A couple of fires alerted Kankakee city firefighters Monday. A chimney fire on W. Hawkins Street did some smoke damage. On N. 6th Avenue, officials said smoking materials is believed to have cause a minor fire at a house. The siding on the house was damaged. No injury was involved.
Death Investigation in Bradley: 18-year-old found dead
Bradley Police are working a death investigation along with Illinois State Police crime scene technicians after an 18-year-old woman was found dead inside a home Monday.
The Kankakee County Coroner's Office has scheduled an autopsy. Coroner Bob Gessner, who was at the scene Monday in the 100-block of South Madison Avenue, said it may be weeks before toxicology tests are known.
Speculation from onlookers indicated a possible drug overdose.
Bradley Police Chief Steven Coy stated in a press release that officers were dispatched to the residence at 1:40 pm for a juvenile-related complaint.
The female victim was found on a couch and appeared unresponsive. Efforts to revive her were unsuccessful. Chief Coy released a statement saying, "There is no indication of any threat or potential harm to the community."
No arrests have been made in connection to the 18-year-old woman's death. However, 37-year-old Shawana N. Green was arrested for possession of hypodermic needles and heroin when she came to the home about 6 pm.
Danville School District 118 mourns death of former principal
The Danville school community and the city of Danville is mourning the death of former high school Principal Mark Neil. The retired administrator, who retired in 2013, passed away unexpectedly on Monday. He died from medical complications. He was 60 years-old.
A native of Chrisman, Neil began his long career teaching at Catlin as a junior high and high school teacher/coach before moving on to Rossville-Alvin's high school and elementary school where he served as a guidance counselor.
He moved to the Danville school district in 1984, where he served "with distinction and honor" for 29 years, according to Superintendent Mark Denman.
"He was a man who expected the very best from others," Denman said. "He had a great sense of humor ... and he was well-respected.
Denman said the two got to know each other when they both served as middle school principals.
Denman credited Mr. Neil with leading the successful restructuring of the high school and implementing the four small learning communities — Freshman House, Danville New Tech High, GLOBAL House and ACE House.
Neil was a graduate of Eastern Illinois University.
A 2014 shooting at a Kankakee tavern has led to a 10-year prison term for 25-year-old Sentray Coney of Kankakee. Coney was charged with illegal possession of a firearm by a felon.
U.S. District Judge Harold Baker found that on May 19, 2014, Coney, a convicted felon, used a firearm to shoot a victim in the leg in Kankakee as retaliation for a tavern shooting earlier that morning. The 120 month sentence is the maximum permitted by law. Coney pled guilty to the offense and has been in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service since his arrest.
At the time of the offense, Coney had prior convictions in Illinois for domestic battery, possession of cannabis, and possession of a firearm by a street gang member.
The case is the result of ongoing investigations related to gun violence in the Kankakee area by the Kankakee Area Project Safe Neighborhoods Task Force, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, and the Kankakee Police Department.
Former Cissna Park clerk sued for repayment of stolen funds
The Village of Cissna Park's former collector/bookkeeper is being sued for money stolen from the Iroquois County town.
60-year-old Rhonda Sue Siebert pleaded guilty in 2013 to a felony count of Theft. She was sentenced to a two-year prison term for the theft of nearly $100,000 over a six-year period.
Her sentence included her $10,000 bond money being awarded d to the village for restitution. Now, Cissna Park's insurance carrier is suing Siebert for the near-$100,000 she stole.
The Illinois Municipal League Risk Management Association filed the lawsuit in Iroquois County Circuit Court, seeks the repayment of $99,997 from Siebert. Records show the amount reflects both the amount Siebert stole and the amount the Risk Management Association paid as an insurance claim to the village.
The complaint states Siebert allegedly "has refused and continues to refuse" to repay the money.
Siebert served as village clerk from January 1993 and bookkeeper/collector for at least 15 years.