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Herscher man identified in state park death

                                                    Foul play not suspected

An autopsy is scheduled in Kankakee Tuesday on the body of 40-year-old Joel Brueggret of Herscher. His body was found near Rock Creek at Kankakee State Park Monday.

Illinois State Police report crime scene investigators confirm the body was found just north of a bridge off Route 102. A passing motorist observed a body north of the park's main entrance around 2 pm. The body was found on a bed of rocks in the creek.

The Kankakee County Coroner's office was called to the scene around 2:15 pm.
Authorities do not suspect foul play.

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Death investigation at Kankakee State Park

An autopsy is scheduled in Kankakee Tuesday on the body of a Man found dead in Kankakee State Park Monday.

Illinois State Police report crime scene investigators confirm a 40-year-old Herscher man's body was found near Rock Creek, just north of a bridge off Route 102. A passing motorist observed a body north of the park's main entrance around 2 pm. The body was found on a bed of rocks in the creek.

The Kankakee County Coroner's office was called to the scene around 2:15 pm.

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Berkot’s Aroma Park grocery opening soon

A 16,000 square foot grocery store is ready to open in Aroma Park. Berkot's Super Foods has completed its transformation of the former Cliff's Market. The new grocery store will open May 1 at 8 am.

The village had been without a grocery store since Cliff's Market closed in September 2012.

Berkot's renovated the surrounding location on the southeast side of Aroma Park. New equipment has been in the store. The store is expected to employ 25 to 30 full- and part-time workers. Store hours will be 7 am. to 9 pm seven days per week.

The opening in Aroma Park brings to 15 the number of Berkot's stores. The Watseka store recently re-opened. Other company store locations are in Momence, Manteno, Wilmington, Peotone, Braidwood and Coal City.

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Barickman sponsors safety legislation for 1st responders

Being a first responder is a dangerous duty and State Sen. Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington) wants to find ways to make the roads a little safer for men and women who must respond to emergencies.

"There have been far too many cases where police, firefighters and others have been injured or killed while performing their duties on the Interstates and state highways," Barickman said. "In our area, we are most familiar with the death of Pontiac Police Officer Casey Kohlmeier. But unfortunately, Casey's death was not an isolated incident. In recent years several first responders have been killed or seriously injured in similar incidents."

Barickman is co-sponsoring Senate Joint Resolution 62 to create a special Emergency Responder Roadway Safety Task Force to identify and recommend ways that Illinois can reduce the risks for police, firefighters, EMTs and other first responders when working on Illinois highways and roads.

The resolution specifically cites the case of Kohlmeier, as well as Hudson Firefighter Chris Brown, who was killed on March 5, 2013, while working at the scene of a motor vehicle collision.

In addition, at least two Illinois State Troopers have been killed in recent years, responding to calls on Interstate 55 – Trooper Kyle Deatherage in 2012 and Trooper Brian McMillen in 2007. Also, six volunteer firefighters from Loami were injured in 2004, one critically, when they were struck while trying to help jump start a vehicle at the scene of a fire call.

The legislation would create a 17-member advisory group comprised of one representative of the Illinois State Police; two from the Illinois Department of Transportation; nine representatives of fire, police and medical services from small, mid-size and large population areas; and a representative of the towing industry. Legislators from each of the four major caucuses would round out the panel. The committee would be required to submit recommendations to the General Assembly by next January.

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Roselawn bank robbed, police seek suspect

The FBI is working with the Newton County, IN sheriff's department in the investigation of a bank robbery Friday in Roselawn. The DeMotte State Bank at Roselawn was robbed just before 2:30 pm.

There was no injury. No weapon was displayed during the robbery. Sheriff's Police have posted information. Authorities are looking for a Hispanic male, possibly in his late 20's, about 6 feet tall, and some facial hair. The man was dressed in black, wore black gloves, and a black sock-style hat.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Newton County Sheriff's Polcie at 219-474-5661.

Sheriff Tom VanVleet commended the actions of bank employees, saying they did their job well, remaining calm and gathering details. The sheriff said authorities have great leads to work on.

A suspect vehicle is described as a silver or gray Oldsmobile 4-door passenger car with a partial Illinois plate K 46.

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