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Ford County inmate found hanging, dies

The Champaign County Coroner's Office is confirming an inmate who tried to hang himself at the Ford County Jail has died.

52-year-old David A. Reeder of Gibson City died Friday at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.
The results from an autopsy determined Reeder died as a result of hanging, according to Coroner Duane Northrup said.

Reeder was unresponsive when a correctional officer found him hanging by the neck from a bed sheet in his cell during a routine cell check about mid-morning September 29.

Reeder had been in critical condition at Carle until he died Friday afternoon. Illinois State Police continue to investigate the incident at Sheriff Mark Doran's request.


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Man’s body parts found wrapped in plastic, blanket in Chicago neighborhood garage

        Fowler Police working with Chicago investigators

 

It's a death investigation in Chicago that may be connected to a missing-person report in Fowler, Indiana.

A man's body parts wrapped in plastic and a blanket were found Sunday afternoon in a garage in Chicago's Hegewisch neighborhood on the Far South Side.

Police said the man was found dead about 3:20 pm.

A woman who called police reported a strange smell coming from the garage. Police sources stated the man's remains wrapped in plastic and a blanket were found inside.

A Cook County Medical Examiner's Office spokesperson confirmed the fatality, but did not release additional details.


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Absentee voting underway for November Election

Absentee voting is available at the Iroquois and Kankakee County Clerk's Offices. Registered voters can vote in person at the offices in Watseka and Kankakee.

The offices are open Monday thru Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Registered voters unable to visit the office in person can request an absentee ballot by mail or by calling the clerk's office.

Early voting will begin Oct. 20 and continue through Nov. 2. Call the clerk's office for more information on either voting method.


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Onarga man struck and killed by train

A 23-year-old Onarga man is dead after he was hit by a freight train early Sunday in Iroquois County.

Juan Ochoa was pronounced dead at the scene, about a mile north of Danforth.

Sheriff's Police and the Coroner's Office are investigating. Police report Ochoa was walking southbound on the Canadian National Railroad tracks during the early morning hours. The engineer and conductor on a northbound Norfolk Southern freight train said the train's emergency brake was engaged, the horn sounded several times, and there were verbal commands thru the window of the cab in an attempt to Ochoa avoid the collision.

Danfortn and Ashkum Fire, Riverside Ambulance and Illinois State Police assisted at the scene.

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Task Force arrests leads to federal charges

Two more men have been arrested as part of a federal investigation on weapons and drug charges. Both suspects are in federal custody with the U.S. Marshals Service pending trial.

The arrests are the result of a Kankakee Project Safe Neighborhood Task Force investigation.

41-year-old Charles Nance of Minnesota, formerly of Kankakee, faces 2-counts of distribution of crack cocaine and possession of a firearm by a felon.

31-year-old Jermaine Speed of Kankakee is charged with 3-counts of distribution of crack cocaine and a single-count of distributing more than 28 grams of crack.

Both men were indicted by a federal grand jury. The arrests are part of an ongoing investigation into gun violence in the Kankakee area.

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