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Buckley house fire kills 79-year-old man

An early-morning Memorial Day house fire in Buckley took the life of 79-year-old Larry Swindle.

The victim lived in the 2-story house at 209 E. Main Street with his daughter and son-in-law. They escaped along with a grandson. Swindle was unable to escape from the second floor. He was pronounced dead just after 7 am, according to Iroquois County Coroner Bill Cheatum.

Buckley Fire answered the call about 1 am. Several area fire departments provided mutual aid. No other injury was reported.

The State Fire Marshall was investigating. Cheatum said an autopsy revealed the cause of death was smoke inhalation.
The house was destroyed. The exact cause was undetermined, due to the extent of structure damage.

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Kankakee police investigate Sunday shooting

Kankakee Police investigated a Sunday night shooting. A man was shot and treated for an injury at Presence St. Mary’s Hospital.

Police were called to the 300-block of N. Sixth Avenue about 10 pm. The victim, who was not identified, drove himself to the hospital.

Police did recover several spent casings from a .45 caliber handgun.

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Pintelon Trial: Closing arguments Tuesday

Testimony wrapped up (Friday) in Iroquois County in the attempted murder trial of a former Watseka man...accused of opening gunfire at a residence nest door to where he once lived.

A 23-year-old woman was hit by gunfire three times. Kylie Schwartz pointed a finger at Jerry Pintelon (pin-tuh-lon) as the person who shot her.

Schwartz was among the State witnesses who testified at the trial in Watseka.

Another key witness was Joe Seibring, who lived across the street from the defendant. Seibring told the court he was sitting on his porch, watching Pintelon open fire at the house next door. Seibring said “there’s no doubt the shooter was Jerry Pintelon.

However, defense attorney Ron Boyer says the wrong man was identified.

Charles against Pintelon include attempted murder, aggravated discharge of a firearm and aggravated battery with a firearm.

Circuit Judge James Kinzer is hearing the case. Closing arguments are expected Tuesday.

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Memorial Day observances …

Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery

Services at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery at Elwood will be Monday at the main flagpole. The Joliet American Legion band will begin playing at 11 a.m. The formal program will follow at 11:30 a.m.

Local and area services include the Watseka American Legion Post #23 remembrance ceremony at Legion Park in Watseka. It’s at 11 am Monday, May 28.

Sheldon American Legion Post #393 invites the public to the Sheldon Library Monday at 11 am. Lunch is served afterwards at the Community Center.

Memorial Day Services are Sunday at 2 pm at the Sugar Creek Chapel Cemetery near Stockland.

Cissna Park American Legion Post # 527 gathers in the community park at 9 am Monday. The Cissna Park Drill Team also visits the Rankin Cemetery at 10 am.

Chebanse American Legion Post # 408 is hosting its service Monday. It’s at 10 am at Evergreen Cemetery.

At the Clifton Cemetery --- The Clifton Legion and Central VFW Post #2131 has a 2 pm Sunday service planned.

Services at the L’Erable Cemetery are at 9:45 am Monday offered thru the Ashkum American Legion and Auxiliary, which will also be at the Ashkum Cemetery at 10:30 am.

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Unemployment rates improve

Job gains in manufacturing helped boost employment levels in the Danville and Vermilion County area last month. The Illinois Department of Employment security shows Vermilion County’s unemployment rate dropped by one-percent to 4.8 percent in April. The City of Danville had a jobless rate of 5.1 percent, down from 5.8 percent in March.

The Illinois jobless rate in April was 3.6%...down from 4.5% last year.

The Kankakee unemployment rate was 4.2% ....down from 4.7 in 2017.

Iroquois County’s unemployment in April was 3.2% ...down from 4.5% in April.

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