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Indictment error presents confusion in theft case

                                        Iroquois County case to be reviewed

The legal minds involved in a village-government theft case will be back in court next month (December 2) to iron out paper work that's caused confusion in the case.

This involves theft charges facing a former bookkeeper/collector for the village of Cissna Park.
Rhonda Sue Siebert was in Iroquois County Circuit Court Thursday with intent to plead guilty to a Class 1 felony listed in a grand jury indictment. The indictment charges her with the theft of between $100,000 and $500,000 in village funds.

State's Attorney Jim Devine told the court the charge should have been a more serious Class X felony. Siebert then withdrew her plea.

The 2012 indictment was supposed to be listed as a felony but the mistake. Devine points out, was listed as a Class 1 offense.

The theft of government funds as reported earlier exceeded $100,000.

The indictment paper work will have to be amended.

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Semi rollover bottles up I-65 traffic

Indiana State Police at Lowell reported a semi rolled near Lowell this (Thurs) morning. The rig left I-65, injuring the driver. The semi was hauling produce.

State police also reported a related-accident.. a little further south on the interstate. One vehicle rear-ended another when it failed to slow for traffic that had stopped for the earlier semi rollover.

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V-MEG arrests 5 on drug charges

Targeting heroin trafficking, The Vermilion County Metropolitan Enforcement Group (V-MEG) arrested five people on drug related charges. Three of the five were women, according to a press release from Illinois State Police.

A traffic stop near the Danville Public Housing neighborhood led to the discovery of several syringes in the vehicle. Charges include possession of heroin.

Two other suspects arrested are a husband and wife who were taken into custody (Tuesday) on Danville's west side. Master Sergeant Lisa Mitchell says children found in the couple's home were placed into protective custody with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. Agents confiscated cannabis and a gun from the residence.

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Kankakee man to act as own-attorney in shooting case

A Kankakee man facing a murder charge for the shooting of 24-year-old Tyrone Kennedy Sr. and the wounding of Kennedy's cousin wants to be his own lawyer in the case.

32-year-old Luther Starkey was in Kankakee Circuit Court (Wed). Judge Clark Erickson approved the request .

Tyrone Kennedy was shot dead in 2012 while sitting in a vehicle in the 900-block N. Harrison Street. Darrien Kennedy survived the shooting but was left paralyzed.

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Mental illness delays sentencing for convicted-murderer

A scheduled-sentencing for 21-year-old Dushawn Johnson of Kankakee was delayed in Circuit Court (Wed). A mental evaluation will have to be reviewed after the court learned from the defense attorney that Johnson was "hearing voices."

Johnson was convicted (in April) for the 2010 shooting death of 24-year-old Maria O'Connor. She was hit by gunfire while innocently walking home from a job interview.

During a pre-sentencing investigation, it was revealed Johnson was "hearing voices" so now the mental illness possibility will have to be taken into consideration.

Johnson is facing a minimum 71-year prison term.

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