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Missing Will County man calls for public help

Will County authorities are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing 53-year-old Frankfort Township man. Daniel Delia hasn’t been seen or heard from since leaving home Monday.

Sherriff’s Police report his vehicle and a firearm are also missing. The man’s cellphone, wallet and a note to family members were left behind at his residence.

Daniel Deleo’s vehicle is a 2014 black, Ford F-150 with an Illinois tag 1 4 9 7 9 9 7. If located, call 9-1-1 or call Will County Sheriff’s Police at 815-727-8575.

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Manteno men arrested for fatal snowmobile crash

A fatal snowmobile crash in Kankakee last December has led to indictments against two men.

Kankakee County Sheriff’s Police arrested both men Thursday after the grand jury returned indictments against 39-year-old Brian Johnson and 41-year-old Louis Morez. Both men are from Manteno.

The charges are operating a snowmobile under the influence – resulting in death. They were allegedly under the influence of alcohol and cocaine.

Killed in the accident was 24-year-old Kristen Agrue. She was a passenger riding on Johnson’s snowmobile and was thrown from the vehicle when it jumped a culvert. The victim was then hit by the trailing snowmobile driven by Morez.

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10-year sentence for Indiana trucker for crash that killed 5

A 53-year-old Indiana truck driver has been handed a 10-year prison term for 2014 crash in Will County (IL) that killed five people.

Francisco Espinal-Quiroz pleaded guilty in November to five counts of reckless homicide and falsifying entries in his logbook that tracks how many hours he was behind the wheel.

Quiroz was driving on Interstate 55 near Channahon when his vehicle slammed into vehicles stopped at a construction zone. The crash killed three people, including an 11-year old girl, in one vehicle and two other people in other vehicles.

Espinal-Quiroz is also blind in his right eye but had a waiver to drive a truck through the state of Indiana.

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Essex clerk arrested for stealing taxpayer money

The Office of Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced the arrest of Essex Township Clerk Traci Freytag, charging her with stealing $94,000 from taxpayers.

The 50-year-old Freytag is accused of using $94,000 of taxpayer money for personal use, including two trips to Florida.

Freytag faces up to 15 years in prison, if convicted. She’s charged with felony counts of theft of government property, fraud, and 2-counts of official misconduct.
Freytag was arrested in South Carolina and will be brought back to Kankakee.

Prosecutors claim Freytag stole the money between November 2014 and May of 2016, depositing township checks into her personal account.

"Stealing taxpayer money to use for personal enjoyment is a brazen form of public corruption," Madigan said. "I appreciate the Office of the Inspector General of the FDIC helping us bring this defendant to justice, as well as the Kankakee County Sheriff's Office and the Aiken, South Carolina Police Department for their assistance."

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Homicide: Inquest ruling for cause of death in Buckley fight

A Ford County Coroner’s inquest (Wednesday) revealed how a suburban-Chicago man died Christmas night following a fight outside a bar in Buckley.

The death of 25-year-old Daniel Connolly is ruled a homicide.

The Lyons (IL) man died at Gibson Area Hospital in Gibson City following a scuffle outside the Dutchmaster Bar.

The inquest ruling states Connolly died of asphyxiation.
Testimony from investigators revealed Connolly was held down by two people.

The police report says Connolly and several others were involved. Connolly and his two brothers were at the bar that night.

Two Buckley firefighters testified they saw Connolly on the ground. And he was being held down by two other men. There were at least three other victims. One was hit in the head with a hammer.

Investigators have the names of the men accused of holding Connolly down.

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