Judge James Kinzer of Watseka will be sworn-in today as the newest circuit judge for the 21st circuit. The Illinois Supreme Court has appointed Kinzer to fill the vacancy created last week by the retirement of Judge Gordon Lustfeldt.
A 1 pm swearing-in ceremony is scheduled at the Kankakee Courthouse. The Honorable Thomas Kilbride, a Justice of the Illinois Supreme Court, will officiate the swearing-in event.
Kinzer has served the bench as an Associate Judge since January 2005 when he filled a vacancy left by the death of Judge David Youck.
The man accused of causing a disturbance at a Target store in Bradley was protesting over the company's new policy involving transgender people. Police say 39-year-old Michael Merichko was charged with disorderly conduct following his arrest yesterday (Monday) at the business just off Illinois Route 50.
Target announced last month that employees and customers can use the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity.
Bradley Police Lt. Michael Johnston tells 94.1 WGFA News the transgender issue apparently sparked a nerve with Merichko.....
The episode at the Target store stirred quite a commotion. It started as a frantic 9-1-1 call about an "active shooter." Lt. Johnston said police are still not sure what sparked an active shooter report. No gun was found, no shots were fired. No one was injured.
The American Red Cross encourages donars to make an appointment to give blood and help save lives. It's in honor of World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day. The local and global impact of the Red Cross mission is celebrated May 8.
Local blood drives are scheduled today (Tuesday) in Dwight at St. Patrick's Catholic Church 12:30 'til 5:30 pm. Manteno welcomes donars Wednesday (5/4) from 2-6 pm at the United Methodist Church. In Bourbonnais Thursday (5/5) a blood drive is at the Blood Donation Center 12 Noon 'til 6 pm.
Ford County has a blood drive Friday (5/6) from 9 am 'til 2 pm at the GCMS High School in Gibson City.
Also in Kankakee County...Manteno has a scheduled drive Saturday (5/7) at the Christian Church of manteno from 9 am to 1 pm.
• •Just a couple of weeks after law enforcement were involved in an "active training" shooting exercise in Kankakee County, several police agencies responded today (Monday) to a report of an "active shooter."
It was at the Target Store in Bradley. Fortunately, a suspect had no gun. No shots were fired. No one was injured.
Bradley Police Lt. Mike Johnston tells 94.1 WGFA News the suspect was taken into custody without incident. Disorderly conduct is the charge. Lt. Johnston said authorities were still looking into how this became an active shooter call – no weapon was ever found.
The motive for the suspect to alarm everyone ? Lt. Johnston said the suspect was protesting Target's policy on transgender bathrooms. His actions disturbed target employees and customers inside the store.
Police from several departments converged at the Water Tower Plaza, just off Route 50, around 1 pm. Other emergency vehicles set up staging across the highway at another shopping plaza lot. Thirty-four officers representing eight police agencies answered the call.
Bradley Police emphasized no one was injured. It was just two weeks ago when several police agencies participated in an "active shooter" training exercise at Olivet Nazarene University in nearby Bourbonnais.