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Illinois State Police Arrests

                                                   District 21 DUI and Drug Arrests

ASHKUM, IL- Illinois State Police (ISP) District 21 is reporting the arrest of David A. Zarate, 25, of Kankakee for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol; and Kyle K. Malone, 25 of Kankakee for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and Possession of Cannabis less than 2.5 grams.

On September 14 2013, at approximately 2:36 A.M., an Illinois State Trooper was on patrol in Kankakee County. The trooper observed a vehicle in the middle of the roadway with considerable amount of damage. The trooper approached the vehicle and observed the driver, David A. Zarate, 25 of Kankakee, asleep in the driver's seat. The trooper woke Zarate and could detect a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath. Zarate admitted to consuming alcoholic beverages that night. Zarate was transported to Riverside Hospital due to the damage of the vehicle. While at the hospital Zarate was placed under arrest for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol. Once released from the hospital, Zarate was transported to the Kankakee County Jail for processing.

On September 14 2013, at approximately 2:42 A.M., an Illinois State Trooper was on patrol in Kankakee County. The trooper observed a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed. The trooper stopped the vehicle and spoke with the driver Kyle K. Malone, 25 of Kankakee. While speaking with Malone the trooper could detect a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath. The trooper also observed open cans of alcohol in the vehicle. The trooper had Malone perform the Standardized Field Sobriety Test which Malone failed. Malone was placed under arrest for Driving Under the Influence. During an inventory of the vehicle, cannabis was located. Malone was transported to Kankakee County Jail for processing. Malone was charged with Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and Possession of Cannabis less than 2.5 grams.

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School Bus - Car collide in Gilman

There has been a car/bus crash in Gilman, and several students from Iroquois West have been sent to the hospital.

The accident happened just a short time ago on 3100 block of South Crescent Street in Gilman.

Ambulances from several surrounding communities were sent to the scene, and a few children were transported to Iroquois Memorial Hospital with what appear to be NON-life threatening injuries.

Details are still sketchy, but Gilman Police are investigating the accident, and we expect to hear from Iroquois West schools with an update soon.

(reporter Mack Berry 9/19/13)

Peggy Martin works at a gas station on the curve on US 24 near the center of town in Gilman. She said people coming into her store said the red car was in the wrong lane and the bus driver could not avoid the collision.

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Pontiac man accused of arson in apartment house fire

A Pontiac man is jailed in Livingston County, accused of setting an apartment fire last month.

34-year-old Anthony Spiker was arrested Wednesday on arson charges related to an August 14 fire on N. Chicago Street in Pontiac.

A woman had to be rescued from the burning home.
No one was seriously injured, but a firefighter was treated for a minor leg injury.

Pontiac firefighters were on the scene for about four hours.
Mutual aid was provided by departments from Cullom, Saunemin, Fairbury, Cornell, Flanagan, Odell, Dwight and Chenoa. Forrest firefighters and the Southeast Livingston County Ambulance Service were also on standby.

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Danville Funeral Owner Dies in Crash

A Danville funeral home owner died in a single-vehicle crash along Interstate 57 in Kankakee County. Illinois State Police say 70-year-old E.R. 'Bob' Pape III died when the van he was driving left the interstate and ran into a creek.

Kankakee County Coroner Bob Gessner says Pape was pronounced dead at the scene at 11:35 pm Wednesday. State Police report the van driven by Pape was southbound when it left the highway for some unknown reason.

Pape was headed home to Danville following a trip to Russia when the crash occurred.

The Danville Noon Rotary Club members said Pape had a passion about helping children at an orphanage in Russia.

As a Rotarian, Pape was named a Paul Harris Fellow. It is the highest award that a person can receive from Rotary International.

The Pape Memorial Home and Gardens in Danville says funeral arrangements are incomplete.

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FREE FIRST AID AND CPR CERTIFICATION COURSES IN PAXTON

The Center for Rural Health and Farm Safety at Carle is pleased to offer these free courses in Paxton on October 15 & 16 at the Eastern Illini Electric Cooperative, 330 West Ottawa St.

October 15
1:30 – 5 p.m. American Heart Association HeartSaver CPR certification with AED
5:30 – 8 p.m. American Heart Association HeartSaver First Aid certification

October 16
9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. American Heart Association HeartSaver CPR certification with AED
1:30 – 4 p.m. American Heart Association HeartSaver First Aid certification

Participants may attend one or both of the classes.

According to the American Heart Association, 80 percent of cardiac arrests occur at home and are witnessed by a family member. Cardiovascular diseases are the number one cause of death in the United States. Unintentional injuries are the fifth leading cause of death, just behind chronic diseases. CPR and First Aid training may save your life, or the life of someone you love.

Topics for CPR will include infant, child and adult choking and CPR as well as Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) use. The First Aid course will cover how to recognize and treat injuries, use appropriate equipment and supplies, and respond to various emergencies.

Courses will include hands-on instruction and a workbook. For each class successfully completed, participants will receive a certification card.

Space is limited, and registration is required at least 10 days prior to class. Participants must be 14 years of age or older. For more information or to register, please go to carle.org/cpr, or call the Center for Rural Health and Farm Safety at Carle at (217) 383-4601.

To learn about other classes offered by the Center for Rural Health and Farm Safety, please visit carle.org/farmsafety.