Doctors are encouraging people to take it easy now that the heat index is reaching triple-digits. Experts recommend staying out of the sun as much as you can and if you do have to be out, drink lots of water, wear a hat and sunscreen. People are also encouraged to check on their neighbors to make sure they're okay.
Loaded Hand Guns Found in Vehicle Possible Connection with Hopkins Park Shooting
Illinois State Police District 21 is reporting the arrest of 34-year-old Lamar V. Lillard of St. Anne for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and 27-year-old Vernon M. Griffith of St. Anne Wanted on a Warrant.
A trooper conducted a traffic stop Friday and spoke with the driver, Lillard. The odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath led to a field sobriety test which Lillard failed. Lillard was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol.
The front seat passenger, Griffith was taken into custody on a Kankakee County Warrant for Aggravated Battery/Discharge of a Firearm, Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm, and Felon in Possession of a Weapon in connection with a recent shooting that took place in Hopkins Park.
A search of the vehicle revealed a loaded .40 caliber semiautomatic pistol under the front passenger seat and a loaded .380 caliber semiautomatic pistol under the driver’s seat. The gun's serial number had been defaced.
Lillard and Griffith were jailed in Kankakee County. Charges range from alcohol violations to weapons possession without valid FOID cards.
Drunken dispute leads to killing, Demotte man jailed
21-year-old Cameron Sifrer of Demotte, Indiana man is jailed in Jasper County, IN after, what detectives say, was a weekend drunken dispute that left another man dead.
Sifrer is being held without bond on a charge of murder.
Dead is 23-year-old Derek Bobby, found dead at a home in rural Jasper County.
Jasper County Sheriff’s Police report a woman called dispatchers to report that her brother was found dead at a home on County Road 1100 North in rural Jasper County near the town of Demotte. Police received the call around 11:40 Friday morning.
Investigators found Derek Bobby dead in a bedroom. He had been dead for several hours, having suffered head trauma. Detectives learned the identity of a possible suspect who had been at the residence during the time of Bobby’s death.
The sheriff’s office said interviews and further investigation led to the Sunday arrest of Sifrer at a Newton County home. Investigators say Sifrer confessed to killing the victim after the two had “partied together” and a verbal dispute ended in violence.
An autopsy is planned today (Monday). The Jasper County Coroner’s Office and sheriff’s department say the death investigation is ongoing. Jasper and Newton County sheriff’s police departments were involved in the investigation.
River Valley Metro continues to grow to meet the needs of their passengers. On July 8th, Metro kicked off their newest fixed route, Route 12 The North South Connector. The North South Connector will travel from St. Vincent DePaul Transfer Centre in Bradley to exit 308 in Kankakee. This hour long route will run on Monday – Friday from 8am – 5pm. This route was developed to relieve two of Metro’s busiest routes; Route 1 Meadowview and Route 6 KCC.
This allows Metro to have more frequent stops at many of their most popular destinations. Some of these destinations are Ultra Foods, Azzarelli Towers, Kankakee Kommons and Walgreens on Kennedy Drive. The southern section of the route serves Walgreens on W. Court, Jewel and Dollar General on Washington, KCC, Wal-Mart and Shapiro, to name just a few. This new route also serves St. Vincent DePaul and Chestnut and N. Schuyler transfer centers.
Cost for all rides on fixed routes are still $1 each direction. For the new map and schedule for the North South Connector log on to rivervalleymetro.com or call (815) 937-4287.
A federal grand jury indicted a Kankakee man this week on two-counts of using interstate commerce facilities in commission of a murder-for-hire plot.
32-year-old Joshua Bisping allegedly attempted to hire an undercover agent to kill his ex-wife. Bisping was arrested June 5th after a week long investigation by federal agents and Kankakee Project Safe Neighborhoods Task Force agents.
If convicted, Bisping faces up to 20 years in federal prison. He'll be arrainged in federal court in Urbana July 23rd.