Newton County Sheriff’s Police responded to a crash involving two semis at US 41 and CR 950N, Lake Village Tuesday. A Pennsylvanis man ( Damir Zamonov ) turning northbound on US 41 from CR 950N. Police report the driver failed to yield the right of way to a northbound semi ( driven by Michael Stallman of Illinois).
Stallman was treated for minor injuries. Newton County EMS, Lake Township Fire Department, Indiana State Police assisted at the scene.
One man is accused of causing a crash last month in south suburban Beecher that killed a pregnant woman and her three young children. Will County prosecutors announced (Tuesday) 25-year-old Sean Woulfe has been charged with 16 counts of reckless homicide in the July 24th collision. Police say the suspect slammed his pickup into a vehicle, killing Lindsey Schmidt, six-year-old Owen, four-year-old Weston and one-year-old Kaleb. Investigators believe Woulfe was speeding and blew a stop sign at the time of the crash.
The Bradley-Bourbonnais Community High School district is mourning the loss of a former basketball standout. 19-year-old Zach Hollywood was found dead in his of-campus apartment at Ball State University. An investigation into his death is underway.
Benton County Emergency Management Agency reports some evacuations due to heavy rain and flooding in Boswell. Sections of Boswell were under water and several roads were barricaded.
A travel advisory was in place. EMA Director John Field was expecting the travel restrictions to be lifted today (Wed). Reports of eight inches of rain fell in recent days. There were some evacuations. Some homes were completely surrounded by flood waters, forcing some people to take boats to safety. Some people were taken to the Boswell-Grant Township Volunteer Fire Department. Residents are advised to remain cautious.
A 26-year veteran of the Kankakee Fire Department has been named the department’s new chief. Damon Schuldt had served as interim-chief since April, when interim-chief Phil Perkins retired.
The city hadn’t had a chief for the 47-member department since the retirement of Ron Young last November. Schuldt took his oath of office, administered by State Senator Toi Hutchinson.
Schuldt was the choice of Mayor Chasity Wells-Armstrong. The city council approved his appointment on a 13-1 vote. The lone No vote was Alderman Tyler Tall Sr.
Schuldt addressed the City Council saying "We are going in a new direction. It's a new day. I am certainly looking forward to what we have to do."
"He is an outstanding individual," Wells-Armstrong said. "He has over 20 years of fire service. I can work with him. I am comfortable with him. I trust him. The department trusts him. He is committed to training. He is committed to community engagement — the things I think are important for moving us forward."
"It's not always easy being married to a firefighter," Schuldt said. "You work 24-hour shifts. You're gone a lot. You miss a lot of family events, but my family has always been behind me. I really appreciate that."
He praised his department saying, “you guys have one of the best fire departments in the state of Illinois and probably the nation. I would stack them up against anybody for their courage, their dedication, the hourly training they put in and the customer service they provide."