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Bus, Semi Collide 10 Injured

A crash between a charter bus and a semi on I-57 near Onarga Monday resulted in minor injuries to 9 passengers on the bus and the driver.  Illinois State Police say the bus rear ended the semi because the bus driver failed to reduce speed.  The driver of the bus, 66 year old Richard Willoughby of Tuscola, was issued a citation.

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Bus, Semi Collide 10 Injured

A crash between a charter bus and a semi on I-57 near Onarga Monday resulted in minor injuries to 9 passengers on the bus and the driver.  Illinois State Police say the bus rear ended the semi because the bus driver failed to reduce speed.  The driver of the bus, 66 year old Richard Willoughby of Tuscola, was issued a citation.

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Men Pose As Utility Workers In Peotone

Peotone police say 2  White Males , possibly driving a silver pickup with tinted windows attempted to gain access to a home by claiming to be utility workers yesterday. They knocked on the door and said they hit a utility pole and they needed to check out the power in the house. 1 subject lured the homeowner to the basement while  the other one tried to steal jewelry. The intended victim realized what was happening and a struggle occurred. The subjects got away.  No one was hurt.

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Man Dies In Motorcycle Crash

There was a fatal crash on Route 45/52 early today near the Will County Line involving a motorcycle and 2 cars.  Authorities say the rider of the motorcycle was southbound on 45/52 when he crossed over into the northbound lane and was struck by 2 cars.  Kankakee County Coroner Bob Gessner pronounced the victim dead at the scene. The name of the victim is not being released pending notification of family.

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Man With Heroin In Car Tries To Flee Police

Thursday night of last week at 9:13 P.M., an Illinois State Trooper  observed a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed on Route 45 and S. East Ave in Kankakee. The trooper attempted to stop the vehicle but the vehicle fled from the trooper. The vehicle turned into the parking lot of the Fairview Courts Motel on Schuyler Ave, and struck a Kankakee County Deputy’s vehicle. The driver, Eugene Harris was placed under arrest. A subsequent search of the vehicle revealed heroin. Harris was transported to the Kankakee County Jail for processing. Harris was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance and Obstructing a Police Officer. Harris was also issued citations for fleeing and eluding a police officer, speeding, no valid driver’s license, and operating an uninsured motor vehicle.

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Yes, That Was A Tornado!

The National Weather Service said Friday that was a tornado that touched down near Lowell on Thursday during heavy storms across the region.  The EF-0 tornado with maximum winds of 80 to 85 miles an hour was on the ground for about a mile and a half and DAMAGE WAS ALMOST ENTIRELY TO TREES, INCLUDING A PORTION OF A LARGE ONE DOWNED ON A HOME. SOME SHINGLE DAMAGE ON ANOTHER HOME, MULTIPLE FENCES DAMAGED, AND ONE UTILITY  POLE SNAPPED AND OTHERS DAMAGED.

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Manteno Man Convicted In Deadly Snowmobile Mishap

A Manteno man was found guilty Friday in Kankakee County Court on three counts of felony operating a snowmobile while under the influence resulting in death in connection with a mishap in December of 2016 that resulted in the death of 24 year old Kristen Agrue.  Agrue was riding with another man on his snowmobile when she fell off after the machine jumped a culvert.  The snowmobile being driven by 43 year old Louis A. Morez was following behind and struck Agrue.  Agrue’s boyfriend, 41 year old Brian Johnson, the driver of the snowmobile Agrue was a passenger on, is also charged in her death and will go on trial in May.  Morez is scheduled to be sentenced in May. He faces anywhere from probation to 14 years in prison.

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Brewer Watson Accepts City Position

The former CEO of the Kankakee County Chamber of Commerce will take on a new role with the City of Kankakee after she is appointed the Executive Director of the Community Development Agency by Mayor Chasity Wells Armstrong at tonight’s meeting.

Barbi Brewer Watson will lead the agency that is responsible for community outreach, improving city assets for development, assisting with economic development projects, and housing intiatives.  Brewer Watson will start her new job on April 1.

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Tornado Near Lowell?

National Weather Service teams are in Lowell today to try and confirm that a tornado touched down there on Thursday during strong storms that were accompanied by high winds.  Authorities in Lowell and in nearby rural areas report downed power lines, several large trees down, and property damage.  High winds caused extensive damage to solar panels installed on the building that houses Three Creeks Elementary School.

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Wheatfield Man Arrested For Stabbing

Authorities arrested 24 year old Thomas Lewandowski of Wheatfield for a stabbing in Remington Monday night.  The Jasper County Sheriff’s office says Lewandowski stabbed the male victim twice at a residence in Remington during an argument.  The victim was taken to a hospital in Indianapolis for treatment. He is expected to survive.

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