Kankakee Police issue Missing – Endangered Person report
Missing Person Endangered: Altovise A. Drew is a 32 year old black female (photo attached) who is 5’07”, 120 pounds, black hair and brown eyes. Ms. Drew has epileptic seizures, is considered mentally disabled and is slightly paralyzed on the right side of her body. She was last seen wearing a black dress with tights. Her family believes she may have met someone online and may be trying to go to Chicago. Anyone with information is asked to contact their local police department.
CHARLESTON — Central High School’s Rayanne Wright will remember her 2013 trip to O’Brien Field in Charleston, IL.
The Standout Central Comet senior brings home a 1st Place state trophy from Eastern Illinois University. Rayanne Wright captured the ultimate prize Saturday to cap her high school career.
Wright defended her title in the Class 1A 400-meter dash at the IHSA girls track and field state finals at EIU’s O'Brien Stadium. She’s a back-to-back state champion.
Wright's winning time of 56.60 seconds was her best of the season and the fastest local 400 time this year. It also bested her championship time of 56.94 from last year.
"I'm just ecstatic right now. It's a great way to end my high school career," Wright said. "I was a little nervous going into the race. I was seeded second, and Sullivan High School’s Amanda McClain is a great runner. I prepared as much as I could and put my faith in my strength, my training throughout the year and my experience.”
New Grocery Stores targeted for Aroma Park, Herscher
Some business excitement for the communities of Aroma Park and Herscher. The two Kankakee County towns are gearing up for the opening of new grocery stores.
Berkot’s Super Foods is making an appearance in Aroma Park. The 23-year-old grocery chain with 13 locations plans to open the former Cliff’s Market building. Plans are to double the size of the facility.
Berkot’s has area locations in Manteno, Momence and Dwight. That’s in addition to its stores at Wilmington and Mokena.
Aroma Park Mayor Linda Fowler made the business announcement this week.
The community of Herscher is excited about owning its own grocery store. Mayor Ray Schneider announced this week that September 1st is a target date to open the former Herscher grocery on W. Kankakee Street. It’ll be in the old Mario’s Market.
A 10-member steering committee is behind the effort to open a “community-owned” grocery. The mayor said shares are being sold to raise money for equipment, stock and management of a 6,100 square-foot store.
The mayor said the community-owned approach is because most chains or independently-owned grocers have little interest in smaller towns like Herscher.
It’s hoped a grocery store will attract people who want to live in Herscher.
Update: DUI Crash Injures Three in Kankakee County
- Injured athlete unable to compete at State -
An Ashkum man faces a drunken driving charge after a two-vehicle crash on I-57 in Kankakee County.
Wednesday’s accident injured a coach and a student-athlete. The 17-year-old student was to compete in the State Track & Field Finals at EIU in Charleston, but her injuries would not allow it.
31-year-old Rodney Hatch was arrested by Illinois State Police. The crash happened Wednesday when Hatch’s southbound car hit the rear of a car driven by 30-year-old Zachary Kirkland of Kankakee. The collision caused Kirkland’s car to spin out of control and roll several times.
Kirkland and his passenger, a 17-year-old female athlete from St. Anne High School, were treated for non-life threatening injuries at a local hospital.
Mia Smith is a senior high-jumper at St. Anne. She was to compete in the State Finals today (Thurs) at Eastern Illinois University. But her injuries did not allow that to happen. Zach Kirkland is one of her coaches.
Otto Township Fire, Kankakee Township Fire, and Riverside EMS assisted at the scene just before 8:30 pm Wednesday.