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Weekend drowning in Kankakee River

Emergency crews were on the scene Sunday on the Kankakee River near Aroma Park, where a 14-year-old boy was an apparent drowning victim.

Several agencies were involved after an emergency dispatch was received about 2 pm.

Illinois State Police reported receiving the call near Aroma Park, learning a 14-year-old male was in the river with four other juveniles when he went under. Police reported the victim did not surface and a multi-agency water / dive team rescue started its search. The search and investigation continued until the body was recovered at 7 pm.

The incident is under investigation.

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Agencies Involved: ISP District 21, ISP Zone 3, IDNR, Kankakee County Coroner, Kankakee County Sheriff's Department, Kankakee PD, Aroma Park PD, St. Anne PD, Aroma Park FD, Kankakee FD, Manteno FD, Momence FD, Bradley FD, Limestone FD, Kentland IN FD.

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Watseka: Battery outside City Hall

A disturbance outside Watseka City Hall last week has a 20-year-old Watseka man facing charges of Aggravated Battery and Disorderly Conduct.

Brett Ordonez was arrested after he allegedly battered an elderly male subject over some kind of civil matter.

It was just past 9 pm Thursday when police officers responded to cries for help in the City Hall parking lot. The victim was treated for injuries at Iroquois Memorial Hospital.

Ordonez spent time at the Iroquois County Jail and has since been released on bond.

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Route 17 / Splear Road mishap injures 4-year-old

A four-year-old girl was among three people injured Friday morning in a two-vehicle collision on Route 17 at Splear Road, east of Kankakee.

The driver of an SUV the child was a passenger in was cited by Illinois State police for Failure to Yield. 32-year-old Jillian Rodgers of Bourbonnais was southbound on Splear Road at 7:40 am. The driver pulled onto Route 17 and was hit by a westbound car on Highway 17, which was driven by a St. Anne man.

Both drivers and the child were taken to local hospitals.

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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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