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.
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.
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."