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Manteno couple arrested for filing a false police report

ASHKUM – Illinois State Police arrested a Manteno couple in connection with an alleged hit and run crash in December.

Patrick J. and Kimberley J. Sweetie, both 38, are charged with one count each of filing a false police report, a Class 4 Felony.

On Dec. 24, 2013, the Sweeties called 9-1-1 and told authorities they were northbound on Routes 45/52, just south of 10000N in Kankakee County and claimed their vehicle was struck by another vehicle which then fled. They gave authorities a license plate number and description of the alleged offending vehicle.

During the investigation, it was determined the reported offending vehicle and its owner were not involved in alleged crash.

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Brookfield couple injured in I-57 crash

A distracted driver rolled her vehicle Wednesday on I-57, shutting down the interstate for hour. Illinois State Police cited Ashley Staley of Brookfield (IL) for improper lane usage and failure to wear a seatbelt.

A passenger in the car, Matthew Staley, was ejected from the car. Both were taken by ambulance to Riverside Hospital. Police reported the injuries were not serious.

The car was northbound in Kankakee County just after 5 pm. The driver said she became distracted, over-corrected, then ran into the median where the car rolled once than flipped end-over-end.

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School Bus collides with cow, no serious injury

Four students were taken to the hospital as a precaution after a school bus and a cow collided Tuesday morning. The wandering cow was on Illinois Route 9 at Hoopeston. There was no serious injury. 94.1 WGFA
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House fire displaces occupant, Red Cross assisting

Four fire departments battled a single-story house fire south of Watseka Wednesday. No injury was reported, but the house was destroyed. The American Red Cross is providing help.

County records show the house is owned by Travis Burger of Watseka. The renter was identified as Paul Guittierez.

Woodland Fire Chief Bill Tucker said the rural slick roads made it difficult to get to the scene, firemen were forced to use back roads because a bridge is out service near 1631 N and 2280 E. Tucker reported the cause is unknown. Firemen found the house already engulfed when they arrived.

The call was answered at 3:03 pm. Firefighters were on the scene until 9 pm. Mutual aid for Woodland came from Crescent City, Milford and Watseka.

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Bourbonnais businessmen plead guilty in federal court

URBANA --- Fifty-four year-old Greg Yates and his son, Terrance Yates, have pleaded guilty for defrauding a federal business loan program out of $1.7 million dollars.

Both men face sentencing in May, according to the U-S Attorney's Office. They could be sentenced up to 30 years in prison.

Greg and Terrance Yates admitted to using a construction project in Casey (IL) to gain the $1.7 million in federal grants.

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