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15-year-old Kankakee juvenile held for murder, home invasion

A Kankakee teenager is under arrest in connection to the early morning murder of an alleged carjacker. Kankakee County Sheriff's Police report the 15-year-old boy is expected to appear in juvenile court today (Thurs).

The teenager's name is being withheld now, because he has not yet been charged as an adult. That is likely to change, according to authorities. The boy is charged with murder, home invasion, armed robbery, kidnapping and drug possession.
Police said the teen is accused of helping 18-year-old Cleophus Reed carjack a person's vehicle in Kankakee around 1:30 Wednesday morning, then taking the carjacking victim at gunpoint to his home in Sun River Terrace.

The alleged carjacking victim shot and killed Reed.
Though the teen is said to have been Reed's accomplice, he is tentatively being charged with murder. Under state law, defendants can be liable for murder even if the victim is an accomplice.

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Update: Route 24 crash kills one in Iroquois County

WATSEKA — A Rensselaer, Indiana man was killed in a two-vehicle crash Tuesday on Route 24 east of Watseka. The un-identified 67-year-old driver of a westbound passenger car crossed into the eastbound lane, hitting a U-Haul truck.

Illinois State Police reported the 48-year-old driver of the U-Haul and his 73-year-old female passenger, both of Walkerton, IN, were taken to Iroquois Memorial Hospital.

The Iroquois County Coroner pronounced the victim dead at the scene.

The crash happened at 2700 E Road at 1:11 pm. Route 24 was shut down for about 3.5 hours.

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Two-vehicle crash closes Rt 24 in Iroquois County

WATSEKA — Serious injuries reported today (Thurs) in Iroquois County in a two-vehicle crash on Route 24. State Police have withheld any further information after a section of the state highway at 2700 E Road.


Names of those involved have not been released. Emergency helicopters were dispatched. The accident occurred at 1:11 p.m. east of Watseka.


District 21 Illinois State Police said a car was westbound on Illinois 24 when it crossed into the eastbound lane and struck a U-Haul truck driven by a 48-year-old man from Walkerton, Ind.


The U-Haul's driver and a passenger — a 73-year-old female from Walkerton, Ind. — were transported to a hospital for treatment. The identity of the driver of the car was not known.


All were wearing seat belts.

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Kankakee OK’s city sticker fee

The Kankakee City Council Monday night approved a vehicle sticker fee. The move means citizens will pay $40 dollar per year, per vehicle. It's an effort to increase revenue following the loss of the sales tax sharing program.

Debate about the issue brought remarks from 7th Ward aldermen Carl Brown and Fred Tetter. Tetter said other program cuts need to be explored before asking citizens to balance the budget on their backs. Brown said there's not much that can be done to make up the lost revenue.

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Herscher man identified in state park death

                                                    Foul play not suspected

An autopsy is scheduled in Kankakee Tuesday on the body of 40-year-old Joel Brueggret of Herscher. His body was found near Rock Creek at Kankakee State Park Monday.

Illinois State Police report crime scene investigators confirm the body was found just north of a bridge off Route 102. A passing motorist observed a body north of the park's main entrance around 2 pm. The body was found on a bed of rocks in the creek.

The Kankakee County Coroner's office was called to the scene around 2:15 pm.
Authorities do not suspect foul play.

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