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Dwight man killed in garage fire

The State Fire Marshall is investigating a garage fire in Dwight that killed a 53-year-old man over the weekend. Donald Heinrich, who was confined to a wheelchair, died Saturday night about an hour after a fire at this home. The Dwight Fire Department and Grundy County Coroner’s Office are also involved in the investigation.

The Dwight Fire Department said upon arrival they found the handicap-individual on the floor. It was reported there may have been an explosion. Officials said the victim had been working in the garage.

EMT’S and firefighters were able to free the man from the structure. CPR was performed to revive Heinrich. He later died at Morris Community Hospital.

The Coroner’s Office reported Heinrich sufferred burns on his body, but the cause of death was from a cardiac event that could have been brought on by the traumatic event of the fire.

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Will County: Murder Charges Filed In Connection with Death of Kaitlyn Kearns

Three counts of first-degree murder have been filed against a 32-year-old Coal City man in connection with the death of Mokena bartender Kaitlyn Kearns. Bond is set at $10-million for Jeremy Boshears.

He was charged Friday with Concealing a Homicidal Death in Kankakee County, where the body of Kearns was found in her Jeep. Boshears’ bond was set at $250,000. The Kankakee County Sheriff’s Office took custody of Boshears and he was transferred to the Kankakee County Detention Center where he remained awaiting transfer back to Joliet.

Those charge against Boshears was secured after Sheriff’s detectives located Kaitlyn’s body in her Jeep Grand Cherokee, parked inside a barn in Aroma Park Township near St. Anne.

The three counts of first-degree murder, filed Friday night, allege that Boshears shot Kaitlyn Kearns in the head with a firearm last Monday (November 13). A Will County Judge signed an arrest warrant that included the $10 million bond.

Kankakee County State’s Attorney Jim Rowe has agreed it is appropriate to prosecute all charges in Will County.

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Flood Warning issued today (Monday) for Sugar Creek in Iroquois County

...The Flood Warning continues for ... Sugar Creek at Milford affecting Iroquois County. The Flood Warning continues until late tonight. * At 800 AM Monday the stage was 19.9 feet. * Flood stage is 18.0 feet. * Minor flooding is occurring and Minor flooding is forecast. * The Forecast calls for the river to continue to fall to below flood stage by this evening.

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Watseka home destroyed in Sunday morning fire

Fire destroyed a Watseka home early Sunday morning. But two adults, asleep inside, were able to escape unharmed thanks to an alert Watseka police officer. Detective Ashley Butt was investigating a smell of something burning when she came upon the burning house on Fidler Court. The officer was able to wake the two adults inside, then she called 9-1-1.

Watseka Fire Chief Tim Ketchum said firemen arrived to find smoke coming from the roof and fire was located in the attic space.

Ketchum reported a box alarm alerted engines from Crescent City, Woodland, Milford and Martinton. Then, a water main problem required a second box alarm for water tankers. Fire units from Sheldon, Concord, Donovan and Gilman answered the call.

The residence is a total loss. The Red Cross is assisting the family. The state Fire Marshall is investigating the cause.

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Pedestrian struck and killed in Clifton

A 71-year-old rural Clifton resident died of injuries (Friday) after being struck by a pick-up truck on South Main Street in Clifton.

Arlen Bertrand died at Riverside Hospital in Kankakee.
Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police investigated. Based on the driver of the pickup’s accounts and witnesses, no citations were issued.

Sheriff’s Police were called to the 400-block of South Main at about 5 pm. 61-year-old William Wulffe of Chebanse was northbound. Bertrand was hit by the pickup. He was transported to Riverside having suffered life-threatening injuries.

Chebanse Township Fire and Riverside EMS also responded to the scene.

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