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I-57 collision stalls traffic near Paxton

Two people were treated for what State Police reported as minor injuries (Friday) when a semi-trailer struck the rear of a vehicle being towed on Interstate 57.

The accident happened a little before 8 am near Paxton and brought traffic to a stop along the interstate.

The morning fog was a factor. Police reported a southbound vehicle driven by a Chicago resident was towing a car in the right lane at a slow rate of speed due to the dense fog.
A semi-tractor trailer failed to reduce speed and hit the rear of the vehicle being towed.

The semi driver was ticketed for driving too fast for conditions.

The Paxton Fire Protection District assisted State Police at the scene.

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DUI arrest on I-57, drugs and cash found

Bradley police responded to a report of a possible drunk driver last Thursday on I-57. A 66-year-old South Holland man was stopped and arrested for driving under the influence of drugs.
a were alerted about a car driving well under the posted speed limit (65) and weaving all over the southbound lanes about 3 p.m., according to reports.

Harold D. Armstead told the arresting officer he was on how way to Hazel Crest from Chicago to attend an AA meeting. He was observed driving well below the posted limit and weaving about on I-57.
The police report indicated Armstead seemed confused when he was told he was in Kankakee County.

The Bradley Police Department K9 (Riggs) detected a presence of drugs in the vehicle. A baggie containing heroin was found in the console. Two more baggies with heroin and $6,700 in cash were found during a search of Armstead.

He was also charged with possession of a controlled substance.

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Accelerate 2016 fires up small business marketing

It was an opportunity to grow your business – learning best practices and new and better marketing techniques.

Accelerate 2016, the Small Business Conference & Expo at Kankakee Community College (Thursday) was designed to help business-owners see a new light and step up efforts to get on track. Start-up entrepreneurs and seasoned business owners all had opportunity to network and learn from those making it work.

Development, Management and Sales & Marketing sessions had participants in break-out sessions and hearing from experts on how to ‘build your brand,’ reinvent your business, and show others how to get ahead of the game.

Keynote speaker and best-selling author Summer Alexander talked about what she authored – “The Little Book of Big Marketing Ideas.”

Maureen McKenna, Senior Development Officer for CRF USA – Community Reinvestment Fund – working with several Kankakee area businesses to build relationships and focus on one-one-one contacts to get the message home.

McKenna tells WGFA News phones and emails and text messages don’t get it done......She says building relationships and showing customers they matter is what brings results.

McKenna said those driving the marketing messages have to have their own line-up in place.

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Former park district official indicted for fraud

Former Kankakee Valley Park District executive director Roy Collins has been indicted for fraud to gain personal benefit. A federal grand jury indictment accuses Collins with defrauding the park district and a related non-profit organization.

The 46-year-old Collins of Kankakee is accused accessing park district equipment, labor and funds to benefit himself, including using park district equipment and labor to build a pond on his personal property. The indictment also claims Collins solicited an independent contractor to perform work for the park district and on his residence while suggesting the contractor falsely bill all the work to the park district.

Collins was employed as Executive Director of the Kankakee Valley Park District from 2011 to 2016. The park district works with the not-for-profit Kankakee Valley Park Foundation.

The charges stem from an investigation by the Illinois State Police, FBI, and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation of the Inspector General.

If convicted, the offenses of wire fraud and mail fraud could carry prison terms of up to 20 years and fines of up to $250,000.

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Iroquois County grand jury indictments

A Milford man who threw a hatchet and an arresting officer and a Watseka man who inflicted serious wounds on a female companion in a beating are among several people indicted by the Iroquois County grand jury this week.

29-year-old Kevin Funk faces an attempted murder charge for throwing a hatchet at Iroquois County Investigator Clint Perzee August 26th. Perzee suffered a broken arm, dislocated fingers and a lacerated arm when Funk resisted arrest for a Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault case.

Funk also faces indictment for the sexual assault and for Aggravated Sexual Abuse.

45-year-old Abacuc Rodriguez of Watseka was indicted for Aggravated Domestic Battery and Aggravated Battery. The assault against is female companion, Kelly McClanahan, resulted in a severe head injury and a hospital stay for the victim.

The alleged beating took place in a pickup truck driven by Rodriguez in rural parts of Iroquois County in August. After the beating, Rodriguez is said to have taken McClanahan to IMH, claiming the injuries happened in a boating incident. The victim was air-lifted to Carle Hospital in Urbana.

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