An accidental fire left at least five people homeless in Bourbonnais Monday. The fire at Tri-Star Estates chased occupants from the structure, according to Bourbonnais Fire Protection Chief Ed St. Louis.
The fire, he said, was contained to a bedroom but smoke and water damage was sustained throughout. The American Red Cross stepped in to assist two adults and three children. Damage estimates were not available.
A wet week is the forecast, but Tuesday’s weather conditions are expected to cooperate for the Consolidated Election. The NWS forecast calls for a cloudy day Tuesday, with a light chance of morning rain and highs around 57 degrees.
Voter turn-out is expected to be low in many parts of Illinois. That, despite so many contested races on the ballots in Iroquois, Kankakee and Vermilion Counties.
The polls open at 6 o’clock Tuesday morning (April 4th, 2017) and will remain open until 7 pm.
Iroquois County voters have seven mayoral races on the ballots. Five mayors contests are on Kankakee County ballots.
Several mayoral, aldermanic/trustee seats are challenged. Township supervisor and trustee seats and Highway Commissioner positions are challenged. Voters will be filling school board seats – including some on the Danville Area Community College Board, in the Rossville-Alvin and Bismarck-Henning School Districts – voters decide Tuesday whether to have a cooperative high school.
And tax hike referendums are popular in many school districts statewide.
Heroin arrest in Braidwood, man found with 50 bags of heroin
Braidwood Police arrested a 32-year-old man Dwight man. Police allege Brian Kobiela is a heroin dealer.
Kobiela was wanted on warrants of delivery of drugs in Cook and Livingston counties. When arrested, Kobiela was in possession of 57 baggies of heroin.
The investigation also showed that Kobiela was planning to flee the state in the near future. He was arrested on a charge of delivery of drugs and is being held at the Will County Adult Detention Facility.
Braidwood police acted on an anonymous tip from a concerned citizen.
One man died following a two vehicle crash in New Lenox Township. Will County Sheriff’s Police investigated Friday on Schoolhouse Road, north of Route 30.
Forty-year old Mark Nelson of Frankfort was pronounced dead. The driver of a pickup and his passenger were treated by paramedics at the scene.
The investigation continues.
Deputies observed a pickup truck with a trailer attached in the ditch and a car facing southbound against the guard rail on the east side of the road. New Lenox Fire personnel removed the driver of the car, who was pinned in the driver’s seat.
Two Kankakee men killed in Amtrak crash near Gilman
Two Kankakee men died Sunday morning when an Amtrak train crashed into their delivery truck north of Gilman.
Iroquois County Coroner Bill Cheatum identified the victims as 54-year-old Tony Campbell and 47-year-old Alexander Odzana. The men were westbound in a privately-owned box truck on 2000N Road when hit by the southbound train. The train was traveling at 70 mph.
No one on the train was injured.
Cheatum said the men may have been lost or distracted. The west side of the railroad crossing is a dead-end running up to I-57. The crossing is marked with train crossing signs. An autopsy will be scheduled.
Sheriff’s Police, Gilman Fire, IMH Ambulance and railroad police were at the scene investigating.