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Vietnam veterans to be recognized at Manteno

The 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War will find the Illinois Veterans Home in Manteno hosting a special service Saturday. The public is welcome for the 9 am event. It's free and refreshments will be served.

Stanley Stam is business administrator at the Veterans Home. He says "This is a long-awaited welcome home for many Vietnam era veterans." He too, is a Vietnam veteran. Stam said "Many of them were not welcomed home properly after the war. This is a chance for us to thank them and their families for their service......"

Veterans who served in the military between 1955 and 1975 will receive a commemorative pin, thank-you note and decals. The Manteno Veterans Home houses about 65 Vietnam-connected veterans, according to Stam ........

The service features the laying of the wreath, a memorial rifle volley, missing man ceremony, the lowering of the POW/MIA flag and patriotic music.

Sean Baumgartner, director of the Abraham Lincoln Cemetery in Elwood, will be the keynote speaker.

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Kankakee: Drive-by shooting, one dead

A drive-by shooting in Kankakee Monday night resulted in the death of a man. It's the fourth homicide in the city this year.

Kankakee police said no one is in custody. The investigation continues. The shooting took place in the 600-block of Eastview Drive.

The unidentified victim was inside a home when shots were fired from a passing vehicle.

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July 4 weekend busy for police in Iroquois County

Two Watseka men, a Sheldon resident, and a Kentland, IN man were among those arrested over the weekend in Watseka. 

51-year-old Daniel Smith of Sheldon was charged with assault Sunday. Police were called to a local retail outlet for a fight in progress.

A domestic situation Sunday at a residence on W. Ash Street led to the arrest of 24-year-old Jeremy Morgan of Watseka.  He was arrested for domestic battery and possession of cannabis.  Police located five cannabis plants at the residence.

39-year-old Jacob Westerhoff of Watseka was arrested Sunday night on W. Walnut Street for driving under the influence.

A traffic stop for speeding led to additional charges against 31-year-old German Cornejo of Kentland. He was also charged with DUI, no valid driver's license and operating an uninsured vehicle.

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June 14th hottest on record in Illinois

Weather was generally much cooler than usual around Illinois for the Fourth of July Weekend.

But if you thought it was much warmer than normal for June you were right. The state's average temperature was nearly three degrees higher than normal and it will go down as the 14th warmest June on the books.

State Climatologist Jim Angel adds though, "That doesn't tell the whole story. Western and southern Illinois were much drier with many location reports less than an inch."
Angel noted Pittsfield recorded .13 inches of rain in June.

"Eastern and northern Illinois were much wetter with amounts of 3 to 5 inches very common across that area," Angel said.

Streator had the most rainfall in June at 9.71 inches.

WGFA's official NWS report for June was 4.34.

The lower half of the state picked up much needed rains this past weekend, washing out some firework shows but boosting the states' agriculture business.

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Frankfort Postmaster facing felony grooming charges

A 48-year-old Peotone man has been charged with two counts of felony grooming. Samuel Burks was arrested Friday by the Will County Sheriff's Department. Bond was set at $100,000.

Burks is also listed on the Peotone Junior High School website as a contact person for the Girl's basketball team.

Burks is currently employed as a Postmaster at the United States Postal Service facility in Frankfort.

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