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Kankakee County Relay-for-Life raises nearly 250K

Bishop McNamara High School was again the host site for Kankakee County’s Relay for Life Saturday. And just under $250,000 was raised for cancer research.

This year's goal was to raise $350,000.

The Daily-Journal reports this year’s top three participants included John Kaufman with $10,000, Nancy Kaufman with $10,000 and Christi Landeck with $9,000.

Team totals show included One Nucor Way having raised $51,162, RIDE4LIFE with $25,000 and Peanutbutter Conspirators with $15,975.

Donations still can be made by visiting acsevents.org, clicking on the "donate" tab, "donate to event," "search by ZIP code," 60901 and then click on "Relay For Life of Kankakee County."

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Good Shepherd group home resident found dead in van

The death of a resident at the Good Shepherd group home in Momence is under investigation. Charles Laughlin’s death was discovered Sunday. He was found unresponsive in a van.

Kankakee County sheriff's police are investigating the death of a 69-year-old man.
According to Kankakee County Coroner Bob Gessner, the preliminary cause of Charles Laughlin's death was heat exhaustion.

Laughlin and other residents had returned from a shopping trip, Gessner said. Laughlin was found when an employee went to move the van at 5:15 p.m. He may have been left in the van by accident.

High temperature readings were at 93 degrees Sunday.
The administration at Good Shepherd is reviewing its procedures for tracking residents on-and-off the grounds.

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Train-pedestrian collision kills man

A Bourbonnais man was struck and killed by a train Sunday night. It happened in the in the 1100 block of North Schuyler Avenue.

Roberto Ramirez is identified as the victim. Kankakee County Coroner Bob Gessner said the 32-year-old's body was observed on the tracks by the engineer of a northbound Amtrak train.

Gessner said his office will meet with Canadian National Railroad officials to review video from security cameras.

Ramirez was believed to have been walking back to his home in Burch's Trailer Court. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 10:20 pm.

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Mayor: ‘Watseka has a story to tell…’

Watseka’s 150th Birthday is much more than this weekend’s events scattered throughout the community. The city’s rich heritage dates back to 1867.

And over the years, Mayor John Allhands says the message is the city’s ability to rebound when things don’t always go well......
"We have resiliency. Major fires and floods but we keep coming back. People step in and help," Allhands said.

"Now, we have some new people with new energy and we'll keep building." The mayor said, "our story is strong."

The Slo-Boys Tractor Club display is today (Sat) at the Old Courthouse.

Featured entertainment is Clare Dunn – Live at 9 pm tonight at the Riverside parking lot.

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Hot-air balloon accident, pilot falls from basket during Chatsworth event

One person was injured in a hot-air balloon mishap at the Chatsworth sesquicentennial celebration Thursday evening, but the balloon landed safely a short distance away.

Four balloons were preparing to launch shortly before 6:30 p.m. when the incident occurred. Witnesses said the wind was calm before the accident.

Livingston County Sheriff Tony Childress (Chill-dress) said Friday, “Apparently, there was a wind gust that caused one balloon to lift up.” The basket tipped and the pilot fell out.

The pilot was transported to OSF St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington. The injury was not life-threatening.

Mayor Richard Runyon, who was at opening ceremonies said, “Luckily they knew enough to go past the power lines and out of town before pulling the rope” to bring down the balloon.

One witness, Wayne Germain of Pontiac shot video as the drama unfolded.

He said “It was frightening,” Out of nowhere, a gust of wind came — 20 mph at least,” he said. “Twenty seconds later, it was calm again.”

His video of the incident quickly went viral on the internet, receiving more than 100,000 views on Facebook, in addition to being shown on various television outlets.

Germain said he has received calls “from around the world” from people involved in hot-air ballooning who want to use his video for educational and training purposes and he is happy to share it.

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• Activities continue today and Sunday at the Chatsworth celebration.