JOLIET, Ill. | Opening statements are scheduled to begin in the trial of an Illinois man accused of fatally shooting his wife and their three children.
A jury of four women and eight men will decide the fate of Christopher Vaughn, who's on trial in Will County. The jury was picked last week, and prosecutors and the defense will begin making their cases today.
Vaughn is accused in the June 14, 2007, killings of his wife, Kimberly, and their three children — 12-year-old Abigayle, 11-year-old Cassandra and 8-year-old Blake.
Prosecutors contend Vaughn was driving his family in their SUV when he pulled onto a frontage road and shot them near Channahon, about 40 miles southwest of Chicago.
Vaughn has pleaded not guilty and contends his wife killed the children and then herself.
Ashkum, IL – An Illinois State Trooper responded to a traffic crash on IL Route 113 near 3000 West Road on 8/16/12 at 10:22 p.m. The trooper observed a green Honda off the roadway in the ditch. The trooper spoke to the driver, Jason Sean Powell, 38, of Kankakee about the crash. While speaking with Powell the trooper observed that Powell had consumed alcoholic beverages. Powell admitted to drinking alcoholic beverages that night. Powell was transported to Riverside Hospital for minor injuries. While at the hospital Powell failed the standard field sobriety tests that were offered by the trooper. After being released from Riverside Hospital, Powell was placed under arrest for Driving Under the Influence. Powell was transported to the Jerome Combs Detention Center for processing.
On Sunday, August 19, 2012 at approximately 7:27 p.m., KAMEG agents arrested Sophia D. Crumbley, age 33 of 884 Gettysburg Drive, Apt. #4, Bourbonnais, Illinois. KAMEG served a search warrant at Crumbley’s home after receiving a citizen’s complaint about drug dealing at that location. Agents seized eleven bags of cannabis packaged for sale and a digital scale. Crumbley was charged with Possession of Cannabis with Intent to Deliver and was detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center where she posted a $1,000 bond.
The American Red Cross will be taking blood donations from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 5 in the Iroquois Room at Kankakee Community College.
The Red Cross encourages eligible participants to make a donation. In most cases, the entire donation process takes about one hour. Participants must have at least 56 days since their last whole blood donation or 112 days since their last double red cell donation.
The American Red Cross of Kankakee County has served area residents for more than 90 years. The blood drive is sponsored by KCC’s Student Advisory Council.
For more information or to set up an appointment, phone 815-802-8100. Walk-in donations also will be accepted.
KCC is located south of downtown Kankakee off River Road, near U.S. 45-52, or take Interstate 57 to Exit 308 and follow the signs.
OSHA cites Kankakee facility for health violations
KANKAKEE, Ill. (AP) -- A Johnson Controls facility in Kankakee has been cited for five health violations involving workers and asbestos.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has proposed fines totaling more than $59,000.
OSHA says the company failed to required workers to wear appropriate respirators and use protective clothing, among other violations. The agency inspected the work site after receiving a complaint about alleged hazards.
Johnson Controls Inc. is an auto parts and building equipment maker based in Milwaukee.
The company has 15 business days to comply or request an informal conference with OSHA's area director. The company also could contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
Federal law requires employers to provide safe and healthful workplaces for their employees.
On Monday, August 13, 2012, at approximately 6:50 p.m., Howard Johnson, Jr., age 19, of 241 S. Evergreen Ave., Kankakee, Illinois delivered 17 bags of crack cocaine during a KAMEG investigation. Johnson was subsequently arrested by KAMEG agents in the 200 block of S. Greenwood Avenue in Kankakee following a short foot chase. Johnson, a current Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) Parolee, was detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center on the charges of Delivery of a Controlled Substance within 1000 feet of a Church, Resisting/Obstructing a Peace Officer, and Obstructing Justice. Johnson was on parole for a previous drug conviction. Johnson’s parolee status was revoked and he remains detained with a $250,000 bond for the most recent offense and no bond for the IDOC parole violation warrant.
On Tuesday, August 14, 2012, at approximately 9:08 p.m., KAMEG agents arrested Yeshua A. Banks, a 22 year-old male, of 152 S. Greenwood Avenue, Kankakee, Illinois for Unlawful Delivery of a Controlled Substance-Within 1000 feet of a Place of Worship. During a KAMEG investigation, Banks delivered 1.5 grams of crack cocaine. Banks, an Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) Parolee, was incarcerated at the Jerome Combs Detention Center on a $150,000 bond for the delivery charge. Banks had a previous attempted robbery conviction. His parole status was revoked and he will remain in-custody as determined by IDOC.
On Wednesday, August 15, 2012, at approximately 10:25 p.m., KAMEG agents served a search warrant at 357 N. Myrtle Ave., Kankakee, Illinois following a citizen’s complaint about drug sales. While there agents seized nine bags of cannabis packaged for sale, a digital scale, and packaging material. Agents arrested Angelo J. Ervin, age 31, of that address. He was charged with Possession of Cannabis with the Intent to Deliver, 10-30 grams. Ervin will appear before a judge today to determine his bond.
On Thursday, August 16, 2012, at approximately 6:57 p.m., KAMEG agents arrested Terrence G. O’Malley, age 60, of 2200 E. Court St., Apartment 1105, Kankakee, IL. O’Malley delivered three Methadone pills, a Schedule II opiate commonly used for drug addiction detoxification, during a drug investigation. O’Malley was arrested. A subsequent search of his apartment yielded sixteen additional Methodone pills. O’Malley was incarcerated at the Jerome Combs Detention Center where he is awaiting his initial court appearance to determine his bond for the charge of Unlawful Delivery of a Controlled Substance within 1000 Feet of a School.