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Sheriff Hartshorn named distinguished alum

Danville Area Community College has named veteran Vermilion County Sheriff Pat Hartshorn a distinguished alumnus.

Hartshorn is the county's longest-serving sheriff, having been re-elected six times. He's been with the sheriff's office 42 years.

Hartshorn graduated from DACC with an associate of science degree in 1971. He will become the college's nominee for the statewide honor from the Illinois Community College Trustees Association.

The sheriff started is law enforcement career with classes at DACC. He transferred to Southern Illinois University in Carbondale and graduated, on the dean's list, with a degree in Administration of Justice in 1973. After his father died unexpectedly from a heart attack, Hartshorn returned to Vermilion County to help his mother. It was then that he learned that the sheriff's department planned to hire several new deputies that summer.

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Two arrested for home invasion at Mobile Home Park

Kankakee County Sheriff's Police report 19-year-old Jamicquin McKinstry of Kankakee and 20-year-old Anthony Logan of Bourbonnais were arrested Wednesday following a home invasion incident. It happened at Birch's Mobile Home Park in Bourbonnais Township.

Chief Deputy Ken McCabe said there may be more arrests. The two suspects are charged with home invasion and aggravated battery with a firearm. The men allegedly forced their way in and battered one of the people inside.

Officers from Bradley and Bourbonnais police departments and Kankakee Area Metropolitan Enforcement Agency officers also responded to the call.

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Governor Pence signs religious freedom bill

— Indiana Gov. Mike Pence today (Thursday) signed into law a religious objections bill that some convention organizers and business leaders have opposed amid concern it could allow discrimination against gay people.

Indiana is the first state to enact such a change this year among about a dozen where such proposals have been introduced. The measure would prohibit state and local laws that "substantially burden" the ability of people — including businesses and associations — to follow their religious beliefs.

Pence, a Republican, backed the bill as it moved through the Legislature and spoke at a Statehouse rally last month that drew hundreds of supporters of the proposal. The governor signed the bill in a private ceremony.

Pence said in a statement Thursday that the bill ensures "religious liberty is fully protected under Indiana law."
"The Constitution of the United States and the Indiana Constitution both provide strong recognition of the freedom of religion, but today, many people of faith feel their religious liberty is under attack by government action," he said.

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Parkland College Theatre renamed for Harold & Jean Miner

Parkland College in Champaign has announced the naming its campus theatre after east-central Illinois residents Harold and Jean Miner of rural Watseka.

Miner Charitable Foundation President Mike Miner recently provided a generous gift honoring his parents to support the Parkland College Theatre.  Parkland College Foundation Interim Executive Director Ellen Schmidt announced the Miner Charitable Foundation was established by Harold and Jean Miner, lifelong farmers in Iroquois County.

Recognizing the gift, the college has renamed the existing theatre "The Harold & Jean Miner Theatre," also known as "The harold & Jean Miner Theatre at Parkland College."

The Miners were involved in agriculure, music, and their church.  Schmidt notes, motiviation for the gift also includes Jean Miner's passion for the arts.

Parkland College president Dr. Tom Ramage said "this is an exciting occasion for Parkland College." He said "we're grateful for the philanthropic spirit of the Miner Charitable Foundation, especially Mike Miner, who's honoring his mother and father."

The gift will have significant impact on the students and communities of Parkland College.

Official recognition of the newly named theatre is scheduled for Saturday, April 18 at 7:30 pm.  That's when the theatre will recognize Mike Miner and the Miner Charitable Foundation Board of Directors prior to its spring musical, The Drowsy Chaperone.                             {submitted by Parkland College}

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10-year prison term for fatal home invasion

A 2013 murder case in Kankakee has ended with a 20-year sentence, cut in half, for 26-year-old Curtis J. Edwards. He agreed to a plea deal as his trial was to get underway.

Edwards was facing first-degree murder charges for what prosecutors said was a botched home invasion that left his accomplice dead. Antonio Smith was killed in the March 2013 attempted robbery.

Smith died of a gunshot wound when he and Edwards struggled with the robbery victim.

Two other men are yet to stand trial for first-degree murder.

Edwards decided to accept a plea deal agreement while a jury was being picked. The plea is for 10 years – which was 20 years reduced to 50% for home invasion.

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