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Illinois registry of convicted murderers tops 500

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- An Illinois state registry for first-degree murder convicts has topped 500 people.

The (Bloomington) Pantagraph reports convicts who have completed their sentences and been released are on the registry, which was created by a new law that went into effect in January.

The database is similar to the sex offender registry. It includes names, addresses, employment places, schools attended and photos for offenders for up to 10 years after their release from prison.

The legislation was called "Andrea's Law" after Andrea Will, an Eastern Illinois University student killed in 1998 by her former boyfriend, who was released from prison in 2010.

Her mother, Patricia Rosenberg, said the website would allow people to know whether a convicted murderer is living nearby.

 

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NWS says Severe Weather Possible Today

— Listening to a weather radio is probably a good idea today.  Threatening weather is possible.

The National Weather Service (NWS) reports T-storms, gusty winds and hail are in the forecast for parts of the Midwest 

Thunderstorms are possible late this afternoon and tonight and could bring large hail and gusty winds.

Temperatures are expected in the mid to high 70s, but they will cool to the mid 60s by Thursday. A chance of rain and storms continues through Saturday.

 

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Limestone Township Shooting Nets Arrest

Kankakee County Sheriff’s Police have announced an arrest in last Monday's shooting death of 32-year-old Tawayne Sharp.

27-year-old Corey Gardner of Kankakee was arrested early Saturday morning when he turned himself into the sheriff’s department late Friday night. Ken McCabe, chief deputy of the Sheriff's Department said Gardner appeared before a Kankakee County Circuit Court judge Saturday morning and was charged with first-degree murder. 

Kankakee County State’s Attorney Jamie Boyd said said the investigation continues.

A motive for the shooting hasn't been revealed. Sharp was found shot to death early Monday in his car west of Kankakee at the intersection of 4500W and 2000S roads in Limestone Township.

Police spent much of Friday searching for Gardner. Police said the search was called off when numerous officers, three dog units and a helicopter crew were unsuccessful in locating Gardner.

The Daily-Journal reported Manteno police attempted to stop Gardner’s vehicle just after midnight Friday morning, but he fled town, turned off his car lights and crashed off 2250W Road into a branch of Rock Creek about four miles west of the village.

He fled on foot into the early morning hours. Two passengers in Gardner’s vehicle were apprehended at the scene — Kimberly L. Nowlan-McCue, 33, and Bruce Skalon, 28, both of rural Kankakee. McCabe said the pair would be charged with obstructing and resisting police and possibly harboring a fugitive.



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Kankakee State Park: Lewd Acts Net Arrest

KANKAKEE --  Illinois State Police arrested a Peotone man Tuesday after he committed a lewd act in the Kankakee State Park.

Sixty-year-old Ronald C. Noble was jailed at the Jerome Combs Detention Center on a charge of public indecency.

 A trooper was patrolling the park Tuesday morning when he observed Noble outside of his vehicle performing a lewd act. He immediately was taken into custody.

Noble is the eighth man to be arrested for either public indecency or insulting battery at the park since April 1. Illinois State Police District 21 and Zone 3 Investigations, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources Conservation Police and the Kankakee County State’s Attorney’s Office have combined efforts to address the ongoing problem.

 

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Herscher Man Faces Sexual Assault Charges

The Kankakee County State’s Attorney’s Office reports a 61-year-old Herscher man is accused of sexually abusing two young relatives.

Charles Baker was arrested March 16th and charged with a Class 1 felony of criminal sexual assault.  He also faces a Class 2 felony for 5-counts of criminal sexual abuse.

The alleged abuse occurred over a four-year period.

 

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