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Murder-suicide victims identified in Iroquois County

Authorities in Iroquois County say a Danforth man and his wife, both found shot to death early Thursday morning, are now identified as 35-year-old Christopher Johnson and 34-year-old Hillary Johnson.

County Coroner Bill Cheatum said the couple was found at their home on South Madison Street in the small Iroquois County community.

Cheatum said an autopsy completed (Thursday) confirms a murder-suicide. He said family members confirmed the couple was having marital problems.

Sheriff's Police reported no witnesses to the shootings. But neighbors reported the couple was arguing about 11 pm the night before. A Sheriff deputy and Gilman Police discovered the scene about 7 am after responding to a 'welfare check.' A car was found running outside the house overnight.

A handgun was found near the bodies.

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DACC Board approves tuition & fee hikes

Trustees at Danville Area Community College have approved an increase in tuition and fees. The board voted to raise tuition by $5 per credit hour, effective this summer.

Depending on the course, fees will increase by $10 to $15.
Tuition at Danville Area Community College will rise from $110 to $115 per credit hour this summer. The universal fee will remain unchanged.

DACC President Alice Marie Jacobs reports the college has experienced a drop in state aid because of the decision to discontinue part of the state income tax. There's also been a reduction in enrollment this year. Jacobs also points out that state aid is tied to those enrollment figures.

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Husband-wife found dead in Danforth

The Iroquois County Sheriff's Department and Coroner's Office investigated what's believed to be a murder-suicide today in the village of Danforth. A couple was found dead in their home, according to Coroner Bill Cheatum.

The 35-year-old man and his 34-year-old wife both suffered a gunshot wound.  An autopsy was to be completed today in Kankakee.

Sheriff deputies and Gilman Police were called to the 300-block of W. Madison Street at about 6:40 am. 

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Sheriff Hartshorn named distinguished alum

Danville Area Community College has named veteran Vermilion County Sheriff Pat Hartshorn a distinguished alumnus.

Hartshorn is the county's longest-serving sheriff, having been re-elected six times. He's been with the sheriff's office 42 years.

Hartshorn graduated from DACC with an associate of science degree in 1971. He will become the college's nominee for the statewide honor from the Illinois Community College Trustees Association.

The sheriff started is law enforcement career with classes at DACC. He transferred to Southern Illinois University in Carbondale and graduated, on the dean's list, with a degree in Administration of Justice in 1973. After his father died unexpectedly from a heart attack, Hartshorn returned to Vermilion County to help his mother. It was then that he learned that the sheriff's department planned to hire several new deputies that summer.

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Two arrested for home invasion at Mobile Home Park

Kankakee County Sheriff's Police report 19-year-old Jamicquin McKinstry of Kankakee and 20-year-old Anthony Logan of Bourbonnais were arrested Wednesday following a home invasion incident. It happened at Birch's Mobile Home Park in Bourbonnais Township.

Chief Deputy Ken McCabe said there may be more arrests. The two suspects are charged with home invasion and aggravated battery with a firearm. The men allegedly forced their way in and battered one of the people inside.

Officers from Bradley and Bourbonnais police departments and Kankakee Area Metropolitan Enforcement Agency officers also responded to the call.

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