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Funk enters ‘not guilty’ plea to attempted murder

The 29-year-old Milford man accused of throwing a hatchet at an Iroquois County Sheriff’s deputy (last month) pleaded “not guilty” to felony charges, including attempted murder.

Kevin Funk entered his plea Friday before Judge James Kinzer in Iroquois Circuit Court. Funk faces indictment for attempted murder, aggravated battery to a police officer, and in a separate case, 3-counts of predatory criminal sexual assault and 3-counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

The alleged attack on the officer took place August 26. Funk was indicted by the grand jury September 7.

It was sheriff deputy Clint Perzee who suffered a broken arm, dislocated finger and had to be stitched up for a severe arm laceration. The deputy was hit by a tomahawk, police said, was thrown at him by Funk while police were in the process of arresting Funk for the alleged criminal sexual assault of a child.

The incident took place at Funk’s rural Milford residence. Deputy Perzee raised his left arm to protect his head when he was struck by the tomahawk, according to the police report. The deputy underwent surgery at IMH and has since returned to work.

Funk remains jailed on a $500,000 bond.

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Presence Health awarded license to serve Danville area

The Danville area will have a new ambulance service. Presence Pro Ambulance has received a license and plans to be operational there next month.

Presence Health says in a press release, Pro Ambulance is finalizing plans and operations for the new ambulance service with the city.

In a statement Friday afternoon, Dr. Jared Rogers, Presence Health's regional president and CEO, thanked the Danville City Council, Mayor Scott Eisenhauer and the Danville Public Services Committee. He said “Presence Health is looking forward to working with area fire and police departments to continue to do our part in keeping Danville a healthy, safe and thriving community."

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Manteno gets 4-way stop at rural site

The intersection of 9000N and 5000W roads in rural Manteno now is a four-way stop.

A safety study, after several accidents at the site, resulted in Kankakee County officials installing the 4-way stop signs this week.

Five crashes in just a 12-month period stirred action.
North-south traffic was required to stop with posted signs. Now, east-west motorists will also see stop signs. And there will be “stop ahead” advisory signs and flashing red lights at the intersection.

Whitten, Rockville Township road commissioner Jon Whitten said, the problems intersection has been an issue dating back 10+ years. He said something had to be done, even though some said speeding was also an issue with the intersection and the number of crashes there.

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Parkland trustees OK $55.3 million budget

Parkland College trustees Wednesday night approved a budget that is 3 percent less than last year's. Board Chairman Dana Trimble said it still allows for quality education.

Spending for the fiscal year that began July 1 will total $55.3 million, down from $57.2 million last year.
But while last year's budget was upset by the virtual elimination of any state funding, this year's projects only $2.5 million in money from the state government. In past years, Parkland counted on about $5 million from Springfield.

Parkland received its full $1.8 million "stopgap budget" funding earlier this month, said Chris Randles, vice president and chief financial officer at the Champaign-based community college.

This year's budget anticipates a slight surplus at the end of the year while last year's budget ended about $5 million in the red.

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Drowning victim ID in Vermilion County

The Vermilion County Coroner’s office has identified a 4-year-old Westville girl who drowned Wednesday afternoon at a day care south of Tilton.

Vermilion County Coroner Peggy Johnson said Thursday Ryleigh P. Arnett’s cause of death was drowning, according to the preliminary autopsy,

Police reported the girl was swimming in a pool Wednesday afternoon at a state-licensed home day care in the Home Gardens area. That’s an unincorporated residential neighborhood south of Tilton.

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