Four jurors were seated Monday in Iroquois County for the murder trial of Andrew Condon. The rural Ashkum man is facing two-counts of murder for the October 2012 shooting death of 27-year-old Jonathan Rubin of Danforth. The victim was killed at a Gilman gas station where he worked as an attendant.
Condon has been jailed since his arrest in early November of 2012.
Parts of Iroquois, Ford and Livingston counties were dealing with excessive runoff following this (Tuesday's) morning's heavy rainfall. An urban and small stream flood advisory was issued by the National Weather Service. The advisory area included up to 3 and 3.5 inches of rain. Several roads had the potential for flooding. Motorists are advised to be aware of changing road conditions.
Bridge work in Iroquois County closes township route
Iroquois County road 1200 N, northeast of Woodworth, is closed to traffic beginning today (Monday 8/17). The bridge on 1200 N. between 1500 E in Crescent Township and 1600 E in Ash Grove Township will remain closed for the next two-three weeks.
Deteriorated wooden beams are being replaced with steel beams to extend the life of the bridge, built in 1973.
Ash Grove Township Road Commissioner Jay Zbinden said the repairs are being made by the Ash Grove and Crescent Township commissioners in order to save tax dollars.
Summer vacation has come to an end and as students head back to the classrooms, area law enforcement officials are emphasizing safety. The motoring public is reminded to slow it down and be extra cautious in and near school zones.
School bus traffic is also another reminder for drivers to pay attention to slowing and stopped school buses. Traffic is required to stop in both directions for stopped school buses.
Today (Monday) is an abbreviated calendar day on day one for some school districts. Some districts have their first full-day of school Tuesday. Others are getting started later in the week or next week. Still other districts are already underway.
High school districts have fall semester after-school activities underway too. The football season begins this Friday night in Indiana --- North & South Newton meet in the season-opener. Hear the action on 94.1 WGFA.
Illinois schools are hosting pre-season scrimmages this Friday evening. The Illinois prep football season begins Friday, August 28th.
A 53-year-old Mississippi woman was killed and two others injured Saturday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 57 in northern Champaign County.
Laurie I. Chandler of Corinth, Miss., was pronounced dead at the scene, about 5 miles north of Rantoul. Illinois State Police said Ms. Chandler was a passenger in a southbound vehicle that was hit by the flatbed trailer of a passing pickup.
The driver of the pickup pulling the trailer was identified as 43-year-old Jerry McCreary II of Loda. Police said he was passing the vehicle driven by 49-year-old Mechele Hamm, of Walnut, Miss., but the flatbed trailer hit the vehicle as he merged back into the right lane.
Hamm lost control and rolled several times in the grassy median.
Three others injured were taken to Carle Hospital in Urbana.