Benton County Emergency Management Agency reports some evacuations due to heavy rain and flooding in Boswell. Sections of Boswell were under water and several roads were barricaded.
A travel advisory was in place. EMA Director John Field was expecting the travel restrictions to be lifted today (Wed). Reports of eight inches of rain fell in recent days. There were some evacuations. Some homes were completely surrounded by flood waters, forcing some people to take boats to safety. Some people were taken to the Boswell-Grant Township Volunteer Fire Department. Residents are advised to remain cautious.
A 26-year veteran of the Kankakee Fire Department has been named the department’s new chief. Damon Schuldt had served as interim-chief since April, when interim-chief Phil Perkins retired.
The city hadn’t had a chief for the 47-member department since the retirement of Ron Young last November. Schuldt took his oath of office, administered by State Senator Toi Hutchinson.
Schuldt was the choice of Mayor Chasity Wells-Armstrong. The city council approved his appointment on a 13-1 vote. The lone No vote was Alderman Tyler Tall Sr.
Schuldt addressed the City Council saying "We are going in a new direction. It's a new day. I am certainly looking forward to what we have to do."
"He is an outstanding individual," Wells-Armstrong said. "He has over 20 years of fire service. I can work with him. I am comfortable with him. I trust him. The department trusts him. He is committed to training. He is committed to community engagement — the things I think are important for moving us forward."
"It's not always easy being married to a firefighter," Schuldt said. "You work 24-hour shifts. You're gone a lot. You miss a lot of family events, but my family has always been behind me. I really appreciate that."
He praised his department saying, “you guys have one of the best fire departments in the state of Illinois and probably the nation. I would stack them up against anybody for their courage, their dedication, the hourly training they put in and the customer service they provide."
An unidentified woman was killed early Monday morning when she was hit by a Pontiac Police Department squad car. Livingston County Coroner Coroner Danny Watson said the victim's name will be released Tuesday, after relatives are notified.
The accident occurred at 1:10 a.m. on Route 66, near North Howard Street in Pontiac. The woman was pronounced dead at the scene.
Illinois State Police (ISP) District 21 is reporting the arrest of Brian Windon, 22, of Carbondale for Possession of a Stolen Vehicle; Bryan Benner, 28, of Fowler, IN for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol; Demere Turner, 39, of Kankakee for Criminal Damage to Property;
An Illinois State Trooper was on patrol in Iroquois County Saturday morning, observing a vehicle make an illegal U-Turn in Chebanse. Radio traffic from District 21 Telecommunications informed the trooper that the vehicle was reported stolen out of Chicago. The driver, Brian Windon was arrested for Possession of a Stolen Vehicle and Forgery. Windon was also issued citations for no valid driver’s license, expired registration, no insurance, improper turn, and failure to signal.
Sunday,,, a State Trooper responded to a call of a possible DUI on US Route 45/52 in Iroquois County. Bryan Benner showed signs of alcohol impairment. Benner was arrested and charged with Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol.
More info on that road rage incident reported on I-57 south of Kankakee Sunday. A driver was verbally threatening other motorists and waving an object, thought to be a firearm, out the window. The suspect vehicle was located on Court Street in Kankakee by the Kankakee City Police Department. A subsequent search of the vehicle revealed NO firearm. The driver, Demere Turner was charged with Criminal Damage to Property, Reckless Conduct, and Assault.
-- Millions of Americans are getting ready for today's solar eclipse. Skywatchers in a dozen states will be treated to a total eclipse of the sun today. The spectacular event will begin at 10:15 a.m. local time, just south of Portland, Oregon. The eclipse will sweep eastward along a 70-mile-wide path across Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska and the northeast corner of Kansas. It will then darken skies over Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky and Nashville, Tennessee before passing over Georgia and the Carolinas on its way toward the Atlantic Ocean.
The total eclipse will be visible for less than three minutes at each viewing location. The U.S. hasn't had a total eclipse since 1979. Astronomers say the next one won't happen for another seven years, in April 2024.