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Online sale goes bad, Kankakee man killed

University Park Police are seeking information concerning the shooting death of a Kankakee man in what authorities are calling an online sale that went bad.

31-year-old Kevin Jarrett died of a gunshot wound after he was allegedly robbed Thursday night. Jarrett was shot, according to police reports, in University Park in an apparent online sale gone bad.

University Park Police say Jarrett and another person arrived by car in the 800 block of White Oak Lane at 10:45 pm. to meet a buyer to complete a sale arranged on the website letgo.com,

Police said they were met by three men who robbed them and shot Jarrett. Jarrett's companion drove away, but stopped a couple of blocks away at Burnham Drive. Jarrett later died.
A witness reported seeing three black men wearing all black, with one described as a juvenile wearing his hair in an Afro.

Anyone with information on the shooting are asked to go to the University Park Department, or call 708-235-4803.

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Triple fatality in Newton County, IN >

Three people are dead following a two-vehicle collision early today (Friday) in Indiana. It happened on State Road 10, west of U.S. 41. Indiana State Police and sheriff’s police were at the scene at about 2:15 am.

An eastbound semi tractor-trailer semi was slowing at the intersection when it was rear-ended by a pickup truck. Three people in the pickup were killed. The semi driver wasn’t injured.

Details are yet to be released.

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Tollways to see 8 million vehicles over holiday weekend

The extended Fourth of July weekend is expected to be one of the busiest periods of the year on Illinois' tollway with nearly 8 million vehicles on the system.

The Illinois Tollway says in a Wednesday statement that the heaviest travel day should be Friday. Around 2 million vehicles are expected on the road then. That compares to an average day when around 1.6 million vehicles use the tollway.

The Illinois Tollway operates nearly 300 miles of roadways in 12 counties in northern Illinois. The agency also reminds drivers it's illegal to use hand-held devices when driving in Illinois.

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9-1-1 Service continues, Rep. Hays bill seeks Governor’s signature

House Bill 1811 co-sponsored by State Representative Chad Hays to make sure funding continues for 9-1-1 centers is on its way to the governor.

Hays is hopeful the votes will be there as he explained what the bill is all about.....

Hays addressed lawmakers on the floor saying the funding source for 9-1-1 services has fallen due to the number of landline telephones dropping.

Hays said communities have stepped up to help themselves. This measure would help 9-1-1 systems from struggling even more and in some cases, closing.

The bill co-sponsored by Representative Hays is essentially identical to Senate Bill 1839 which amends the Emergency Telephone Act and extends the expiration date until the end of 2020.

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Illinois trooper from Pontiac Post dies following crash

Authorities say an Illinois State Police trooper has died and his canine partner was injured following a crash involving a semi-truck along Interstate 74.

37-year-old Ryan Albin died after being injured in the Wednesday afternoon crash near Farmer City. Police say the driver of the truck and a passenger declined medical treatment. The cause of the crash is under investigation.

Police report Albin's canine partner Biko was in the rear of his police vehicle. The dog was injured and taken to a veterinarian's office with what were described as minor injuries.

Albin joined the state police in 2006 and was assigned to District 6 in Pontiac as a canine officer. State police Director Leo Schmitz says: "Our hearts are heavy with grief."

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