43-year-old Daniel Builta of Rensselaer, IN was pronounced dead after a traffic accident Tuesday afternoon. Jasper County Sheriff's Police responded to a single-vehicle crash at County Road 1050 N and U.S 231. Deputies reported the victim's car left the road, hit an embankment and went airborne. The car landed on its top and became engulfed in flames. Police reported witnesses were unable to remove Builta from the vehicle. The accident happened around 4 pm southeast of Demotte.
A missing teenager from Thayer, IN is back home safe. Seth Spitler had been reported missing, last seen November 30th. Newton County Sheriff's Police delivered the good news (Thursday). Seth was located and is back home with his family. No further details were made available.
After a year of alternating morning and late-afternoon meetings, the Iroquois County Board is back to just 9 am meetings on the second Tuesday of the month.
Tuesday's (12/11) 5 pm meeting was the last. The Board followed up on the Policy & Procedure recommendation to conduct FY19 meetings at 9 am on the second Tuesday of each month. An attempt to separate the issue from the committee minutes to vote separately on the matter was defeated on 7-11 vote.
The Board did compromise during 2018, holding its business at 5 pm for six months of the year while the 9 am meeting were held the other six months. The compromise came about after discussions and a vote when some board members and the public voiced a desire to favor evening meetings to allow the general public to attend and seek office. It's been pointed out too many people can't attend meetings nor run for office due to the day-time meetings, when most have to work.
An 18-year-old Danville man faces formal charges of involuntary manslaughter and reckless discharge of a firearm in the weekend fatal shooting of his friend just west of Danville.
Vermilion County State's Attorney Jacqueline Lacy filed the felony charges against Christopher Sean Stanley in the death of 19-year-old Austin R. Camareno of Danville.
Stanley was also charged with reckless conduct and not having a firearm owner's identification card.
Sheriff investigators said the shooting occurred shortly before 2 a.m. Saturday at a residence in the 800 block of Warrington Avenue.
Mr. Camareno was taken by a private vehicle to OSF Sacred Heart Medical Center in Danville, where he was pronounced dead.
Sheriff's investigators said Stanley and Mr. Camareno were friends. Mr. Camareno was a 2018 graduate of Schlarman Academy.
Rt. 45 blocked by overturned semi in Kankakee County --
Traffic was detoured in Kankakee County today (Wed) when a semi and another vehicle collided on Route 45/52 at County Road 6000 N in Bourbonnais. At least one injury was reported. Police reported the southbound lane of Route 45 was blocked, slowing traffic on 6000 as well.
Congressman Adam Kinzinger released a statement after the Conference Report to accompany H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 passed the House with strong bipartisan support today (Wednesday:
“Our agriculture community is hard-working, innovative, and feeds millions across this country and around the world. Today, I voted in favor of a bill that provides our farmers, ranchers, and rural America the security and certainty they need. Thank you to Chairman Conaway and others across the aisle, and across the Chambers, for their efforts to work together on this conference report and get it across the finish line here today.
“This legislation reauthorizes agriculture and nutrition programs through 2023, and includes priorities I have pushed on behalf of my constituents such as the preservation and protection of crop insurance, and providing new incentives for veterans to enter the farming profession. Additionally, this legislation provides rural American with funding to combat the opioid crisis through telehealth opportunities, for rural small businesses to install and use renewable energy, and for rural broadband.
“While some of our hard-fought reforms were ultimately removed during the Conference negotiations, this legislation is a big win for the 16th District of Illinois and marks the first time since 2002 that a new Farm Bill will be enacted in the same year that the old one expired. I stand with our farming community, and the passage of this bill today is further proof that Congress can reach across the aisle, work together, and compromise on major pieces of legislation for the good of the American people and the country.”