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Bourbonnais bank robbery, suspect in custody

An Orland Park (IL) man is in custody after robbing the Bank of Bourbonnais Wednesday morning. The suspect was arrested after crashing his vehicle in a get-away attempt.

53-year-old David McDonald was identified by Bourbonnais Police Chief Jim Phelps.

Police reported the arrest was made on Route 45 after McDonald crashed his SUV in a parking lot.

The suspect entered the bank on North Convent Street and Heritage Drive just after 10 a.m. He made off with an undisclosed amount of money. No one was injured.

It was the fifth bank to be robbed in the area since early November. No one has been arrested in any of the robberies.

Other robberies occurred December 27when a man robbed the Municipal Bank in Momence. Federated Bank branches in Bradley and Chebanse were held up December 5 and 19, respectively. And a MainSource Bank branch in Kankakee was robbed on November 8.

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Milford native named new director for Hoopeston Center

A woman well-known in the area has been selected as the new Executive Director of the Hoopeston Multi Agency Service Center. Dana Schaumburg was recently named to the position.

Schaumburg is a Milford native and at one time was the Executive Director of Downtown Danville, Incorporated. She says she looks forward to the opportunity to work with the community members of Hoopeston and surrounding area.

Schaumburg said ‘’The agency has many great programs and I plan to continue to work within these programs and look for opportunities of growth for the agency.

The Hoopeston Multi Agency is a not for profit 501 (c) 3 organization serving residents of northern Vermilion County.

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Winter storm ‘Watch’ posted

The National Weather Service has posted a Winter Storm Watch, effective from 12 noon Friday thru midday Sunday.

Precipitation is expected throughout the weekend that will bring hazardous travel conditions...especially on bridges, overpasses and untreated roads. Sidewalks will also become very slippery. Ice could cause power outages and damage trees.

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Freezing rain triggers traffic problems, one killed on Route 113

This (Thursday) morning’s freezing rain finds much of Kankakee and eastern Will Counties under a blanket of ice and flooded roadways. Some reports of more than an inch and a-half of freezing rain led to slide-offs and rollover accidents.

The weather advisory was in place thru mid-morning.
A Grundy County motorist was killed in a mishap on Illinois Route 113. The driver hit a tree after losing control.

In Indiana, I-65 near Lowell was closed late Wednesday afternoon after two semi-trailers collided near State Road 2. One driver veered off the road and hit another semi that was parked on the shoulder.

Both drivers were injured, one seriously.

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2nd Annual Brett Barragree Memorial Fundraiser

The 2nd Annual Brett Barragree Memorial Fundraiser is currently accepting contributions to “Support Continuing Education for Area 1st Responders”.

Brett Barragree was a passionate first responder for 20 years of his short life. Brett was not only a firefighter, paramedic, and Coast Guard veteran, but he was a Basic EMT trainer both at Iroquois Memorial Hospital (IMH) and while in the U. S. Coast Guard.

This 2nd Annual Fundraiser intends to use Brett's accomplishments as a catalyst to continue to inspire others. In addition to his years in the Coast Guard, Brett worked with and was deeply involved with four local first response units at various times in his career... the Watseka Fire Department, the IMH EMS program, the Woodland Fire Department, & the Riverside Ambulance Service. All funds donated during this fundraiser will be administered by the four above units to provide tuition funds to be used to help area residents wanting to enter or move up in the firefighter and/or paramedic fields. The awards can be used for beginning as well as continuing education in the chosen fields.

A GoFundMe account has been set up to accept contributions for this worthwhile program. To donate, please go to “gofundme.com” and type Brett Barragree or just “1st responders fund” into the search window. Brett’s fundraiser should come up first on the list.

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