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Kankakee OK’s public safety fee

The Kankakee City Council has approved a public safety fee to help avoid lay-offs due to the loss of a sales tax revenue program.

Final approval for the fee came after discussion by council-members. Those residents getting their water from Aqua Illinois till pay a $10 monthly fee. The fee will appear on water bills starting in May.

The fee is being implemented to avoid laying off police and fire personnel. There's an expected budget deficit resulting from the recent court ruling doing away with the sales tax revenue sharing from companies setting up office space in Kankakee.

The City Council also approved an ordinance reinstating a vehicle sticker fee that may get final approval next month.

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House fire displaces 10 people in Watseka

Ten people were left homeless in Watseka this morning following a house fire on N. 4th Street. The early-morning fire heavily damaged a single-family home.

Several fire departments responded providing mutual aid to Watseka firemen at 2:45 am. The house is at located 510 North Fourth Street.

There were no injuries reported. Five adults and five children lived in the house.

There was disruption of classes at the Nettie Davis School, directly across the street from the fire.

An apartment complex located next door to the house was temporarily evacuated as a precaution.

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Danville records first homicide of 2014

Danville Police report one man was killed and another hospitalized the result of a double shooting early Sunday.

The victim is identified as 25-year-old Demaree Tetter of Danville. Vermilion County Coroner Peggy Johnson said Tetter was pronounced dead just past 2 am. An autopsy is planned.

Police investigators reported the shootings occurred shortly after 1:30 a.m. after police were called to a fight inside a bar in the 600 block of North Vermilion Street.

The victims were transported to Presence United Samaritans Medical Center. The second man man, who is thirty-five, was treated at the Danville hospital and then transferred to an Urbana hospital for further treatment His wound is not believed to be life-threatening.

No motive for the shooting has been established at this time, according to police.

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Jury convicts trucker in death of Hudson firefighter

A McLean County jury returned a verdict of reckless homicide Friday against the driver of a semitrailer truck that killed Hudson firefighter Chris Brown.

After a week-long trial, the jury deliberated eight hours on the charges against 29-year-old Mansur Shakirov of Spokane, Wash. He will be jailed until an April 24 sentencing hearing, when he faces a possible term of 14 years.

The trial was attended at some times by more than 40 Brown supporters. Brown, the father of two, was a volunteer with the Hudson department and was a career firefighter for the City of Bloomington.

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New trial date set in child-death

A trial has been moved to June 23 for a former Cullom woman charged in the 2011 death of a foster child.

30-year-old Heather Lamie is charged with two counts of murder and one count of endangering the life or health of a child in the death of 4-year-old Kianna Rudesill.

The trial was to start April 21. A Livingston County Judge granted the delay because a pediatric forensic pathologist from Minnesota has previous commitments. She is expected to testify for the defense.

Rudesill was a foster child in the Lamie home when the Cullom Fire Department was called to the home for a child having "seizure-like" symptoms. She was taken to OSF Saint James-John W. Albrecht Medical Center in Pontiac and later flown to OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, Peoria, where she died of head injuries the following day.

A Peoria County coroner's jury ruled the death a homicide. Lamie, 30, now of Kankakee County, was indicted on the murder charges in June 2013.

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