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15-year-old now charged as adult with murder

A one-million dollar bond was set Friday in Kankakee for 15-year-old Omar Keys. The Kankakee teen was charged as an adult for first-degree murder in a carjacking incident that left his alleged accomplice dead.
18-year-old Cleophus Reed was shot and killed when he and Keys allegedly took the carjacking victim back to his home in Sun River Terrace looking for money.

Police said the early morning carjacking and robbery attempt began around 1:30 Wednesday morning in Kankakee. Reed and Keys allegedly forced their way into the victim's vehicle. Armed with a handgun, the suspects drove the victim to a nearby ATM.

Unable to take any money out of the machine, the victim was then taken to his home. Prosecutors stated the victim was able to pull a shotgun from underneath a piece of furniture. Reed fired but was shot several times in the chest and head.

Authorities said the 15-year-old Keys, who was unharmed, fled but was caught about eight hours later at his home in Kankakee. Keys allegedly told police he never had possession of any gun.

Under state law, a defendant can be charged with murder even if he wasn't the gunman.

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Donovan man found dead after domestic problem

A domestic disturbance report in Donovan led to the discovery of a 32-year-old man found dead Thursday evening. Iroquois County Sheriff's police responded to a reported domestic disturbance at 504 E. 2nd Street. There, police found Jeremy L. Smith unresponsive.

Little information has been released. The sheriff's office said no arrests have been made and called the investigation "ongoing."

A statement released late Friday afternoon stated deputies went to a home on East Second Street where they found Jeremy L. Smith "unresponsive." Smith was later pronounced dead at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee.

The Kankakee County Coroner's office is also investigating the death.

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Indiana man a suspect in Hoopeston shooting

A Lafayette, IN jailed on weapons charges in Vermilion County is considered a suspect in a fatal shooting in Hoopeston last month. But further details are being withheld by authorities.

44-year-old Carlos Suarez is labeled a suspect in a March 9 shooting that left 40-year-old Mark Eldridge of Hoopeston dead at a Hoopeston motel. Suarez is in jail with a $100,000 bond. He was arrested Wednesday on South 5th Street in Hoopeston in connection with a separate incident.

Police Chief Mark Drollinger said investigators believe Suarez was involved in the death of Eldridge. Drollinger said that investigation continues.

Wednesday night, Suarez was arrested for aggravated discharge of a firearm, reckless discharge of a firearm and criminal damage to property.

Eldridge was found in a motel room just after 9 p.m. Eldridge had been staying in a nearby room.
Witnesses in the room reported seeing a man dressed in black enter and fire shots, striking Eldridge. An area resident chased the suspect to a dark-colored SUV, which drove off.

While police have released few other details, they have said they believe that . Eldridge was not the intended target.

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Barickman, Harms welcome honorary pages

Yesterday (Thursday) was a political experience for a handful of Watseka High School students. Five students were in Springfield serving as honorary pages in the Illinois House and Senate. The students were guests of Representative Josh Harms and Senator Jason Barickman. The students saw legislative action in the respective House and Senate.

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It’s Official: Milford Area Public Schools District #124

"It's a great day in Bat and Bearcat land." That note from Superintendent Dale Hastings really says it all. Thursday night, Milford officially formed its new school district – voters having approved the consolidation of Milford grade school district 280 and high school district 233.

Naming the new district – Milford Area Public Schools District #124 --- Superintendent Hastings said, was a formality.

Hastings said it was a good meeting. "People spoke well, represented themselves well, and we move forward." The name change is required by state staute. Everything else remains the same. The green & white Bats are still in place at the grade school and the blue & white high school Bearcats.

Hastings said "it's all god."

The new school board, elected last month, includes Charles Leitz, Dave Fox, Jeff Mabbitt, Jim Kunce, John Schoolman, Mark Tweedy and Mary Ronna.

Mary Ronna was elected President. Charles leitz will serve as V-P and Dave Fox is Secretary.

Iroquois-Kankakee Regional School Superintendent Greg Murphy directed the organization meeting.

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