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Paxton man faces felony charges for fatal accident

Felony charges are now on file against a 25-year-old rural Paxton man charged in a fatal crash that took the life of a 19-year-old woman. The two-vehicle crash in Ford County August 1 killed a Kourtni “Suzy” Eastman.

Thomas Hoeskstra has been charged with reckless homicide and aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol.
Illinois State Police reported Hoekstra had a blood-alcohol content nearly twice the legal limit of 0.08 — when blood and urine samples were provided voluntarily by Hoekstra following the accident.

It happened on route 45 and Ford County Road 200. Police said Hoekstra crossed the centerline and hit the car Eastman was a passemnger in broadside. Three others with Eastman were also injured.

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Arrest made in gas station hold-up

32-year-old Thomas James of Kankakee was arrested over the weekend following a hold-up at a gas station early Sunday.

Police took James into custody without incident at an apartment complex not far from the business on South Indiana Avenue.

James allegedly showed a handgun during the robbery but did not fire any shots. No injuries were reported and police said they recovered the gun, as well as an undisclosed amount of cash and several cartons of cigarettes.

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Teen killed in Newton County, IN crash

Details are yet to be released officially, but emergency responders report a 13-year-old boy died Sunday night in a crash in Newton County, Indiana.

The un-identified boy was killed and another juvenile injured when they were ejected from a vehicle. The crash happened at 600 N and 400 W.

A westbound Jeep entered the intersection where it was hit by a southbound SUV.

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Glazar responds to Rowe attacks on "the facts" in State's Attorney's race

Republican Kankakee County State's Attorney candidate Ed Glazar responded *decisively to attacks from Democratic oppoenent Jim Rowe about his budget record as Chief Public Defender.

Glazar said "despite my opponent's claims, the official county record shows that I have never been overbudget in my line-item budget from 2001 thru 2014, which were the years I completed as Chief Public Defender."   Glazar said "Rowe is distorting the truth, again, for political reasons."

Glazar also refutes several other accusations made by Rowe, including that Glazar doubled his stipend as Chief Public Defender.  Glazar points out, "I never doubled anybody's stipend.  In fact, Glazar said during his tenure, he eliminated those stipends to save money, which is easily researched."

Glazar also pointed to Rowe being wrong about his claim that Glazar somehow "gave" healthcare coverage to part-time government employees."  Glazar clarified that "the truth is benefits for part-time lawyers have been in place before 1983, when I started as an assistant public defender."

Glazar points to Rowe's inexperience, addign that "anyone who has experience in the position would know that; it's Rowe's lack of experience that shows we can't afford to have him in the State's Attorney's office."

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Rowe gains endorsement from sheriff deputies for S-A

Democrat Jim Rowe has gained the endorsement of Kankakee County sheriff deputies in the race for States’ Attorney.

It’s a first for the sheriff deputies to endorse a candidate for state’s attorney. The local chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) #150 pointed to Rowe’s vision for the office in giving him the endorsement over Republican Ed Glazar.

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