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Missing Person: Watseka Police ask for help

A missing person report has the Watseka Police Department and the Becker family asking for the public’s help in locating 59-year-old Donald E. Becker.

He was last seen at 9 am Tuesday, about three miles south of Watseka. Don Becker was driving a black 2007 Dodge Dakota 4-door pick-up truck with Illinois registration 6 5 7 0 6 U.

Watseka Police report local pilots would be conducting fly-overs in Iroquois County.

Anyone with any information as to the whereabouts of Don Becker or his vehicle is asked to call Watseka Police at 815-432-4918.

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UPDATE: Danville fire victim identified

The Vermilion County Coroner’s Office has identified the victim found Thursday in a residence where fire broke out earlier that day. 75-yerar-old David Singleton was identified. He lived at the residence at 300 Park Street in Danville.

Coroner Jane McFadden said today (Thursday) Singleton’s family has been notified. An autopsy will be performed today.

The Danville Fire and Police Departments, the Coroner’s Office and the Illinois State Fire Marshall continue the investigation.

Officials are still looking for the cause. The victim was found in a bathroom in the two-story structure that had been divided into multiple residences for veterans.

Danville’s Public Safety Office reported five veterans lived at the residence. One other occupant was rescued from the front porch.

• Alvin house gutted by fire....

Another Vermilion County fire damaged a house in Alvin.

73-year-old Louis Dickison, his wife and son escaped without injury when the fire broke out Thursday afternoon.
Some 50 firemen from several departments answered the call. Damage was heavy in an upper floor. Un-official reports declared the house a total loss.

Bismarck Firefighter Protection District received mutual aid from the Blue Grass, Lynch and Rossville Fire Departments. The Illinois State Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating.

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Kankakee man gets 8 years for forgery

Ernest Brookshaw was sentenced to eight years in prison Thursday for forging a check from a Kankakee church.

The 46-year-old Brookshaw forged the check from Pentecostal Powerhouse Church in 2014.

Brookshaw also is facing burglary and theft charges after stealing cigarettes and lottery tickets from a Kankakee store in 2016. He was arrested after he attempted to cash a winning ticket at a convenience store. If convicted, he faces up to an additional seven years in prison.

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Danville fire kills one at group home for veterans

Officials in Vermilion County are investigating a Thursday fire that killed one person in a group home arranged for veterans. There’s been no word on a cause for the fire that was first reported about 11:45 am, according to Danville Police.

Public Safety Director Larry Thomason said the Coroner's Office has not yet released the identity of the man whose body was found in the bathroom as firefighters were battling a blaze on Park Street.

Coroner Jane McFadden reports the family of the victim is yet to be located.

When firefighters arrived at the single-family structure that's been divided into multiple residences for veterans, they found an individual in an enclosed front porch. Firefighters got the man clear of the house. It was their understanding that there was no one else inside.

After attacking the flames and heavy smoke coming from the house, they eventually made their way inside where they discovered the man's body in the bathroom.

The Illinois State Fire Marshal's Office is still investigating the cause of the blaze.

The house was divided to accommodate up to five veterans.

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$100,000 bond for one of three suspects in Gilman armed robbery

A 21-year-old Savoy man appeared in Iroquois County Court Thursday where his bond was set at $100,000. Trevaughn Brownlee is accused in the December 28th armed robbery at McDonald’s in Gilman.

Brownlee is a suspect in the early-morning robbery in Iroquois County. Two other suspects are yet to appear in court.

19-year-old Tyran Mueller and 19-year-old Lucas Martinez, both of Savoy and former Iroquois County residents, were also arrested for the crime. They were still being held in Champaign County.

The trio are also suspects in two Champaign County robberies; one at a service station in Urbana and a church burglary.

Mueller and Martinez are former employees at the McDonald’s in Gilman. Iroquois County Investigator Cliff Perzee said the three returned to Gilman again Tuesday morning in another attempt to rob the business.

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