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Wrongful-death suit filed on behalf of Pontiac Police officer

The parents of Pontiac police officer Casey Kohlmeier, who was killed last year in the line of duty, have filed a wrongful-death lawsuit.

Named as defendants in the suit are the driver accused of hitting the officer,that driver's employer and a Bloomington bar where he allegedly got drunk.

Livingston County court documents show Keri Schmidt and Jeff Kohlmeier have filed the lawsuit against Jason Collins of West Columbia, S.C.; Baran Telecom Inc., a Georgia telecommunications company that employed Collins; and GS Partners Inc., owners of Ride the Nine/Shooter's Lounge in Bloomington.

Collins is accused of aggravated driving under the influence and reckless homicide in connection with the Oct. 30, 2013, accident that killed 29-year-old Casey Kohlmeier. The police officer died when his squad car was struck by Collins' pickup truck on Interstate 55, just north of Illinois 23 near Pontiac.

Collins remains jailed in Macon County. He needs $100,000 bond to be released. His jury trial is set for Aug. 11.

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Attorney seeks withdraw from Condon murder case

Defense attorney Ed Glazar Jr. says he hasn't been paid for his services, so he's asking the court to allow him to withdraw from representing Iroquois County murder suspect Andrew Condon.

Glazar's motion will be heard May 22nd and could result in the case being turned over to public defenders. And that would delay any trial schedule for the 34-year

The rural Ashkum man is accused of the fatal shooting of 27-year-old Jonathan Rubin of Danforth. Rubin was fatally shot in October of 2012 at the Gilman gas station where he worked.

Glazar has been onboard representing Condon since his November 2012 arrest on first-degree murder charges. Condon has pleaded innocent.

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Letter carriers' food drive is Saturday

You can help reduce hunger in your community this Saturday. The National Association of Letter Carriers will hold its annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive.

You're asked to leave non-perishable food in a sturdy bag by your mailbox. Your letter carrier will pick it up and get it to the Eastern Illinois Foodbank or a local food pantry in your county.

Letter carriers are participating throughout East Central Illinois.

This food drive was first started in 1992. Last year, it brought in 74.4 million pounds of food across the country, bringing the total food collected for all years this event has taken place to 1.3 billion pounds.

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Award winners named at annual Watseka Chamber Banquet

Volunteer Joann Howard was named the Lifetime Achievement award winner Wednesday evening in Watseka. And Watseka Park District Director Sherry Johnson earned the Citizen-of-the-Year award.

The winners were named by the Times-Republic at the Watseka Area Chamber of Commerce annual awards get-together at Celebrations.

Joann Howard has been a 44-year volunteer with the VFW and she's active in the community.

The success of several programs offered thru the Park District is the result of Sherry Johnson's leadership. Park District programs benefit both children and adults.

The Chamber of Commerce also recently recognized Christine McTaggart of the ARC of Iroquois County as the Business Leadership Award winner.

Julie Watts of Travel Discoveries is the 2014 Staff Achievement Award winner.

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I-West High School student named U.S. Presidential Scholar

GILMAN — U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has announced the selection of Halley Cummings of Danforth, who attends Iroquois West High School in Gilman, as a 2014 U.S. Presidential Scholar.

Cummings is the daughter of William and Jill Cummings and will be attending Washington University in St. Louis with an intended major of architecture.

Cummings is one of 141 American high school seniors selected as 2014 U.S. Presidential Scholars. They will be honored for their accomplishments in Washington, D.C., from June 22-25.

The White House Commission on Presidential Scholars, appointed by President Barack Obama, selects students annually for the honor based on their academic success, artistic excellence, essays, school evaluations and transcripts, as well as evidence of community service, leadership, and demonstrated commitment to high ideals.

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