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Drunken dispute leads to killing, Demotte man jailed

21-year-old Cameron Sifrer of Demotte, Indiana man is jailed in Jasper County, IN after, what detectives say, was a weekend drunken dispute that left another man dead.

Sifrer is being held without bond on a charge of murder.

Dead is 23-year-old Derek Bobby, found dead at a home in rural Jasper County.

Jasper County Sheriff’s Police report a woman called dispatchers to report that her brother was found dead at a home on County Road 1100 North in rural Jasper County near the town of Demotte. Police received the call around 11:40 Friday morning.

Investigators found Derek Bobby dead in a bedroom. He had been dead for several hours, having suffered head trauma. Detectives learned the identity of a possible suspect who had been at the residence during the time of Bobby’s death.

The sheriff’s office said interviews and further investigation led to the Sunday arrest of Sifrer at a Newton County home. Investigators say Sifrer confessed to killing the victim after the two had “partied together” and a verbal dispute ended in violence.

An autopsy is planned today (Monday). The Jasper County Coroner’s Office and sheriff’s department say the death investigation is ongoing. Jasper and Newton County sheriff’s police departments were involved in the investigation.

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River Valley Metro Adds Their 12th Route

River Valley Metro continues to grow to meet the needs of their passengers. On July 8th, Metro kicked off their newest fixed route, Route 12 The North South Connector. The North South Connector will travel from St. Vincent DePaul Transfer Centre in Bradley to exit 308 in Kankakee. This hour long route will run on Monday – Friday from 8am – 5pm. This route was developed to relieve two of Metro’s busiest routes; Route 1 Meadowview and Route 6 KCC.

This allows Metro to have more frequent stops at many of their most popular destinations. Some of these destinations are Ultra Foods, Azzarelli Towers, Kankakee Kommons and Walgreens on Kennedy Drive. The southern section of the route serves Walgreens on W. Court, Jewel and Dollar General on Washington, KCC, Wal-Mart and Shapiro, to name just a few. This new route also serves St. Vincent DePaul and Chestnut and N. Schuyler transfer centers.

Cost for all rides on fixed routes are still $1 each direction. For the new map and schedule for the North South Connector log on to rivervalleymetro.com or call (815) 937-4287.

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Kankakee man indicted in murder for hire case >

A federal grand jury indicted a Kankakee man this week on two-counts of using interstate commerce facilities in commission of a murder-for-hire plot.

32-year-old Joshua Bisping allegedly attempted to hire an undercover agent to kill his ex-wife. Bisping was arrested June 5th after a week long investigation by federal agents and Kankakee Project Safe Neighborhoods Task Force agents.

If convicted, Bisping faces up to 20 years in federal prison. He'll be arrainged in federal court in Urbana July 23rd.

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Motorcycle accident kills Gibson City man

A Gibson City man died after crashing his motorcycle in Iroquois County.

Illinois State Police report 70 year-old Rodney Cote was driving on Illinois Route One at around 6 am Thursday. His bike left the road, went into the ditch and he was thrown off. Cote was taken to a hospital and later pronounced dead by the Kankakee County Coroner.

State police are investigating the accident.


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Illiana Expressway foes say process is flawed; file lawsuit >

Three conservation groups filed a federal lawsuit in Chicago that says the Illiana Expressway approval process has been flawed and the road shouldn't be built.

Lawyers say the Federal Highway Administration should not have approved an environmental study that paves the way for the 47-mile road because the study was based on flawed population and employment projections.

The lawsuit also states the route is contrary to land-use plans developed by regional planning groups in each state.

The proposed Illiana route would stretch from Interstate 55 near Wilmington to Interstate 65 near Lowell, Ind.

Also, the lawsuit contends that the Illinois and Indiana departments of transportation " ... failed to establish the need for the road and properly evaluate alternatives to the proposed tollway route.

Illinois Department of Transportation officials, who recently fast-tracked the $1.3 billion Illiana and recommended it be a tollway constructed through a public-private partnership, were reviewing the lawsuit Thursday and declined comment.

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