Missing Juvenile: Dominique Ferguson, 14 year old black female, 5'05", 150 pounds. Missing from Kankakee and may be in the company of her mother, Lakesha Howard, somewhere in Chicago near Ohio and Hamlin. Dominique came to Kankakee from Florida, where she lives with her father. Once here, she was reported missing by her grandfather and father. Anyone with information about Dominique is asked to contact their local police department.
The Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department is asking for assistance from the public in the collection of dead birds found in Ford and Iroquois counties. "Since West Nile virus arrived in Illinois at the end of the summer of 2001, dead birds have been important sentinels for early West Nile virus activity," said Terry Eimen, Environmental Health Director for the health department. "We are looking for "perching birds" such as crows, blue jays, starlings, robins, cardinals, mockingbirds, catbirds, and grackles. Also many species of sparrows, finches, flycatchers, swallows, warblers and wrens will be accepted for testing."
Mr. Eimen said submitted birds should be believed dead less than 24 hours. Birds should only be submitted if they have not been damaged by scavenging animals and are not decomposed. Birds that have an obvious cause of death such as a gunshot wound or that have been hit by motor vehicles are not eligible for testing. Residents who find dead birds should double bag them in plastic bags (plastic bags that seal are best). Citizens should collect and then take them to the Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department offices at 235 North Taft Street in Paxton or at 114 North Third Street in Watseka.
For more information regarding collection of dead birds, contact Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department Environmental Staff at 815-432-2483.
Kankakee Police issue Missing – Endangered Person report
Missing Person Endangered: Altovise A. Drew is a 32 year old black female (photo attached) who is 5’07”, 120 pounds, black hair and brown eyes. Ms. Drew has epileptic seizures, is considered mentally disabled and is slightly paralyzed on the right side of her body. She was last seen wearing a black dress with tights. Her family believes she may have met someone online and may be trying to go to Chicago. Anyone with information is asked to contact their local police department.
CHARLESTON — Central High School’s Rayanne Wright will remember her 2013 trip to O’Brien Field in Charleston, IL.
The Standout Central Comet senior brings home a 1st Place state trophy from Eastern Illinois University. Rayanne Wright captured the ultimate prize Saturday to cap her high school career.
Wright defended her title in the Class 1A 400-meter dash at the IHSA girls track and field state finals at EIU’s O'Brien Stadium. She’s a back-to-back state champion.
Wright's winning time of 56.60 seconds was her best of the season and the fastest local 400 time this year. It also bested her championship time of 56.94 from last year.
"I'm just ecstatic right now. It's a great way to end my high school career," Wright said. "I was a little nervous going into the race. I was seeded second, and Sullivan High School’s Amanda McClain is a great runner. I prepared as much as I could and put my faith in my strength, my training throughout the year and my experience.”