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Watseka sheds second-set woes in v-ball win

It was all about getting back to the basics, what got them to a Sectional final. That was the message from coach Krista Pufahl to her team after it dropped Game 2 to Reed Custer in Thursday’s Class 2A Sectional Championship at Seneca, IL.

The veteran coach told her team, “It’s done. It’s over with. Let’s focus on Game 3. Fresh start. Let’s get back to the game plan.”

What the Watseka Warriors did was just that. Watseka (36-2) did dominated the third set for a 25-17, 21-25, 25-13 victory against the Comets to earn a trip to the super-sectional round for the third consecutive season.

Katie Kidwell led Watseka with 14 kills, 14 digs and three blocks. Kennedy Bauer chipped in nine kills and five digs, and four other players notched at least one kill.

“We have a lot of offensive weapons,” Pufahl said. “
Emily Bunting had her own double-double with 23 assists and 14 digs, and Mallory Drake also hit double-digit digs with 11.

Watseka faces Chicago Latin at 1 pm Saturday in Elmhurst for a return to next weekend’s state tournament.
Chicago Latin won its first sectional title with a 25-23, 10-25, 25-23 victory against Elmhurst IC Catholic on Thursday in Chicago.

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Second Trial, Second Conviction For Murder

(Joliet, IL) -- A Will County man could be facing 55-years in prison after being convicted a second time of stabbing his former boss to death in 2007. Three years ago, an appellate court cited a judge's mistake and threw out the 2011 conviction of Martin Gomez for robbing and killing Joseph Salamie ( Sal –uh-ME) in his Peotone home. He defended himself during his second trial, and argued again that the state hadn't proved that he attacked Salamie (Sal-uh-ME) and stabbed him more than a hundred times. The jury took five hours to convict him Thursday.

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23-year prison term for Kankakee mother

In Kankakee Circuit Court... 29-year-old Gregoria Perez was sentenced Tuesday to 23 years in prison. She pleaded guilty to killing her 13-month-old daughter in February 2010.

A lesser charge of aggravated battery to a child was the result of a plea agreement. The original charge was murder.
Her daughter, Alma Perez, was discovered unresponsive in her crib by police in a home in the 500 block of South Chicago Avenue Feb. 19, 2010.

Alma was later pronounced dead at a local hospital. An autopsy determined she was hit in the head and was suffocated.

Perez must serve 85 percent of the sentence and will get credit for the six-plus years she has been jailed at the Jerome Combs Detention Center.

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Fire at senior living facility in Newton County

Officials in Goodland, IN say one man was injured when a recliner fire damaged an apartment at a senior-living facility Thursday.

The un-identified man suffered burns when he tried to put the fire out himself. The fire was at the Ashland Place Senior Homes on North Iroquois Street.

The injured person was airlifted to a hospital. His condition wasn’t known. The cause of the fire was under investigation.

Goodland Fire Chief Jeff Miiller said the man who lived in the apartment was away shopping. He returned home to find the apartment on fire. He was injured trying to put the flames out.

The fire was contained to the living room of the apartment.

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KCC Business Center closes

Kankakee Community College is closing its Business Center.  It's another casualty of the state of Illinois' budget mess.  Funding isn't available to sustain operations.

The center provides support for businesses looking to expand.  The school reports up to 180 customers are affected by the closing.  Similiar operations at Joliet junior-college and Governors

State University are also being forced to close foir lack of state support.

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