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Daily-Journal's investigative reporter, Jon Krenek, dies at 46

Jon Krenek, a longtime reporter for the Daily Journal who headed the newspaper's investigations team and championed its watchdog role in the community, died Tuesday afternoon after a brief and sudden battle with a rare, degenerative brain disease. He was 46.

Krenek first joined the Journal in 2001 before he began winning awards for his relentless reporting on public housing, education, unemployment, teen driver safety, unsolved murders, and the environment.

In 2003, the Illinois Press Association awarded Krenek a first-place prize for community service for his reporting on Kankakee Housing Authority tenants living without hot water.

The Northern Illinois Newspaper Association awarded him another first-place prize, this time for his series on sex offenders living in the area. His most recent investigation preceded the indictment of the head of the Kankakee Valley Park District, Roy Collins, who is accused of fraud and theft.

The list would continue, and Krenek operated on the basic journalistic tenet: The people's right to know.

Len R. Small, publisher of the Daily Journal and president of SNG, said: "Investigative reporting represents at once the most challenging and the most important part of journalism, and we were fortunate to have Jon as our standard bearer."

He was diagnosed in early October with Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, which afflicts one in 1 million people worldwide each year. His family plans on donating his brain to a research center.

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Chicago woman killed in Kankakee County crash

A car and a semi truck-tractor collided at Route 1/17 and County Road 500 N in Kankakee County Monday, killing the car’s driver.

23-year-old Rachel Gray turned left into the path of the freightliner, according to Illinois State Police. Gray was pronounced dead at the scene. The truck driver was not injured.

The accident happened just before 2:30 pm.

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Arrest made in murder of Milford Restaurant owner

An investigation has led to an arrest of a 19-year-old Milford teen for the weekend shooting death of a restaurant owner in Milford. Randy White is jailed in Iroquois County on a one-million dollar bond.

He was arrested by sheriff’s police and Milford police Monday night. Police executed a search warrant at a Milford residence where White was staying.

Crime scene technicians processed items collected at the murder scene and at the residence.

35-year-old Jesus “Jesse” Cintora was found dead about a block away from his restaurant. He had suffered a single gunshot wound to the chest.

Police say authorities were called out just after 2 am Sunday about a burglary in process at the Milford Family Restaurant. When officers arrived just about a minute after the call, they discovered Cintora’s body. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Milford restaurant owner found murdered

Tragedy in Milford...a burglary leads to a homicide investigation.

Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police, Milford Police, Illinois State Police office and the Iroquois County Coroner’s Office are investigating the weekend murder of a Milford restaurant owner.

It happened Sunday morning in the downtown business district. Sheriff’s deputies and Milford police were called to a burglary in progress at 2:am. at the Milford Family Restaurant. That’s in the 100-block of E. Jones Street.

The restaurant owner, 35-year-old Jesus Cintora was already on his way to the business, according to reports from the sheriff’s department.

Police discovered the building had been entered. They also found Mr. Cintora’s vehicle on the north side of the restaurant.

Police reported they found no one inside the building. Then then searched the area and found a man on the ground about one block north of the restaurant. The man was identified as Cintora. He had suffered a gunshot wound. Cintora was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Hoopeston Grad Serving in Guam

A 2009 Hoopeston Area High School graduate is serving in the U.S. Navy as part of an integrated crew of sailors and civilian mariners working aboard the submarine tender, USS Emory S. Land.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Mahlon (May-lin) Schmid serves in Guam as part of a forward deployed naval force in the Pacific.

He is responsible for the ship’s weapons and safe use and operation of those weapons aboard the ship.

Schmid, who’s a native of Rankin (IL), says he enjoys the camaraderie between the sailors in the Weapons Department. He said “we all work together to accomplish our mission. I enjoy shooting and teaching people to shoot.”

Schmid adds, “It’s an honor to follow in my grandfather’s footsteps who served in World War II.”

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