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TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 27
Arrangements have been finalized for former longtime Kankakee Mayor Tom Ryan. The older brother of former Governor George Ryan died over the weekend at the age of 83. Ryan spent 20 years in the mayors chair before being defeated by Russle Johnson in 1983. Visitation for Ryan will be Friday at the Kankakee Chapel of Schreffler Funeral Homes from 4 until 8. Funeral services Saturday at 11 at Asbury United Methodist.
At last nights Bradley Village Board meeting the village approved the hiring of a police officer at 42,000 dollars a year. The officer will replace a retiring officer. The village also approved the purchase of a new ambulance for 81,000 dollars. And there was a discussion about allowing companies other than Com Ed bid to provide electricity to the village. Mayor Bruce Adams believes the cost would be lower and stressed that village residents would be under no obligation to sign up with a new electricity provider. Also last night December 2nd has been chosen as the date for this years Bradley Lighted Christmas Parade down Broadway. Proposed renovations at Bradley’s Lils Park will have to be put on hold. At last nights village board meeting it was announced that a state grant to finance the project has been denied.
The US Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded Illinois more than 2 million dollars to help public housing agencies retain or hire service coordinators to work. With voucher recipients find employment resources and job training. The Kankakee County Housing Authority will receive just over 43,000 dollars.
Iroquois County Sheriffs Police are investigating an accident Monday in the Clifton area. 23 year old Charles Barrett of rural Ashkum says he swerved to miss a deer on 300 North near 1300 East and ended up going through a ditch then into a field. Barrett was charged with failure to report an accident after apparently leaving the scene.
Police are investigating the discovery of 9 pounds of marijuana in Fairbury over the weekend. Police say the pot was neatly wrapped in heat sealed bags. Police did not say where the pot was found.
An elderly Kankakee couple who purchased pre arranged funerals from Senesac Funeral Home in Kankakee have discovered that they both died within a month of each other in 2010. The two, both 83 years old, are the latest to discover that they are victims of David Senesac, who allegedly cashed in the policies of a still unknown number of victims and reported them dead.
A long awaited 8000 dollar skate board park will have its grand opening tonight at Washington Park in Kankakee. Executive Director Roy Collins says they expect skaters from far and wide to flock to the new park. Tonight’s grand opening will include food and a concert. Washington Park is located at North Washington and West Chestnut Streets.
WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 28
Fire investigators in Goodland, Indiana, believe the cause of a fire Monday night, that left a family of five homeless, was accidental in nature. The two story home on South Newton was completely consumed by the flames. Authorities believe the fire began on the second story, but a direct cause is still to be determined.
Media reports this morning say the 911 communications systems in the region were back up and running Tuesday morning after the whole system crashed Monday night. Iroquois and Kankakee counties and Joliet all lost 911 service when phone company equipment and its back up failed. Everyone was back on line Tuesday morning by about 5:30.
In federal court in Urbana Monday a jury deliberated for less than two hours before returning guilty verdicts against 59 year old Duane Butch O’Malley of Bourbonnais. O’Malley owns Origin Fire Protection. The company was charged with the illegal removal, handling and disposal of asbestos from a Kankakee building undergoing rehab in august of 2009. The government contended during the trial that O’Malley removed the toxic material improperly and dumped the asbestos in a field in Hopkins Park contaminating the soil in the process. O’Malley, and two others involved, who have already plead guilty, could get five years in jail and a 250,000 fine.
Kankakee area liquor retailers are doing a good job checking IDs. Illinois State Police last week conducted an alcohol countermeasure enforcement survey of 21 businesses in Bourbonnais, Manteno, Momence and Grant Park. None of the businesses sold alcohol to minors.
Congressman Adam Kinzinger still is unsure where he will be running for reelection in 2012. Kinzinger says that if a republican challenge in the courts to this years redrawn congressional map fails he’ll be running in the 16th Congressional District. Illinois lost a district this year because of a drop in population and democrats in Springfield cut up Kinzingers current 11th District.
Traffic was tied up for a time this morning and the southbound entrance to I57 at Court Street was blocked off when a semi hauling an oversized load left the roadway. No one was hurt. The truck has since been removed.
Tickets are on sale now for this years Provena St Marys Annual Gala and Silent Auction. Spokesman Dominic Randazzo says this years silent auction will be of interest to fans of Chicago sports teams. The gala will be October 15th at the Riverstone Conference Center in Kankakee. For ticket information call 815-937-3084.
THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 29
SENESAC FOUND DEAD
Embattled Kankakee funeral home owner David Senesac was found dead Wednesday afternoon. Foul play is not suspected. Senesac was facing multiple charges for bank fraud and money laundering and more recently for allegedly cashing in at least one pre paid burial arrangement insurance policy and apparently pocketing the money. Authorities went searching for Senesac Wednesday when he apparently failed to show up at a court hearing.
Get an early start of your Christmas shopping today and tomorrow at the annual Provena St Marys auxiliary five dollar jewelry sale. Spokesperson Melissa Tanner says you’ll find something for just about everyone on your list. Tanner says all the proceeds get pumped back into the patient care. The five dollar jewelry sale is today from 9 until 5 and tomorrow from 8 until 3 at the Franco Conference Center at St Marys Hospital.
Kankakee City Police are investigating a burglary Tuesday in the 400 block of South 5th Ave. Someone made their way into the home through a window and took off with a computer, play station and Wii game stations, a flat screen TV and about 600 dollars in cash.
It’s time to get that flu shot. The first of five flu clinics will be held today at the Kankakee County Health Department. The health department is located at 2390 West Station Street in Kankakee. Clinics will be held every Thursday through the end of October.
A Kankakee man was arrested Wednesday afternoon after allegedly trying to pass counterfeit money at a business in the 1700 block of East Court Street. 20 year old Tim Watson is facing a number of charges today after first giving police a false name, then running from the arresting officer. He was recaptured a few minutes later following a brief foot chase.
POST OFFICE CLOSING
In a preview of what maybe in store for many small communities around the country, the Thayer Indiana post office will close on October 16th. The Newton County Enterprise reports that the closing is not part of a recently announced review of 33 hundred post offices around the country slated for possible closure to stop the bleeding at the US Post Office. The Thayer closure was decided following a 2009 study which found low activity.
FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 30
An autopsy was held Thursday on the body of embattled Kankakee funeral home director Dave Senesac who was found dead at his rural Kankakee home Wednesday . At this time it appears Senesac took his own life. Senesac was facing charges of bank fraud and money laundering and had also recently been charged with cashing in pre paid funeral arrangements for at least one Indiana man, declaring the man dead and pocketing the money.
Visitation for former Kankakee Mayor Tom Ryan who passed away last weekend will be held today at Schreffler Funeral Home in Kankakee. Funeral services for the other brother of former Governor George Ryan will be held tomorrow at 11 am at Asbury United Methodist. Also tonight at Clancy Gernon Hertz Funeral Home visitation will be held for Howard Dybodock. Dybodock was a longtome Kankakee broadcast industry executive. WVLI Station Manager Tim Milner says if you listen to any radio station in the area, Howard put up the tower. Visitation for Howard will be today beginning at 4pm at Clancy Gernon Hertz in west Kankakee.
No one was seriously injured in a three car accident Thursday morning on Court Street near Hobbie. Bad breaks are believed responsible for a car rear ending another then slamming into a third unoccupied vehicle parked on the street.
A Beecher man has been charged with criminal damage to property after he tried to beat up an ATM machine at the First Midwest Bank Amphitheater in Tinley Park. Police say 22 year old Tom Hagemester pulled the machine off its base and knocked it to the ground when the machine would not accept his ATM card.
A Kankakee man is being held in Kankakee County Detention Center in connection with a shooting last Sunday in the 400 block of South Chicago Ave that left a man with a leg injury. 24 year old Marcus Thomas is being held on 500,000 dollars bond.
A head on collision between two semis Thursday afternoon sent the two suburban truckers to the hospital, one with serious injuries. Illinois State Police says the two big rigs collided on Route 114 east of Momence, when one of the trucks swerved into oncoming traffic to avoid striking stopped vehicles in the eastbound lanes. A Chicago Heights man, had to be extricated from his rig and was airlifted to an Oak Lawn Hospital with serious injuries. The other driver, a Crest Hill man, was taken to Riverside with nonlife threatening injuries.
The Daily Journal reports that Alton Williams, a former Kankakee police officer, who has served over 7 years in prison for the 2002 sexual assault of two teenage girls will not be set free. At least not yet. In Kankakee Court this week a jury found that the 53 year old Alton should not be released but rather be committed to a state treatment facility for sexual offenders.
CSPAN IN WHEATFIELD
Students at Kankakee Valley High School in Wheatfield, Indiana appeared live on C-Span Thursday morning. 11 students were given a chance to ask questions on Washington Journal. The subject yesterday was US Post Office finances. The C-Span visit to Kankakee Valley was three years in the making according to Northwest Indiana Times.
A man jumped off the Cass Street Bridge in Joliet Thursday morning just before noon. Police say they were trying to talk the guy down when he jumped. The fire department had stationed a diver in the water just in case and he was able to get to the jumper within a minute. Officials say as soon as the guy hit the water he wanted out. The jumper was taken to Silver Cross for evaluation.
The Indiana town of Morocco has been awarded a 48,000 federal grant. The community development block grant is to be used to fund a downtown revitalization planning study. When completed the study will recommend streetscape design and façade improvements in downtown Morocco.
MONDAY OCTOBER 3
There was an armed robbery Sunday night in the 400 block of South Lincoln Ave. According to Kankakee City Police the victim says he was walking home from a store when a man armed with a handgun demanded his just purchased items and cash. No one was hurt.
ASPEN RIDGE FIRE
More than a dozen golf carts were completely destroyed by fire Friday night at Aspen Ridge Golf Course in Bradley. Bradley Fire telling us today that it appears the fire began in one of the carts and high winds fanned the flames to others. Still more carts suffered heat damage. The exact cause is still under investigation.
Kankakee City Police are investigating a burglary Sunday to a home in the 1400 block of South 3rd Ave. Missing is an Xbox game system and DVD player. Entry was made through a back door.
A 20 year old man suffered a gunshot wound to the leg early Saturday morning in the 400 block of East Oak Street. Police were called to the building after receiving a report of shots being fired. Kankakee City Police say when officers arrived on the scene they found the victim lying on the floor. He was taken to the hospital for treatment. His condition is not known today.
CAR VS HOUSE
In Bourbonnais last night a vehicle slammed into a house on Toni Street. The condition of the injured is unknown at this hour. No word yet on why the driver lost control.
A Rensselaer Indiana man turned himself into state police in Lowell after escaping, handcuffed, from the back seat of Newton County Sheriffs police squad car late last week. 18 year old Zakary Keilman was one of three people being arrested for reckless driving in the Thayer area. Police believe that Kielman managed to open the door of the squad with his foot before fleeing. In the 12 hours he was missing Keilman was able to cut the links of the handcuffs, but the bracelets were still attached when he turned himself in.
A Kankakee man was killed Friday morning while working a road resurfacing project in Lockport. Illinois State Police say 28 year old Randy Lehnus had just stepped off an asphalt roller when he was struck by a truck that was backing up at the time. It happened on Route 171 near Fairmont Ave. Police say the truck driver was ticketed for improper backing.
Are you curious about where you came from? We’re not talking birds and bees here, we’re talking genealogy. You can search the records for free. If you’d like to print a copy it will cost you 15 dollars. The site is kankakeegenealogy.com.
The 21st Judicial Circuit Court in Kankakee and Iroquois Counties will have a new associate judge on the bench next month. Kankakee Attorney Tom Cunnington has been chosen for a seat on the court. Cunnington will be sworn in on November 4th. Population growth in the area dictated the new associate judge be added to the court.
TUESDAY OCTOBER 4
There was a nasty multi vehicle accident on I-55 near Wilmington this morning. At least 12 vehicle were involved in a chain reaction crash that including four semis. The accident forced the closure of the northbound lanes of the i55 at the Kankakee River Bridge. Several injuries reported. At least one person had to be airlifted to a local hospital.
There was a single vehicle accident in Iroquois County Monday. A vehicle driven by 37 year old Stephanie Stebbins of Milford was on 820 North near 2500 East when she swerved to avoid a deer in the roadway. The vehicle went into a ditch and struck and embankment but no one was hurt.
Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police made a burglary arrest Monday. 49 year old James Autillo of Milford was also charged with criminal damage to property and taken to the county lock up where he awaits a court appearance.
New carpeting for the Kankakee Public Library was the subject at last nights Kankakee City Council meeting. Some 69,000 dollars worth of carpet. Mayor Nina Epsteen says it’s worth the investment. 2nd Ward Alderman James Stokes disagrees and says the city right now has other pressing needs that should be addressed before carpeting at the library.
There’s news of a big bust for KMEG. Agents have seized over 10 pounds of high grade marijuana with a street value of over 165,000 dollars along with two loaded handguns. Facing a number of drug charges are 21 year old Matthew Roberson and 27 year old Jeruez Anthony both of Kankakee.
MAN SHOOTS SELF
Kankakee City Police were called to St Marys Hospital Tuesday morning in reference to a gunshot victim. The man says he was in the alley of the 300 block of South 5th Ave when he heard a pop and found he had been shot in the hand. Police say during questioning the man changed his story and admitted that he had actually shot himself in the hand.
Kankakee City Police were called to the area of Sibley and Merchant Tuesday afternoon for a report of shots being fired. A motorist tells police two men flashed gang signs at him then fired five shots in his direction as he drove away. No one was injured. Police are looking for the gunmen.
COOK COUNTY SUES
Cook County is the latest entity to sue Kankakee and Channahon over tax incentive programs that county officials claim rob local governments of sales tax proceeds. Chicago and the Regional Transportation Authority have already filed similar suits. Both towns have programs encouraging businesses to come to their communities and avoid high sales taxes. Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle says the practice is not fair to other law abiding businesses in Cook County. Channahon and Kankakee officials say the programs bring business to Illinois and comply with state law.
Former US Congresswoman Debbie Halvorson tells the Joliet Herald that she will decide by the end of the week whether or not she’ll challenge Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr in the 2012 democratic primary for the new 2nd Congressional District which stretches from the Southside of Chicago to Pembroke Township. Halvorson says her supporters are currently circulating petitions to place her on the ballot should she decide to run.
We now have the name of the driver of a car that tore into a home on Toni Street in Bourbonnais Sunday night damaging the living room and the kitchen of the house. Charged with reckless driving was 26 year old Samantha Sheperle of Bradley. No word yet on why the woman lost control. No one was seriously injured in the crash.
WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 5
Illinois State Police say the final count of vehicles involved in a chain reaction crash on I-55 near Wilmington Tuesday came in at 17. The accident forced the closure of the northbound lanes of the I55 at the Kankakee River Bridge for about 4 hours. Several injuries reported. At least one person had to be airlifted to a local hospital. A collision between a semi and a pickup set it all off. Fog a contributing factor.
Two Kankakee men are under arrest today following a home invasion early Tuesday morning in the 1000 block of Cobb Blvd. The home owner says he was awakened by the sound of someone coming up the stairs. He confronted the intruders who took off at that point. A short time later police located two possible suspects on South Evergreen and returned the two for an ID from the home owner. Arrested were 20 year old Christopher Anderson and 20 year old Tercel Barfield both of Kankakee.
An accident Tuesday night on I-65 near DeMotte Indiana sent two men to the hospital with serious injuries. According to Indiana State Police a disabled vehicle did not entirely pull off the expressway leaving part of the car in the left hand lane where it was struck by a semi. The vehicles occupants were looking under the hood at the time of the collision. Both were thrown into a nearby ditch. One of the men suffering a broken leg and other injures. The other suffered a skull fracture. Police say the semi went into the median, hit a barrier cable and caught fire. The semi driver was able to escape the cab unharmed. The trucker tells police the disable vehicle did not have any lights on before the crash.
An undercover investigation has lead to a heroin arrest. KMEG took 22 year old Robert Williams of Kankakee into custody after he allegedly delivered five baggies of the drug in the 900 block of South Washington last week.
Several Illinois companies warned the state officials Tuesday that they plan to lay off a combined 650 workers in the next few months. Among those announcing layoffs was Reynolds Food Packaging in Grant Park. According to the Chicago Tribune, the plant will be closed by next March leaving 98 people out of work. No word if those employees will be offered jobs at other plants.
The Kankakee Valley Park District is one of 22 Illinois communities statewide that will share 50 million dollars in grant money to repair, construct and renovate recreation facilities. The KVPD will receive 2. 5 million for the construction of a new gymnasium at a site still to be decided. Ground breaking expected next Spring.
The Fall harvest is once again upon us and that means farm implements on the roadways. Kankakee County Sheriffs Police spokesman Ken McCabe reminds you to give those big combines a brake on the roadways. McCabe says in general farmers are pretty good at pulling over to allow traffic to pass when they can.
The Kankakee Area Career Center celebrates it’s 40th anniversary this weekend. Along with fun, food, games and tours of the facility the day will also feature the formal dedication of the KACC globe hand made in the metal shop over the course of last 14 years. The fun starts Saturday at 11 and continues until 4 pm at the Kankakee Career Center on Career Center Road in Bourbonnais.
THURSDAY OCTOBER 6
There will be a special Kankakee County Board Finance Committee meeting today as officials struggle with what the Daily Journal says is a 400,000 dollar budget deficit for the current fiscal year which ends December 1st. The red ink is despite some three dozen layoffs and retirements this year.
Democrat Debbie Halvorson says she's running for Congress again. Halvorson said THIS MORNING that she will run against U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. for the Democratic nomination in the newly redrawn 2nd Congressional District. Halvorson says Jackson is just too out of touch with what will be a district that stretches from the south side of Chicago to Pembroke Township. Halvorson previously represented Illinois' 11th Congressional District for one term. She lost the seat to Republican Adam Kinzinger in the 2010 mid-term election. Halvorson says she will officially announce her candidacy Thursday at a restaurant in Chicago Heights across the street from her alma mater Bloom High School. She says in a news release that she is running "to bring real representation, real leadership and
real results back to our district." She previously served as Crete Township Clerk and Illinois State Senator.
Olivet Nazarene University today held the official ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Ruben and Bettie Smith Center for Educational Leadership on Heritage Drive in Bourbonnais. The building is a gift from the Smith family and represents the largest single gift the university has ever received from the Kankakee area. The building will house administrative offices for Olivet’s School of Graduate and Continuing Studies. The ribbon cutting is this morning at 11am.
The Watseka Iroquois County Tea Party will host a meet the candidates forum tonight in Watseka. State Senator Shane Cultra and State Representative Jason Barickman will be on hand along with the four candidates running for the new 106th House District will be on hand. Spokesperson Barbara Offill says the audience will have a chance to grill the candidates tonight. Tonight’s forum at the Masonic Lodge in Watseka at 7 pm.
FRIDAY OCTOBER 7
LOTS OF POT
A Kankakee County Major Crimes Tasks Force reports the seizure of approximately 5,000 nearly matured marijuana plants with a street value of about 17.5 million dollars. The plants were taken from 4 different locations throughout the county. The largest haul came in Pembroke Township where 2300 plants were removed from a football sized field. 2 people have been arrested.
A federal judge has sentenced a Kankakee man convicted of drug and gun charges to more than 42 years in prison. The Department of Justice news release says before handing down the sentence to Jeffery Dickerson the chief judge made it clear that one reason for the lengthy sentence was that Dickerson had threatened and attempted to intimidate a witness.
The Chicago Tribune reports that a 3rd District Appellate Court has upheld a 20 year prison sentence for a former Kankakee man who refused to testify at a double murder trial. The judge sentenced the 27 year old to for refusing to testify the trial of a convicted killer. In making his ruling at the time the judge said it was defiance not fright that kept him off the stand.
Theres nothing official on this yet but were told there was a shooting Thursday morning in the 100 block of S. Greenwood that was followed by a police chase. A still unidentified woman was reportedly shot in the upper leg, we’re still waiting for more details.
Watseka Police say a Crescent City man was under arrest when he was found to be in possession of a stolen vehicle at the Super 8 Hotel in Watseka. He was taken to the Iroquois County lockup were he posted bond. Charged was 18 year old John Rogers Jr. .
The Channahon Village President Joe Cook is defending his use of the villages credit card. The Chicago Tribune had reported that Cook made some $36,000 worth of charges including lavish stays at hotels. He says the dinner was a meet and greet he hosted for police chief candidates attended by board members, staff and police officials. The hotel stay was in New Orleans at the National League of Cities Conference where he rented a condo where he could cook his own meals and the same the village money.
MONDAY OCTOBER 10
Even though toxicology reports are not yet complete, the Daily Journal reports that charges against a Bradley woman who drove her car into a home in Bourbonnais a week ago will include reckless driving and driving under the influence. 26 year old Samantha Scheperle told police that she was trying to avoid another vehicle when she lost control and crashed into a home in the 200 block of Toni. Damaging the living room and the kitchen of the house. Three people went to the hospital that night.
Iroquois County Sheriffs Police raided a rural Milford home Friday and came away with more than 50 pot plants. Taken into custody was 49 year old James Autillo. He’s facing a number of drug charges including unlawful production of cannabis.
The Daily Journal reports that local protesters in support of the Occupy Wall Street Movement were marching outside the Kankakee County Courthouse Sunday. The movement is protesting against greed and corruption.
Congressman Adam Kinzinger officially kicked off his campaign for reelection Saturday at a banquet hall in Ottawa. However, its still not clear just which district he will be running in the 11th or the 16th. The Joliet Herald News reports that if a republican court challenge to the democratically redrawn congressional district map fails, Kinzinger will run in the 16th. If the republican proposed map prevails. It'll be in the 11th. But either way, Kinzinger says he's running.
It appears that lower than expected health care cost will give Iroquois County a balanced budget in 2012. At last weeks county board finance committee meeting it was announced that deciding to go with a 7500 dollar deductible saved the county 173,000 dollars. That will more than offset what was expected to be a 70,000 shortfall.
NEW VOTER CARDS
You should have received a voters card in the mail recently. Take a look at it because with newly redrawn districts for local, state and national offices, your voting place may have changed. Questions call 937-2990.
When the new school year got underway so did another score competition at Belson Steel Center Scrap. The aim as always is for area school to collect as many aluminum cans as possible before next spring. Last year a little over a million pounds of aluminum cans were collected. The winning school is awarded prizes.
TOYS FOR TOTS
Over 600 bikers took part in Sundays Toys for Tots Parade. The parade began at the Kankakee Wal-Mart and made its way to the Manteno Sportsman’s Club. Over a thousand toys were collected for distribution this Christmas. The parade is sponsored each year by the Kankakee Marine Corps League Detachment 1253, and the Women's Auxiliary and the Ryan Beaupre Memorial Chapter Leathernecks Motorcycle Club.
TUESDAY OCTOBER 11
Garbage was the subject at last nights Bradley Village Board meeting. After much discussion the board went against the finance committees recommendation to reject the two bids the village received, and with the mayor casting the deciding vote went ahead an approved a contract with Allied Waste. The new contract comes with a rate increase and trustee George Gowitzer, who voted against the package says he cant believe the board passed the measure. Mayor Bruce Adams says he voted for the contract partly because it comes with new receptacles for village residents which offset the cost increases.
Federal officials have finished counting the bundles of cash found inside a semi cab that was hijacked on Rt 24 near I-65 last week. Jasper County Sheriffs Police say over 3 million dollars was stashed inside. The money is believed to be drug related. Police were alerted to the truck when three Chicago men beat the drivers and took off. The drivers managed to call police who made the stop a short time later. No charges have yet been filed against the drivers, both had to be hospitalized. The three hijackers are being held on 500,000 dollars bond.
When the Iroquois County Board meets today the board will get a look at the counties proposed Wind Farm Decommissioning plan. The plan is being developed to offset any costs to the county when and if the towers ever have to come down.
PICKERS VISIT IRO
Mike Wofe and Frank Fritz from the History Channels American Pickers show were picking in Iroquois County over the weekend. The Times Republic reports that the duo and their film crew made a couple of stops. In Donovan at Burnlund Garage they picked up a couple of vintage signs. Then it was on to Crabby Jacks in Sheldon where they picked a little, talked a little and signed some autographs.
Two separate arson incidents took place in Pontiac over the weekend. Police says someone set a fire in a garbage can at Pontiacs Chautauqua Park Friday and early Monday morning an arsonists set fire to both a mens and womens restrooms. Both were a total loss. No one was hurt in the fires.
WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 12
There was a burglary Tuesday afternoon in the 400 block of North Entrance in Kankakee. Police say the resident returned home about 4 Tuesday afternoon to find an air condition had been pushed through a window and a 32 inch flat screen TV missing.
Kankakee City Police were called to a tobacco shop in the 1000 block of East Court Street Tuesday for a report of a man attempting to pass a possible counterfeit 20 dollar bill. The tobacco shop manager also handed over two other phony bills passed at his store over the last week. The man attempting to pay with the fake money was detained and questioned, but released pending an investigation.
A routine traffic stop for speeding in Bourbonnais Tuesday morning lead to the arrest of a Kankakee man on drug and weapon charges. Police initiated a search of the vehicle after an officer spotted part of a gun sticking out from under the front seat. They ended up finding a loaded 38 and two baggies of marijuana in the vehicle. Arrested on numerous charges was 33 year old RB Jones the 3rd of Kankakee.
Some six months in back rent payment was apparently the catalyst for a shooting Tuesday that sent a landlord to the hospital with a shotgun wound to the head and shoulder and a renter to the county detention center charged with attempted murder. In custody is 41 year old Joseph Nitz Jr. Kankakee County Sheriffs Police say it happened at his home in the Momence area just off Rt 114. Taken to the hospital was 55 year old Michael Plien. Pliens condition is not known at this hour. Later Tuesday police say Pliens son drove to the home and fired several shots at the house and car in retaliation. No one was hurt. Police were still on the scene and arrested 27 year old Kyle Plien on weapon charges.
A Kankakee man was caught red handed early Wednesday morning allegedly stealing copper from river valley recycling on Grinnell Road. Kankakee City Police say that had staked out the place following reports of scrap metal thefts from the property. Police say about 3 in the morning 50 year old Michael Morris was spotted near a wall of the building with a flashlight. After taking Morris into custody police say they found bundles of scrap metal hidden near some railroad tracks.
Police are conducting a search today in cornfields along I57 near at exit 308. Kankakee County Sheriffs Police say the man possible wanted on an outstanding warrant, bolted from a vehicle that had been stopped by deputies. An Illinois State Police canine unit was sent in to assist in the search. An airplane was also called in. Neither were successful. Now combines are being brought in to cut down the corn and drive the suspect out into the open. No word yet on who he is.
At this weeks Kankakee County Board meeting, the board approved a resolution that the state not divert funding from the corporate personal replacement tax for salaries for regional school superintendants and their assistants and continue to support those offices with as they have in the past from the state board of education budget. County Board Chairman Mike Bossert says the change could be dangerous.
We are smack dab in the middle of National Fire Prevention Week. If you don’t already have one, Bourbonnais Fire Department spokeswoman Mileen Joins says take some time this week to develop a family fire escape plan. Its also a good time to replace the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors even if those batteries still hold a charge.
THURSDAY OCTOBER 13
HALVORSON WITH BOB
Former congress woman Debbie Halvorson joined our Bob Malkowski this morning to talk about jobs and taxes. Halvorson will be up against Jessie Jackson Jr in the democratic primary for the newly drawn 2nd Congressional District. Halvorson says voters are angry that Jackson for not bringing in more jobs to the area and instead seems to be putting all his job eggs in a Peotone Airport basket.
Iroquois County Sheriffs Police say two people were injured when the driver of a vehicle on 1700 North, near 2616 East, fell asleep behind the wheel Tuesday night. The vehicle left the roadway entered a ditch, struck a culvert became airborne and struck the ditch again where it overturned several times. Both 19 year old Jarad Hawkins of Sheldon and 20 year old Christopher Starr of Sheldon were ejected from the vehicle in the process. Hawkins also ticketed.
A police search for a man hiding in cornfields along I57 near at exit 308 Wednesday morning ended peacefully when the man surrendered. Kankakee County Sheriffs Police say 19 year old Daniel Thomas of rural Pembroke, was wanted on an outstanding warrant from the department of corrections when he bolted from a vehicle that had been stopped by deputies a few hours earlier. Authorities brought in a police dog to sniff the guy out and an airplane to try and located him, but to no avail. Then police called in a couple of combines. At that point Thomas apparently decided that surrendering was preferable to being cut to pieces, put his hands up and walked out.
The Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board unanimously approved the merger of Provena Health and Resurrection Health Care WEDNESDAY. Provena is the parent company of St. Mary’s Hospital in Kankakee. The approval CLEARS THE way to the formation of the largest Catholic health care system in Illinois, pending A November 1, 2011 closing date.
The Wilmington License and Ordinance Committee this week ignored over 630 signatures protesting the addition of additional liquor licenses in the city and voted to create three additional licenses allowing the sale of beer and wine. The full city council still needs to approve the measure. The signatures were collected by the Island City Baptist Church.
MONDAY OCTOBER 17
Bail has been set at $7 million for a Steger man charged in a murder-for-hire plot. Robert Deja is charged with solicitation to commit murder and criminal sexual assault. Deja allegedly sexually abused his adopted daughter for four years, became angry when he learned the 20-year-old woman had a boyfriend, and hired his brother to kill the woman and her boyfriend. Deja’s brother told police about Deja’s intentions, a spokesman for the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office said. According the Southtown Star, No charges were filed against the brother. Deja’s adopted daughter has a 3-year-old daughter whom Deja fathered, police said. She is now pregnant again, with the boyfriend or Deja being the father.
The Braidwood Nuclear Power Generating Station along with Will County Sheriffs Police will be conducting a security drill today from 2 until 10pm. Will County officials say gunshots may be heard in the area as the county's tactical team fires blanks at pretend terrorists to make the drill seem as real as possible.
There was a single vehicle accident in Iroquois County Sunday. 20 year old Spencer Bourton of Champaign was on 1900 North near 1000 East when his vehicle drifted off the roadway, went into and out of a ditch before spinning out of control and overturning. No one was injured.
Another big drug bust for KMEG agents. Executing a search warrant last week in St Anne at 12 thousand East and 5 thousand West, police broke up a pot growing operation that yielded 205 plants, 17 pounds of pot, two rifles, ammunition and a Nissan stolen out of Chicago. The pot has a street value of an about 412,000 dollars. Under arrest is 28 year old Marsean Nelson of Pembroke Township. Nelsons bond has been set at 250,000 dollars.
KVTA FUND RAISING
The annual Kankakee Valley Theatre Associations hosted their annual fund raiser over the weekend. Winter dance party a Buddy Holly tribute concert took place at the Lincoln Cultural Center in Kankakee. The show features the ward winning John Mueller as Buddy Holly. Mueller says it’s a labor of love. Mueller says he does about 100 performances a year. This concert at the recreation of the final performance of Buddy Holly, Richie Vallens And The Big Bopper that was held on Feb. 2, 1959.
Six more suburbs have joined the RTA in a lawsuit against Kankakee and Channahon over there much talked about sales tax sharing programs. Cicero, Elk Grove Village, Hazel Crest, Melrose Park, Northbrook and Orland Park are suing for what the rta and four other suburbs say is lost sales tax revenue.
A Peotone High School student was struck and killed by a Canadian National Freight Train in Peotone late Saturday night. The accident occurred in the 400 block of South West Street. Peotone Police identify the victim as 16 year old Justyna Kmetty of Peotone. An autopsy is pending as police continue their investigation.
ST MARYS GALA
Provena St Marys Hospital Foundation held their annual gala and silent auction over the weekend. Spokesman Dominic Randazzo says they did very well.
THE STATE OWES
The Daily Journal reports that of the 5 billion dollars owed to nonprofit organizations, local governments and business in the state, about 38 million is owed locally. One Bradley business nearly went out of business last year because of late state payments. The general assembly may address the problem during the upcoming fall veto session.
The United Way of Kankakee has set their annual fundraising goal at 1.1 million dollars. The United Way is giving away a muscle car this year. Go to my unitedway.org for more information.
TUESDAY OCTOBER 18
A federal judge in Urbana has sentenced a Kankakee man to 21 years behind bars for repeatedly dealing drugs. 31 year old Kaliph Whitlow of Kankakee plead guilty in April to selling crack cocaine. The 21 years was handed down because Whitlow has eight prior felony convictions, seven for selling drugs and is considered a career offender. He could have gotten life.
The Daily Journal today is reporting the death of longtime local coach an official Dan Denton. Denton died of cardiac arrest Monday. Denton was in his 18th year as an area official and was inducted into the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2009. Denton was 57.
No one was hurt in a fire Monday afternoon in the 500 block of North Dearborn in Kankakee. Kankakee Fire saying the blaze began in a downstairs bedroom of the two story home. An exact cause is still under investigation. Damage estimated at about between 40 to 50 thousand dollars.
Bond has been set at 100,000 dollars for a Milford man after Iroquois County Sheriffs Police last week raided his home at 2601 East 1700 North and found 198 marijuana plants growing on the property. Facing a number of charges is 49 year old James Autullo of Milford.
A Wheatfield Indiana soldier was shot and killed near his off base home in Ogden Kansas last Friday. Family members say in the Northwest Indiana Times that 28 year old Sergeant Alex Taylor was shot twice as he drove home. Taylor served two tours of duty in Iraq and was injured during his second. He leaves behind a wife and a five year old son. Taylor attended Wheatfield’s Kankakee Valley High School.
AFTER SCHOOL RALLY
The 12th Annual National Rally for Afterschool is today. Students, parents and educators in Kankakee will join over a million others nationwide on celebrating afterschool programs. The I-Kan Office of Education Teen Reach Program and Life Education programs are sponsoring today’s rally at the Community Resource Center. The rally is today from 4:30 to 5:30 at the Community Resource Center at 150 North Indiana in Kankakee.
It began as a Bourbonnais School House, later it was owned by the Marcotte family, it also been a gas station. Now the old Marcotte home at Coyne and Main is coming down. At last nights Bourbonnais Village Board meeting, trustees agreed to buy the property, which has a log interior, and renovate and preserve the historic old building. But first it will have to be torn down, moved and reassemble somewhere else. If grant money can be found the home will be moved and preserved at a safer location.
At last nights Kankakee City Council meeting 2nd Ward Alderman James Stokes got into it with city attorney Chris Bohlen and other alderman. Stokes is under fire for allegedly breaking council rules governing alderman by speaking with library employees about an already approved replacement of carpeting at the library. Under the rules alderman can investigate anything the city may be proposing, but once a vote is taken the fact finding must stop.
74 year old Jim Vickery of Momence joined about a thousand others over the weekend in Des Plains for the unavailing of a memorial to the 273 people who died when American Airlines flight 191 went down shortly after take off from O’Hare on May 25th of 1979 and burst into flames. All on board were lost. Vickerys wife Martha was onboard the plane that tragic day. American Airlines paid for the 21,000 cost of the memorial which is inscribed with the names of those who perished that day.
WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 20
A federal judge in Urbana has sentenced a Kankakee man for the unlawful possession of firearms by a felon. 29 year old Drayper Wilson pled guilty in July. Wilson was sentenced to the 19 years behind bars last Friday because of nine previous convictions that makes him a career criminal.
A Peterbilt hauling 189 head of hogs crashed Tuesday evening on U-S 41 just north of the Iroquois River in Indiana. The wreck caused only a minor head injury to the driver of the rig, but 60 of the pigs were either killed in the crashed or euthanized because of injuries. Newton County Sheriff’s Police report the rig struck a bridge barrier, continued into the median and rolled onto its side. No cause for the crash was given. Some of the hogs were thrown from the trailer and both north- and southbound lanes were closed for a time while law enforcement officials and resident volunteers rounded up the surviving livestock. The valued of the hogs killed or destroyed was estimated at nine-thousand dollars. The accident is under investigation.
Illinois State Police today are reporting the arrest of a former Limestone Fire Chief for felony theft. According to a media release, 54-year old Jeffrey Brosseau of rural Kankakee was indicted last Thursday by a Kankakee County Grand Jury. Illinois State Police Zone 3 agents arrested Brosseau Tuesday evening at a rural Kankakee location and transported him to the Jerome Combs Detention Center where he is being held on $100,000 bond. Brosseau is accused of diverting $55,500.00 of Kankakee Valley Firemen’s Association funds to himself between December 2006 and February 2009 while serving as the association’s treasurer. The report says other members of the association became suspicious after receiving complaints that bills were being paid late or not at all. The Kankakee County State’s Attorney’s office had a forensic audit completed and discovered numerous discrepancies. Authorities contacted state police to further investigate, resulting in yesterday’s arrest.
The city of Kankakee and the Kankakee Development Corporation have entered into an agreement with the Lakota Group to prepare and plan for downtown signage. The KDC is picking up 50 percent of the cost for the proposal with the city portion paid for with capital funds.
ST MARYS AWARD
Provena St Marys hospital has received a silver performance achievement award for 2011 from the American College of Cardiology Foundation.
YMCA DAY CARE
The Kankakee YMCA today will cut the ribbon on their new YMCA preschool center. The center was made possible through an 87,000 dollar grant from PNC Banks grow up great program. The funding allows the Y to take a part time day care program and turn it into full time day care. Langoss says along with the new curriculum, kids will also have use of the Y’s current facilities. The cost is 140 dollars per week, per child. The preschool opens daily at 6:30 and closes at 6pm.
Illinois Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. was in the area Tuesday, touring the Grant Park Co-op and visiting a farm in the Momence area. Jackson told reporters that Congress needs to pass a jobs bill.
Jackson says a jobs bill is necessary because businesses just aren’t hiring. The Illinois and Kankakee County Farm Bureau extended the invitation for Jackson to visit. The Congressman’s second congressional district was recently redrawn and now includes Kankakee County.
Three residents from the 300-block of South Fifth Avenue in Kankakee were arrested after city police were called there late Tuesday night. Police say one of the residents, Yolanda D. Gee, of 342 South Fifth, accused Joy Robin Thompson, who was staying at the home, of breaking out the living room window. Thompson denied breaking the window and told officers that Gee had bit her finger. Both subjects wanted to sign complaints, so police charged Thompson with criminal damage to property and Gee with battery. As police were securing the two, 41-year old Undra Melton came out of the house and started arguing with another person at the scene. Officers discovered that Undra was wanted on two Kankakee County Warrants, arrested him and took him to the Jerome Combs Detention Center. Kankakee City Police report a couple burglaries discovered Tuesday evening. Over $500 cash was taken from a residence on West Hickory Street. And two video game systems, jewelry, digital camera and bicycle were taken from a home on Summit Avenue. No arrests were made in either case.
Over two-thousand Manteno-area residents were without power and traffic on Route 50 north of the village was blocked for a while Tuesday after a two-car accident. One of the vehicles involved in the accident reportedly rolled over, striking a poll and downing a power line. No life-threatening injuries were reported.
A Watseka man faces additional charges after Watseka police attempted to arrest him on contempt of court charges. Police say when they attempted to apprehend 28-year-old Thomas M. Wolf Tuesday afternoon on South Second Street near Locust, he ran, but was caught just across the street. Wolf now faces the added charges of resisting-obstructing a Peace Officer and Violation of bail bond.
THURSDAY OCTOBER 20
The Kentland Town Council has started eminent domain procedures in order to acquire land adjacent to the Kentland Airport. The town wants to extend the airport’s runway in order to accommodate more business traffic. Insurance requirements call for an extra 500 feet of runway, but that extends beyond the airport property and officials and the landowner have not been able to agree on a price. Town Council President Dave Smart was quoted by the Newton County Enterprise, saying the town had made a generous offer to the landowner. The report says the expansion would be funded by the Federal Aviation Administration.
Braidwood officials and residents expressed their concerns about the Illinois Department of Transportation’s plans to construct a rail siding in their town to accommodate the proposed high-speed railway from Chicago to St. Louis. Freepressnewspapers.com reports the sometimes contentious meeting took place Tuesday at the Braidwood City Hall. The siding would allow slower trains to pull out of the way of the high-speed trains. But the location, just north of downtown Braidwood extending to Coal City Road, would block traffic for a time, and officials and residents fear that could be a major inconvenience or worse, a public safety hazard. An IDOT spokesman said the plan might possibly be tweaked, but made no promises.
A Kankakee City Police Officer on patrol Wednesday afternoon stopped to approach three people in the 200-block of North Cottage Avenue when one of the subjects ran away. The officer caught up to the man, who had entered a garage and was hiding behind a vehicle. The patrolman found 14 plastic bags of suspected cannabis, and a zip-lock bag containing several smaller bags in the trunk of the car. 20-year-old Clarence D. Ship of Kankakee was placed under arrest on charges of possession with intent to deliver. A Kankakee woman was arrested on drug charges early Thursday morning after a city police officer stopped when he saw a man who appeared to be relieving himself on a tree in the 700-block of South Poplar Avenue. Another man and the woman had been in a nearby car and the officer spotted a purse containing a syringe in the back seat of the car. The owner of the vehicle consented to a search that led to the arrest of 40-year-old Sandra M. Dollar of Kankakee on charges of possession of a controlled substance, possession of a hypodermic syringe and possession of drug equipment.
Wilmington Police officers may be carrying tasers sometime in the future, but not before they themselves go through the experience of being shocked with the devices. An online report from the Free Press Newspapers says Police Chief Darin Plots proposed the purchase of tasers at last week’s Police Committee meeting. The chief said department policy would probably include officers being tased so they would understand the effects of the weapon.
FRIDAY OCTOBER 21
Several area response agencies are receiving monetary help in complying with the Federal Communications Commission new requirements regarding emergency radios. The FCC has mandated all non public safety radio systems to move to narrow band channels by 2013 in an effort to avoid interference resulting in crowded channels. Those agencies receiving grants in the Bourbonnais/Kankakee and Momence Fire Depts in Kankakee County. The Woodland Fire Dept. in Iroquois County, Kankakee County and Iroquois County Emergency and Disaster Agencies and the Iroquois County Emergency telephone system.
Gilman Police arrested a Chicago man yesterday 33 year old Enrique Rodriguez was found to be on a Norridge Police Dept warrant for aggravated battery with a knife. Rodriguez was taken to the Iroquois County Jail and then picked up by Norridge Police.
Iroquois County Sheriffs Police arrested a Sheldon woman who was wanted on 3 warrants. The 36 year old was wanted on 2 Iroquois County warrants for forgery and theft; and a Kankakee County warrant for failure to appear on a charge of a suspended license. She was arrested yesterday.
The Bourbonnais Township Park Districts annual fall tradition A Night In Sleepy Hollow is in its finally weekend as with kids activities from 5:30 to 7:30 tonight and tomorrow night at Perry Farm.
MONDAY OCTOBER 24
Firefighters were called to a home fire Sunday in rural Beecher, a home just north of Grant Park. It suffered extensive damage in the blaze. Nobody was reported hurt. Damage estimates are still pending.
Prosecutors want hundreds of emails in the murder trial of an Oswego man accused of killing his wife and 3 children in 2007 in Channahon. Prosecutors say the emails from Kimberly Vaughn will rebut claims that she was suicidal and shot him and their 3 children. The emails may detail Vaughn’s religious beliefs. Vaughn has plead not guilty.
Funeral services for a Wheatfield Indiana soldier shot and killed last week near Ft. Riley Kansas were held Saturday in Wheatfield. 28 year old US Army Sergeant Ronald Evans Taylor was driving to his off base home was shot and killed following an accident.
A Sheldon woman was arrested over the weekend for driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol after her vehicle left the roadway and struck a stop sign in Watseka and 4th and Hickory. Taken into custody was 58 year old Evelyn Webb of Sheldon.
You can add the Red Cross to the universally affected organizations by the bad economy. The Kankakee Chapter has a plea for help after having to layoff all of their disaster services staff do to a drop in donations. If you would like to lend a hand call the Kankakee Chapter at 933-2286; theyre at 22 Heritage Dr. in Bourbonnais.
CLIFTON BOIL ORDER
Clifton has issued a boil order for homes between East 5th Ave and 6th Ave and East of South 4th St. Affected homes should boil all cooking and drinking water for at least 5 minutes before using. The boil order is in effect until further notice.
TUESDAY OCTOBER 25
Kankakee Police arrested a man early Monday at a fast food restaurant in the 900 block of East Court Street after he allegedly called 911 because the staff was taking too long to get him is gyro sandwich. The man complained that he had waited a half an hour for the sandwich. Officers arrested 50 year old Robert Scott Jr, address not known after informing him that calling 911 for a non emergency was illegal and a search of his person turned up an unspecified amount of marijuana.
ANOTHER SQUAD HIT
For the second consecutive day there has been an accident involving a Kankakee County Sheriffs police squad car. Sunday a Kankakee man was killed when his vehicle blew a stop sign and was struck by a county squad on Rt 115. Monday a county squad car was southbound on Southeck at Festival when Illinois State Police say a vehicle driven by 21 year old Steven Wright of Chatsworth made a u turn and struck the drivers side door of the squad. The officer was taken to riverside with non life threatening injuries. Wright was not injured by is facing multiple violation.
At last nights Bradley Village Board meeting, trustees approved a parkway tree maintenance ordinance. It keep their trees trim. Mayor Bruce Adams says the village cant afford to do it for you. Also last night the board approved trick or treating hours in Bradley from 5 to 7. The board passed on first reading an ordinance that mean inspections for rental and multifamily properties.
An Odell teenager was killed early Monday morning in a single vehicle accident on Dwight Road about 10 miles north of Dwight. Grundy County officials say 16 year old Mitchell Robinson lost control of his pick up and rolled the vehicle into a ditch. Robinson who was wearing a seat belt was on his way to Pontiac Township High School at the time.
Iroquois County Sheriffs Police are warning of another scam going around the area. A caller say a grandchild or other family member needs cash quick and requests a Western Union transfer, usually to another country. Police advising you to hang up and contact police if you receive one of those calls.
COPS FOR KIDS
A lack of storage space is forcing the cancelation of this years Cops for Kids event in Watseka. According to the Times Republic, the city sold the building where the toys have been stored in previous years and organizers have been unable to secure another location. The program provided Christmas day toys for about 75 families last year. They hope to have the program up and running again next year.
KCC TEACHER HURT
The Daily Journal reports that an accident last week in injured a Kankakee Community College professor. 61 year old Tim Wilhelm suffered multiple injuries to his head, shoulders and pelvis and is being treated at Loyola. Wilhelm was reportedly stuck by a hit and run driver near his home. 20 year old Kaleb Robinson of rural Gilman has been charged felony hit and run, reckless driving and other charges.
Kankakee Area Metropolitan Enforcement Group Officers were honored recently along more than 100 Other federal state, county and local police for work on illegal drug investigations in Illinois by the Illinois Metropolitan Enforcement Group Directors-Task Force Commanders Association. KAMEG was recognized for efforts from July 2010 to June of this year which resulted in 284 arrests, the seizure of 346,000 dollars in assets and 24 seized weapons. And for the federal indictment of 8 dangerous offenders.
CEDAR LAKE STABBING
Cedar Lake Indiana Police expect to file charges this week in connection with a weekend stabbing. Five teenagers allegedly beat an 18 year old woman in the face and stabbed her in the thigh Saturday in the 7400 block of West 126th street a 21 year old man who came to the woman’s rescue was also beaten by the teens who are from Cedar Lake, Crown Point and Lake Station. The fight reportedly sparked by a verbal confrontation.
THURSDAY OCTOBER 27
MAJOR MONEY AWARDED
A DeMotte, IN man whos suffered what doctors say is permanent brain damage in a 2007 accident with a semi has been awarded $7.7 million dollars in damages by a Lake County Court jury. The 35 year old was on his way to work when a speeding semi slammed in the back of his pickup truck in Gary.
A 2 story home was completed destroyed by fire after 3 Tuesday morning in Pembroke Township at 2800 South and 14380 East. Everybody at the time inside managed to escape unharmed. Damage estimates are not yet available.
A man tried to pass a 10 dollar counterfeit bill at the cafeteria of a local hospital earlier this week. Kankakee City Police say the man told hospital personnel that he got the funny money from someone on a bus who asked if he could change a 10 with two fives.
An employee of a gas station on North Kinzie in Bradley who Monday said she was robbed while on her way to a make a bank night deposit has been arrested for theft and filing a false police report. 40 year old Tina Velazquez of Kankakee initially told police a man hiding in her van hijacked the vehicle containing the deposit bag. The Daily Journal reports that while interviewing Valzquez detectives became suspicious. She reportedly later admitted her involvement and implicated her boyfriend 29 year old Samuel Beatty of Kankakee. Beatty has been charged as well.
City police are investigating a car theft from the 600 block of North Greenwood in Kankakee. Someone took off with a maroon 1996 Monte Carlo. The car was parked on the street at the time.
A vacant home in the 400 block of East Bourbonnais was hit by copper thieves this week. Somebody kicked in a back door and tore copper piping from the basement leaving water flowing from several pipes.
Nothing officials on this yet, but we understand fire fighters were called to a home fire east of Reddick this afternoon. We don’t know if there’s any connection, but we also reports of a power outage and a blown transformer in the same general area. We’ll have more details when they become available.
The Kankakee County branch of the NAACP will host its annual Freedom Fund Banquet this Saturday at the Kankakee Hilton. The banquet, which is the organizations only fund raiser during the year, is already sold out.
Watseka officials believe they’ll save 9 thousand dollars a year in a bond refinance approved by the city council this week. According to The Times Republic, the city still owes 325,000 dollars on the bond which is up in 2027. The refinance will not extend that date.
The 26th annual Bradley Lighted Christmas Fantasy Parade is set for December 2nd. The theme this year is peace on earth. Village spokesperson Gail Shultz says the time to enter that float is now. There are prizes for the most festively decorated. Also entries are now being accepted for this year honor of being master Jack Frost and Miss Merry Christmas. Forms and more information is available on their web site at bradleyil.org. The enter date for floats is November 10th.
The Riverside Medical Center foundation handed out their 2011 Good Samaritan awards last night at the Hilton in Kankakee. Jerry and June Hoekstra of St Anne are this years winners.
MARK TWAIN AWARD
The Bradley Public Library Friday will hold a Mark Twain Festival. Spokesman Steve Labarre says it should be a lot of fun for fans of Huck Fin and Tom Sawyer. The Mark Twain Festival is Friday at the Bradley Public Library from 4 until 6. Call 932-6245 for more information.
FRIDAY OCTOBER 28
The Village of Clifton has issued a boil order for homes and businesses west of the railroad tracks. Effected homes should boil all drinking and cooking water for at least five minutes before using. The order in effect until further notice. No word on a cause.
Kankakee City Police are looking for a woman who hired a taxi to take her from Westlake Hospital in Melrose Park, to a home in the 400 block of South Schuyler Kankakee then stiffed the driver for the 180 dollar fare. The driver tells police the woman said she had to go inside the home to get the money, but then took off on foot between homes. Police should not have much trouble tracking the woman down. Officers say the woman dropped her id on the ground as she ran.
Fire fighters from as far away as New Lennox were called in to help battle a house fire in rural Riddick Thursday afternoon. No one reported hurt in the blaze that heavily damaged to the two story structure.. The Daily Journal reports that a power surge is a suspected cause. A truck hit accident brought down a power line right around the same time this and at least one other fire erupted in the Reddick area.
KMEG agents while conducting a drug enforcement detail last week arrested 24 year old Kevin Murray of Kankakee after officers saw him drop a bag on the ground that later was found to contain 12 packets of heroin. Murray is facing multiple charges today.
KMEG agents have arrested a Bourbonnais man on weapons charges. 23 year old Joshua Howard was taken into custody after police allegedly found a 25 semi automatic handgun and over forty rounds of ammunition in his possession. He’s been charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon.
A Kankakee man was taken to the hospital last night with a gunshot wound to the right thigh. The victim tells police he was in the 500 block of South Wildwood when he was struck with the gunfire.
High school football playoff action this weekend has Bishop Mac at Bloomington Catholic Saturday at 1 pm. Coal City takes on Fenger tonight at five. Manteno plays Notre Dame Saturday at 2 pm. Momence host Orion tomorrow at 3:30. Watseka plays Oregon tonight at 7. And tomorrow at 1 pm, Wilmington goes up against Rockbridge.
City police were called to the 1500 block of East Court Street last night for a report of shots being fired. Police say they located a handgun and two spent shell casings at the scene. No one injured in that shooting.
The 5th annual Thrill the World event is Saturday in Piper City and around the world. This year, as in years past zombies across the globe will try to set a world record while performing to Michael Jacksons thriller dance. Your lead zombie in piper city is Lynn Berryhill. Berryhill will be teaching the dance Saturday afternoon at 4:30 pm also at the Piper City Community Center. And they will have gool make up out there as well for you. The dance starts at 9 sharp. There is no charge for the event, but donations will be accepted to benefit breast cancer research.
Unemployment decreased slightly in Kankakee in September. The Illinois Department of Employment Security puts the number at 11.2 percent that’s down from 11.5 percent in august. And way off the 11.9 percent of a year ago. Iroquois County was up slightly last month. Livingston and Will County saw their unemployment numbers fall. Ford and Grundy County also down from August. The highest jobless rate in the state remains the Rockford area. The lowest in the Quad Cities area.
UNIVERSITY PARK DEATH
A University Park man was found dead early Thursday morning the apparent victim of a single gunshot wound. Details on the homicide are not yet available. We do have the victims name. The Will County Coroners offices identify the man as 19 year old Johnny Rouse of University Park.
DRUG TAKE BACK DAY
Saturday is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. It’s a chance to safely dispose of old prescription medications around the house. The prescription drug take back will be held locally Saturday from 10 until 2, at the associated counseling parking lot, 300 North Kennedy Drive in Bradley. Across from Perry Farm.
MONDAY OCTOBER 31 HAPPY HALLOWEEN
HS FOOTBALL SCORES
Saturday's Illinois High School Football Playoff games:
Bishop McNamara beat Bloomington Central Catholic, 42-14
Manteno beat Peoria Notre Dame, 48-22
Wilmington beat Rockridge, 34-13
Oregan beat Watseka, 28-6
Sterling Newman Central Catholic beat Central, 40-6
Orion beat Momence, 65-60
Kankakee Police say a woman dancing with another woman’s husband at a Halloween party Saturday night in the 19 hundred block of East Lindoen, was stabbed in the stomach. Allegedly by the guys wife. The victim was taken to St Marys Hospital. The extent of her injuries are not known. No arrests have yet been made.
City police are awaiting autopsy results to determine what killed a 60 year old Kankakee man. A roommate found 60 year old Kenneth Scott dead in his bedroom at the their home in the 1000 block of West Hickory Saturday afternoon.
A Louisiana man who was found sleeping in his car Sunday in the parking lot of the Watseka Super 8 Motel probably should have just gone ahead and booked a room. Police arrested 25 year old Antonio Aloyola after a check found he was wanted on several outstanding warrants. Police say they also found a small amount of marijuana on his person. He’s ended up spending the rest of the night at the Iroquois County lockup.
Kankakee City Police are not yet releasing any more information in connection with a shooting last night on North Wildwood. We believe one person was struck with the gunfire. We do not know the extent of the injury. At least one arrest has reportedly been made. Meanwhile there’s word of shots being fired Saturday at a home in the 300 block of West River. Several bullet holes were found the living room windows. No one was hurt.
There are a reportedly a number of democrats eyeing State Representative Lisa Dugans Illinois House seat. Dugan has decided not to seek another term in 2012. The Daily Journal reports that JK Steel owner Kate Cloonen, local Democratic Vice Chairman Nick Allen and former Journal reporter Roy Bernard are all considering getting in the race.
Habitat for Humanity in Kankakee County is ready to begin the process of building home number five. Spokesperson Carole Franke says the organization is now looking for a family to live in the home. Franke says the chosen family will need to meet income and other requirements and be willing to roll up their sleeves. For more information plan on attending at Tuesday meeting at the Kankakee Public Library at 6:30 in the first floor conference room.
The US Census Bureau reports a 17.5 percent drop in Kankakee household income since the recession began in 2007. According to the Daily Journal, the median household income in Kankakee fell some 10,000 dollars over the last four years to 44,784.
Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. says he'll be CLEARED in a U.S. House Ethics Committee probe.
The committee is investigating whether Jackson, or someone on his behalf, offered to raise funds for former Gov. Rod Blagojevich in return for an appointment to the Senate seat vacated by President Barack Obama. Jackson spoke Saturday at a dinner for the Kankakee County NAACP. Jackson also pledged to bring a third Chicago area airport to Peotone if elected in 2012.
KMEG agents last week arrested two men in separate incidents for possession of heroin. 24 year old Kevin Murray of Kankakee was taken into custody near Chestnut and Rosewood after police observed him drop a bag containing a reported 12 packets of heroin. Also last week, 30 year old Dave Moore of Kankakee was arrested following a raid of his apartment in the 500 block of East Oak Street where police allegedly discovered 19 packets of heroin.
Bishop McNamara High School has a new athletic director. The school Friday announced that Chris Kirkpatrick has been hired to take over for retiring AD Rich Zinani. Kirkpatrick has spent the last 10 years at St Viator in Arlington Heights, and earlier served as assistant AD for Bishop Mac. Zinani will continue in his role as football coach.
When the 26th annual Bradley Lighted Christmas Fantasy Parade steps off on December 2nd, businesses along Broadway should be decorated for the event. Village spokesperson Gail Shultz says there’s a contest for store owners for the best decorations. Forms and more information is available on their web site at bradleyil.org. The theme this year is peace on earth.
TUESDAY NOVEMBER 1
There was a carjacking early Tuesday morning at the intersection of Wildwood and Chestnut Street. The victim says he had just pulled up to the intersection with a man approached the driver side window, implied he had a gun and ordered the driver out of the vehicle. The hijacker then took off with the car. No one was hurt. No weapon was ever displayed.
37 year old Cory Blanchette is being remembered today as a beloved teacher, colleague, coach and youth mentor. Blanchette was struck and killed while jogging this morning at 9500 North and 3000 East Roads. No word yet the driver of the vehicle, though we understand he did stop. Manteno School Superintendent Dawn Russert says Blanchette will be missed. Blanchette was pronounced dead at the scene this morning.
Fire destroyed a home in Pembroke Township early Monday morning. No injuries were reported, however the family reportedly lost their dog in the blaze. A cause and damage estimates are still pending.
MAN WITH GUN
City police were called to the area of West River and South 4th Ave last night for a report of a man with a gun. Police searching the area located three men in the 300 block West Hickory. A search allegedly turned up a handgun in the coat pocket of 17 year old Benjamin Mendez of Bourbonnais. Mendez is facing a number of charges today including defacing a firearm.
Someone shot up a car last night near Station and Third Ave in Kankakee. Witnesses tell police they heard several shots and saw two men fleeing the area. Nobody was hurt. Police say the grand am had several bullet holes in the passenger side door.
We have reaction today to Sundays speech by Congressman Jessie Jackson Jr in Kankakee. Jackson told the gathering that he would be vindicated by a congressional investigation into allegations that someone on Jacksons behalf may have offered campaign contributions to former governor Rod Blagojevich in exchange for an appointment to the US Senate seat vacated by President Obama. Former Congresswoman Debbie Halvorson who is running against Jackson in the March democratic primary for the new 2nd congressional district says its time to give voters a choice. James Taylor Sr, publisher of the Kankakee City News is running on the republican ballot in the 2nd and says Jackson should testify before the committee.
A Steger man, already being held on 7 million dollars bond for allegedly sexually assaulting his adopted daughter, having a baby with the girl, then attempting to hire his brother to kill the daughter and her boyfriend, is facing additional charges now. Monday in cook county court, prosecutors charged 45 year old Robert Deja with the predatory sexual assault of a second victim. Bail on the second charge was set Monday at 5 million dollars. For a grand total of 12 million dollars bond. Details on the second assault are not yet available. The Chicago Tribune reports that someone fired several shots at the South Chicago Heights home of Deja's brother over the weekend. No one was hurt.
The Kankakee County Coroners office may have more to say by the end of the week about the death of a Bourbonnais two year old. According to the Daily Journal, Michele Radford was pronounced dead at Riverside Medical Center last Thursday. Friday an autopsy was conducted on the child, but officials are awaiting the results of toxicology reports before ruling on a cause of death.
TRAIN STUCK IN WATSEKA
The Times Republic reports that it was a broken air line that stalled a Union Pacific Freight train in Watseka Friday morning blocking all the crossings in town. The 9000 foot long train was on the move again about 45 minutes later.
The Bourbonnais Park District starts a new tradition on November 12th. It’s the first annual Turkey Trot 5k. For more information on the Turkey Trot call 933-9905.
WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 2
We have the name of the driver today who struck and killed 37 year old Cory Blanchette Tuesday morning as Blanchette jogged east of Manteno. Kankakee County Sheriffs Police identified the driver as 21 year old Antwon Robinson of Dolton. Robinson has not yet been ticketed pending the outcome of the investigation. Blanchette was a teacher in Manteno. Manteno School Superintendent Dawn Russert says councilors area being made available to student and staff alike. Services for Blanchette have been set. Visitation will be Thursday from 3-8 at Clancy Gernon in bourbonnais. Funeral services Friday at 11 am at St George Church.
A Momence man has been indicted by a Kankakee County Grand Jury on a charge of attempted first degree murder after he allegedly shot his brother in law and landlord on October 11th over a late rent payment dispute. 41 year old Joe Nitz is also charged with aggravated battery with a fire arm also charged is the victims son. 28 year old Kyle Plein of Momence was indicted on two counts of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon after he allegedly shot up a vehicle at the Nitz home in retaliation.
Indiana officials are trying to determine what killed an ATV rider found dead Sunday under his vehicle in a ditch near Rensselaer. The Indiana Department of Natural Resources says in a press release that 44 year old Kent Mahnesmith of Rensselaer was pronounced dead at the scene.
Congressman Jessie Jackson Jr apparently has the support of President Barack Obama in the 2012 election. Media reports today quote a Jackson spokesman as saying the president made a personal promise to back Jacksons re election bid. Jackson is facing a primary challenge in March from former Congresswoman Debbie Halvorson.
The City of Kankakee will hold a public informational meeting today for the proposed Brookmont Boulevard underpass project. The meeting is today at the Safety Center in the City Council Chambers from 4 until 6.
The Times Republic reports that talks are underway that could end with the reopening of one or both of Iroquois County’s landfills. The idea is being considered as a way to generate more revenue for the county. Officials stress though it would be years before a landfill could be open for business.
NO SALES TAX
The Daily Journal reports that there will be no legislative solution to the Kankakee sales tax sharing controversy during the fall veto session. State senator Toi Hutchinson says local legislators will tackle the problem in the next session.
A turkey feast fit for a king will be served Saturday at St Peters United Church of Christ in Grant Park. About 400 attended St Peters dinner last year. The cost is 10 dollars for adults, 6 dollars for kids 6 to 12. Carry outs are available. That’s Saturday from 4 until 8.
THURSDAY NOVEMBER 3
Firefighters from Onarga and Gilman were called to a structure fire this morning in Iroquois County. Details are not yet available. No injuries have not yet been reported.
COACH PLEA DEAL
A former Crete-Monee High School boys basketball coach who was recently charged with 8 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a boy in 2010 pleaded guilty Wednesday in Will County Court. Post Tribune reports that the 30 year old took a plea deal that dropped 6 of the 8 counts against him. He was sentenced to 4 years probation.
Kankakee City Police were called to a report of shots being fired in the 600 block of Cobb Blvd; this happening Tuesday. The victim says he was driving his pickup truck on Cobb Blvd. when 2 men flashed gang symbols at him from another vehicle. The pickup was chasing that vehicle when a 3rd vehicle drove by his truck and fired into the passenger side of the vehicle. No one was hurt.
A Kankakee home struck by copper thieves just last month was broken into again this week. The vacant home in the 600 block of S. Myrtle had its copper piping stolen again. The thieves even went through the same window.
Last week former State Legislature Aid Tomika Tally-West announced she was a candidate for Kankakee County Circuit Clerk on the democratic ballot. Today she has a primary opponent Cheryl Jones. She to will be running for the same office. If elected Jones says she will bring the office up to date.
Today is the final day to donate your used handbag for Purses With A Purpose at the Kankakee County Center for Sexually Assault. The purse sale is on Nov. 17th at the Brick Stone Brewery.
FREIGHT TRAIN ACCIDENT
Freight train cars that derailed this morning in the western suburb of Bartlett were carrying fiber board and scrap metal when they caught on fire. 3 cars derailed including one that was empty. No injuries have been reported.
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 4
A Bourbonnais police officer apparently on his way to work was the victim of a fatal accident this morning on Deselm Road near the Kankakee River State Park Riding Stables. The officer is identified as 27 year old Justin Honeycutt of Manhattan. He joined the Bourbonnais police force last year.
Kankakee City Police were called to the 400 block of W. Stone St. early Thursday morning for a possible home invasion. Police say the female victim awoke to find a man standing over her with her purse. The woman grabbed the purse and told the guy to leave which he did. As the man was leaving a friend of the victims arrived and recognized him. Police later arrested 26 year old Larry Horton of Bourbonnais at a nearby restaurant. No one was hurt in the ordeal.
The cause of a house fire in rural Onarga Thursday morning is still under investigation. A 2 story farm house was destroyed by the flames. Nobody was hurt. Onarga Fire officials are saying the blazed started near a bedroom. But the exact cause is still under investigation.
A routine traffic stop for speeding on I57 in the Bradley construction zone lead to the arrest of a Joliet woman this week. Police say troopers initiated a search after detecting the scent of burnt marijuana. That turned up a trash full bag of pot in the trunk of the car. Facing a number of charges is 19 year old Antoinette Marie Chamberlin.
The 6th Annual Aquinas Catholic Academy Cash Bash is tomorrow at the K of C S. Indiana Ave. Tickets are $80. Must be 21. Back by popular demand its live entertainment featuring the All American Dueling Pianos. For tickets or questions call 815-932-8124.
The Catholic Conference of Illinois says Gov. Pat Quinn should not present an award in an abortion rights function. Quinn is a Catholic and the group says a Catholics participation at such an event is irreconcilable with any honest profession of the Catholic faith.
Iroquois County tax payers will most likely see no change in the amount of taxes paid despite a 16 percent reduction in the counties portion of your tax bill. Tax committee officials say the levy came in at 4.8 million. That’s 84 percent of last years extension. An approval expected at next months full county board meeting.
Illinois republicans are holding a presidential straw poll Saturday. Kankakee County Republican Chairman Karl Kruse says locally the party faithful can cast their a vote for their presidential favorite at party headquarters. Straw poll voting hours are from 9 until 6 tomorrow.
This years dart tournament and silent auction to benefit the annual Christmas for Kids program in Goodland Indiana is Saturday. The tourney is a major fund raiser for the group that helps needy families at Christmas. Spokesperson Jackie Calvert says money from the tournament will be put to good use. There is a 15 dollar entry fee to enter tomorrows dart tourney. Sign up is at 11 am. Plus theres a 50 50 drawing and prizes for the winners. That’s at Ron and Jos Tavern on Main Street in Goodland.
There’s comedy Saturday night at the Kankakee Elks Lodge. Tickets will be available at the door. The cost is 40 dollars each and includes a buffet dinner along with the show. Doors open at 7. Dinner at 8. The lodge is located at 2283 Bittersweet Drive in St Anne.
RIDE FOR VEST
The 13th annual Manteno Veterans Ride is this Sunday from Tinley Park to the Manteno Veterans Home. All bikers are welcome. Line starts at 8am at the Tinley Park Convention Center. Call 708-917-3275 for more information.
MONDAY NOVEMBER 7
Funeral services for a Bourbonnais police officer, killed Friday morning in a single vehicle accident have been finalized. Visitation for 27 year old Justin Honeycutt of Manhattan will be today from 4 until 8 at Forsythe Funeral Home in Manhattan. Funeral services will be tomorrow at 10:00 at St Joseph Church in Manhattan. Honeycutt was on his way to work Friday when his vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree on Deselm Road near the Kankakee River State Park Riding Stables.
SEX OFFENDER SENTENCED
A Colorado man who plead guilty to having sex with a 16 year old Ludlow girl he met online last year has been sentenced in Champaign County Court. 29 year old David Paulson received six months in prison and four years probation for abusing the girl at a Ludlow home.
A fire at an Onarga home late last week lead to the arrest of a woman on drug charges after fire fighters discovered a pot growing operation at the home. Iroquois County Sheriffs Police say they found 50 plants in various stages of growth at the home along with growing equipment. Taken into custody on a number of drug charges was 46 year old Kimberly Baxter.
Iroquois County Sheriffs Police are investigating a single vehicle accident Sunday at 2200 East and 3100 North. Police say 20 year old Aaron Hartlep of Watseka spun off the roadway, and overturned. Hartlep was taken to Riverside Hospital with non life threatening injuries and was ticketed for driving to fast for conditions.
Kankakee City Police were called to the 1 block of East Merchant Street early Sunday morning for report of shots being fired. Police did find a bullet hole in the homes front picture window, but no one was hurt.
TEENS BODY FOUND
An autopsy is planned today on the body of a Channahon teenager whose body was found Friday at the Indiana Dunes National lakeshore. 18 year old Mitchell Fajman had been missing since October 15th when his kayak capsized in 12 foot swells near New Buffalo Michigan.
Officials say the cause of a home fire in Momence early Saturday morning that claimed the life of a Momence Jr High sixth grade student is still under investigation today. 12 year old Willie Ayala was asleep in an upstairs bedroom when the fire struck the four story home in the 100 block of Harvard street. Momence Fire Protection District Chief Monty Buchanan says the boy's father tried to go back into the home to rescue his son but was driven back by the flames. The father and the boy's 10-year-old brother were both hospitalized first in Kankakee and then transferred to Loyola medical center in Maywood. The victims' identities were not immediately released upon the families request.
JACKSON ON AIRPORT
Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr last week presented to members of congress his vision for a third Chicago area airport at Peotone. In an hour long presentation Jackson presented the plan in detail. It’s a plan Jackson says follows a European model where private investors and the state own the gates and not the airlines. Jackson is running for another term in 2012 in the newly drawn 2nd congressional district that includes the Kankakee area. Jackson is facing a primary challenge from former Congresswoman Debbie Halvorson.
Some 2000 bikers took part in Sundays 13th Annual Manteno Ride to the Manteno Veterans Hospital. The event is sponsored each year by the American Veteran’s Motorcycle Riders Association. The ride began at the Tinley Park Convention Center where Illinois Governor Pat Quinn saw them off.