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Reddick Man Sentenced for False Report

A Reddick man has been sentenced to two years’ probation after pleading guilty to filing a false police report in March of last year in Grundy County. 32 year old Jared Richie told police his debit card had been used by somebody else when he apparently knew it was not true.

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Bradley Has New Fire Chief

The Village of Bradley has a new Fire Chief today.  The board Tuesday approved the appointment of Assistant Chief Don Kaderabek to the job.  Kaderabek will start on July 1st at 110,000 a year.  He takes over from Jim Keener.  Keener  was working on a month to month basis.  Kaderabeck has 35 years of firefighting experience beginning with the Niles fire department

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Covid Wednesday Update

The Kankakee County Health Department today announced an additional 28 new cases of covid 19, bringing the total number of infections in the county to 1,124.  The good news there were no new deaths announced, that number holds at 53 locally.
Statewide fatalities from the covid 19 virus topped the 5,000 mark today with another 160 reported to have died in the last 24 hours.  In addition, there have been 1,111 new cases of the virus bringing total state infections to 114,306.
At his afternoon press conference Governor JB Priztker talked sports saying he’s hopeful you’ll see televised baseball this summer without fans in the stands.
Iroquois county now reports its 131st confirmed case to go along with four deaths, 83 recoveries and three people hospitalized with the virus. Ford County has 21 confirmed cases, and one fatality
In Indiana, the State Department of Health says Newton County now has 74 confirmed cases with 10 deaths, Jasper has 62 cases with one death and Benton County reports 25 total confirmed cases.  White County Indiana now reports 228 total cases along with 8 fatalities.
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41-year-old Willowbrook man killed in early morning crash

Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police report a two-car crash near Gilman early this morning took the life of a 41-year-old Willowbrook man. Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police say their preliminary investigation shows a car driven by Christopher Benz of Onarga was traveling westbound on 500 East Road when he allegedly failed to stop at a stopsign at 19-hundred north and hit a car driven by Felipe Aranda. A passenger in Aranda’s car, identified by Kankakee County Coroner Bob Gessner as Stantio Martinez died at Riverside Medical Center just after three this morning from injuries he sustained in the crash. Reports say Benz was taken to the hospital to be treated for injuries and was given two citations by Iroquois County Deputies.

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Body of One of Two Missing Fisherman Found

The body of one of two men who have been the subject of a massive search in Kankakee River since their boat overturned on May 7th has been located.  Grundy County Coroner John Callahan confirms the body of 42 year old William Veasley of Matteson was discovered this morning about 5 am at the Dresden Lock and Dam in the Illinois River.  The body of the second man is still missing.  He has not yet been identified by authorities.

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More Virus Deaths in Kankakee County

The State officials said Tuesday that 10 veterans have now died at the Manteno Veterans home with 69 infections overall at the facility.  22 of those are reportedly staff members.
Kankakee County Health officials are reporting 6 more fatalities over the holiday weekend bringing total deaths in our area to 53.  They are also reporting 55 new cases for a total of 1,096.
The State of Illinois today reports 1,178 new virus cases and an additional 39 people who have died from covid 19 bringing the total dead in the state to 4,923 with 113,195 infections.  Officials warn the numbers are lower today because of the holiday and are expected to be higher tomorrow when all the numbers are reported.
At his afternoon covid press briefing, Governor JB Pritzker said all areas of the state are on track to move into the next phase of the states reopening on Friday.
Iroquois county now reports 130 confirmed cases, four deaths, 76 recoveries and four people are in the hospital with the virus. Ford County has 21 confirmed cases, and one fatality. Grundy County is still reporting 88 cases of the virus.
In Indiana, the State Department of Health says Newton County now has 74 confirmed cases with 10 deaths, Jasper has 56 cases with one death and Benton County reports 25 total confirmed cases.  White County Indiana now reports 226 total cases along with 8 fatalities.
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One Shot Tuesday Morning

There was a shooting Tuesday morning near River and Greenwood in Kankakee.  While no damage or injuries were found at the scene someone with a gunshot wound did show up at an area hospital a short time later.  Shortly after the shooting officers spotted a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed in the general area but were not able to make the stop.  We do not know how serious the injury is.

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Teen Hurt in Accidental Shooting

A 15 year old male juvenile turned up at St Mary’s Hospital over the long holiday weekend after he was shot at a party early Saturday morning near chestnut and Evergreen.   Police say the boy was struck in the leg when a friend accidentally discharged a weapon. The case is still under investigation.

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Man Stabbed, Not Cooperating

A man was stabbed Saturday in Kankakee. Police say it happened in the 900 block of East Chestnut.  The 31 year old victim was stabbed in the torso.  There’s no word on how serious the injury is, police say the victim is not cooperating.

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