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Guilty verdict in Joliet double murder

Twenty-year-old Bethany McKee of Joliet has been found guilty for her part in a double murder in Joliet last year.

McKee faces a mandatory life sentence. Judge Gerald Kinney presided over her bench trial and issued his verdict Friday.

The January 2013 slayings of 22-year-olds Terrance Rankins and Eric Glover were particularly gruesome. The men were found in a home in Joliet with plastic bags over their heads.

McKee was arrested in Kankakee shortly after the bodies of the victims were found.

Two other suspects are awaiting trial and a fourth, Alissa Massaro, has pleaded guilty to robbery and concealment of a homicidal death in exchange for a 10-year prison sentence.

In final arguments earlier this month, McKee's attorney argued his client may be guilty of other things, but there's no evidence linking her to the murders.

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Herscher, Hoopeston host Labor Day events

Labor Day weekend events in the WGFA-listening area include the Herscher Labor Day Celebration and the National Sweet Corn Festival in Hoopeston.

The 94th Herscher Labor Day Celebration includes the annual Grand Parade at 10:30 on Labor Day morning. Long-time Herscher School secretary Thelma Webber will serve as the parade's grand marshall.

The 3-day event runs Saturday thru Monday. Many of the usual events are on the agenda, including a carnival, petting zoo, arts & crafts, and entertainment.

At Hoopeston --- young women from 43 states are represented as they compete for the title of 'Miss National Sweetheart." The young ladies are all first runner-ups from their own state's pageants, which feed into the Miss America Pageant.

The 'Sweetheart Pageant" is part of the 71st National Sweet Corn Festival at McFerren Park.

Also....this weekend is the annual Earl Park Fall Festival in Indiana.

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Westville’s 104th Labor Day Celebration

The Westville Lions Club is hosting that community's 104th Labor Day Parade and Celebration this holiday weekend. Events are taking place at Zamberletti Park and St. Mary's Church.

The Westville Labor Day Parade is often called "the longest running Labor Day parade in Illinois and maybe even the United States.'

'The church plays a big role in the celebration. There's an International Food Fest. The Second Annual Cruise In features antique and classic cars And events continue at St. Mary's Church and Zamberletti Park on Monday. The Westville Labor Day Parade begins at 11:30 Monday morning following the Danville Labor Day Parade which starts at 10:00 a.m.

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Kankakee: Home invasion, man robbed

Kankakee police are following up on leads in their investigation of a home invasion in which a man was beaten and robbed.

Police reports indicated a 26-year-old man returned to his West Station Street home about 10 pm Sunday after buying a pack of cigarettes at a store not too far away. A short time later, he heard a knock at his door. When he answered it, allegedly two black men in their 20s forced their way into the house and hit him in the face with a handgun.

The intruders went through his pockets and took about $85. A fight between the victim and the intruders broke out. The victim said the pair fled eastbound. Two women inside the house also described the incident in similar fashion.

Police said the victim said he believed the men were inside the neighborhood store when he bought the cigarettes and saw his cash as the purchase was made.

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Trucker Indicted In Deadly Will County Crash

A Will County grand jury has brought reckless homicide charges against the Indiana trucker involved in the I-55 crash that killed five people last month near Elwood.

Francisco Quiroz of Leesburg, Indiana, is charged with speeding through a construction zone and crashing into three stopped vehicles, killing three adults and an eleven-year-old girl on the spot. A fourth adult died later.

Quiroz is also accused of driving a commercial vehicle despite a complete lack of vision in his right eye. He remains in custody.

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