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Kankakee Man avoids prison in DUI case

Kankakee Man avoids prison in DUI case

45-year-old Serafin Medina of Kankakee was spared a prison sentence for a DUI conviction. Instead, he’ll serve a house-arrest for his DUI, which involved a traffic accident that killed his uncle.


Judge Susan Sumner Tungate (Friday) imposed the sentence which allows Serafin Medina to become the first in Kankakee County to avoid a prison term in favor of the experimental program, requiring him to wear an ankle device to monitor any alcohol consumption.

Judge Tungate considered Medina’s three teen daughters, in electing to go with the house-arrest. A prison term could have led to the three daughters being sent to Mexico or splitting up the family and sending the girls to foster-homes.

The Daily-Journal reports a Mexican immigrant living legally in the U.S., Medina has worked at the same job for 25 years. Medina has no criminal record other than the DUI felony conviction that killed his uncle in the March 2009 accident in St. Anne.

Judge Tungate sentenced Medina to 18 months of work-release. He’ll be allowed to leave only for work and will spend weekends in the county jail. Part of his probation also prohibits him from consuming any alcohol.


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Sun Chemical Fire under investigation

Kankakee Fire Chief Ron Young reported Friday the cause of the Thursday night fire at Sun Chemical manufacturing was unknown, but the fire did about $76,000 in damage.

Kankakee Fire, Kankakee Township, and Bradley Fire responded to the call on Festival Drive, along I-57 about 8 pm.

Sun Chemical makes organic pigment for use in printing inks, plastics, paints and cosmetics.

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Flooding not over yet, caution advised in Illinois and Indiana

THE FLOOD WARNING CONTINUES FOR THE FOLLOWING RIVERS IN ILLINOIS and INDIANA…..

IROQUOIS RIVER AT RENSSELAER AFFECTING JASPER COUNTY, INDIANA. IROQUOIS RIVER NEAR FORESMAN AFFECTING NEWTON COUNTY, INDIANA. IROQUOIS RIVER AT IROQUOIS AFFECTING IROQUOIS COUNTY. IROQUOIS RIVER NEAR CHEBANSE AFFECTING IROQUOIS & KANKAKEE COUNTIES.

SUGAR CREEK AT MILFORD AFFECTING IROQUOIS COUNTY. KANKAKEE RIVER AT DUNNS BRIDGE AFFECTING PORTER COUNTY, INDIANA. KANKAKEE RIVER NEAR KOUTS AFFECTING JASPER & PORTER COUNTIES in INDIANA. KANKAKEE RIVER AT SHELBY AFFECTING LAKE & NEWTON COUNTIES in INDIANA. KANKAKEE RIVER AT MOMENCE AFFECTING KANKAKEE COUNTY KANKAKEE RIVER NEAR WILMINGTON AFFECTING GRUNDY & WILL COUNTIES. MAZON RIVER NEAR COAL CITY AFFECTING GRUNDY COUNTY VERMILION RIVER AT PONTIAC AFFECTING LIVINGSTON COUNTY VERMILION RIVER NEAR LEONORE AFFECTING LA SALLE COUNTY

WIDESPREAD FLOODING CONTINUES.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS.

SAFETY MESSAGE.IF YOU ENCOUNTER A FLOODED ROADWAY.TURN AROUND AND FIND AN ALTERNATE ROUTE.

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Flood Warnings continue; emergency management monitors water levels

The National Weather Service is closely watching the area’s river levels with flooding issues a concern statewide. Governor Pat Quinn Thursday issued a state of emergency to provide local governments with needed assistance.

The declaration makes personnel and equipment available, where needed.

Current river levels are available at www.iqesda.com

The Iroquois County Emergency Services and Disaster Agency (ESDA) is monitoring the Iroquois River and Sugar Creek.

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Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service: Chicago: Iroquois River at Iroquois

 

Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service: Chicago: Sugar Creek at Milford

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Gov.Quinn declares disaster in 38 flood-hit counties

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Gov. Pat Quinn has declared 38 counties state disaster areas after surveying flood damage from the heavy rainstorms across Illinois.

The disaster declaration, issued Thursday night, will speed and expand the deployment of state emergency resources. It also allows the state to seek federal help.

Flash floods and rivers that have quickly risen to record or near-record levels have inundated communities. Thousands of people have been evacuated around the state, and the floodwaters have damaged or destroyed homes and business and shut down roads.

In a statement announcing the disaster declaration, Quinn says "Illinois has seen an incredible level of devastation and reports indicate that conditions will get worse in the coming days."