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Fatal crash in Kankakee County kills Mokena woman

A 77-year-old Will County woman suffered fatal injuries in a 2-vehicle crash Wednesday morning in Kankakee County.

The victim is Gwendolyn Davis of Mokena. She died of her injuries at Presence St. Mary’s Hospital.

State Police reported the collision on Route 17 at 7050 E at 5:46 am.

Davis was eastbound in the westbound lanes on Route 17. Her car was hit by a westbound pickup. That driver, Lloyd Marshall of St. Anne, was treated for minor injuries.

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‘Not guilty’ pleas entered in triple murder case in Newton County

Two men accused of stabbing and killing three people last week in Newton County, IN were in Superior Court Wednesday. Both men pleaded not guilty before Judge Dan Molter.

24-year-old Sebastian Wedding of Lake County, Indiana, and 24-year-old Derrick Cardosi of Sumava Resorts are each charged with three counts of murder, auto theft and theft.

The charges are connected to the deaths of 39-year-old Kimberly Spears, 23-year-old Richard Thomas, and 20-year-old Justin Babbs.

Both Wedding and Cardosi are being held in the Newton County Jail without bond.

The state requested a protection order for the body of Kimberly Spears. Prosecutors say there is reason to believe a bite mark on the left arm of one of the defendant’s could be useful evidence if a doctor could take an impression of Spears’ mouth. That protective order was granted and prosecution plans to wait until after the showing to examine Spears’ remains.

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Governors State to close business centers

Governors State University has announced it is closing its Illinois Small Business Development Center and its Illinois SBDC International Trade Center due to the state's budget crisis.

In a statement Tuesday, University President Elaine P. Maimon noted a 70 percent cut in state appropriations for fiscal year 2016 and only a six-month, stopgap budget for fiscal year 2017. She says as a result, Governor State must move funds used to match federal and state dollars to departments that will maintain student services.

Maimon called the decision to close the programs a difficult one, adding the development center had been a "definitive resource" for business owners and entrepreneurs in Chicago's southern suburbs.

University officials say the centers have helped more than 6,000 clients create 4,650 new jobs since 2001.

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Camp 9-1-1 begins 11th year in Iroquois County

Second and third graders in Iroquois County look forward to learning all about about safety techniques and how to get through emergency situations.  They learn thru a popular program -- Camp 9-1-1. 

Wednesday, Camp 9-1-1 marks its 11th year of spending time with the students teaching them how to react to emergency situations; knowledge it's hoped, they'll keep for a liftime.

This year's Camp 9-1-1 has a focus on Fire safety.

9-1-1 Coordinator Nita Dubble  says over the last 10 years, students have used the safety techniques in real life situations.

Several emergency response agencies participate by setting up learning centers for the students to visit, ask questions and run thru scenarious where they might call 9-1-1.  

Approximately 800 2nd and 3rd graders get a chance to attemd Camp 9-1-1.  

The sessions begin September 7th for 2nd graders at Wanda Kendall School in Watseka. 

September 8th at Wanda Kendall for 3rd graders.

September 9th at Crescent City

September 13th at St. Paul's in Woodworth

September 14th -- Milford schools

September 15th - Iroquois West 2nd grade in Gilman

September 16th - Iroquois West 3rd grade in Gilman

September 21st - Donovan

September 22nd - St. John's in Buckley

September 23rd - Cissna Park

September 28th - Chebanse 2nd grade

September 29 - Chebanse 3rd grade

Participating agencies include Iroquois Memorial Hospital, 9-1-1, Local FFA chapters, Illinois State Police, Iroquois County Public Health, Local Fire Departments, Local Ambulance Services.

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Head-on collision in Kankakee, man arrested for DUI

Illinois State Police investigated a head-on crash Monday on Route 17 at Kankakee County Road 7000 W.  58-year-old John Brinkman was arrested for drunk driving and improper lane usage, after he crossed the centerline and hit the oncoming car driven by 21-year-old Jacob Hansen of Kankakee. 

Brinkman was air-lifted to an Oak Lawn hospital in critical condition.  Hansen and three passengers were treated for minor injuries at Provena St. Mary's Hospital in Kankakee.  

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