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Rossville home invasion nets Paxton man 15 years in DOC

A 21-year-old Paxton man was sentenced to 15 years in prison in connection with a home invasion in Rossville earlier this year. 21-yr-old Frank Zamiar III pleaded guilty in August to one count of home invasion, a Class X felony. Vermilion County prosecutors agreed to dismiss two additional counts of home invasion, plus one count of felony theft.

The Paxton Record reports Zamiar will be required to serve at least 50 percent of his 15-year sentence in the Illinois Department of Corrections. Zamiar was given credit for 147 days already served at the Vermilion County Jail.

Zamiar was charged in connection with a May 3 incident in Rossville. Police records showed a man and a woman heard a banging noise DURING AN EARLY-MORNING HOUR and then discovered that someone had kicked open a door. The man and woman were restrained by the intruder and the man was battered and items of value were stolen from the home.

Vermilion County investigators, with the help of Paxton police, identified Zamiar as a suspect, and a search warrant was obtained and executed at his home, where items linked to the home invasion were found.

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DACC host to candidates forum

The candidates for Vermilion County Auditor and Coroner, along with those running for the 52nd State Senate seat, answered questions and talked about issues at a forum at Danville Area Community College Monday night.

The forum was sponsored by the Business Women of Vermilion County, DACC Annuitants Association, Danville Public Library and the Executive Club.

Auditor Linda Lucas-Anstey, challenger Bill Wright each answered questions in the forum.

The candidates coroner included current deputy-coroner Steve Cornett, who’s also Tilton Police Chief, and Jayne McFadden, currently Commander of the Danville Police Criminal Investigation Division. Current Coroner Peggy Johnson is not seeking re-election.

State Senator Scott Bennett and his challenger, Michael Madigan, also participated.

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Kankakee County Sheriff investigation: 4 men shot to death in Pembroke Township

Kankakee County Sheriff Mike Downey says all leads will be pursued in looking for the gunman who shot and killed four men in Pembroke Township.

The sheriff told reporters (Monday) police have reason to believe the four black male victims are all connected to the crimes , even though one of the victims was discovered away from the house where three others were found Sunday......

Just before 1 p.m. Sunday, a family member discovered the bodies of three men who had been shot to death inside a home on 5500E Road. Their identities were released by Kankakee County Coroner Bob Gessner as a father and his two sons.

56-year-old Reginald Neal, 24-year-old Dangelo Neal and 21-year-old Davante Hopkins. All died of multiple gunshot wounds.

Sheriff Downey said the triple homicide may be linked to another homicide that occurred early Saturday morning.
At 1:12 p.m. Saturday, deputies responded to a shooting on 1725E Road. There, they found the body of 46-year-old Ralph Ledet laying alongside the road. He was shot multiple times and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The sheriff said all the victims are connected to the House where Sunday’s three victims were discovered –that was Ledets’s house.

If you know something, call Crime Stoppers at 815-93CRIME."

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Indiana farm fatalities rise >

Purdue University researchers say Indiana’s farm fatalities rose 10 percent last year, with tractor overturns remaining the leading cause of fatal injuries on the state’s farms.

Purdue’s annual report found 28 farm-related deaths last year, up from 25 in 2014. But it says Indiana’s farm fatalities continue an overall decline that began in 1970 as increasingly fewer people choose to live and work on farms.

Overturned tractors accounted for 39 percent of Indiana’s farm fatalities last year. All but one of Indiana’s documented tractor overturn deaths in the past 20 years involved tractors lacking rollover bars intended to prevent drivers from being crushed in overturns.

Falls from buildings or horseback, entrapment under equipment and being kicked or rammed by livestock accounted for some of Indiana’s other farm fatalities last year.

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Sign-Up to begin for LIHEAP assistance

The East Central Illinois Community Action Agency begins accepting appointments Monday, October 3rd, for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). Eligible households can apply by calling the offices in Gilman, Paxton, or Danville.

Households with children under the age of six, and those whose energy source has been disconnected are eligible to apply for assistance. LIHEAP is a state and federally funded energy assistance program that helps low-income families.

The agency will continue to accept applications from households with senior citizens and those who have a documented disability.

Vermilion County residents may apply for LIHEAP assistance by scheduling an appointment at the East Central Illinois Community Action Agency at 56 North Vermilion Street in Danville. Call (217) 554-9110...In Ford County call (217) 379-2071....and in Iroquois County call (815) 265-4685.

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