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Kankakee: Home invasion, man robbed

Kankakee police are following up on leads in their investigation of a home invasion in which a man was beaten and robbed.

Police reports indicated a 26-year-old man returned to his West Station Street home about 10 pm Sunday after buying a pack of cigarettes at a store not too far away. A short time later, he heard a knock at his door. When he answered it, allegedly two black men in their 20s forced their way into the house and hit him in the face with a handgun.

The intruders went through his pockets and took about $85. A fight between the victim and the intruders broke out. The victim said the pair fled eastbound. Two women inside the house also described the incident in similar fashion.

Police said the victim said he believed the men were inside the neighborhood store when he bought the cigarettes and saw his cash as the purchase was made.


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Trucker Indicted In Deadly Will County Crash

A Will County grand jury has brought reckless homicide charges against the Indiana trucker involved in the I-55 crash that killed five people last month near Elwood.

Francisco Quiroz of Leesburg, Indiana, is charged with speeding through a construction zone and crashing into three stopped vehicles, killing three adults and an eleven-year-old girl on the spot. A fourth adult died later.

Quiroz is also accused of driving a commercial vehicle despite a complete lack of vision in his right eye. He remains in custody.

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Klopp indicted for Bourbonnais bank robbery

Thirty-five year-old Jason Klopp of Bradley now faces indictment for the August 13th robbery of the Centrue Bank in Bourbonnais.

The Kankakee County grand jury returned the indictment charging Klopp was Armed Robbery. Prosecutors say Klopp entered the business at 680 S. Main Street, armed with a handgun, and fled with an un-determined amount of cash. No injury was reported.

Witnesses provided police with information. Klopp was arrested that same evening in Champaign.

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Man Pleads Guilty To Drunk Driving, Killing Cop

A man has pleaded guilty to hitting and killing a police officer on I-55. Jason Collins made the plea in court Monday.

He reportedly spent five hours at a bar in Bloomington before getting behind the wheel drunk and slamming into a police SUV last October. Officer Casey Kohlmeier and his K-9 officer were inside the vehicle, which was sitting in the median near Pontiac. Both officers were killed.

Collins faces up to 14-years behind bars and will be sentenced on October 15th. {Metro News}

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September is sickle cell awareness month

                                    Blood donations encouraged

The month of September is National Sickle Cell Awareness Month. The American Red Cross encourages people to donate blood in order to maintain supplies for those in need.

Sickle cell disease is an inherited disease that causes red blood cells to form an abnormal crescent shape. It is estimated that sickle cell disease affects as many as 100,000 people in the U.S, according to the Red Cross.

Many affected face a lifetime of blood transfusions to help reduce the risk of stroke, damage to major organs and other complications that can arise as a result of sickle cell disease. The Red Cross must maintain a diverse blood supply in order to decrease complications.

Red Cross blood drives are scheduled in September. Contact your local officials for dates and locations and near you.

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