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.
A Cedar Lake man was arrested Monday in connection with a December 10th fatal accident in Winfield, Indiana. Police say 29 year old Richard Westerhoff had a blood alcohol level of .15 with traces of cocaine and marijuana in his system the night of the crash. Westerhoff was on 109thStreet when an investigation showed he crossed the center line and struck three vehicles killing 20 year old Julian Tinoco of Winfield while injuring a Cedar Lake woman and a second Winfield man. Westerhoff was also hospitalized. He was arrested upon his release.
Officials in the village of Loda have a mystery on their hands. What happened to a water bill cash payment left in a village hall dropbox. The resident says he put the envelope containing the money in the box on December 17th but was later notified of a pending disconnect for nonpayment. The village board last week voted to forgive the bill and is warning residents who pay there water bill in cash to only make that payment at area banks while they try and figure out what happened.
The Wilmington police department is morning the loss of retired Deputy Chief Rick Juster. Juster passed away over the weekend after being diagnosed with terminal cancer. He joined the department in 1991 and was named Deputy Chief in 2012, serving in that capacity until his retirement.
Retailers should be on the lookout for man who was passing counterfeit money Friday afternoon in Kankakee. Police say a bogus bill was used to purchase a gift card in the 100 block of East Court Street, then about 15 minutes later a man used some funny money to make a gift card purchase at a store in the 200 block of West Court Street. No arrest has been made.
The Daily Journal reports that after a review of KRMA agency meeting minutes dating back to 2013 the paper could find no evidence the board ever requested or approved the spending of over 760,000 dollars for a software application to better manage the plant that the agency now says is incomplete an unusable. The money went to former executive director Richard Simms and Simms Engineering. Simms says everything he did was with board approval and that some 90 percent of the funding was paid to software subcontractors. According to the Secretary of States website one of those subcontractors, identified by the Journal as Plum Flower International, is managed by Simms Engineering.
Saturday snowfall totals are in. The national weather service says Pontiac and Ashkum led the way in northern Illinois with 9.3 inches. Watseka was close behind with 9 even. Totals fall off quickly from there. Six inches fell in St. Anne, but Bourbonnais had to shovel just 3.7 inches. Snowfall fell under three inches by the time you got to Wilmington. In northwest Indiana, Rensselaer got 7 inches of snow, Morocco had 5. In southwestern Jacksonville, Illinois they picked up 16 inches.