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St. Martin’s Catholic Church closing

The small village of Martinton is losing its Catholic church. The last Sunday Mass is July 20th. An Iroquois County Catholic church, with more than 110 years of history, is closing its doors next month.

Bishop Daniel Conlon will celebrate the church's final mass.

Parishioners in the town of 375 recently learned of the announced-closing of St. Martin's Catholic Church.
The Rev. Reynald Reyes, a Filipino, who's fluent in Spanish was just moved to the Gilman parish to serve Immaculate Conception Church.

The numbers are gone in Martinton. St. Martin's parish council President Joe LaFond reports there used to be 100 families. Today, the numbers are down to about just about 30 people who attend Sunday mass. The parish used to have a regular base of 40-50 families.

A spokesman for the Joliet Diocese said the parish hall will still be available for weddings or funerals if the family involved makes that choice.

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$250,000 for Watseka woman who slipped and fell in Menards

Eight years after a fall at Menards in Bradley, a Watseka woman has been awarded $250,000 for injuries suffered on New Year's Day 2006.

A Kankakee County jury (Friday) ruled LouWonna Snodgrass is be paid for medical bills and pain and suffering when she slipped on PVC pipes left in the store.

Her attorney said the hardware chain offered to settle the case for $61,000, but LouWonna Snodgrass asked for $88,000 to cover medical expenses. The case went to trial with the jury ruling coming last Friday.

Mrs. Snodgrass was left with a herniated disc in her neck.

Snodgrass' attorney, Ryan Yagoda, said "She was awarded 10 weeks of disability coverage, but she was working from home within four weeks and working part-time with eight weeks. She isn't some sort of opportunist looking for a payday." He added, "I think the jury saw her as an honest person."

The Kankakee Daily-Journal reported, according to The Legal Finance Journal, an industry trade group, only 4 percent of personal injury lawsuits ever make it to trial. And when it comes to cases like the one Snodgrass was involved in, only 39 percent of plaintiffs win. The median amount of money awarded by juries is $90,000.
"There was video surveillance of the fall showing that she had no idea the pipes were left in such a dangerous location," Yagoda said.

Snodgrass underwent surgery in 2008 after two years of treatment, he said.

Despite hearing testimony from a medical witness for Menards, the jury ruled in favor of Snodgrass, saying the retail chain must pay for her medical bills, loss of normal life activities, as well as pain and suffering.

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Police officer fatalities on the rise

It's a statistic no police officer wants to hear, but it's happening nationwide.

The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund reports fatalities in the line of duty are up 37 percent from this time last year. Of the 63 reported deaths, 23 involved guns.

It's a danger police officers face, and while gun violence has always been a concern among officers, what's perhaps most concerning now is what's become a common ambush style of attack.

Officers interviewed say 'its things that you don't see coming, those are the ones that really concern us."
So, is it more dangerous now to be a police officer?

It's hard to say. Being an officer, they said, has always been and will be a dangerous job.

"To say that it's more dangerous, I don't know that I would necessarily say that, but there definitely is a lot more specialized training. Police officers are definitely more prepared for those dangerous situations. But you don't let your guard down.

The increase in fatalities to date comes after two years of declines. The year 2013 saw the lowest number of deaths on duty since back in 1959.

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Defibrillator proves big benefit for Herscher Police Department

How important is it to know how to use a defibrillator ? Just ask Herscher Police Lt. Chad Scanlon.

Officer Scanlon's use of the medical device may have saved a life. And Herscher Police Chief Rick Gilbert is saying 'Thank You" to the village board for purchasing four Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs), which all officers are certified to use.

The devices are used for cardiac arrest cases.

The Herscher Pilot newspaper reports it was May 3rd when Lt. Scanlon responded to a call of a possible heart attack patient. Arriving a head of the ambulance, Scanlon put the Headstart defibrillator to good use. The device, equipped with a speaking mechanism, analyzed the patient's heart rhythm and advised Lt. Scanlon when to administer CPR.

The Pilot reported, the patient had a heart beat in transport by ambulance to Riverside Medical Center.

Police Chief Gilbert said "you can't put a price on that, saving a life."

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Autopsies completed on Dwight shooting victims

                                                    Victims related....

Dwight police confirmed Monday evening that the two women killed sometime early Saturday morning died from gunshot wounds. Autopsies were completed Monday.

A third shooting victim, the man who called 911 around 4:38 am, is recovering.

Investigators have interviewed several people. No suspects have been identified.

The victims, 60-year-old Donna J. Denker and 30-year-old Kelli L. Denker were mother and daughter. Both are from Dwight.

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