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Danville fire kills one at group home for veterans

Officials in Vermilion County are investigating a Thursday fire that killed one person in a group home arranged for veterans. There’s been no word on a cause for the fire that was first reported about 11:45 am, according to Danville Police.

Public Safety Director Larry Thomason said the Coroner's Office has not yet released the identity of the man whose body was found in the bathroom as firefighters were battling a blaze on Park Street.

Coroner Jane McFadden reports the family of the victim is yet to be located.

When firefighters arrived at the single-family structure that's been divided into multiple residences for veterans, they found an individual in an enclosed front porch. Firefighters got the man clear of the house. It was their understanding that there was no one else inside.

After attacking the flames and heavy smoke coming from the house, they eventually made their way inside where they discovered the man's body in the bathroom.

The Illinois State Fire Marshal's Office is still investigating the cause of the blaze.

The house was divided to accommodate up to five veterans.

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$100,000 bond for one of three suspects in Gilman armed robbery

A 21-year-old Savoy man appeared in Iroquois County Court Thursday where his bond was set at $100,000. Trevaughn Brownlee is accused in the December 28th armed robbery at McDonald’s in Gilman.

Brownlee is a suspect in the early-morning robbery in Iroquois County. Two other suspects are yet to appear in court.

19-year-old Tyran Mueller and 19-year-old Lucas Martinez, both of Savoy and former Iroquois County residents, were also arrested for the crime. They were still being held in Champaign County.

The trio are also suspects in two Champaign County robberies; one at a service station in Urbana and a church burglary.

Mueller and Martinez are former employees at the McDonald’s in Gilman. Iroquois County Investigator Cliff Perzee said the three returned to Gilman again Tuesday morning in another attempt to rob the business.

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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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