Shots were fired last night in Kankakee in a couple of spots. Police say shell casings were found in the east alley of 400 block of South Schuyler and more were located in the 500 block of south Dearborn. Two vehicles and a home suffered gunfire damage, one round ended up being lodged in a sofa at a home in the 200 block of East Bourbonnais. No one was hurt. No arrests have been made.
A road construction worker had to flown to a Chicago area hospital for treatment of serious injuries last night after he was struck by a drunk driver while on the job. Bradley police say it happened around 10:40 Thursday night at Rt. 50 and St George Road. Under arrest is 27 year old Keon Singleton of Kankakee. He’s being held at the county lock-up on aggravated DUI charges and for obstruction after refusing to take a blood test.
A man was stabbed in the abdomen overnight in Watseka. Watseka police say it happened about 3:30 this morning in the 400 block of East Walnut. Officers found the victim while responding to a 911 hang up call. Police say at the hospital they located a second victim that had been struck with a baseball bat in the back and arm apparently during the same incident. No other details are available. The investigation continues.
Initial bond has been set at a million dollars for a man charged with attempted murder after allegedly shooting a woman twice at a home on Court Side Plaza on the city’s east-side early last Wednesday. 33 year old Emanuel Burns is also facing home invasion and 6 other charges. The woman is expected to recover. The shooting is believed to have been the results of some sort of domestic dispute.
A rabid bat has turned up in Braidwood. The bat was discovered at a home in the 200 block of South Lincoln on Monday, it tested positive later that day. 19 rabid bats have turned up so far this year in Will County.
Bond has been set at 100,000 dollars for a Gridley man facing child sex charges. Police say 28 year old Evan Frank allegedly assaulted two minor females, one for several months in 2010 and a second girl in July and August of this year. Charges include predatory criminal sexual assault and aggravated criminal sexual abuse of minors.
It’s too early to say if two fires overnight in Kankakee are related. The first erupted about 11:30 in the 100 block of North Washington, the second, about 30 minutes later on the exterior of a home the 200 block of South Entrance. Kankakee fire saying says both are still under investigation. Photos from the scene show flames showing from the roof of the two story home on Washington which is described by officials as a total loss. We believe both homes were vacant. No injuries reported.
Newton County, Indian Commissioners have issued a statement saying they do not support the development of an immigration detention center on land in the Roselawn area. The Newton County Enterprise reports the statement came Monday after news broke that ICE officials had received a proposal for an 800 bed detention center in Newton County from GEO Group which operates detention facilities and prisons across the country. Commissioners say that proposal never filtered down to them. The issue has been the subject of much speculation since 46 acres of land were suddenly rezoned for governmental use back in March.
The two women running for the 79th legislative district in Kankakee in November will meet face to face for what’s being called a town hall style meeting next month. Current state rep Lindsay Parkurst and challenger Lisa Dugan will discuss local and state related issued at Kankakee Community College on October 3rd at 7 pm in the main auditorium. Questions from the audience will be taken.
The question of consolidating Crescent Iroquois school district 249 and Watseka Unit 9 Schools will most likely go to a vote after the 249 school board this week approved placing the question on the ballot. If all goes according to plan the referendum would appear on the April 2019 ballot. Public hearings on the matter will be held between now and then. In the end though the state gets the final say on whether or not the vote is allowed.