Collins enters ‘not guilty’ plea in park district fraud case, December 6 trial set
Former Kankakee Valley Park District executive director Roy Collins pleaded ‘not guilty’ Wednesday to two federal charges accusing him of fraud while he served as director.
A December 6th trial date is set in U.S. District Court in Urbana.
Collins remains free on a $10,000 bond. The Daily-Journal reports the charges date back to early 2012 when prosecutors allege unauthorized credit card purchases started until early 2016 when prosecutors say Collins started creating false documents to conceal the theft from the Kankakee Valley Park Foundation.
The indictment alleges Collins accessed park district equipment, labor and funds for his personal benefit.
Village of Clifton maintenance employees will be flushing fire hydrants into early next week because they was unable to be complete the job earlier this year because of street improvements and water tower projects.
Local residents may experience slightly discolored water due to the flushing.
The manager of the Subway Store in Hoopeston reported a burglary to Hoopeston Police Thursday. The store at 912 S. Dixie Highway was entered and money was stolen. The incident was reported Thursday morning. An investigation continues.
St. Anne Police and Kankakee County Sheriff’s Police are investigating a reported armed robbery at the Shell Gas Station in St. Anne Thursday night. An undisclosed amount of money was allegedly stolen in the incident. A woman was pistol-whipped, according to sources.
Indiana 4-year-old suffers fatal injuries in Vermilion County crash
A four-year-old girl died of injuries from a crash Wednesday in Vermilion County.
Kimberlie Davis of Williamsport, Indiana was identified as the victim. Coroner Peggy Johnson said the girl was strapped in a booster seat in the backseat of a vehicle. The driver lost control and rolled the vehicle along County Road 2650 N, southeast of Bismarck.
Sheriff’s Police and the County Coroner are continuing their investigation into the tragic crash. It happened near Stateline Road.
The child was pronounced dead at 5:49 pm. Wednesday at Presence United Samaritans Medical Center in Danville.. Sheriff’s Police report the vehicle was being driven by the victim’s mother...32-year-old Amanda Davis of rural Williamsport. Police were told Davis was passing another vehicle which was traveling in the opposite direction on the gravel road when Davis lost control. The vehicles did not strike each other, police said, but when Davis lost control her vehicle left the road and rolled.
The girl who died is a triplet. One of the other triplets was ejected as the vehicle rolled, but escaped unhurt. The other triplet and a 10-year-old riding in the vehicle also escaped injury.
Coroner Johnson says preliminary autopsy results show that Kimberlie Davis suffered head injuries. No tickets were issued.