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Iroquois County: Kankakee man acquitted of burglary & theft

An Iroquois County jury (Thursday) found a Kankakee man 'not guilty' of a 2015 burglary & theft in rural Papineau.

34-year-old Jonathon Williams was charged in the December 2015 case. He was arrested following the burglary at a farm. Williams and two other suspects were accused of stealing goats and a livestock trailer, then leading police and a witness on a chase that ended in Beaverville.

Defense attorney Joe Anthony called Williams to testify that although he was with the two other defendants, he did not participate in the burglary and theft.

The jury deliberated for two hours before returning the "not guilty' verdict.

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Autopsy Report: Carbon monoxide killed 1-year-old

The death of a one-year-old Gilman boy last month in Kankakee has been ruled accidental as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Kankakee County Coroner Bob Gessner said test results determined Timothy Jewell died February 6 from the carbon monoxide. The boy's mother was also treated, but she survived.

It was reported last month, the car the boy's mother was driving had been involved in an accident and was stopped on Washington Avenue in Kankakee. That's where the boy was found unconscious in the vehicle. He was later pronounced dead at Presence St. Mary's Hospital.

Kankakee police said high levels of carbon monoxide were detected inside the car. An inspection of the car revealed a hole in the exhaust, allowing the deadly gas to make its way into the vehicle.

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FEMA: December storms not bad enough, flood help denied

People left with flooded basements and local governments left with millions of dollars in clean-up costs won't be getting any help from the federal government. FEMA told Illinois officials (Thursday) the December and January storms that produced flooding weren't severe enough to warrant federal help. Illinois asked for help for people and cities in almost two-dozen counties, including Iroquois and Vermilion.

The Illinois Emergency Management Agency had worked with county and municipal leaders in re-accessing damages with hopes the federal threshold would be met to bring help. IEMA Director James Joseph said the state agency will reach out again to partners in affected areas to see if there's support for an appeal, again.

Congressman Adam Kinzinger said a bill is in the hopper for consideration to get FEMA to change its disaster recipe. Kinzinger said, considering the flooding effect on Watseka , it merits consideration for FEMA to instead look at the impact on the community and hot just a dollar-threshold.

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Cullom man dies in single-vehicle accident

19-year-old Garrett Pawloski of Cullom was killed in a single-vehicle accident Thursday morning in Pontiac. He was pronounced dead at the scene by the Livingston County Coroner's Office.

Pontiac Police reported the accident happened just before 6:30 am at the intersection of Vermillion and North streets. The victim's vehicle hit a utility pole and a tree.

An autopsy has been scheduled and the cause of death is pending toxicology results. The crash remains under investigation.

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V-MEG arrest five on meth charges

Five people are in custody after the Vermilion County Metropolitan Enforcement Group arrested them on meth-related charges. The five suspects are jailed in Danville.

Forty-four year old Charles Hayes of rural Georgetown, 43-year-old Christian Cunningham and 33-year-old Randy Spurloch of Potomac are all charged with participation in meth manufacturing.

34-year-old Carrie Cunningham of Westville was charged with possession of methamphetamines and possession of drug paraphernalia.

They all pleaded not guilty.

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