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Lt. Skelly joins St. Anne as new police chief

A veteran members of the Kankakee Police Department steps aside today (Friday) to become the new police chief for the Village of St. Anne.

Kankakee Police Lt. Dave Skelly begins his new position in St. Anne May 1, according to St. Anne Mayor Dave O’Connell. Skelly was one of eight applicants for the St. Anne job. St. Anne has a 3-person full-time staff for law enforcement. There’s also three part-time officers.

Skelly was also a finalist for the Kankakee Police Chief position, which was just recently filled by retired Bensenville Police Chief Frank Kosman. Mayor Chasity Wells-Armstrong made that choice and still waits for approval from the Kankakee City Council.

Skelly has a varied background, serving in several commander and investigative law enforcement positions.

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Jury finds Larson guilty in fatal DUI crash

The Kankakee County jury hearing the case of 36-year-old Carmella Larson found her guilty on four of six counts of aggravated DUI, for causing the death of a 15-year-old boy and injuring his brother.

The jury (Friday) convicted Larson for the DUI crash which happened in May of 2016 on Route 17 at 19,000 W Road.

Kameron Allison was killed. His brother (Kyuss) was seriously injured. Both were students at Herscher High School.

The jury returned a not guilty verdict of causing great bodily injury to Nathan Lockhart, who was a passenger in Larson’s car the night of the crash.

Larson faces up to 14 years in jail. She remains free on bail. The case was heard by Judge Ronald Gerts.

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Yet another suspect in custody in connection with death of Nicole Bowen

The Newton County, IN Sheriff’s Department reports the search for Talitha Beckley is over. She’s another person wanted for investigators to talk to about the death of a West Lafayette woman.

Beckley is in custody, also charged with assisting a criminal. The charge is related to the death of Nicole Bowen who was found dead in Newton County March 30th. The 36-year-old Beckley is from Monticello, IN. Police added her to the list of people of interest authorities wanted to question.

Sheriff Captain Shannon Cothran said Beckley was jailed in Kentland.

Four other people have been arrested in the initial investigation. Garrett K. Kirts of Lebanon was arrested for the alleged murder of Bowen with Jasmine Parker, Christopher Channing Mathis, and Ashley Garth arrested for assisting a criminal.

Bowen's body was found just north of Kentland in Jefferson Township on Saturday, March 30th.

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State awards solar-farm projects for renewable-energy

                                                   --  Iroquois County site included --

An Iroquois County site near Watseka is one of 34 locations chosen in the Illinois Power Agency lottery for solar-farm projects.  A 2-megawatt farm, approved earlier by the Iroquois County Board, is at 1910 County Road 1980 E just outside Watseka. The site is on Watseka's southwest side.

Watseka's location is one of just five area "community solar" projects that are winners in the Illinois Power Agency lottery held in Chicago Wednesday. Reports indicate 10 percent of the nearly 1,000 proposals grabbed the renewable-energy credits through the Future Energy Jobs Act.

Otzher sites chosen inclide two in Vermilion County, outside Ridge Farm, and another in a field near Danville Correctional Center.  A Champaign County site approved is near Sidney.

All sites still need approval by the Illinois Commerce Commission.

Officials say the 2-megawatt solar farms typically use about 15-20 acres of land. "Community solar" projects provide access to solar power to residents who can't install arrays on their roof tops. 

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Illinois House recognizes Jim and Nancy Reynolds of Iroquois County

                                           -- Rep Bennett sponsors resolution --

The Illinois House of Representatives has adopted a resolution congratulating Jim and Nancy Reynolds of Iroquois County on their success with Freedom Hill Farms, one of the largest horse-breeding farms in Illinois.

The resolution was sponsored by State Representative Tom Bennett.

“For more than three decades, Jim and Nancy have built a reputation as world class horse breeders and trainers,” Bennett said. “They have served our community and our state, while always working to be valuable members of the Watseka and Iroquois County communities.”

Freedom Hill Farms is a 157-acre farm just outside Watseka. Jim Reynolds is a former teacher, college professor and member of the Iroquois County school board. He served as Director of Fairs and Promotions for the Illinois Department of Agriculture during the administration of former Governor Jim Edgar. He and Nancy purchased the farm in 1979, along with their sons Keith and Kristopher. Today Freedom Hill houses 38 mares and 25 foals, and horses from the farm have a long record of harness racing success across the country.

The legislation is H.R. 66. It was adopted unanimously by the Illinois House on Feb. 5.

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