ILLINOIS STATE POLICE LAUNCH ITS ANNUAL DRIVE HOME SCHOOL SAFETY ZONE ENFORCEMENT MESSAGE
Safety Education Officers Partner with School Communities on Safety
Ashkum, IL – At the beginning of every school year, the Illinois State Police partner with school districts, local and county departments, to remind the public to be cautious when driving in and around school zones.
Beginning today through the end of September, emphasis will be placed on roadway safety around schools to ensure motorist obey the laws.
ISP officials want to remind the motoring public about safe driving measures in and around the school zones:
• Reducing speeds near school zones during arrival and dismissal times • Avoid passing school buses with stop signs activated • No texting in school zones
If cited for the above violations, the fines range from $60 to $120 plus court fees.
ASHKUM, IL- Illinois State Police (ISP) District 21 is reporting the arrest of Shane C. Covington, 26, of Kankakee and Stephen D. Altmyer, 56, of Bourbonnais for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol.
On September 21 2013, at approximately 11:36 A.M., an Illinois State Trooper was on patrol in Kankakee County. The trooper observed a vehicle who no rear plate light and no rear tail light. The trooper stopped the vehicle and spoke with the driver Shane C. Covington. While speaking with Covington the trooper could detect a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath. The trooper had Covington perform the Standardized Field Sobriety test which Covington failed. Covington was placed under arrest for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol. Covington was transported to the Kankakee County Jail for processing. Covington was cited for Driving Under the Influence, No Valid Driver's License, No Rear Plate Lamp, Improper Lighting, Failure to Notify Secretary of State of Address Chance and Operating Uninsured Motor Vehicle.
On September 22 2013, at approximately 12:49 A.M., an Illinois State Trooper was dispatched to a roll over crash on Route 45/52 and 11800 North Road. When the trooper arrived on scene he spoke to the driver of the vehicle Stephen D. Altmyer. While speaking with Altmyer the trooper could detect a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath. Due to Altmyer's level of intoxication he was unable to perform the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests. Altmyer was placed under arrest for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol. Altmyer was transported to the Kankakee County Jail for processing. Altmyer was cited for Driving Under the Influence, Operating Uninsured Motor Vehicle, Improper Lane Usage and Failure to Reduce Speed to Avoid a Crash.
Several area volunteers are cleaning up the Kankakee and Iroquois rivers today (Sat).
The 32nd annual Kankakee and Iroquois River Clean-Up will focus on different parts of the rivers as they remove litter and junk. They'll work from the Wilmington area in Will County to the Indiana state line.
Volunteers need to register in advance. Several businesses are sponsoring the event which runs from 8 am until about Noon.
Groups and individuals can launch from any of several sites including the Aroma Park boat launch, Island Park in Momence, the boat launch at either Beckman Park or Bird Park in Kankakee, Shamrock Golf Course, Sportsman's Club, or the Concession stand at Kankakee River State Park.
Info is available from chairman Barb Thomas 815-939-2675 or 815-953-8822.
A former Cullom woman charged with murder is seeking another delay in the start of her upcoming trial.
30-year-old Heather LaMie (Luh-ME), who now lives in Kankakee, is accused of killing her foster-child, four-year-old Kianna Rudisill. An autopsy revealed the girl died of non-accidental injuries.
In Ford County Circuit Court this week, the defense attorney representing LaMie again asked the court to delay a scheduled October 21 trial date. It's the second time the defense asked for a delay saying they need more time to review evidence.
Two Lafayette, Indiana men arrested after a bank robbery in Urbana may be linked to a bank incident in Momence.
49-year-old Ronald Corban and 58-year-old Dennis Gallavin are believed to be responsible for several bank robberies in Ohio and Illinois.
Surveillance video from the Momence bank was reviewed. Investigators downstate were notified after the Momence video was posted on online. Urbana Police reported, when arrested on I-74 a few minutes after the bank robbery in Urbana this month, Corban was dressed in the same green shirt and safari-hat he was wearing allegedly in Momence.