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Ashkum house fire “accidental,” Kankakee fire kills 2 dogs

A box-alarm alerted five fire departments Wednesday evening to an un-occupied house in rural Ashkum. No injury was reported. The State Fire Marshall ruled the cause as “accidental.” A garage and the kitchen and utility room were damaged.

Ashkum, Chebanse Township, Danforth, Crescent-Iroquois and Otto Towship departments answered the call. The house is located just off Route 45/52 at Iroquois County Road 2700 N and 1397 E.

Red Cross assists victims after Kankakee fire Thursday ---

Two dogs perished in a house fire at Courtside Plaza in Kankakee Thursday afternoon. No one else was injured. Kankakee Fire Chief Damon Schuldt reported the fire is under investigation.

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St. Anne officials contemplate future of Pumpkin Festival

It’s been a 3-day event for 30 years in St. Anne. And it’s always been a lot of fun. The popular St. Anne Pumpkin Festival will need blood to keep it going.

“ It’s been a show-off event --- many communities can hang their hat on their own such-event, fun and friendly people inviting all to share in the local glory of a great home-town blast”

Local residents Bob Hubert and Barb Deneau have been coordinators for the event for years. They’ve decided it’s time to step aside. The hope is some younger people are ready to take over.

The community has a public meeting scheduled for 7 pm Monday at Village Hall. The meeting will hopefully find an influx of community interest to keep the festival going.
Hubert says all are welcome to offer ideas.

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Ford County: Elliott man accused of sexually assaulting 2 girls

Ford County State’s Attorney Andrew Killian is talking about five felony charges against an Elliott man for the sexual assault of two girls.

38-year-old Michael G. Kean was arrested for predatory criminal sexual assault of a child and four counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

The Ford County Record reports Kean allegedly sexually assaulted a girl under age 13, then allegedly sexually assaulted a different juvenile female.

The alleged crimes were investigated by the Gibson City Police Department and Ford County Sheriff’s Office.

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Bradley Police make arrest in Boost Mobile armed robbery

A 20-year-old man is in custody in Will County for the February 10 armed robbery of a business in Bradley. Sean Watson faces felony charges of Armed Robbery and Aggravated Armed Robbery for the February 10 crime at the Boost Mobile outlet at 236 S. Kinzie Avenue.

Multiple offenders entered the Bradley business on that Sunday afternoon armed with handguns. No one was injured. The offenders fled with an undisclosed amount of store merchandise.

Bradley Investigators report they were contacted by Joliet Police who had a possible suspect in connection with the Bradley robbery.

Bradley Police say the case is still an open investigation.

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Kankakee mayor makes call for unity

Kankakee Mayor Chasity Wells-Armstrong delivered a strong message this past weekend at a State of the Black Community forum. The mayor said “it’s time for the city to come together.”

A 3-hour program included several speakers, including city aldermen and Kankakee School Su’t Genevra Walters. The public was welcome to comment too.

The mayor added, “If you are unhappy with the city, help me.”

The Daily-Journal reported the mayor made it clear that she had been surprised and frustrated at times by a lack of support from other leaders, from the council and even from African-Americans.

Mayor Wells-Armstrong listed some nice accomplishments in her 21-months in office. Included is a balanced budget. She also said the Auto-Lab Complete Car Care Center on Schuyler Avenue has been a positive business venture that was an eye-sore for years until the business building was occupied again.

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