A single-vehicle traffic accident in Newton County, Indiana killed a Sheldon man Tuesday night. 64-year-old Jack Kiifner (Keef-ner) was driving eastbound on Route 24 when his vehicle hit a utility pole. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.
Catholic church merger causing confusion, mis-information in Kankakee
While three Catholic churches in Kankakee are merging under the name St. John Paul II, no decision has been made as to which churches might close for good, or even how the diocese might use those buildings.
No decisions, yet, says the Rev. Santos "Sunny" Castillo.
Responding to rumors and mis-information, Castillo Tuesday was busy with damage control.
"From what I have heard, the people speaking on Facebook don't go to our churches," Castillo said. "The rumors they are spreading on Facebook are a disservice to the cause we are trying to serve here in Kankakee."
Those rumors revolve around whether St. Rose of Lima or St. Teresa will close. However, Castillo said the parish council has not been talking about closing one of those two churches or St. Martin of Tours.
Castillo said the parish council is looking at ways to utilize all three church buildings. By July 1, the parish will know which church will host services.
During a meeting with parishioners held April 21, Castillo presented two proposals.
One proposal suggested making St. Rose the main church and St. Martin a satellite site, while closing St. Teresa. The other suggested making St. Martin the main church and St. Teresa a satellite site, while closing St. Rose.
"We still have to find out how to best develop the life of our new parish," Castillo said. "There has been no mention of any church closing at this time. Those were just proposals. We feel we have time to make a decision on how to use the buildings we have."
First area death due to carfentanil, powerful opioid
Kankakee County Coroner Bob Gessner is reporting that the overdose death earlier this month of a 38-year-old Kankakee man was due to carfentanil. It’s a synthetic opioid that officials in states across the country say is linked to many other overdose deaths.
Gessner said toxicology reports received Monday confirm that the man, who was found dead in his home on May 4, was the victim of the powerful narcotic.
The man's death came at a time... when first responders saved six people from overdoses during a 24-hour period between May 4 and 5 using Narcan, a drug which reverses the effects of a drug overdose.
One other person, a 42-year-old man from Bourbonnais, died of an overdose on May 4, but Gessner has not released any information on that death.
Since Dec. 1, 2016, the start of the county's fiscal year, there have been 24 drug overdose deaths.
Gessner said many are a result of heroin and fentanyl, another synthetic opioid.
Carfentanil is never prescribed to humans and is used to tranquilize large animals. Experts say carfentanil is 10,000 times more powerful than morphine and 100 times more powerful than fentanyl.
Emergency responders were called out to CSL Bearing in Bourbonnais this (Wed) morning. Initial reports indicated a chemical spill and a Haz-Mat team was on the scene. No further details were available.
Chicago Police are ready with more security outside of Wrigley Field in the wake of the attack in the United Kingdom. The Chicago Cubs yesterday offered to pay for the costs of new security cameras outside and within a few blocks of the field. Chicago Police say the security upgrades will help them keep a better eye on the outside of the ballpark. Wrigley Field managers say extra screenings and bag checks already make the inside of the park much safer.