An unoccupied apartment home was destroyed and two neighboring houses were damaged when an early-morning fire broke out today (Tuesday) in Kankakee. Firefighters answered the call about 4:20 am. The fire activity closed down W. Station Street at S. 5th Street.
No injury was reported. The cause was under investigation.
Paxton man’s death investigated, found dead at Champaign motel
The Champaign County Coroner's Office is investigating the apparent hanging death of a Paxton man, found dead in a Champaign motel room Monday night.
52-year-old Timothy Donley was discovered at the Days Inn, according to Coroner Duane Northrup.
A press release states Donley died from "asphyxia due to hanging."
It was just last month when Donley was placed on probation and ordered by the court to undergo psychiatric counseling after an ordeal in connection to a 14-hour standoff he had with police outside his home last October.
Donley's death remains under investigation by the Champaign Police Department and the coroner's office.
It was the largest turnout in the 32-year history of the Strawberry Jazz Festival. Sunday's crowd was estimated at more than 5,000 for the annual event. Small Memorial Park was packed with people who gathered for the one-day event featuring art, musical entertainment, food and shopping opportunities.
Vendors totalled over 100, according to organizers. The vendors fee ($60) goes toward the James F. Carlson Scholarship, helping kids attend summer art camps and classes offered by the Arts Council.
Co-Chair Dee Cook said this event is the Kankakee Community Arts Council's way of giving back.
The deadline for junior and open show entries for this year's Ford County Fair is Monday, June 13.
Entries should be sent to Jane Meyer, 1795 N. 1800E Rd., Thawville, IL 60968. They must be received or postmarked by June 13.
Entries may also be brought to the secretary's office on the fairgrounds in Melvin between noon and 4 p.m. June 13. Entry fees must also accompany entry blanks. If entry fees are not paid by the June 13 deadline, the entries will be returned to the exhibitor. Entry information and entry blanks can be found at fordcountyfair.org.
A 26-year-old Onarga man faces drug trafficking charges following a weekend traffic stop near Rantoul. Ethan Dufrain allegedly had about 3 pounds of cannabis in a car when Illinois State police made the stop on I-57 Sunday afternoon.
Dufrain was stopped for speeding. He was driving a rental car, according to police. A backback with three bags of cannabis was found inside.
The offense could lead up to seven years in prison, if convicted.