlier this week during which Garretts mental health will be discussed. Garrett was original ruled unfit to stand trial in the June 2009 stabbing deaths of two Sheldon men. A year later doctors said Garrett had been treated to point where he could face a jury. Since then Garretts attorneys have had their own doctor examine Garrett. Thats what they‘ll talk about today.
Two Kankakee men have been indicted by a Kankakee County Grand Jury for allegedly cutting another man with a knife and hitting the man with a bat. It happened Christmas day in the 300 block of West Station in Kankakee. Charged with aggravated battery is 29 year old Gabriel Martinez and 21 year old José Garduno.
The unemployment in Kankakee for December was up from a month earlier, but down from a year ago. The Department of Employment Security pegs the number at 11.4 percent. That’s up from Novembers 10.8 number, but down from last Decembers 11.7. Rockford continues to have the highest jobless rate in the state. Bloomington Normal, the lowest.
MURPHY ON JOB
New Iroquois and Kankakee County Regional Schools Superintendent Gregg Murphy is wrapping up his first month on the job since taking over for the now retired Kay Pangle. In last year budget, the governor tried to do away with all regional superintendents. Murphy says one of his goals is to educate lawmakers on what services IKAN provides to local schools so that doesn’t happen again. Murphy says closing region offices will do nothing more than place a greater financial burden on the local property tax payer.
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Visitation and funeral services for bob martin have been set for today and tomorrow. Martin served the Village of Bradley in many capacities over the years. He was at one point the mayor he also served as police chief and was a long time trustee. Visitation for Bob Martin will be today from 3 until 8 at Clancy Gernon in Bourbonnais. Funeral services tomorrow at 10 am at St Joes in Bradley. Martin passed away Friday at the age of 90. Former Bradley trustee now State Rep Lisa Dugan remembers Martin as a friend and mentor.
A Remington Indiana couple were killed in a two vehicle accident Saturday morning at the intersection of State Road 18 and US 231 in White County. Police say 33 year old Courtney Henley of Lafayette was eastbound on 18 when she failed to yield the right of way striking a vehicle driven by 58 year old Ronald Lewis. Lewis and his wife 60 year old Rita were both pronounced dead at the scene. Hunley and a passenger were hospitalized. No tickets have yet been issued.
Kankakee City Police responding to a report of an accident in the 1100 block of West Calista Saturday found a damaged vehicle resting against a tree, but no driver in sight. Officers followed footsteps in the snow until they came across 28 year old Mathew Gregoire of Kankakee weaving in the middle of the 400 block of South Winfield Ave. Winfield told officers he lost control on the ice then took a breathalyzer test which he flunked.
Someone shot up a garage and a house over the weekend in the 200 block of North Fairmont Ave in Kankakee. A woman called police after she found several gunshot holes in her garage, another in a back door and a bullet hole in a kitchen wall. No one was hurt in the gunplay. Police are investigating.
At January’s meeting of the Bradley Elementary School District 61 Board of Education, the board applauded the generosity exhibited by district students, families, faculty and staff during 2011. Over the course of the year nearly 2500 dollars was raised for various charities.
Accused killer Brian Garrett of Watseka took a plea deal in Iroquois County Court Friday in connection with the stabbing deaths of two Sheldon men. The 29 year old Garrett was then sentenced to 50 years in prison. In June of 2009, Garrett stabbed to death 62 year old Ralph Elsy and 48 year old Robert Wood of at the Sheldon home the two men shared. Wood was stabbed while he slept on the porch. Eslsy was stabbed when he went to investigate the commotion outside. Had the case gone to trial, Garrett could have gotten life in prison.
A woman in the 800 block of Notre Dame Court in Kankakee awoke Sunday to find she had an extra vehicle in her driveway. A check by police found the Ford Taurus had been stolen and abandoned in the woman’s driveway. Police contacted to the rightful owner who was making arrangements for the vehicles return.
Iroquois County Sheriffs Police arrested a Clifton man after he was clocked allegedly doing 40 miles an hour over the speed limit. 27 year old Justin Stevens of Clifton is facing a number of charges today including driving under the influence. And reckless driving.
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Kankakee Fire fighters were called to the 300 block of North Evergreen last night after someone tried to set a car on fire. No one was hurt. No arrests have been made yet. Police are looking for a suspect for questioning.
MORE MURDER CHARGES
A former Marine convicted of killing three women in Illinois, including one who was found near Pontiac, has pleaded not guilty to murdering five more women in California. California authorities say Urdiales killed five women in Orange, Riverside and San Diego counties between 1986 and 1995. Many of his victims were prostitutes who were repeatedly stabbed or shot. Urdiales was sentenced to death for the Illinois murders, including the 1996 murder of an Indiana woman, whose body was found in the Vermilion River near Pontiac. Two of his sentences were commuted to life without parole, and after that state banned the death penalty, so was the third. Urdiales was extradited last year to California, where prosecutors are seeking the death penalty. He had been held at Pontiac Correctional Center.
A Kankakee man was arrested for burglary last night just minutes after leaving an apartment in the 200 block of West River. Witness spotted the 44 year old Brient Houston leaving the building and called police. Officers stopped Houston a short time later. Police allege that they did find items taken from the apartment on his person.
WILMINGTON MAN SHOT
A Wilmington man, armed with a rifle, who called police to say he planned to wreak terror on this earth, was shot by officers Monday afternoon after being cornered in a backyard. Police spotted the gunman walking along Kahler Road about 12:30 Monday afternoon and chased the suspect to a backyard in the 900 block of Luther Drive. Police say when the man raised his rifle; two officers fired striking the man in the hand, disarming him. The herald news identifies the gunman as 28 year old Nathan Reeves. Police say he lives in a nearby apartment building. No one else was hurt. Three nearby schools were placed on lock-down for an hour because of the incident. Police say the rifle may turn out to be a replica.
The Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois Monday announced its endorsement of Jason Barickman in the Republican primary for the 53rd Senate District. The AFFI represents over 15,000 members in 211 communities across the state. The firefighters say Barickman will be the best advocate for public safety and ensure Illinois firefighters have the resources necessary to keep the citizens and first responders safe. Barickman is up against current state senator Shane Cultra in the March republican primary.
Local area fire chiefs and members of the statewide mutual aid box alarm system presented an appreciation plaque to State Rep Lisa Dugan Monday at the Kankakee Fire department on Oak Street. Dugan says she’s always been a huge supporter of area fire personnel and emergency preparedness and next month, Dugan will be one of several legislatures to will be able to train with fire fighters.
The Gilman Chamber of Commerce held their annual dinner last night at the Red Door Restaurant. Chamber President Bob Kraft says the ongoing pride in Gilman campaign is beginning to pay off.
PONTIAC FIRE ARREST
Pontiac Police say a Fairbury man has been arrested in connection with a trash bin fire set near the northeast corner of Pontiac Jr High School Friday. 21 year old Dustin Moser is facing charges ranging from arson to felony criminal damage property and parole violation. There was no reported.
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A man who was shot by Wilmington police after allegedly pointing a look-alike gun at officers Monday remained hospitalized Tuesday. Reports indicate the bullet that struck 28 year old Nathan Reeves fragmented and may necessitate amputation of his hand. Reeves reportedly called police Monday claiming he had a gun and was preparing “to wreak terror on this earth.” According to the Herald News, The gun turned out to be an airsoft AK-47 that resembled the real thing. Police say Reeves altered the rifle to obscure the orange tip that indicates it fires pellets, not bullets.
RTE 50 WORK
Route 50 at I57 will be closed at various times tonight and tomorrow night as the Illinois Department of Transportation removes the existing bridge beams carrying the expressway over Route 50. Officials say the closers will be intermittent and last for up to 15 minutes at a time in both directions. The closers will take place between 10 and 6 tonight and tomorrow night.
16 YEAR SENTENCE
A Kankakee man has been sentenced to 16 years behind bars in federal court in Urbana on drug charges. In September of 2010, 34 year old Corey Lee was arrested during a KMEG raid on his apartment in the 100 block of Wildwood. The search turned up over an ounce of crack cocaine, 18 grams of marijuana and drug packaging material. Following his release lee will be on probation for 8 years.
Watseka Police, investigating reports of a suspicious man in the area, ended up arresting the man following a short foot chase. Police say a search of 20 year old Travis Houser of Watseka turned up items stolen from an area business. Authorities also found that Houser was wanted on an outstanding warrant for forgery.
Two employees of the Bourbonnais Convenient Store on Briarcliff Lane have been indicted by a Kankakee County grand jury on drug charges. Prosecutors say 42 year old Anilkumar Patel and 41 year old Gitabahen Patel both of Bourbonnais, allegedly sold 156 grams of synthetic cannabis from the store earlier this month.
MAN CUT IN BACK
A Kankakee man was taken to the hospital Tuesday suffering from a deep laceration to his back. This follows an altercation with a man in the alley of the 200 block of North Washington. The victim says he was taking out his garbage when he had words with the stranger in the alley. When the victim turned to go back inside he was struck in the back with an unknown object. Police are looking for the guy.
MORE FUNNY MONEY
Police in Kankakee are looking for an Arizona man in connection with an investigation into counterfeiting. Police say the man is suspected of trying to use a phony 100 dollar bill to buy food from the Kentucky Fried Chicken on Riverstone Parkway Tuesday.
RIVER VALLEY METRO
River Valley Metro reached a significant milestone Tuesday. At two minutes before 10 am, Erica Dennis was named metros 5 millionth rider and won a package of prizes including free metro ridership for a year. Agency spokesperson Michelle Brutlog says metros growth since its inception has been extraordinary. Brutlog says 11 other lucky riders won a month long pass for metro Tuesday.
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There was a stabbing in Watseka Wednesday morning. It happened just after one am at a home where a man and a woman began to argue. Police say at one point 27 year old Heather Osborne of Watseka allegedly pulled a knife and stabbed the guy. No word on how serious the injury is. Osborne was arrested for aggravated battery.
PAUSE FOUNDER DIES
One of the founders of the annual Pause for Patriotism celebration has died. According to the Daily Journal, 62 year old Tom Holtz passed away on Tuesday at his home in Bradley. Holtz was a Vietnam veteran who lost part of his left foot in the fighting. Arrangements are still pending.
The Kankakee Valley Post News Reports that Fowler native, Sgt. Travis Carden, is facing multiple charges that could result in a military court martial and jail time if convicted. Carden is one of seven Army soldiers accused of abuse that led to the suicide of 19 year old a fellow soldier in their unit. The 24 year old Carden is a 2005 graduate of Benton Central High School.
Following Governors speach Wednesday, REPUBLICAN State Representative and Illinois senatorial candidate Jason Barickman said that while he agrees with the governor on the fact that the path to financial prosperity in Illinois is through a jobs recovery, he was disappointed the governor did not much about financial reform to bring jobs to Illinois. Barickman is up against current Senator Shane Cultra in the March republican primary. He made his comments at a Watseka Chamber after hours last night.
The profoundly deaf or severely hard of hearing now have an option in Kankakee to restore their hearing. It’s an electronic device that is surgically implanted in the inner ear. Dr Francis Hobson at Provena St Marys Hospital says right now to qualify for the costly cochlear implant your hearing has to be beyond the help of hearing aids, but that may be changing. Two patients in Kankakee have had the surgery already and report hearing the voiced of family and friends for the first time in years.
NECK AND NECK
The Herald News reports that Congressman Jessie Jackson Jr raised twice as much money as Debbie Halvorson in the final quarter of the year. But with the cash she already had on hand, the two head into the final stretch of the primary election season. Jackson has close to 263 thousand dollars in his war chest. Halvorson has 260,000 dollars. In the new 16th congressional district. Adam Kinzinger has 650,000 in cash while Don Manzullo has 522,000.
RELAY FOR LIFE GOAL
The goal for this years Iroquois County Relay for Life has been set 170,000 dollars. Last years relay came in at 166,000 dollars. Relay for Life 2012 will have their first meeting of the year tonight at 7 at Watseka High School. This years relay will be held June 8th and 9th at the high school.
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There was an armed robbery Thursday in Kankakee. City police say two men, armed with a handgun, entered the Casey’s General Store on Brookmont Blvd just after 2 am yesterday and demanded cash. The pair got away with an unknown amount of money. Police are looking for the duo. Nobody was hurt.
BAR FIGHT ARREST
A fight at a tavern in the 300 block of South West Ave early Friday morning ended with the arrest of one of the two men involved after he allegedly pulled a knife. No one was hurt. Police took 31 year old Terrance Joyce of Kankakee into custody on a charge of unlawful use of a weapon. A male employee of the bar was able to disarm Joyce and hold him until police arrived.
A Kankakee man is being held on 150,000 bond today after being arrested for delivery of crack cocaine. KMEG agents arrested 49 year old Robert Green the 3rd during an undercover investigation in the 700 block of North Evergreen Ave on Tuesday.
In a classic case of being aware of your surroundings, police believe an employee of a West Court Street Credit Union foiled an attempted robbery this morning. No one was hurt. Police are looking for the guy.
KENTLAND JOB LOSSES
Kentland Indiana is about to take a hit on the jobs front. The Daily Journal reports that Bonnell Aluminum will close up at the end of September. The move will put 146 people on the unemployment line.
SLEEP DISORDER INSTITUTE
The press gets a sneak preview of the new, 4000 sq foot, Sleep Disorder Institute at Riverside Medical Center in Bourbonnais today. There are 84 different sleep disorders that can be treated at the institute including sleep apnea. The new Sleep Disorder Institute is located at the Bourbonnais campus of Riverside Medical Center 400 Riverside Drive. An open house held tomorrow from 9 until noon.
SHOTS NOT FIRED
Kankakee City Police were called to the 1400 block of East Pine Street Thursday for a report of shots fired. A woman says she heard what she thought was gun fire followed by the sound of breaking glass. Upon inspection the woman found a large whole in a living room window. Turned out that someone threw a pool ball through the window.
City police are trying to figure out what happened to some 3500 dollars worth of jewelry. A woman in the 700 block of South Osborn discovered the twelve pieces of jewelry missing from her home Wednesday.
2ND Congressional District Republican candidate James Taylor Sr. has taken the pledge. Taylor has signed the taxpayer protection pledge opposing any and all efforts to increase taxes. For his signature, Taylor received the endorsement of Taxpayers United of America. Taylor says there’s no reason to raise taxes. Taylor says were cuts are necessary; he would start with foreign aid. Taylor is up against Brian Woodworth an associate professor at Olivet Nazarene University.
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There was a burglary Sunday to an apartment in the 200 block of Tedmark Court in Kankakee. Police say someone forced open a door and took off with a 32 inch TV.
Kankakee Fire fighters were called to a two story vacant home in the 800 block of North Wildwood Saturday. Authorities say today that a neighbor first saw what he thought was fog rolling by his window then realized the house next store was fire and called 911. Damage is estimated at about 35,000 dollars. Nobody was hurt. The cause remains under investigation.
City police were called to a tavern in the 400 block of North Fifth Ave Sunday afternoon for report of a fight in progress. When officers arrived they found a man bleeding from a laceration that began on his forehead and continued down his cheek to his mouth. Witnesses tell police they think the guy was struck a couple of times with a beer bottle. No one yet in custody.
Kankakee City Police are investigating the disappearance of a thousand dollars from a home in the 300 block of North Evergreen. A woman says she’s missing the cash from her tax return.
A Wilmington woman, who after a five year delay, finally came forward and turned in her boyfriend in connection with the 2004 death of 3 year old Riley Fox, will be paid an undisclosed amount of money by the girls family according to a family attorney.. 39 year old Trisha Kiefer was the girlfriend of Scott Eby who has since been convicted for killing Riley. The payment is a reversal of the family’s position and comes following an investigation into what caused the delay. A Fox family attorney last year said she didn’t owe anything to Kiefer. Riley’s father, Kevin Fox, spent 8 months in prison for the crime, but was later released on DNA evidence. The original reward offer was 100,000 dollars.
A former congresswoman Debbie Halvorson continues to put pressure on current 2nd congressional district congressman Jessie Jackson jr. The two are heading for a March democratic show down. Halvorson believes Jackson is vulnerable because of recent ethics scandals and a new political map that adds more rural areas
and white voters to Jackson's district on Chicago's South Side. Halvorson has hired an African American community relations consultant, scored endorsements from ministers and is visiting up
to five black churches every Sunday. The primary is shaping up as one of the most heated contests in the state.
Prosecutors say in the Daily Journal that they are ready try Buddy Piper for a 5th time following an appellate court ruling last week that piper did not receive a fair trial in 2009. That was the 4th time the triple murder case had been tried. The first two ended in a hung juries, the third conviction was reversed for the admission of hearsay evidence. The latest was also overturned because of hearsay evidence. The 52 year old Piper is charged in the 1997 killings of Patricia and MT Hawkins along with 9 year old MT Hawkins Jr at the home they shared in the 1800 block of South Glenview.
The Bourbonnais Fire fighters associations annual Sweatheart Dance and Raffle is coming up on February 18th at the Quality Inn in Bradley. Endless Summer is this years entertainment. Doors open at 7pm. Tickets are only 10 dollars. 935-9670.
TUESDAY FEBRUARY 7
A rash of vandalism at village parks was topic number one at last nights Bourbonnais Village Board meeting. Bourbonnais Public Works Director Mike Chandler says so far the damage has been limited to graffiti of playground equipment. Village officials asking residents living near to the parks to call police if they see any suspicious activity.
There was a burglary Monday in the 400 block of North Entrance Ave. Police say the home was ransacked, but the only things taken appear to be an Xbox and play station three gaming systems.
A 52 year old Martinton man was thrown some 23 feet when he lost control of his motorcycle on 3140 North near 1700 East. Iroquois County Sheriffs Police say Wayne Marti was taken to St Marys Hospital for treatment.
K3 INSPECTION FEE
Despite an impassioned plea from one Kankakee landlord and two realtor groups, the controversial Kankakee rental license ordinance became law at Monday nights city council meeting. The measure requires inspections of rental units and the payment of fees by landlords. In the end it was Mayor Nina Epsteen who broke a tie vote. Epsteen says after examining the cities rental stock she feels the inspections are needed.
Also last night the council failed to pass a measure to repeal an ordinance that allows charitable organizations to raise funds at city intersections. The mayor says she feels its far too dangerous to allow the practice to continue. The vote fell one shy of what was needed.
The Illinois Tea Party has endorsed longtime Congressman Don Manzullo over freshman Congressman Adam Kinzinger The group cites the nine-term Republican's voting record for fiscal responsibility. The March 20 primary election endorsement is surprising because Kinzinger won his district in 2010 with tea party backing. Party spokeswoman Denise Cattoni says it's the first time the group is making endorsements as a statewide entity. She says it was a tough call because of Illinois' new congressional map pit’s the two against each other. Kinzinger told our Bob Malkowski this morning that in the end he’s confident of a win.
WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 8
Last nights light snow fall created hazardous driving condition on area roadways this morning. Illinois State Police say they responded to 11 accidents between 1 and 6 this morning. Five of those on I-57 about a mile south of the 312 exit in Kankakee. One of those accidents involved an overturned semi and a state police squad car. Only one injury in all of that.
There was a burglary Tuesday to an apartment in the 1100 block of West Jeffery Street in Kankakee. A Dell laptop computer and two hand held Nintendo DS video games were taken. The thief was able to get into the place through a door that was left unlocked.
Iroquois County and Gilman Police are looking for the publics help in connection with a series of thefts from a number of vehicles over the past week. Police are also looking for whoever it was that spray painted area businesses, a home and a vehicle. Call crime stoppers at 43-CRIME if you can help out. It could mean a 1000 reward for you.
RADFORD IN COURT
The Daily Journal reports that bond for accused child killer Tavarius Radford will remain at one million dollars following a hearing in Kankakee County Court this week at which Radford attorney asked for a reduction. The 17 year old Bourbonnais man is charged with the death of his two year old daughter Michelle. The child was discovered unresponsive at the families home in October of last year. An autopsy found she died of blunt for trauma to the head, the equivalent of falling from a two story building. While laying out their case prosecutors said that a friend of Radford told police that Radford told him he had screwed up having a baby and needed Michelle to disappear.
For the second consecutive year, Chebanse Elementary has earned an academic excellence award from the Illinois State Board of Education. One of just 438 schools so honored. It means the school will have a spot on the 2011 state honor roll list.
A task force will present a narrowed list of possible routes for the proposed Illiana Expressway. The Times of Munster reports the Illiana Corridor Planning Group will present the list at a meeting at Crown Point High School on Feb. 22 and again the next evening at the Matteson Hotel and Conference Center in Matteson, Ill. The planning group announced eight possible route corridors at similar meetings in December. The expressway would link I-65 in Indiana with I-57 and I-55 in Illinois.
MANTENO HALTS FEES
The Village of Manteno is taking a pro active approach to a dismal home sales market. At this weeks village board meeting, trustees voted to place a temporary moratorium on most building fees. The move could save home builders up to 12 thousand dollars. Seven years ago Manteno was issuing building permits at the rate of close to three a week. The village issued one in all of last year.
SCOUTS TAKE CONTROL
It’s Scout Week in Bourbonnais. Select scouts will take over the top jobs in Bourbonnais government today including the mayor. Actual Mayor Paul Shore says the scouts will even hold their own mock village hall meeting. The mock board meeting takes place today at 3:30 at village hall.
Have you purchased your wheels and more raffle ticket to benefit the United Way. When you do, spokesman Greg Carrol says you’ll receive coupons well worth the price of the 100 ticket. For more information go to my unitedway.org.
THURSDAY FEBRUARY 9
A teacher and coach at St. Joseph-Ogden High School has been charged with criminal sexual assault for allegedly having sex with female students about a decade ago. 33year old Jon A. Jamison of Fairmount, turned himself in to sheriff's investigators on Tuesday after a warrant had been issued for his arrest. He has been placed on administrative leave with pay, by the school. Police alleged in the News Gazzette that Jamison had sexual contact with at least three female students. All the girls have since graduated. The girls were 17 or younger at the time. Authorities say the first incidents occurred during 2002 or 2003 and the latest incident occurred in the fall of 2006. If convicted Jamison faces up to 15 years in prison. Jamison graduated from the high school in 1996 and started work for the school in 2001 as a bus driver for sporting events.
Pembroke Township Supervisor Larry Gibbs has been indicted by a federal grand jury for filing false income tax returns. Prosecutors alleged that between 2006 and 2009 Gibbs tried to claim in total over 200,000 dollars in fraudulent tax refunds. Federal officials say Gibbs claimed that taxes had been withheld from the Larry Dean Gibbs trust fund when they had not been . If convicted Gibbs receive three years in prison on each count and a 100,000 fine.
LIVINGSTON JAIL CLEARED
The Illinois Department of Corrections has cleared Livingston County jail officials of any wrongdoing in the death of an inmate in November. 50 year old Joseph Stewart of Normal, died the day after he was arrested at an I-55 rest area near Pontiac on suspicion of drunken driving. On Wednesday, Livingston County Coroner Michael Burke said toxicology reports indicate Stewart died of bupropion intoxication. Bupropion is a prescription antidepressant and antismoking drug. According to the Bloomington Pantagraph, the Illinois Department of Corrections Jail and Detention Standards Unit found no violations of Illinois County Jail Standards based on a review of written reports and video surveillance footage.
SCOUT TAKE OVER
It’s scout week in Bourbonnais and Wednesday members of area Boy Scout Troop 324 took over top village government jobs. Young Andrew Hinderliter was village administrator for the day and says he’d like to see the village establish a citizen conservation corps in Bourbonnais. Mayor for the day was Carter Conroy. At a mock village board meeting Wednesday, Conroy proposed bringing a minor league baseball team to Bourbonnais. Actual Mayor Paul Shore says the scouts did a good job. The scouts say bringing a minor league baseball team to Bourbonnais would cost about 7 million dollars. The ball field would be located where the Friendship Festival is held now.
The 3rd annual Have a Heart Dinner, silent auction and dance to benefit Camp Shaw-waw-nas-see near Manteno is tomorrow night at Dinolfos in Mokena. Spokesman Ty Areneau says the camp was established in 1946 and proceeds from the dinner will be used in part to upgrade camp facilities. Tickets are 50 dollars each and reservations must be in by the end of business today. At 933-3011.
FRIDAY FEBRUARY 10
KMEG agents have been busy recently . During an undercover investigation 39 year old Wesly Norrgran of Kankakee was arrested last week in the 800 block of North Kinzie Ave in Bradley after he allegedly delivered 20 ecstasy pills and was found to be in possession of more. Norrgran is being held on a 20,000 bond facing a number of drug charges. A Bourbonnais man is being held on a 150,000 bond after he allegedly delivered over 2 grams of crack cocaine to KMEG undercover agents in the 400 block of John Casey Drive earlier this week. Facing a number of drug charges is 30 year old Quashi Whitlow of Bourbonnais.
A Kankakee County grand jury has indicted a Kankakee man on a charge of predatory criminal sexual assault. Police allege that on or about October 12th of last year, Daniel Crockett had sexual contact with a 10 year old girl at a home in the 300 block of South 5th Ave.
Kankakee City Police are investigating another copper theft. Police say someone broke into a home in the 1100 block of South Osborn an took off with the copper piping from the basement of the home.
LACOST PLEADS GUILTY
The Daily Journal reports that 65 year old Jimmy Lacost and his son 45 year old Michael, pleaded guilty this week in federal court in Urbana to conducting an illegal gambling business. The two could get up to five years in prison and a 250,000 fine and both are still facing a number of corporate charges that could bring additional penalties. Prosecutors say the Lacosts were brining in about 2000 a day in illegal gambling profits.
JASPER CTY ALERT SYSTEM
The Jasper County Indiana Sheriffs Department has activated its global connect emergency mass notification system to warn residents in case of an emergency. Risner says the system allows his office to target small areas of the county is necessary. Only published landlines will be called. Unlisted and cell phone numbers can to be added to the system at the sheriffs office.
Absentee voting for the March primary got underway Thursday. The county clerks office is open 8:30 to 4:30 Monday through Friday. Call 937-2990 for more information. Early voting will begin on February 27th.
The Annual Easter Seals Telethon is coming up March 4th at Olivet Nazarene University. Easter Seals is now looking for phone bank volunteers. To volunteer for this years telethon call 932-2052.
ILLIANA ROUTE NEWS
Kankakee officials are saying that the preferred route for the proposed Illiana Expressway would bring the roadway just two miles north of the Kankakee Will County line. The announcement was made at this weeks meeting of the Economic Alliance of Kankakee County. Kankakee County Board Chairman says the route will be good for Kankakee. A final decision on a route wont be made for another 18 months.
JACKSON IN KANKAKEE
Congressman Jessie Jackson Jr is among 50 members of congress named champions for children by first focus campaign for children a national bipartisan child advocacy group. The recognition is given to lawmakers who demonstrate initiative in spearheading legislation to improve the health and well being of children. Jackson will be in Kankakee today. Paying a visit to Kankakee High School this afternoon. Jackson told our Bob Malkowski this morning that the Jackson and Obama families go way back. In fact Michelle Obama was the congressman’s baby sitter. Jackson is up against former Congresswoman Debbie Halvorson in the March democratic primary.
LABOR NOT HAPPY
Kankakee Labor is not happy about the expansion of the Kankakee County enterprise zone to assist a Herscher car dealership. Local AFL CEO President Mike Smith says that’s not what the Illinois enterprise zone act was created for. Smith argues that Herscher is not a depressed area. Enterprise zones were created to assist economically distressed areas of Illinois.