The Red Cross is helping a family of four after a house fire in Kankakee Wednesday. The fire department answered the call during the noon hour in the 700-block of N. Dearborn Av.
No injury was reported. The house was extensively damaged. A vacant house fire on West Avenue in Kankakee last night did about $17,000 in damage. Firemen found heavy smoke coming from the 1st floor; the house was converted in to 2 apartments. The cause is being investigated.
An Iroquois County jury (Wednesday) took a little less than two hours to find 30-year-old Kevin Funk guilty of attempted murder and aggravated battery to a police officer.
But the same jury found the Milford man ‘not guilty’ of sexually abusing his 9-year-old step-sister several times until she was 14-years-old.
That’s why Iroquois County State’s Attorney Jim Devine is still disappointed in the verdict, even though sheriff investigator Clint Perzee and his family get satisfaction from the tomahawk attack he suffered at the hand of Funk....
Funk faces a minimum 20 years in prison for Attempted Murder of a police offer. And Aggravated Battery to officer Perzee is a lesser-offense of attempted murder, so that penalty, Devine explains, will be absorbed into the attempted murder sentencing.
Judge James Kinzer set a pre-sentencing date for two weeks from Thursday 9/28.
A two vehicle crash at the intersection of US 41 and CR 950N involving a passenger car and semi this (Wed) morning in Newton County, IN.
A Kentucky semi driver was northbound on U.S. 41 just past 7 am when a car collided with the semi in the intersection. Sheriff’s Police report a 16 year old Lake Village female was eastbound on CR 950N. Both drivers were transported to a local hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.
Indiana: Traffic Stop Nets Numerous Drug Charges
A traffic stop on I-65 in White County, IN (Tuesday) led to numerous drug charges against the driver.
A stop for speeding and the trooper detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. After further investigation marijuana, Heroin, Cocaine and Fentanyl were found inside the vehicle. 32-year-old Frederick Smith of Chicago was arrested for possession of marijuana, heroin, cocaine and fentanyl.
47-year-old Richard Probst of Buckingham was identified as the driver involved in a fatal crash (Wed) morning on Route 115 at Kankakee County Road 15,000 W. Illinois State Police report Probst was westbound when crossed the centerline and ran into the ditch. The vehicle went air-borne and overturned. The driver was dead at the scene.
The jury is hearing closing arguments today (Wed) in the Kevin Funk trial in Iroquois Circuit Court.
Defendant Kevin Funk took the stand late this morning, telling the court he did not intend to hurt anyone; he just wanted to scare Officer Clint Perzee, who was there to arrest Funk for sexual abuse.
The 30-year-old Funk is standing trial for attempted murder and 3-counts of predatory criminal sexual abuse. And 3-counts of sexual assault. A conviction could bring up to 38 years in prison for the felony offenses.
The state’s case against the rural MIlford man stems from an August 2016 case. Sheriff investigators Clint Perzee and Eric Starkey had gone to the Milford residence to arrest Funk for the sex offenses, involving a family member. But after questioning, Funk admitted to the jury he threw a tomahawk at officer Perzee, severely injuring the deputy.
During his testimony, Funk told the court he didn’t want to go to jail and wanted Perzee out of his house. Funk said “I didn’t mean to hurt him; I live with this (what I did) everyday.”
Perzee testified earlier, the tomahawk was thrown at him, expectedly, from just a few feet away. Perzee said he raised his arm to prevent a blow to his head or neck.