A former automobile dealership building went up in flames overnight in Kankakee. What was the old Key City Chevrolet dealership at Court Street and Chicago Avenue sustained damage. Un-official reports claim the roof and walls collapsed. Explosions were heard by onlookers.
The fire alerted Kankakee firemen about 2 am. One firefighter was treated for an injury.
Brook, Indiana Fire Chief Kyle Conrad reports a barn fire (Tuesday) in Newton County was “suspicious.” Conrad says it was a a total loss. There was no injury.
The Brook Fire Department answered the call about 1 pm. Mutual aid came from Goodland, Morocco and Kentland. Firefighters were at the scene about 2 and a-half hours. That was at 10827 S. State Road 55.
The farm is operated by Mark and Marcella Meyer of Brook. The barn remained standing but was a total loss.
Conrad ruled the cause as “undetermined but suspicious.”
Watseka attorney Michael Sabol will serve the 21st Judicial Circuit as its news Associate Judge.
The Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts announced (Tuesday) Sabol will fill a vacancy on the bench. He fills the vacancy created with the recent retirement of Judge Gordon Lustfeldt.
A swearing-in date hasn’t been set yet.
Sabol is the second attorney in recent weeks to be appointed the bench in the circuit. J. Imani Drew was recently sworn-in to serve Kankakee County as an Associate Judge.
Sabol is in private practice with the law firm Godin, Denton & Elliott in Momence. He’s also worked as an Iroquois County Public Defender since 2006. Prior to working in private practice, Sabol was employed in the Iroquois County State’s Attorney’s office.
The Kankakee County grand jury has indicted Keon Stokes for 2-counts of first-degree murder for the beating death of his young son.
The charge against the Kankakee man was upgraded from aggravated battery after an autopsy and toxicology report was returned. The State’s Attorney’s office claims the 18-month-old child was beaten to death in April.