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Vote-buying investigation underway in Kankakee County

Reports of voter fraud has triggered an investigation in Kankakee County. The State’s Attorney’s Office issued a press conference (Tuesday) stating alleged vote buying may be compromising the local election process.

Reports indicated Chicago political powers were offering gifts to potential voters in exchange for votes in favor of State Rep Kate Cloonen, Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton, and other Democrats.

Applications for ‘Vote by Mail’ ballots are also the subject of the investigation.

Meanwhile -- Democratic leaders in Kankakee County have also issued a press release notifying the State Board of Elections and the Department of Justice claiming legally-registered voters in Kankakee County have been turned away from polling places. Voters denied claim they’ve been harassed and intimidated by local government officials.

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Danville crash kills 16-year-old, 3 others injured

Danville Police report a teenager is dead and three others injured the result of a single-vehicle crash Monday night.

The victim was a sixteen-year-old female. Three other people in the vehicle...all females, ages 14, 17, and 20....were treated for injuries at a local hospital.

The victim killed is now identified as 16-year-old D’nija Nicole Parker of Danville.

The others were not identified.

Police said their vehicle left the road near the intersection of Griggs and Beard Streets and slammed into a building. It happened at 8:30 pm. An Accident Reconstruction Team is reviewing the crash.

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Rossville home invasion nets Paxton man 15 years in DOC

A 21-year-old Paxton man was sentenced to 15 years in prison in connection with a home invasion in Rossville earlier this year. 21-yr-old Frank Zamiar III pleaded guilty in August to one count of home invasion, a Class X felony. Vermilion County prosecutors agreed to dismiss two additional counts of home invasion, plus one count of felony theft.

The Paxton Record reports Zamiar will be required to serve at least 50 percent of his 15-year sentence in the Illinois Department of Corrections. Zamiar was given credit for 147 days already served at the Vermilion County Jail.

Zamiar was charged in connection with a May 3 incident in Rossville. Police records showed a man and a woman heard a banging noise DURING AN EARLY-MORNING HOUR and then discovered that someone had kicked open a door. The man and woman were restrained by the intruder and the man was battered and items of value were stolen from the home.

Vermilion County investigators, with the help of Paxton police, identified Zamiar as a suspect, and a search warrant was obtained and executed at his home, where items linked to the home invasion were found.

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DACC host to candidates forum

The candidates for Vermilion County Auditor and Coroner, along with those running for the 52nd State Senate seat, answered questions and talked about issues at a forum at Danville Area Community College Monday night.

The forum was sponsored by the Business Women of Vermilion County, DACC Annuitants Association, Danville Public Library and the Executive Club.

Auditor Linda Lucas-Anstey, challenger Bill Wright each answered questions in the forum.

The candidates coroner included current deputy-coroner Steve Cornett, who’s also Tilton Police Chief, and Jayne McFadden, currently Commander of the Danville Police Criminal Investigation Division. Current Coroner Peggy Johnson is not seeking re-election.

State Senator Scott Bennett and his challenger, Michael Madigan, also participated.

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Kankakee County Sheriff investigation: 4 men shot to death in Pembroke Township

Kankakee County Sheriff Mike Downey says all leads will be pursued in looking for the gunman who shot and killed four men in Pembroke Township.

The sheriff told reporters (Monday) police have reason to believe the four black male victims are all connected to the crimes , even though one of the victims was discovered away from the house where three others were found Sunday......

Just before 1 p.m. Sunday, a family member discovered the bodies of three men who had been shot to death inside a home on 5500E Road. Their identities were released by Kankakee County Coroner Bob Gessner as a father and his two sons.

56-year-old Reginald Neal, 24-year-old Dangelo Neal and 21-year-old Davante Hopkins. All died of multiple gunshot wounds.

Sheriff Downey said the triple homicide may be linked to another homicide that occurred early Saturday morning.
At 1:12 p.m. Saturday, deputies responded to a shooting on 1725E Road. There, they found the body of 46-year-old Ralph Ledet laying alongside the road. He was shot multiple times and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The sheriff said all the victims are connected to the House where Sunday’s three victims were discovered –that was Ledets’s house.

If you know something, call Crime Stoppers at 815-93CRIME."

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