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Kankakee toddler’s death leads to father’s arrest

A 28-year-old Kankakee man is charged with first-degree murder in the death of his year-and-ahalf-year-old son. Keon Stokes is in custody also charged with aggravated battery to a child.

Kankakee and Manteno Police are involved with the investigation.

In a press release from the Kankakee Police Department, it was at 1:30 Monday morning when Manteno Police asked Kankakee authorities to check on an unresponsive child that was brought into a Manteno business by Keon Stokes. Police said Stokes asked an employee to call 911 because the child was unresponsive.

Stokes then left the business and drove back to his Kankakee residence. When Kankakee Police arrived at Stokes' home, they met Stokes carrying the child. The 18-month child was pronounced dead at Presence St.Mary's Hospital.

Police said the child had signs of trauma and internal injuries.

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Sunshine all week long ….

A high pressure system to the north will bring plenty of sunshine to central Illinois for the rest of the week.

Temperatures will still be a bit below average today (Tuesday) as we climb into the mid 50s. By Wednesday, it's a little closer to average as temperatures are back in the low 60s. Eventually by the weekend, the sunshine and light southerly winds help in reaching the 70s.

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Illinois Highway deaths higher than 2015

Traffic deaths on Illinois highways are on a pace to exceed last year's total of just over 1,000.

The Kankakee Daily-Journal reports there were 255 deaths on the roads through last week - compared with 179 at the same point last year.

Gianna Urgo is spokeswoman for the Illinois Department of Transportation. She says a mild winter and lower gas prices have encouraged more driving. She says statistics tend to level out during the course of a year.

Deaths in 2015 totaled 1,003. That's the highest since 1,043 died in 2008. Fatalities have dropped significantly since the 1960s, when an average 2,200 were killed annually on the state's roads.

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Bomb threats force 7 Indiana schools to cancel classes

Seven northwestern Indiana schools have canceled classes after local police received bomb threats naming some of the schools as targets.

The Lake Central School Corp. reports today's (Tuesday's) classes were canceled at Homan and Kolling elementary schools and Clark Middle School in response to the bomb threats.

Police in St. John and Schererville received calls Monday night saying bombs would go off in schools in those communities. The caller, according to a source, said "the caller specifically stated that bombs would result in injuries to many people in these buildings."

The schools notified parents in a recorded message sent out early Tuesday.

Reports stated that as a precaution all three Hammond Baptist Schools in Schererville were closed. So was St. Michael School in Schererville.

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Jasper County: 3 men face sexual assault charges

Authorities in Jasper County, Indiana have three illegal immigrants in custody, charged with the sexual assault of three female minors. Sheriff's Police report the three men, from Monon, are in the country illegally. The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement team is now involved in the case.

The three suspects reportedly took three minors to a motel to sexually assault them.

Two of the female victims reported the incident to a school guidance counselor. That started the investigation last week.

( 20-year-old Yonatan Ramirez-Diaz, 26-year-old Edwin Marquina-Valesquez, and 20-year-old Melvin Ramirez-Morales are in custody. Bonds range from $800,000 to $1-million dollars).

Police said the men are from El Salvador.

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