An infusion of cash could be on the way for city Parks. The Kankakee Valley Park District Board of commissioners last night voted to sell some 2 million dollars in bonds to finance, among other things, the possible rehab of the now shuttered Splash Valley Aquatic Park. The next step would be to find a bank willing to make the loan to the cash strapped agency.
More West Nile Virus has turned up in mosquitoes in Will County. That makes five batches that have tested positive for the disease in Will County this year. The latest discovery came from traps in Manhattan and Crete. Infected mosquitoes have also been found in the Joliet and Bolingbrook areas.
Kankakee police are investigating a home invasion that occurred about 4 Thursday morning in the 1800 block of Greenview Ave. Police say the resident was beaten after a man entered the home through an unlocked front door with a strobe light and a pistol. He fled before police arrived. The injuries were not serious.
Pontiac attorney Sarah Duffy has been selected to serve on the bench. In press release, the Administrative Office of Illinois Courts says Duffy has been chosen from a pool of 15 applicants to fill one of three associate judge openings on the 11th Judicial Circuit Court being created by retirements before the end of the year. The 11th Circuit covers five county’s including Ford and Livingston.
A trucker who was distracted by a bug that had flown into the cab lost control of big Thursday on I-65 five mile south of Lowell. While swatting at the bug, Indiana State police say the driver took his eyes off the road and struck southbound guard rail and a construction barrier wall. The impact separated the cab from the trailer which rolled over and spilled 42,000 pounds of plastic rolls. The road was closed for about five hours because of the crash.
Ford County officials say they have not yet determined who was driving a car Wednesday that allegedly blew a stop sign and struck a pickup truck on Ford County 1600 East South of Paxton. The crash claimed the life of 54 year old Lori Whitfield of Loda. Police say in the News Gazette they’re not sure who was behind the wheel, Whitfield or a 46 year old Paxton man in the car at the time. Though hospitalized, his injuries are not life threatening. Two people in the pickup suffered minor injuries.
Indiana State Police say two Joliet area men who were spotted Monday driving a stolen car are under arrest after they were involved in a hit and run accident on I-65 near Crown Point, and then led police on a chase that ended with a crash in Jasper County. 18 year old James Faint o Joliet and 18 year old Octavia Watts of Crest Hill were arrested after their vehicle struck a median cable barrier while trying to avoid police stop sticks. The car was stolen Sunday in Joliet.
Last month four children ages 3 to 10 years of age were removed from their Rensselaer, Indiana home after one of them tested positive for methamphetamine. At the time their mother, 29 year old Jessica Denton, also tested positive for the drug. Officials say last week Denton was officially charged with child neglect.
Former Kankakee County States Attorney Jamie Boyd is back on the public payroll. Boyd offered to step in part-time to help with the heavy caseload in the public defender’s office after two attorneys recently resigned. And The Daily Journal reports that former public defender Emile Capriotti has returned to the office after having been fired last year over what’s termed a difference of opinion.
A 15 year old University Park boy is being tried as an adult on attempted first degree murder and aggravated battery charges for allegedly shooting at another person on April 3rd. injuring the victim. Malik Caraway is being held on 750,000 dollars bond. If convicted Caraway could get up to 30 years in prison. Details on the incident have not yet been released.