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Pintelon Trial: Closing arguments Tuesday

Testimony wrapped up (Friday) in Iroquois County in the attempted murder trial of a former Watseka man...accused of opening gunfire at a residence nest door to where he once lived.

A 23-year-old woman was hit by gunfire three times. Kylie Schwartz pointed a finger at Jerry Pintelon (pin-tuh-lon) as the person who shot her.

Schwartz was among the State witnesses who testified at the trial in Watseka.

Another key witness was Joe Seibring, who lived across the street from the defendant. Seibring told the court he was sitting on his porch, watching Pintelon open fire at the house next door. Seibring said “there’s no doubt the shooter was Jerry Pintelon.

However, defense attorney Ron Boyer says the wrong man was identified.

Charles against Pintelon include attempted murder, aggravated discharge of a firearm and aggravated battery with a firearm.

Circuit Judge James Kinzer is hearing the case. Closing arguments are expected Tuesday.

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Memorial Day observances …

Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery

Services at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery at Elwood will be Monday at the main flagpole. The Joliet American Legion band will begin playing at 11 a.m. The formal program will follow at 11:30 a.m.

Local and area services include the Watseka American Legion Post #23 remembrance ceremony at Legion Park in Watseka. It’s at 11 am Monday, May 28.

Sheldon American Legion Post #393 invites the public to the Sheldon Library Monday at 11 am. Lunch is served afterwards at the Community Center.

Memorial Day Services are Sunday at 2 pm at the Sugar Creek Chapel Cemetery near Stockland.

Cissna Park American Legion Post # 527 gathers in the community park at 9 am Monday. The Cissna Park Drill Team also visits the Rankin Cemetery at 10 am.

Chebanse American Legion Post # 408 is hosting its service Monday. It’s at 10 am at Evergreen Cemetery.

At the Clifton Cemetery --- The Clifton Legion and Central VFW Post #2131 has a 2 pm Sunday service planned.

Services at the L’Erable Cemetery are at 9:45 am Monday offered thru the Ashkum American Legion and Auxiliary, which will also be at the Ashkum Cemetery at 10:30 am.

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Unemployment rates improve

Job gains in manufacturing helped boost employment levels in the Danville and Vermilion County area last month. The Illinois Department of Employment security shows Vermilion County’s unemployment rate dropped by one-percent to 4.8 percent in April. The City of Danville had a jobless rate of 5.1 percent, down from 5.8 percent in March.

The Illinois jobless rate in April was 3.6%...down from 4.5% last year.

The Kankakee unemployment rate was 4.2% ....down from 4.7 in 2017.

Iroquois County’s unemployment in April was 3.2% ...down from 4.5% in April.

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Fire destroys Melvin home, no injury

Volunteer firefighters from four departments responded to a house fire in Melvin (Wednesday night). No one was injured. The vacant home on S. Green Street was destroyed.

The State Fire Marshall is investigating.

Some two-dozen firemen from Melvin, Roberts, Elliott and Gibson City were on the scene for about four hours.


Fire does $25,000 in damage to Kankakee apartment building

Arson may have been responsible for an overnight fire (Wednesday) in Kankakee that did an estimated $25,000 in damage to the Crestlane Apartments. Fire officials report damage was limited to much of the office space. No injury was reported.

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Lanes Reopened for Memorial Day Holiday Weekend

              IDOT suspends non-emergency roadwork to improve traffic flow

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced today the reopening of lanes where possible for the busy Memorial Day weekend to minimize travel disruption. Non-emergency roadwork will be suspended from 3 p.m. Friday, May 25, through 12:01 a.m.Tuesday, May 29.

Work zone speed limits will remain in effect where posted. Please buckle up, put your phone down, avoid distractions and drive sober.

Motorists should be alert, as lane closures in the following locations will remain in place during the holiday weekend:

• Illinois 72 over Tyler Creek in Pingree Grove; lane reductions continue, controlled by traffic signals.

Will County

• Illinois 53 over Hickory Creek in Joliet; lane reductions continue.

• Southbound Illinois 171 (State Street) from Eighth Street to 10th Street in Lockport; lane reductions continue.

• Goodenow Road between Illinois 1/Illinois 394 and South Ashland Avenue; closed, detour posted.

Livingston County

• Interstate 55 north of Illinois 23; lane reduction with traffic crossing over continues.

Ford County

• Illinois 47 north of Gibson City; reduced to one lane, controlled by signals.

• U.S. 45 south of Paxton; closed; detour posted.
Kankakee County

• North Street over Interstate 57; closed, detour not posted.

Champaign County

• I-74 westbound between mileposts 188 and 186; lane reductions continue.

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