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Apparent hit-and-run, man dead

Kankakee Police and the Kankakee County Coroner's office are investigating what appears to be a fatal hit and run accident. It happened Monday night on U.S. Route 45, south of Kankakee.

An unidentified man died at Presence St. Mary's Hospital just before 11 pm. County Coroner Bob Gessner said an autopsy was scheduled.

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Chebanse man suffers life-threatening injuries in Watseka altercation

The Watseka Police Department is investigating a downtown altercation that leaves a Chebanse man hospitalized with life-threatening injuries. The un-identified victim is at Carle Hospital in Urbana having suffered a severe head injury.

A 21-year-old Watseka man faces an aggravated battery charge stemming from the alleged altercation.  Gregory Eisermann was arrested after polcie questioned witnesses about the alleged altercation outside a local bar Monday night.

Eisermann is jailed in Iroquois County.  he's also charged with possession of a controlled substance.

Interim Police Chief Jeremy Douglas issued a statement (Tuesday) that officers answered a call at 10:30 pm to a business parking lot on W. Walnut Street.  A man was found unresponsive lying on the ground. 

Ambulance personnel took the 55-year-old Chebanse man to Iroquois Memorial Hospital.  The severe head injury led to his transfer to Urbana.

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Downey named Kankakee County Sheriff

Kankakee County Under-Sheriff Mike Downey has a new title today (Wednesday) He's now Sheriff Mike Downey.

The Kankakee County Board (Tuesday) unanimously endorsed Downey to replace now-retired Sheriff Tim Bukowski.

Downey had the blessing of the county Republican Central Committee. He'll serve up until a special election for sheriff is held in November.

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Johnston appointed Bradley Police Chief

Bradley Police Lt. Michael Johnston has been appointed the village's new police chief. The veteran member of the force succeeds Don Kufner who resigned.

Johnston is a 19-year veteran of the department. The appointment, made by Mayor Bruce Adams, is effective through May of 2017. Johnston's appointment to chief is effective June 1.

Kufner had come out of retirement to help the department re-organize. He agreed to a two-year stint, but said he was comfortable with the progress in the department so stepped back into retirement.

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Paxton police standoff leads to plea

A Paxton man involved in a 14-hour standoff with police last October was sentenced to three-years probation in Ford Circuit Court. Timothy Donley was also ordered to pay $25,885 restitution for a police robot he destroyed after police had sent it into his home.

It was last fall, on October 9, when Donley refused to leave his home. After some 15 hours in a standoff, an Illinois State Police SWAT team entered the home and found Donley with two self-inflicted gunshot wounds.
Donley was treated at an Urbana hospital.

The 51-year-old Donley pleaded guilty to criminal damage to state-supported property. That's a Class 2 felony. In exchange for Donley's plea, the State agreed to dismiss charges of reckless discharge of a firearm and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

Donley was ordered to serve 24 days in the county jail and undergo psychiatric counseling.

Donley was ordered to pay $25,885 in restitution for the Avatar robot he destroyed during the standoff. Police said Donley shot the robot three times with his shotgun.

Donley is also ordered to stay away from his wife, Kathy, as required by an order of protection granted by Judge Matt Fitton.

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