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Kankakee Latin Kings Leader, members face charges in federal court

Five Kankakee area men identified as local leaders and members of the Latin Kings and a girlfriend of one of the men are scheduled for trial in August (2016). They face federal charges after making their respective initial appearances in Urbana before U.S. District Judge Colin S. Bruce.

A federal grand jury returned three indictments earlier in June 2016, but the charges had remained sealed pending their arrests and court appearances.

31-year-old James Atwood of Bourbonnais, 22-year-old Jessie Dorsett and Jovan Saulsberry, both of Kankakee, are charged in one indictment with conspiracy to distribute cocaine. If convicted, both offenses carry statutory penalties of up to 20 years in prison; if a defendant has a prior felony drug conviction, the statutory penalty increases to up to 30 years in prison.

The federal record shows, in a separate indictment, 43-year-old Jesse Guardiola of Martinton is charged with five counts of possession of a firearm by a felon.

Guardiola's girlfriend, 30-year-old Heather Grad of Kankakee is charged with Guardiola in count two of the indictment, with possession of a firearm by a felon.

A third indictment charges 30-year-old Santos Salgado of Kankakee with two counts of possession of a firearm by a felon. That could bring up to 10 years in prison.

Atwood, Saulsberry, Guardiola, and Salgado remain in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service. Dorsett is already in the custody of the Illinois Department of Corrections on unrelated charges. Grad has been released on bond. Trial for the defendants in each case is scheduled on Aug. 16, 2016.

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Single-vehicle crash claims another life on Route 113

A 22-year-old Kankakee man was killed Sunday night in yet another traffic crash on Illinois Route 113. Two other people also died in separate accidents last month on 113.

Sam Provost was identified as Sunday night's victim.

Illinois State Police report he was westbound at 3115W in Kankakee County when the car ran off the roadway. The car overturned several times, ejecting the driver.

Provost was pronounced dead at Riverside Medical Center.

(He is the son of Daily-Journal reporter Lee Provost).

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Arrests made after shooting of Danville teen

Five teenagers are under arrest after a 16-year-old died in a shooting in Danville last week. Seventeen-year-old Dallaz Camareno was arrested for murder and mob action on Thursday in connection to the death of 16-year-old Devon McClyde, who was shot while playing basketball in a park. Four boys between the ages of 14 and 16 were also arrested for mob action and aggravated battery. Police are still investigating. {Metro News}

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“Drivin’ the Dixie” held Saturday

Classic car enthusiasts traveled the Dixie Highway Saturday. The annual event featured cars and trucks driving along Route 1 from Danville to Milford. Another trek featured vehicles from Blue Island to Momence.

The Vermilion County Museum promotes the Danville to Milford 'Drivin' the Dixie' event.

Anyone and everyone is always welcome to join the event. Info is posted online at www.vermilioncountymuseum.org.

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Paxton crash kills Rantoul 17-year-old

A one-vehicle crash south of Paxton (Friday) claimed the life of a 17-year-old girl from Rantoul. The accident is under investigation by the Ford County Sheriff's Department and the Champaign County Coroner.

Dakota Odom was pronounced dead at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana just before 5 pm. Reports stated she lost control of her car and struck a tree near 276 N. Ford County Road 1900 East around 3:30 pm.

Miss Odom and a back-seat passenger, a 17-year-old male, were trapped inside the vehicle and had to be extricated. A front-seat passenger, a 17-year-old female, was ejected prior to the impact.

Odom was traveling behind another vehicle which began to make a turn. Miss Odom began to go around the vehicle, went off the road and overcorrected.

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