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Braidwood woman gets 4-years for DUI

A 55-year-old Braidwood woman was sentenced to four and half years in prison Tuesday for a car crash that killed a Shorewood man last March.

Donna Durkin entered a blind plea one-count of aggravated driving under the influence.

It was on March 15, 2016 when Durkin was southbound on a Frontage Road in Wilmington Township. Records show she veered into the northbound lane and struck another vehicle head-on. The driver of the other vehicle, 79-year-old Lavon Smith, was taken to Loyola Medical Center where he died five days later.

Durkin suffered a broken wrist and ribs in the crash.

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Gibson City golf course could become farmground

The now-shuttered Railside Golf Course at Gibson City could be turned into 197 acres of farmland, if the property isn’t sold – soon.

Owner Doug Brucker has the property for sale. Some investors have shown interest, but nothing is real solid. And the News-Gazette reports, the once popular 18-hole course could be farmland.

The fate of the sport-green rekindles sour memories of the popular Bon Vi Vant golf course in Bourbonnais – which also went away and was plowed under years ago.

Brucker points out he’s not alone. Several once-popular and busy golf courses (and accommodating resorts) are For Sale these days --- the sport just not thriving like it once was.

A committee of investors has been studying the Railside situation since it was closed last September.
The property was listed at $2.288 million by Minion Real Estate in Gibson City.

The property listing includes the 18-hole course, 5,000 square foot clubhouse and pro-shop. There’s also a restaurant, lounge and banquet facility.

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Iroquois jail inmate back in custody after fleeing

An 18-year-old jail inmate in Iroquois County is back behind bars today (Wednesday) after fleeing from custody Tuesday night.

Christian Walder of Cissna Park may have enjoyed his brief overnight freedom, but now faces new charges of Escape and Possession of a Stolen Vehicle.

Walder was taken into custody without incident by sheriff’s deputies at a Cissna Park residence. He was being held at the Watseka jail on charges of burglary and theft.

The Sheriff’s Department reported the escape at 10:14 pm. Correctional Officers were in the process of administering medical treatment to inmates when Walder rushed past a Correctional Officer and jumped thru a locked window.

Sheriff deputies and Watseka Police were immediately dispatched and searched the area around the jail. The search included K-9 units from the Illinois State Police and the Bradley and Paxton Police Departments.

Police said a blood trail led police to the nearby Davis Trailer Court, where it’s believed that Walder stole a vehicle and fled the area.

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‘Total loss’ in Sheldon house fire >

An early-morning fire in Sheldon today (Wednesday) destroyed a huge structure. Firemen were called at 12:43 am to 7th and Concord where first-responders found flames shooting from the roof and the front of the house. No injury was reported.

Firefighters were on the scene until 5:15 this morning. Then, a rekindle had firemen back at the scene.

The same structure burned some 25 years ago. Since then, the structure was renovated several times. The house towers high into the air. No one had been living at the residence, according to fire officials.

Sheldon fire was assisted by Concord, Donovan, Woodland and Kentland, Indiana.

The State Fire Marshall is investigating.

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Watseka man’s body found in Indiana

The body of a missing Watseka man was found today (Monday) near Lafayette, Indiana. 59-year-old Donald Becker was found deceased in Tippecanoe County, according to Watseka Police.

Becker had been missing since last Tuesday morning. He was reported a ‘missing person’ and had been the subject of a search.

Watseka Police said in a press release they were contacted by the Tippecanoe County Sheriff’s Department that the man’s body and his vehicle was located.

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