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Memorial Run fundraiser held by ISP

Illinois State Police (ISP) officers and dozens of motorcycle riders and fun car drivers gathered on Saturday, July 15, 2017, at five sites throughout Illinois to participate in the 10th Annual Memorial Park Motorcycle and Fun Car Run. The Motorcycle Ride and Fun Car Run is organized annually to raise funds to build the Illinois State Police Memorial Park. Last year, more than 350 riders participated.

Motorcycle riders and Fun Car drivers met at 8:30 a.m. in Downers Grove; 10:30 a.m. in Dwight; 1:00 p.m. in Bloomington; 10:00 a.m. in O'Fallon and 1:30 p.m. in Carlinville. Motorcycles and Fun Cars departed from these locations and made a final stop at the ISP FOP Lodge 41 in Springfield. The riders on the route were escorted by police and Rescue Riders who are trained medical professionals and first responders.

ISP Director Leo P. Schmitz greeted the participants at the Downers Grove site, ISP District 15, 2700 Ogden Avenue. Director Schmitz was joined by Retired ISP First Deputy Director and Memorial Park Foundation Co-Chair Jack Garcia, who led the Motorcycle and Fun Car Run to the FOP Lodge in Springfield.
“This annual event draws participants from across Illinois and neighboring states to honor our fallen officers,” said ISP Director Leo Schmitz. “We will never forget our officers who made the ultimate sacrifice. The ISP Memorial Park will serve as a place to honor and remember the lives and dedicated service of the fallen heroes of the Illinois State Police,” he added.

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Brook, IN man dies in trench collapse

An autopsy is planned today (Monday) to investigate the death of a man Saturday who was buried in a hole. The yet-unidentified man had dug a hole to investigate a leak in a foundation, according to Newton County Coroner Corrie Myers.
Emergency responding agencies answered the call to 505 W. Howard Street in Brook at 6 pm.

The victim was found unresponsive and not breathing. It took the agencies nearly three hours to free the victim from an approximate 10-foot hole.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. Foul play is not suspected.

The coroner’s office was assisted by the Brook-Iroquois Township Volunteer Fire Department, Newton County Ambulance Service and Sheriff’s Police. Also assisting was a Technical Rescue Task Force, heavy machinery provided by Yoder Drainage and the Rensselaer Street Department and Trench Rescue Specialists from Indiana District 1.

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U.S. Marshals arrest suspect in Danville fatal shooting

A 24-year-old Georgetown man has been arrested in connection a fatal shooting Friday.

Latron Y. Cross was taken into custody early Sunday morning in Chicago in connection with the shooting death of Danville’s Ollie Williams

A warrant was issued for Cross’ arrest the day of the shooting. He was located by U.S. Marshals on Sunday and taken into custody without incident.

On Monday, Vermilion County State’s Attorney Jacqueline Lacy will seek charges of first-degree murder and personal discharge of a firearm, according to investigators.

Williams was riding a bicycle in the 1400 block of Eastview Avenue when someone in a passing vehicle fired at him. Police said Williams was shot several times. Williams died at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.

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Childress seeks re-election as Sheriff in Livingston County

Livingston County Sheriff Tony Childress has announced he will be seeking the Republican nomination for the office of sheriff in the March 2018 primary.

Childress held recent rallies in Pontiac, Fairbury and Dwight to garner support for his announcement that he is seeking re-election.

“I love the people of Livingston County and I love the men and women of the Livingston County Sheriff’s office,” Childress said. “They’ve been a great pleasure to work with. We just work so well together. We’ve enjoyed so many successes together."

Childress has served as sheriff the last two plus years. He's been with the department for over 25 years.

Childress first took office in 2013 when the County Board appointed him to replace Marty Meredith who resigned from the post. He won election to the seat in 2014.

No other candidates have surfaced.

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Ashkum Fireworks Saturday night >

The Village of Ashkum offers another Sam Shreffler Aerial Extravaganza Saturday night. Organizers say it’ll be much the same as in years past.

In fact, some visitors at the Aroma Park Boat Club last weekend may have gotten a sneak peak at the show.

There were an estimated 25-hundred people lined up to see the ‘light show’ along the Kankakee River last week.

Donations for the show are welcome and appreciated.

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