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Olivet Nazarene University reports record enrollment

This fall, Olivet Nazarene University reports the highest enrollment in the University’s 109-year history, highlighting a significant increase in graduate students and a record number of students living in housing on the main campus in Bourbonnais, Illinois.

Olivet’s historically strong trend continues for enrollment of freshmen and transfer students. Of the total 4,953 students enrolled, nearly 2,900 are undergraduates, and 2,359 of the undergrads live on campus.

“Students from across the country and around the world continue to arrive on Olivet’s campus each fall, even as enrollment is decreasing at many universities, and some are even closing their doors,” said Susan Wolff, dean of undergraduate enrollment. “Students and their families consistently value Olivet’s quality academics and career preparation in a Christian environment.”

In Olivet’s School of Graduate and Continuing Studies, enrollment tops 2,000, representing an increase of more than 21 percent over the past five years.

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Weapons charges against 3 Kankakee County men

Federal weapons charges have been filed against three men, two from Kankakee and another from Bradley. Indictments were returned in U.S. District Court in Urbana.

28-year-old Brandon Shoffner, 24-year-old Zaire Virgen, and 31-year-old Maurice Terrell of Bradley, were arrested in Kankakee by Project Safe Neighborhood task force agents.
All three have previous records. And all three are in the custody of the U.S. Marshalls service.

If convicted, the three face up to 10 years in prison.

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Manteno man shot, police seek Indiana man in domestic dispute

A weekend shooting in Manteno has authorities looking for an Indiana man. The suspect allegedly shot a Manteno man six times early Saturday morning at a Main Street apartment.

Police call it an “isolated incident, not related to the Oktoberfest celebration in the community.”
Investigators say it was domestic incident, “concerning a woman."

An arrest warrant has been issued for 28-year-old Robert Williams of East Chicago, Ind. Charges against him are likely to be aggravated battery with a firearm.

The injured man was shot six times. He was listed in critical condition. Police reported the injured victim was returning to the apartment he shares with his girlfriend when he was accosted by another man in the kitchen.

Anyone with information are asked to call the Manteno Police Department at 815-929-4801.

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Funk enters ‘not guilty’ plea to attempted murder

The 29-year-old Milford man accused of throwing a hatchet at an Iroquois County Sheriff’s deputy (last month) pleaded “not guilty” to felony charges, including attempted murder.

Kevin Funk entered his plea Friday before Judge James Kinzer in Iroquois Circuit Court. Funk faces indictment for attempted murder, aggravated battery to a police officer, and in a separate case, 3-counts of predatory criminal sexual assault and 3-counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

The alleged attack on the officer took place August 26. Funk was indicted by the grand jury September 7.

It was sheriff deputy Clint Perzee who suffered a broken arm, dislocated finger and had to be stitched up for a severe arm laceration. The deputy was hit by a tomahawk, police said, was thrown at him by Funk while police were in the process of arresting Funk for the alleged criminal sexual assault of a child.

The incident took place at Funk’s rural Milford residence. Deputy Perzee raised his left arm to protect his head when he was struck by the tomahawk, according to the police report. The deputy underwent surgery at IMH and has since returned to work.

Funk remains jailed on a $500,000 bond.

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Presence Health awarded license to serve Danville area

The Danville area will have a new ambulance service. Presence Pro Ambulance has received a license and plans to be operational there next month.

Presence Health says in a press release, Pro Ambulance is finalizing plans and operations for the new ambulance service with the city.

In a statement Friday afternoon, Dr. Jared Rogers, Presence Health's regional president and CEO, thanked the Danville City Council, Mayor Scott Eisenhauer and the Danville Public Services Committee. He said “Presence Health is looking forward to working with area fire and police departments to continue to do our part in keeping Danville a healthy, safe and thriving community."

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