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Murder-Suicide investigated in Monee

The Monee Police Department is investigating a fatal shooting Wednesday night. Investigators are calling it a murder-suicide.

Police responded to call of shots fired in a residential neighborhood near Will-Center Road. (4900-block of Main Street) at about 8:10 pm.

The multiple shooting involved three family members. Two family members died, including the man who allegedly fired the shots.

A female called 911 operators and reported that a man had a gun, then the line went dead. When officers arrived they discovered two shooting victims. Two other teenagers in the home identified the victims as their mother and sister.

They told officers that their father had shot both victims and had fled the scene. The mother and sister were transported to the hospital. Thirty-six-year-old Tiffany Lee was later pronounced dead at Olympia Fields.

40-year-old Damien Lee was found in University Park in a car with a self- inflicted gunshot wound.

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Iroquois County: 3 men arrested for armed robbery of Gilman McDonald’s

Two former Iroquois County men are among three people arrested for the December 28th armed robbery of the McDonald’s in Gilman. The trio attempted to rob the Gilman business again Tuesday morning.

All three also were identified in armed robberies in Urbana and Savoy, in addition to the Gilman incident.

Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police report the three suspects are in custody. They were arrested Wednesday in Champaign.
19-year-old Tyran Mueller and 19-year-old Lucas Martinez, both of Savoy, and 21-year-old Trevaughn Brownlee of Savoy are accused in the incidents. Mueller is a former Gilman resident. Martinez had been from Onarga.

Charges include: armed robbery, aggravated robbery, burglary, theft, aggravated assault, aggravated battery and attempted aggravated robbery.

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St. Joseph’s College future topic of meeting Thursday

The future of Saint Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, IN is the topic of meetings today (Thurs) and Friday. The Board of Trustees will meet to discuss the school’s future.

The school’s president said it needs $100 million to continue serving students.

Reports indicate some alumni and students will have the option to attend mass at the school’s chapel during Thursday’s meeting, starting at 4 p.m.

According to a letter sent out a week ago by the school’s President Robert Pastoor, the college needs commitments of $20 million before June 1st.

Pastoor said his staff has exhausted all possible avenues in their efforts to improve the financial situation.

The Higher Learning Commission put Saint Joseph’s College on probation last year, due to finances.

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Reward offered after suspicious fire destroys grandstands at Vermillion County, IN Fairgrounds

A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered for information about a suspicious fire that destroyed the grandstands at the Vermilion County Fairgrounds in Indiana.

Officials report all that is left is a pile of rubble after the fire burned the grandstand to the ground. It was the oldest wooden grandstands in Indiana.

Emergency fire crews responded to the fairgrounds Thursday evening before 8:30 pm. The fairgrounds are located just off of State Road 63, near Cayuga, in northern Vermillion County.
Officials have not released a cause, but they do report it is suspicious as there was no electricity connected to the grandstands.

The State Fire Marshal’s Office was on the scene Friday sifting through debris searching for a cause.

Wind gusts did create some extra concerns early Thursday evening and crews spent several hours on scene. No injuries were reported.

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Watseka fire destroys home, no one injured

A Friday afternoon house fire destroyed a 2-story structure and left a family of four homeless.

The state Fire Marshall is investigating what appeared to be “a basement dryer fire” in the 200-block of N. Fifth Street, just two lots north of the Watseka Fire Station. Several area fire departments answered a box-alarm just before 2:45 pm.

Homeowner Jeff Miller’s family of four was all accounted for. No injury was reported. The Red Cross was contacted for assistance.

At least eight fire departments were at the scene; others were on standby, along with IMH Ambulance personnel.

Heavy, thick smoke accompanied the flames that poured from the house. Firemen battled the fire from an aerial truck and on the ground.

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