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Target's Transgender Policy causes disturbance in Bradley

The man accused of causing a disturbance at a Target store in Bradley was protesting over the company's new policy involving transgender people. Police say 39-year-old Michael Merichko was charged with disorderly conduct following his arrest yesterday (Monday) at the business just off Illinois Route 50.

Target announced last month that employees and customers can use the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity.

Bradley Police Lt. Michael Johnston tells 94.1 WGFA News the transgender issue apparently sparked a nerve with Merichko.....

The episode at the Target store stirred quite a commotion. It started as a frantic 9-1-1 call about an "active shooter." Lt. Johnston said police are still not sure what sparked an active shooter report. No gun was found, no shots were fired. No one was injured.

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Red Cross celebrates World Red Cross & Red Crescent Day

The American Red Cross encourages donars to make an appointment to give blood and help save lives.  It's in honor of World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day. The local and global impact of the Red Cross mission is celebrated May 8. 

Local blood drives are scheduled today (Tuesday) in Dwight at St. Patrick's Catholic Church 12:30 'til 5:30 pm.  Manteno welcomes donars Wednesday (5/4) from 2-6 pm at the United Methodist Church.  In Bourbonnais Thursday (5/5) a blood drive is at the Blood Donation Center 12 Noon 'til 6 pm.

Ford County has a blood drive Friday (5/6) from 9 am 'til 2 pm at the GCMS High School in Gibson City.

Also in Kankakee County...Manteno has a scheduled drive Saturday (5/7) at the Christian Church of manteno from 9 am to 1 pm.

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“Active shooter” training turns real in Bradley, suspect arrested – without gun


•Just a couple of weeks after law enforcement were involved in an "active training" shooting exercise in Kankakee County, several police agencies responded today (Monday) to a report of an "active shooter."

It was at the Target Store in Bradley. Fortunately, a suspect had no gun. No shots were fired. No one was injured.

Bradley Police Lt. Mike Johnston tells 94.1 WGFA News the suspect was taken into custody without incident.
Disorderly conduct is the charge. Lt. Johnston said authorities were still looking into how this became an active shooter call – no weapon was ever found.

The motive for the suspect to alarm everyone ? Lt. Johnston said the suspect was protesting Target's policy on transgender bathrooms. His actions disturbed target employees and customers inside the store.

Police from several departments converged at the Water Tower Plaza, just off Route 50, around 1 pm. Other emergency vehicles set up staging across the highway at another shopping plaza lot. Thirty-four officers representing eight police agencies answered the call.

Bradley Police emphasized no one was injured. It was just two weeks ago when several police agencies participated in an "active shooter" training exercise at Olivet Nazarene University in nearby Bourbonnais.

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Kankakee Police investigate shooting at bar

A 25-year-old man was shot several times Saturday morning outside a tavern in Kankakee. The victim was taken to a hospital with what police reported as non life-threatening injuries.

Kankakee police responded to Jag's Bar on N. Schuyler Avenue about 1:30 am. The victim was shot in his legs and lower back.

Investigators were trying to identify a suspect and the motive behind the shooting.

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Judge Lustfeldt retires

The demise of family values bothers now-retired Judge Gordon Lustfeldt. He says accountability, or lack of it, is a growing issue that troubles society.

Judge Lustfeldt was on the bench for the last time Friday. He took time to thank voters for their support over the years. The peoples' confidence, he said, is always important and appreciated. Lustfeldt was re-elected six times over the years.

"It's time," he said. "It's the right decision for me and my family."

As rewarding as serving the public can be, Lustfeldt also reflects on troubling cases he had to hear...like abuse of children. Family matters, he said, need to be a priority again. People need to take responsibility.

Lustfeldt began his law career as an assistant state's attorney. He was in private practice before a successful run for Iroquois County State's Attorney. From there, he was appointed to the bench and served until his retirement Friday.

A graduate of EIU, Lustfeldt then attended the U of I Law School.

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