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Bourbonnais man convicted in Joliet Body Shop Double Homicide

In Will County --- A 43-year-old Bourbonnais man was found guilty Tuesday for the killing of two people inside a Joliet auto shop in March of 2016.

William Krasawski was convicted for the murders of Michael Oram and Jamie Wills.

Krasawski will be sentenced on August 8th.

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Fatal shooting in Streator, three people under arrest

Livingston County authorities, working with LaSalle County, say three people are in custody after a fatal shooting in Streator Tuesday night.

A 33-year-old female was shot and killed in the 200 block of West 9th Street in Streator around 9 pm. The victim is now identified as Maria Delatorre.

Police report two black males and a black female are in custody after a crash early Wednesday in Dwight. The suspects were involved in a chase with a Livingston County Sheriff deputy after the suspect-vehicle was spotted at a high rate of speed.

The chase ended with the crash near Route 66 and Route 17 near Dwight.

One individual was arrested shortly afterwards, while the other suspects were apprehended early Wednesday morning.

Illinois State Police along with LaSalle and Livingston County authorities are investigating.

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Rensselaer welcomes Traveling Vietnam Wall Wednesday

The Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall is scheduled to arrive in Rensselaer Wednesday afternoon. An escort will guide the Wall and its team at 4 pm leading to Brookside Park.

Citizens are invited to welcome the Wall’s arrival and visit the memorial during its local stay.

The Traveling Vietnam Wall was on display in Watseka a few years ago. The Wall was also displayed in Kankakee County back in 2001.

The wall is 80 percent of the size of the original Vietnam Wall Memorial in Washington, DC. Despite the size difference, it still includes every single name of the men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice in service during the conflict.

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Vietnam veterans hi-lite KCC forum

On Wednesday, five local veterans of the Vietnam War will speak at a special forum at Kankakee Community College.

The free event is set for 6 p.m. in Room D124. It is part of the Lifelong Learning Institute series at KCC and is open to the public. The panel includes both men who directly served in combat and those who have been active in helping other veterans.

The veterans will give their recollections in a panel discussion. Speakers taking part in talks include: Barry Baron, Stan;ey Stam, John Fulton, Roger Bean and Jim Wasser.

At the conclusion of the discussion, there will be a short presentation on those who served from Kankakee County who did not come home.

The moving Vietnam Wall, a replica of the memorial in Washington, was set up in Watseka recently and visited Kankakee County in 2001. A permanent memorial has been placed at Perry Farm in Bourbonnais. There are 30 local names on the wall, 27 men who were killed in action and three others who officially were listed as missing in action.

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Pintelon attempted murder trial gets underway in Watseka

The attempted murder trial of former Watseka resident Jerry Pintelon was scheduled to olpen today (Tuesday) in Iroquois Circuit Court. Pintelon, who lists his address as Stockland, faces attempted murder and weapons offenses for the August 2016 shooting of a woman on Ash Street in Watseka.

Prosecutors say Pintelon shot Kylie Schwartz three times when he became annoyed with a noisy party next door. Schwartz underwent surgery at Carle Hospital in Urbana. Today, a bullet fragment remains lodged in her back, according to prosecutors.

Charges against the 28-year-old Pintelon also include aggravated discharge of a firearm and aggravated battery with a firearm. The Class X felony charges could bring 6-30 years in prison, if convicted.

Judge James Kinzer will hear the case.

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