Kankakee County Sheriffs police say an investigation is under to determine how a federal inmate at the Jerome Combs Detention Center was mistakenly let out Friday. 41 year old Anees Ahmed Usmani was apparently released in place of another inmate. Usmani was being housed in Kankakee as part of the county’s rent a bed program on federal drug charges. He was rearrested by Marshals on Chicago’s north side Saturday, without incident.
Longtime Kankakee County Board member Jim Tripp passed away over the weekend. Family Facebook posts say Tripp died peacefully Sunday morning surrounded by family . Fellow board member Mike LaGesse Sunday called his good friend a rare breed in politics and a fine Christian gentleman. Tripp had just been reelected last November. Arrangements are still pending.
Bradley Mayor Bruce Adams in his capacity as chairman of the Kankakee River Metropolitan Agency or KRMA, says he wants a forensic audit of the agency’s finances. In question is 700,000 dollars in computer software that KRMA officials call unusable and has led to suggestions of possible litigation against the agency’s former longtime executive director Richard Simms who has so far refused to tell the board how the money was spent. Simms says everything he did was with board approval even though a review of years’ worth of KRMA board meeting minutes by the Daily Journal found no evidence of any such authorization.
Kankakee River Valley Metro put a new bus on the streets Thursday. The 440 thousand dollar clean burning diesel bus is the first of four new buses scheduled to go into services in the next couple of months. The cost came in close to 3 million dollars for all four, but there will be no fair increase, all the funding came from state and federal sources. The Daily Journal reports the new fleet is expected to last at least 12 years and 300,000 miles.
Close to four grams of the drug ecstasy was recovered when KAMEG agents arrested a man Tuesday in the 500 block of East Cypress Street in Kankakee. 37 year old Deric Wren Jr. was charged with unlawful delivery of a controlled substance and possession with intent to deliver.
Shopko has announced that it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Wednesday and will close 38 stores including its Lowell, Indiana location. Company officials say the restructuring plan will allow Shopko to continue operations while providing relief from excessive debt and ongoing competitive pressures. Shopco’s DeMotte store will remain open.
A Milford area woman died when her home was engulfed in flames Tuesday afternoon. Iroquois County Coroner Bill Cheatem says fire fighters later discovered the body of 65 year old Cassandra Walts inside the burned out home along with the remains of her pets. A cause of death will await the results of toxicology tests, but smoke inhalation is suspected. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
KAMEG agents raided a home in the 700 block of South Elm in Kankakee Wednesday. Police say a search of the place turned up a stash of suspected heroin along with two guns and ammunition. Arrested on drug and weapon charges was 23 year old Jalen Lane.
There was an armed robbery last night near South Dearborn and East Station Street. A man tells city police he was walking to the depot to catch a train when he was confronted by two men armed with a handgun. They took his cash and cigarettes, but he was hot hurt.
The mother and father of a Paxton three month old who was hospitalized in October with a spiral fracture of the thighbone were in Ford County Court Tuesday. Prosecutors at the preliminary hearing said the parents contend the infant was injured in a fall, but doctors say a fall from an estimated height of 24 inches onto what was a carpeted floor would not have resulted in a spiral fracture. Both 31 year old Marcellas Mayberry and 19 year old Madison Morscheiser have been charged with aggravated battery to a child and aggravated domestic battery.