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Piper soon to be freed from prison

A 20-yr-old murder case in Kankakee is about to take a new turn. Aureliuse “Buddy” Piper was convicted and sentenced to 39-years in prison for the 1997 murders of three people – M.T. Hawkins Sr., Patricia Easter (who was Easter’s girlfriend) and M.T. Hawkins Jr. (the senior Hawkins’ 9-yr-old son).

Now, 55-yr-old Buddy Piper is set to be released from prison. The case has a long history of court hearings. Piper was convicted four times but all were overturned on appeal. And there will not be a 5th trial.

According to the Daily-Journal, in a recent plea deal Piper did not plead guilty to the three murders...but the deal will let him walk free. Piper doesn’t admit to the charges against him but admits the prosecution likely could prove them.. He’ll be on parole for three years after his release.

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State Police weekend arrests

A State Trooper was conducting foot patrol at the Iroquois County Fair Saturday and was advised of an individual consuming alcohol on the fairgrounds property, which is prohibited. The trooper approached 19-yr-old Charlie Rasmussen of Bourbonnais and advised him of the ban on alcohol on the fairgrounds property. The trooper was advised that Rasmussen was under the age of 21. Rasmussen was arrested charged with Illegal Possession of Alcohol by a Minor and Illegal Consumption of Alcohol by a Minor.

State Police were dispatched to a crash on I-57 southbound in Ford County. The driver, Kayla Kusman of Watseka, showed signs of alcohol impairment. Kusman was arrested and taken to the Ford County Jail in Paxton. Kusman was charged with Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol.

Sunday afternoon, an Illinois State Trooper was on patrol in Iroquois County when he observed a speeding vehicle on I-57. After a stop, the trooper was talking with the occupants and could smell an odor of burnt cannabis emitting from the vehicle. A search of the vehicle revealed 47.3 grams of cannabis. Terrance Thomas of Mattoon, passenger, was placed under arrest. Thomas was charged with Possession of cannabis 30-100g and he was Wanted on a Warrant out of Kankakee County.

Also on Sunday....an Illinois State Trooper was on patrol in Iroquois County. The trooper observed an abandoned vehicle that had struck the median wires on I-57. The driver, Jose Hernandez of Urbana, was located walking on I-57 southbound. Hernandez showed signs of alcohol impairment and was placed under arrest and transported to the Iroquois County Jail. Hernandez was charged with Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and Driving While License Revoked. Hernandez was also issued a citation for leaving the scene of an accident.

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Woman and child die in wreck near Beecher

A Beecher mother, who was pregnant, and her 2-year-old son died in a two-vehicle crash that also critically injured her two older sons Monday morning near Beecher.

29-year-old Lindsey Schmidt was four months pregnant, according to family members. Schmidt and her son, Caleb, were pronounced dead at the scene at 10:35 a.m.

The driver of a pick-up truck, who allegedly drove through a stop sign on East Corning Road, was not identified. Will County Sheriff's Police said the driver was treated for injuries at St. James Hospital in Chicago Heights.

Schmidt was northbound on South Yates Avenue when the truck went through the intersection at about 8:40 a.m. The collision forced the two vehicles into a nearby field.
Schmidt's two other sons, ages four and six, were transported to St. Margaret's Hospital in Indiana where they are listed in critical condition.

The crash remains under investigation. No charges had been filed as of Monday afternoon.

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Cissna Park boy dies of injuries in accident

A 12-yr-old Cissna Park has died of injuries from a traffic c accident over the weekend.

Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup is releasing the name 12 year old Jacob Rose. He was a passenger involved in a single motor vehicle crash in Iroquois County Saturday near Cissna Park. The boy was pronounced dead at 12:41pm Sunday at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, according to Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup.

Jacob was reportedly ejected from the vehicle during the crash. Preliminary results from an autopsy conducted today indicate Jacob died from traumatic injuries he sustained during the crash.

This death is being investigated by the Iroquois County Sheriff’s Department and the Champaign County Coroner’s Office.

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1st Place: Let’s Take Two – Tap Duet: Aaron Greene & Vanysah Hickman, both from Watseka

2nd Place: Baby Mine – Vocal Solo: Audrey Neukomm from Cissna Park

JUNIOR DIVISION (state eligible):

1st Place: Bad Religion - Contemporary Dance Solo: Taniqua Holmes from Watseka

2nd Place: Santa Fe – Vocal Solo: Brody Adams from Cissna Park

1ST Place – Make Some Noise – Tap Group : Lily Anderson from Beaverville, London Clark from Milford, Annika Greene from Watseka, Addie Kingdon from Watseka, Karsyn Legan from Watseka, Madelyn Loy from Donovan, Madison McTaggart fromm Watseka, Sarah Parsons from Watseka and Rae Stucki from Martinton

SENIOR DIVISION (state eligible):

1st Place: There’s Always Me – Vocal Solo: Megan Schippert from Watseka

2nd Place: Teen Beach – Tap Duet: Hannah Eheart and Autumn Haskins both from Watseka

3rd Place: Waiting Game – Contemporary Dance Solo: Alexis Krones from Watseka

SENIOR SHOWMANSHIP (non-state eligible)

1st Place : My Story – Contemporary Dance Solo: Ellaina Hibbert from Clifton

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