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$100,000 bond for one of three suspects in Gilman armed robbery

A 21-year-old Savoy man appeared in Iroquois County Court Thursday where his bond was set at $100,000. Trevaughn Brownlee is accused in the December 28th armed robbery at McDonald’s in Gilman.

Brownlee is a suspect in the early-morning robbery in Iroquois County. Two other suspects are yet to appear in court.

19-year-old Tyran Mueller and 19-year-old Lucas Martinez, both of Savoy and former Iroquois County residents, were also arrested for the crime. They were still being held in Champaign County.

The trio are also suspects in two Champaign County robberies; one at a service station in Urbana and a church burglary.

Mueller and Martinez are former employees at the McDonald’s in Gilman. Iroquois County Investigator Cliff Perzee said the three returned to Gilman again Tuesday morning in another attempt to rob the business.

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Murder-Suicide investigated in Monee

The Monee Police Department is investigating a fatal shooting Wednesday night. Investigators are calling it a murder-suicide.

Police responded to call of shots fired in a residential neighborhood near Will-Center Road. (4900-block of Main Street) at about 8:10 pm.

The multiple shooting involved three family members. Two family members died, including the man who allegedly fired the shots.

A female called 911 operators and reported that a man had a gun, then the line went dead. When officers arrived they discovered two shooting victims. Two other teenagers in the home identified the victims as their mother and sister.

They told officers that their father had shot both victims and had fled the scene. The mother and sister were transported to the hospital. Thirty-six-year-old Tiffany Lee was later pronounced dead at Olympia Fields.

40-year-old Damien Lee was found in University Park in a car with a self- inflicted gunshot wound.

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Iroquois County: 3 men arrested for armed robbery of Gilman McDonald’s

Two former Iroquois County men are among three people arrested for the December 28th armed robbery of the McDonald’s in Gilman. The trio attempted to rob the Gilman business again Tuesday morning.

All three also were identified in armed robberies in Urbana and Savoy, in addition to the Gilman incident.

Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police report the three suspects are in custody. They were arrested Wednesday in Champaign.
19-year-old Tyran Mueller and 19-year-old Lucas Martinez, both of Savoy, and 21-year-old Trevaughn Brownlee of Savoy are accused in the incidents. Mueller is a former Gilman resident. Martinez had been from Onarga.

Charges include: armed robbery, aggravated robbery, burglary, theft, aggravated assault, aggravated battery and attempted aggravated robbery.

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St. Joseph’s College future topic of meeting Thursday

The future of Saint Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, IN is the topic of meetings today (Thurs) and Friday. The Board of Trustees will meet to discuss the school’s future.

The school’s president said it needs $100 million to continue serving students.

Reports indicate some alumni and students will have the option to attend mass at the school’s chapel during Thursday’s meeting, starting at 4 p.m.

According to a letter sent out a week ago by the school’s President Robert Pastoor, the college needs commitments of $20 million before June 1st.

Pastoor said his staff has exhausted all possible avenues in their efforts to improve the financial situation.

The Higher Learning Commission put Saint Joseph’s College on probation last year, due to finances.

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Reward offered after suspicious fire destroys grandstands at Vermillion County, IN Fairgrounds

A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered for information about a suspicious fire that destroyed the grandstands at the Vermilion County Fairgrounds in Indiana.

Officials report all that is left is a pile of rubble after the fire burned the grandstand to the ground. It was the oldest wooden grandstands in Indiana.

Emergency fire crews responded to the fairgrounds Thursday evening before 8:30 pm. The fairgrounds are located just off of State Road 63, near Cayuga, in northern Vermillion County.
Officials have not released a cause, but they do report it is suspicious as there was no electricity connected to the grandstands.

The State Fire Marshal’s Office was on the scene Friday sifting through debris searching for a cause.

Wind gusts did create some extra concerns early Thursday evening and crews spent several hours on scene. No injuries were reported.

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