Watseka Public Works employees get new 3-year contract
Public Works employees in Watseka have a new three-year pact with the city.
Union workers represented by Local 751 will see a 2.5 percent raise in each year of the contract. General laborers' will get a pay hike up to $13 per hour. That's the minimum pay. Maintenance and clerical positions are bumped up to $11 an hour.
Veteran employees will also be paid an additional per-hour increase of 50-cents.
Fatal Kankakee fire brings murder and arson charges
Investigators say the motive was revenge. And a 61-year-old man now is charged with murder and arson for the Kankakee fire that killed two young boys.
Alex Sawyer has been arrested for the April 13th fire that resulted in the deaths of 2-year-old Ju'Shaun Watson and 4-year-old Justice Stewart. Both boys died at Chicago area hospitals of injuries suffered in the fire on W. Station Street in Kankakee.
Sawyer is charged with two-counts of murder and 8-counts of aggravated arson.
Five civilians and three firefighters were also treated for injuries.
Kankakee Fire Department Arson Investigators and Kankakee Police Detectives determined the cause of the fire at 894 W. Station Street to be arson. Several people were interviewed and evidence was collected since the fire.
A press release from the Kankakee Fire Department did not state Sawyer's connection to the victims. Although revenge is mentioned as a motive, no further details were disclosed.
Agencies involved in the case included Kankakee Fire and Police, the Office of the State Fire Marshall, Illinois State Police and the Kankakee County State's Attorney's Office.
Forty-seven-year-old Earl Blair of Watseka died in a single-car crash Monday.
It happened on Route 1/17 at Kankakee County Road 7940 E. just before 4:40 pm. Illinois State Police report the car ran off the road and hit a utility pole. The victim was pronounced dead at Riverside Hospital.
Death investigation underway after discovery of woman’s body in lake
Champaign authorities hope an autopsy and forensic pathology will lead to the identification of a body recovered from Clinton Lake Sunday. Meanwhile, police say the case of a young woman missing for nearly a week has shifted from from ''disappearance to a death investigation.''
Police have been searching for 24-year-old Ashley Gibson. They are continuing to seek evidence into the source of Gibson's disappearance and are encouraging anyone with information to contact Champaign Police at (217) 351-4545. You can also call Champaign County Crime Stoppers at (217) 373-8477.
Authorities say information developed in the missing person case involving Gibson directed Champaign Police Detectives to an exploratory search of evidence at Clinton Lake, which is located in DeWitt.