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Iroquois County man facing charges for beating

The beating of a man outside a tavern in Buckley July 9th has led to criminal charges against a Loda resident. The beating-victim is a senior citizen. That enhances the charges against 24-yr-old Shane Weber. He’ll answer to two-counts of aggravated battery.

Weber’s bond is set at $25,000.

The 67-yr-old victim was treated for several wounds, cuts & bruises, and a broken collar bone and even bleeding of his brain. Mike Hilligoss spent two days in the hospital and today, he still suffers from the repercussions of the attack.

Iroquois County Sheriff’s Department reports show Weber is the same man who escaped charges in another tavern beating, at the same bar, on Christmas last year. During that fight, which police said was instigated by Weber, 25-yr-old Daniel K. Connolly Lyons, suffocated while being subdued by two men.  An investigation was carried out. No charges were filed in that case.

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Beecher accident claims yet another life

A 6-year-old boy has died from his injuries after a crash in Beecher Monday. The same crash killed his pregnant mother and two younger brothers.

Owen Schmidt died early today (Thurs), according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Owen’s mother, 29-year-old Lindsey Schmidt, his 21-month-old brother, Kaleb Schmidt, were both killed in the crash. His 4-year-old brother, Weston Schmidt, died Tuesday evening.

Authorities reported tThe family was traveling to a bible camp when they were hit by a pickup truck that failed to stop at a stop sign. An investigation into the accident continues. The 25-year-old driver of the pickup truck involved has not been identified.

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Scotchmons East celebrating 50th Anniversary

It’s been a long tradition in Watseka. And—SCOTCHMONS EAST is proud to still be around and thriving.

A 50th Anniversary celebration and grand re-opening is set for Saturday (July 29th) from 2 -5 pm. A ribbon-cutting event is scheduled for 2:15 with members of the Watseka Area Chamber of Commerce.

Scotchmons East owners Sam & Dhara Thakore (Tuh-Kor) welcomes the public for some fun and refreshments ........

Sam & his wife are proud to be the new owners at SCOTCHMONS EAST. Some improvements have been made inside and out and new products are offered. And yes, the Illinois Lottery games are back with Mega Millions and PowerBall.

And the SCOTCHMONS rich history is also featured on a display, a memory wall, Sam explains is courtesy of former owners Gary & Dianna Martin .....

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New Queen crowned in Benton County

Kendra Budreau is the 2017 queen at the Benton County, In Fair.  The 19-year-old daughter of Dale & Daphne Bedreau was crowned Tuesday at the fairgrounds in Boswell.

Kendra was also named Miss Congeniality.  The fair continues until July 31st.

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Harold & Jean Miner Festival Square home to MSMF >

Kankakee’s historic railroad depot provides the quaint, ideal setting for the city’s Merchant Street MusicFest . Now named the Harold & Jean Miner Festival Park, thanks to the generosity of the Miner Foundation in Watseka, a permanent stage on the hill (just off Court Street) was built last year.

Volunteer organizer Allison Beasley marvels at the setting for this great MSMF ........

“It’s an electric feeling here, it’s a quirky, exciting setting and brings so many people together,” Beasely said. “We like that we’re not spread out; it’s a unique setting with so much personality and ambiance.”

Kankakee Police Lt. Donell Austin says law enforcement presence also includes kids activites in a designated Kids Zone, with a dunk tank to raise money for a great cause..........
Special Olympics will benefit from the dunk tank and Austin said several officers will be involved.

“We want interaction in the community and this festival will encourage that,” Austin says. “We’ll be out in force and keeping a close eye on all the activities.”
Austin said community-policing is part of what Police Chief Price Dumas is striving to achieve. .....

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