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Parkland Volleyball advances to national title match in NJCAA

                            Cobra squad includes two locals

PHOENIX — The Parkland College volleyball team is in the national NJCAA Division II championship tonight (Sat).

For the second consecutive year, coach Cliff Hastings' team will play for the NJCAA Division II championship. Today (5:30 pm.) match comes after the Cobras secured a 3-0 sweep in the semifinals Friday night.

The nationally-ranked Cobras' squad includes two former local standouts from the Sangamon Valley high school conference.

Hayley Gray is a right-side hitter from Watseka High School. Kailey Kleinert is a middle-hitter from PBL High School.

Lizzy Barnard, from Unity, had 11 kills as Parkland overpowered Columbus State 25-23, 26-24, 25-16 in the semi-finals Friday night.

The Cobras (54-2) trailed in the first set 23-22 and in the second set 22-17.

"This is such a unique group," Hastings said. "We don't want to be down, but we can be down and still have a lot of confidence. We don't get rattled or flustered."

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Kankakee Police arrest man for rape, armed robbery of 63-year-old woman

A 27-year-old Kankakee man, who police say is a four-time felon, has been arrested for the November 10 rape and armed robbery of a 63-year-old Kankakee woman. The rape took place in the victim's Riverview apartment.

Travien Moore was captured by the Kankakee Police S.W.A.T. team after DNA evidence confirmed his identity as the suspect in what Police Chief Larry Regnier (Ring – E) called a "particularly heinous" crime.

Moore will be charged with aggravated criminal sexual assault, home invasion and armed robbery.
He is scheduled to make a weekend court appearance today (Sat).

Police reported Moore served time in prison four-times since 2006.

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Gilman gas station robbed

A Gas station in Gilman was robbed Friday morning. Iroquois County Sheriff's Police and the Gilman Police Department are investigating the hold-up at Wasmer's 66 Station at about 5 am.

Police stated in a news release, a Caucasian male subject entered the gas station and demanded money from a clerk. He fled the station on foot with an undisclosed amount of money. No weapon was displayed. The clerk was not hurt.

The man is described as about 5' 4" tall and weighed about 130 pounds.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Sheriff's Police at 815-432-4918 or Gilman Police at 815-265-4213.

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Advisory: Freezing rain tonight

The National Weather Service is alerting motorists of the likelihood of central Illinois roads could becoming slippery overnight (Friday) when rain starts falling before the temperatures start rising over the weekend.

There's a weather alert for freezing rain for most of the WGFA-listening area. The freezing conditions are expected between about 10 pm. thru 4 am Saturday.

There's also a chance of freezing rain before 7 a.m. Saturday, but it will turn to rain as the temperature rises to a balmy 49 degrees. Saturday also calls for breezy southerly wind of 14 to 20 mph.

A chance of rain continues Sunday, with a high temperature expected near 50 degrees.

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Heather Lamie sentencing

The Kankakee woman convicted in the death of a four-year-old foster child in her care will be sentenced today in Livingston County.
A jury found Heather Lamie guilty of causing great bodily hard to Kianna Rudesill. The little girl died of injuries, which prosecutors, and the jury agreed, could not have been caused by the girl herself.

Lamie is facing natural life in prison with the conviction of the first-degree murder charge and up to ten years on the child endangerment charge. Both are felonies. The child endangerment charge would be an extended sentence because it resulted in the death of a child.

A relative of Kiaana's said no one won in this case. Bobbie Farley said after the conviction, "Thank God we got justice for Kianna and thank God for a state's attorney who finally listened to our requests."

The victim's family extended its appreciation to Livingston County State's Attorney Seth (Uphoff) and prosecutor Scott Ripley for giving Kianna a voice."

Uphoff said he believed the jury reached the correct verdict, with the evidence presented. He said the defense made the best case they could, but they still couldn't overcome the evidence presented in court.

The key to the verdict, the S-S said, was all the state's experts held a unanimous belief a child of Rudesill's size couldn't cause the type of injury that proved fatal.

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