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Arrest made in 2016 Kankakee County murder

A Pembroke Township murder-suspect is awaiting extradition back to Kankakee to face charges for the shooting death of a Hopkins Park man. 55-year-old James Beals was arrested in Benton Harbor, Michigan last week.

Beals is charged with the October 2016 murder of 46-year-old Ralph Ledet. He was found shot several times alongside a township road.

The following day, investigators found the bodies of three other men inside a home at 15500 E Road. Ledet also lived at the home.

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Pembroke Township Crosses Digital Divide with Access to WiFi Internet Service

Congresswoman Robin Kelly, Ranking Member of the Oversight Committee’s IT Subcommittee, unveiled a successful joint endeavor to bring WiFi connectivity to Pembroke Township and Hopkins Park. She made the announcement alongside a coalition of local business and community leaders. This marks the first time Pembroke Township will be connected to high-speed wireless Internet service.

“Like many people living in rural and emerging communities across the country, Pembroke residents have limited and spotty Internet coverage that has hindered their ability to connect online with family, friends, businesses and interests around the world,” Rep. Kelly said. “Through the concerned efforts of a highly motivated grassroots coalition, residents are now ‘on the grid’ and enjoying wireless connectivity that will help this community thrive. We are grateful that Pembroke Township is working to close the ‘Digital Divide’ and that Pembroke families can enjoy all the advantages of Internet access.”

Rep. Kelly also thanked Cambium Networks and Cyber Broadcasting, who worked together to bridge a ‘digital gap’ in Chicago’s South Shore neighborhood, where a small residential area lacked WiFi connectivity.

According to Congresswoman Kelly, Tim Nugent, president and CEO of the Economic Alliance of Kankakee County, first mentioned the project to Riverside Healthcare and the National Bank of St. Anne, both of whom immediately offered to assist.

“We wouldn’t be here today without grassroots community leadership, Cambium or Cyber Broadcast. This project would not have succeeded without the support of Riverside HealthCare and the National Bank of St. Anne, who lent support to maintain the WiFi tower and connectors for the first two years,” she added. “I look forward to replicating this type of project in communities across Illinois. All families deserve expanded and improved WiFi connectivity.”

Rep. Kelly also expressed thanks to members of the Pembroke Library Board and Head Librarian Veronica Thurman, who worked with the companies to make sure the equipment was installed and tested. She also acknowledged Fred Carter and Dr. Jifunza Carter, of the Black Oaks Center for Sustainable Renewable Living, for allowing the needed equipment to be installed on their land to offer the Pembroke community this service.” {article submitted}

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Aroma Park man dies in tractor accident

An Aroma Park man died on Saturday when a tractor he was operating on his neighbor’s property overturned, pinning him underneath.

47-year-old Thomas Wanamaker was operating the tractor to try to pull a concrete post from the ground when the tractor flipped backward, pinning Wanamaker underneath it.

Wanamaker was pronounced dead at the scene at 11:40 a.m. An autopsy is scheduled.

The accident occurred on Sandbar Road about a mile south of Illinois Route 17.

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Rossville farmer named new Vermilion County Treasurer

The Vermilion County Republican Central Committee (Saturday) selected the new County Treasurer, who will serve as successor to retiring Treasurer Sue Stine.

Darren Duncan, currently a member of the Vermilion County Board from District 1, will fill the remaining term of Sue Stine.

Duncan lives in Rossville, where he farms. He’s originally from Potomac. Duncan and his wife Natalie have four children. He is scheduled to begin his job of County Treasurer on April 3rd.

Stine announced in January that she planned to retire on March 31st.

The Vermilion County GOP requested resumes and letters of intent from those interested. Party Chairman Bill Wright says all candidates who submitted information were interviewed before Duncan was selected.

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Rollie Rosenboom dies … auctioneer, farmer, realtor, volunteer

A popular voice at auctions has been silenced.

Roland Rosenboom of Clifton died Friday. He was 74.

Rollie served as owner and managing broker for Rosenboom Realty. Friends and colleages say Rollie was a giant in the local real estate industry.

His auctioneer talents could be heard year-after-year at charity events. But his voice was ever so popular at the Iroquois County Fair and during the Sale of Champions at the Illinois State Fair.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Knapp Funeral Home at Clifton.

A Memorial Service is planned for Sunday, April 9, in the 4-H Center at the Iroquois County Fairgrounds north of Crescent City.

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