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Kankakee: Region 7 returns to indoor food service at 5 pm today

Kankakee and Will counties, Illinois’ Region 7 in the Re-Store Illinois program, will return to Phase 4 restrictions beginning at 5 pm today (Friday). Governor J.B. Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Public Health issued a press release in making the announcement.

Region 7 has reached the threshold to lift mitigations of three consecutive days of a rolling positivity rate below 6.5 percent, with today’s rate at 5.6 percent. As of 5 p.m. today, indoor dining and bar service can resume along with larger gathering sizes as outlined in Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois plan.

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$5-million bond set for Kankakee murder

In Kankakee Circuit Court, a $5-million bond was set for 21-year-old DeJour Turner-Owens. He faces a first-degree murder charge for the shooting death of 26-year-old Marquise Smith of Kankakee. Smith died at Loyola University Medical Center after being shot September 13 in the 300-block of South Wildwood Avenue in Kankakee.

Kankakee Police had been withholding Turner-Owens’ name while the State’s Attorney reviewed the case. Turner-Owens was picked up by police Tuesday. Smith was one of two people wounded by gunfire in separate shootings Sunday. Police said Turner-Owens was identified as the gunman.

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Human remains found in Rantoul

Rantol Police are investigating after human remains were found in a waterway Wednesday. Authorities say the body of a male were discovered in a field near North County Road 1838 E in Champaign County.  Police said the remains were near where a bicycle of person reported missing had been found earlier. The bicycle belonged to David Franklin of Rantoul.  He'd been reported missing on September 3.  No identification was determined on the remains found. Rantoul Police, Champaign County Sheriff's Polcie and Champaign County Coroner's Office are investgigating with an autopsy planned.

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Arson trial dismissed

Prosecutors in Iroquois County dismissed charges against a Fowler, Indiana woman in an arson case from 2017.  The State's Attorney's Office cited "substantial errors in the Fire Marshall's report" for the motion to dismiss the case. A bench trial was set to go Thursday in a case against 47-year-old Melissa Emery.  She was facing felony charges of residential arson and insurance fraud for a Sheldon house fire in June of 2017.  Court records pointed to evidence that Emery allegedly confessed to setting the fire, yet fire marshall Kevin Smith didn't recall the defendant making that statement. The defense also planned to argue that co-defendant Shuan Morgan had confessed to setting the fire. Dismissal of the case referred to significant flaws in the Fire Marshall's investigative report.

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Red Crosss Blood Drives

The American Red Cross is conducting a local blood drive today (Friday) in Watseka.  The American Legion Post 23 welcomes visitors from 9 am 'til 3 pm. 

St. Anne High School hosting a blood drive Saturday 9/18 from 8 am until 1 pm.

Momence Fire Department welcomes blood donars on Monday 9/21 from 2 - 6 pm.

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