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Fireman injured in downtown blaze in Kankakee

A former automobile dealership building went up in flames overnight in Kankakee. What was the old Key City Chevrolet dealership at Court Street and Chicago Avenue sustained damage. Un-official reports claim the roof and walls collapsed. Explosions were heard by onlookers.

The fire alerted Kankakee firemen about 2 am. One firefighter was treated for an injury.

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Barn fire destroys structure in Newton County

Brook, Indiana Fire Chief Kyle Conrad reports a barn fire (Tuesday) in Newton County was “suspicious.” Conrad says it was a a total loss. There was no injury.

The Brook Fire Department answered the call about 1 pm. Mutual aid came from Goodland, Morocco and Kentland.
Firefighters were at the scene about 2 and a-half hours. That was at 10827 S. State Road 55.

The farm is operated by Mark and Marcella Meyer of Brook. The barn remained standing but was a total loss.

Conrad ruled the cause as “undetermined but suspicious.”

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Mike Sabol appointed to bench in 21st Circuit

Watseka attorney Michael Sabol will serve the 21st Judicial Circuit as its news Associate Judge.

The Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts announced (Tuesday) Sabol will fill a vacancy on the bench. He fills the vacancy created with the recent retirement of Judge Gordon Lustfeldt.

A swearing-in date hasn’t been set yet.

Sabol is the second attorney in recent weeks to be appointed the bench in the circuit. J. Imani Drew was recently sworn-in to serve Kankakee County as an Associate Judge.

Sabol is in private practice with the law firm Godin, Denton & Elliott in Momence. He’s also worked as an Iroquois County Public Defender since 2006. Prior to working in private practice, Sabol was employed in the Iroquois County State’s Attorney’s office.

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Iroquois County Board OK’s ¼- cent public safety tax referendum

Iroquois County voters will get an opportunity to say Yes or No to a public safety tax in November.

The County Board (Tuesday) voted 11-5 to place a quarter-cent sales tax on the November 8 ballot -- to fund public safety issues.

The motion for a ¼-cent tax question passed after an earlier motion for a ½-cent tax failed in an 8-all vote.

Sheriff Derek Hagen told the board members money generated from the tax would go toward public safety and it’s the discretion of the board to decide how to channel that money for specific use.

Hagen’s comment clarifies questions from concerned board members, who worry how that money is to be used.

The sheriff said the public safety tax is used for public safety alone and does not take money from the general fund for law enforcement.

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Stokes indicted by Kankakee grand jury

The Kankakee County grand jury has indicted Keon Stokes for 2-counts of first-degree murder for the beating death of his young son.

The charge against the Kankakee man was upgraded from aggravated battery after an autopsy and toxicology report was returned. The State’s Attorney’s office claims the 18-month-old child was beaten to death in April.

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