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Manteno bank president Pat Martin named chairman of Economic Alliance

The vacancy in the top position of the Economic Alliance of Kankakee County is no longer vacant. Pat Martin has been named to fill the post recently vacated by Joe Franco. Franco had been the only chairman of the organization since it formed in 2007. Martin is president of the Homestar Bank in Manteno. He’ll also carry the title of Chairman of the Economic Alliance of Kankakee County. Martin will serve a one-year term. Plans then, are to hand the chairmanship over to Riverside Medical Center president/CEO Phil Kambic. Martin’s goal is to move the alliance forward; keep the momentum moving to educate others about Kankakee County and what it has to offer. 94.1 FM, WGFA
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Pembroke bus fiasco leads to indictments in Kankakee County

The battering of a student on a school bus in Pembroke Township now finds five people facing indictment. The Kankakee County grand jury returned its ruling against the five for Battery and Mob Action.

It was September 16th when the five defendants boarded a school bus and caused the disturbance.

State's Attorney Jamie Boyd identifies the defendants as Patricia Brooks, Johnnie Brooks, Kushaiah Grant, Brook Harris and Cornell Grant. The five are accused of boarding the bus to confront a student who reportedly had been bullying a female relative. The five allegedly battered a student who had come to the defense of the young girl.

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Vermilion County burglaries under investigation

Sheriff investigators in Vermilion County are looking into whether two people arrested this week can be connected to recent residential burglaries in northern Vermilion County.

Police report there's been an increase in burglaries in the north end of the county in recent weeks. And residential burglaries are also occurring in western Indiana.

Two people were arrested earlier this week after a sheriff's deputy spotted them leaving a rural home. And the two are suspects in the rash of burglaries, although the sheriff's department also has other suspects in some of the burglaries.

33-year-old Myrna Moore of Hoopeston, and 33-year-old Jeremiah Smith of Rossville were charged Wednesday in Vermilion County Circuit Court with residential burglary. Moore was also charged with aggravated fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer, and Smith was also charged with resisting or obstructing a police officer.

Moore and Smith were arrested Tuesday when a deputy sheriff was patrolling and spotted two individuals getting into a van at a rural residence northeast of Bismarck. The deputy attempted to stop them, and they drove off in the van. The deputy chased the vehicle. Kaag said the suspects were throwing stolen merchandise from the van as the deputy chased them over the state line into western Indiana.

The suspects eventually led police back into Illinois east of Rossville, where officers put stop sticks in the road, flattening the tires of the van. The two continued in the van, driving through farm fields where the driver eventually lost control and wrecked.

Police reported Smith was on parole, had been arrested and charged with drug possession last week and bonded out on those charges last week. Both are being held in the Vermilion County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bond.

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Kankakee cousins sentenced for attempted murder

Two Kankakee cousins, 22-year-old Jonathon and 26-year-old Jerrell Wade, have been handed lengthy prison terms. The two men were found guilty in July for the shooting of 25-year-old Greg Dismuik.

Jonathon was sentenced to 32 years in prison. Jerrell received a 44-year term in the DOC. The Wades' were accused of firing several rounds of gunfire at the victim on North 5th Avenue. Prosecutors said it was all over an ongoing dispute.

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I-65 traffic snarled by semi rollover

Indiana State Police report a semi tied up traffic on I-65 near Lowell Thursday morning. A Valparaiso, IN truck driver lost control while southbound around 11 am. The truck was changing lanes in a construction zone when it left the roadway. The rig rolled onto its side. The un-identified driver was treated at a Crown Point hospital.

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