The Kankakee County grand jury has indicted Keon Stokes for 2-counts of first-degree murder for the beating death of his young son.
The charge against the Kankakee man was upgraded from aggravated battery after an autopsy and toxicology report was returned. The State’s Attorney’s office claims the 18-month-old child was beaten to death in April.
Update: Rodriquez bond set for beating of girl-friend
Bond was set at #100,000 today (Tuesday) for Abacuc Rodriquez of Watseka. The 45-year-old is charged with Aggravated Domestic Battery for the beating he allegedly put on his girlfriend over the weekend.
Rodriquez remained jailed in Watseka. He appeared in Circuit Court before Judge James Kinzer.
Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police, with assistance from Watseka Police, arrested Rodriquez Monday evening in Gilman.
State’s Attorney Jim Devine said the Class 2 felony of Aggravated Domestic Battery could result in probation to seven-years in prison, if convicted.
The victim, Kelly McClanahan, suffered a severe head injury in the alleged beating. She’s hospitalized in Urbana.
The beating, prosecutors said, occurred Sunday evening after a day of fun on the river.
McClanahan was taken to IMH by Rodriquez, who claimed she was involved in a boating accident. The investigation led to a finding that McClanahan was a beating victim.
After treatment at IMH, the victim was air-lifted to Carle Hospital in Urbana.
Illinois State police are investigating a Sunday morning car crash that killed a veteran Bourbonnais firefighter. 31-year-old Jessica Campbell was pronounced dead at the scene of what police report as a two-car crash on Kankakee County Road 4000E Road at 2714N.
The Bourbonnais woman was northbound when she rear-ended another vehicle.
Police reported the other driver was not seriously injured.
Cambell's car rolled several times. She was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle.
Kankakee County Coroner Bob Gessner said there were no physical indications that alcohol was involved.
Paxton man faces felony charges for fatal accident
Felony charges are now on file against a 25-year-old rural Paxton man charged in a fatal crash that took the life of a 19-year-old woman. The two-vehicle crash in Ford County August 1 killed a Kourtni “Suzy” Eastman.
Thomas Hoeskstra has been charged with reckless homicide and aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol. Illinois State Police reported Hoekstra had a blood-alcohol content nearly twice the legal limit of 0.08 — when blood and urine samples were provided voluntarily by Hoekstra following the accident.
It happened on route 45 and Ford County Road 200. Police said Hoekstra crossed the centerline and hit the car Eastman was a passemnger in broadside. Three others with Eastman were also injured.
32-year-old Thomas James of Kankakee was arrested over the weekend following a hold-up at a gas station early Sunday.
Police took James into custody without incident at an apartment complex not far from the business on South Indiana Avenue.
James allegedly showed a handgun during the robbery but did not fire any shots. No injuries were reported and police said they recovered the gun, as well as an undisclosed amount of cash and several cartons of cigarettes.