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.
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.