Kankakee Police arrest man for rape, armed robbery of 63-year-old woman
A 27-year-old Kankakee man, who police say is a four-time felon, has been arrested for the November 10 rape and armed robbery of a 63-year-old Kankakee woman. The rape took place in the victim's Riverview apartment.
Travien Moore was captured by the Kankakee Police S.W.A.T. team after DNA evidence confirmed his identity as the suspect in what Police Chief Larry Regnier (Ring – E) called a "particularly heinous" crime.
Moore will be charged with aggravated criminal sexual assault, home invasion and armed robbery. He is scheduled to make a weekend court appearance today (Sat).
Police reported Moore served time in prison four-times since 2006.
A Gas station in Gilman was robbed Friday morning. Iroquois County Sheriff's Police and the Gilman Police Department are investigating the hold-up at Wasmer's 66 Station at about 5 am.
Police stated in a news release, a Caucasian male subject entered the gas station and demanded money from a clerk. He fled the station on foot with an undisclosed amount of money. No weapon was displayed. The clerk was not hurt.
The man is described as about 5' 4" tall and weighed about 130 pounds.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Sheriff's Police at 815-432-4918 or Gilman Police at 815-265-4213.
The National Weather Service is alerting motorists of the likelihood of central Illinois roads could becoming slippery overnight (Friday) when rain starts falling before the temperatures start rising over the weekend.
There's a weather alert for freezing rain for most of the WGFA-listening area. The freezing conditions are expected between about 10 pm. thru 4 am Saturday.
There's also a chance of freezing rain before 7 a.m. Saturday, but it will turn to rain as the temperature rises to a balmy 49 degrees. Saturday also calls for breezy southerly wind of 14 to 20 mph.
A chance of rain continues Sunday, with a high temperature expected near 50 degrees.
The Kankakee woman convicted in the death of a four-year-old foster child in her care will be sentenced today in Livingston County. A jury found Heather Lamie guilty of causing great bodily hard to Kianna Rudesill. The little girl died of injuries, which prosecutors, and the jury agreed, could not have been caused by the girl herself.
Lamie is facing natural life in prison with the conviction of the first-degree murder charge and up to ten years on the child endangerment charge. Both are felonies. The child endangerment charge would be an extended sentence because it resulted in the death of a child.
A relative of Kiaana's said no one won in this case. Bobbie Farley said after the conviction, "Thank God we got justice for Kianna and thank God for a state's attorney who finally listened to our requests."
The victim's family extended its appreciation to Livingston County State's Attorney Seth (Uphoff) and prosecutor Scott Ripley for giving Kianna a voice."
Uphoff said he believed the jury reached the correct verdict, with the evidence presented. He said the defense made the best case they could, but they still couldn't overcome the evidence presented in court.
The key to the verdict, the S-S said, was all the state's experts held a unanimous belief a child of Rudesill's size couldn't cause the type of injury that proved fatal.
Rep. Kate Cloonen has been declared the winner of the 79th District House seat in Illinois. Republican challenger Glenn Nixon has conceded the 2014 race.
Provisional ballots now counted, Cloonen's victory is by a 121 vote margin
The Cloonen win assures House Speaker Mike Madigan and the Democrats a super-majority in the state House.
The hotly-contested race was a repeat of the 2012 election, also won by Cloonen by a mere 91 votes. Cloonen was up by 12 votes on Election Day, but provisional and late absentee ballots were still out. They were counted on Tuesday.