Frankfort woman dies in motorcycle crash at I-57 rest stop
A 51-year-old woman riding as a passenger on a motorcycle died Friday evening after two motorcycles collided while entering a rest area along Interstate 57, at Buckley.
Illinois State Police reported the accident occurred just before 6:30 pm when a Harley-Davidson driven by 45-year-old Justin Casper of Oak Lawn was struck from behind by another Harley-Davidson driven by 56-year-old Christopher Hoerler of Oak Lawn. The cycles collided as the two bikes were entering the southbound rest area in Iroquois County.
A passenger on Hoerler's bike, Giedre Pysik of Frankfort, was thrown from the motorcycle. She was later pronounced dead by the Iroquois County coroner's office.
Iroquois, Christian counties in line for SBA help for December floods
Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner submitted a request (Friday) for U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) assistance to help people and businesses in Christian and Iroquois counties recover from severe storms and floods that occurred in late December 2015.
If approved, the SBA declaration would enable people and businesses in the counties, as well as counties contiguous to each, to apply for low-interest, long-term loans.
"Nearly three months after floodwaters receded, many people still are trying to repair or rebuild their homes and replace personal property damaged in the floods," said Rauner. "If approved, these low-interest loans could speed up the recovery process for many people and businesses."
The state requested federal assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help people recover from the floods. However that request was denied March 10.
The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) consulted with the affected counties to see if any additional damage had been reported that could have been used to support an appeal of the denial. However, only minimal damage information for homes and businesses was reported by the impacted counties.
Rauner also announced Friday that IEMA will work with FEMA to review additional local government expenses related to the disaster that were recently submitted by eight counties.
Danville retains right to host NJCAA Tournament through 2020
The NJCAA Board of Directors has awarded Danville Area Community College and the city of Danville the rights to continue hosting the NJCAA Division II Men's National Basketball Tournament.
Danville was unanimously awarded the tournament through 2020.
Danville has the rights to the tournament through 2017, and was competing with a bid from Salina, Kansas. It is estimated that the tournament brings over $1.5 million of economic impact to Danville.
Representatives from DACC and the city of Danville, including Mayor Scott Eisenhauer, were in Colorado Springs, CO at the annual NJCAA meetings to lobby for the rights to retain the NJCAA tournament. A weekend vote by the NJCAA Board of Directors unanimously awarded DACC and Danville to host the event through the year 2020.
Vermilion County Coroner Peggy Johnson identified the victim in Thursday's fatal shooting as 19-year-old Shannon Brown. The results of the autopsy revealed the Danville man was shot multiple times.
The investigation into the shooting is ongoing. The gunman has not been arrested. Anyone with information is asked to contact Danville investigators or call Vermilion County CrimeStoppers at 217-446-TIPS.
Police said Brown was fatally shot about 2 pm Thursday in southeast Danville.
Police reported Brown was among several people gathered on the front porch of a house when a man approached on foot, fired multiple shots. No one else was injured.
The victim was pronounced dead at a local hospital. The shooter fled the scene on foot.
Rankin attack last November leads to attempted-murder charges
Felony charges of attempted murder are now filed against a Rankin man accused of shooting his step-father-in-law and estranged wife's boyfriend.
The Vermilion County State's Attorney's office added two counts of attempted murder to the existing charges of aggravated battery with a firearm and unlawful restraint against 46-year-old Vernon Scott Lee.
Lee is accused of shooting — Donald Frazier, his step-father-in-law, and Jeff Turner, the boyfriend of his wife, Emily Lee, who was separated from her husband. Records show there was an order of protection against Lee prior to the shooting on November 5.
Vermilion County sheriff investigators reported that Lee, armed with a handgun, entered the rural Rankin home of the Fraziers, battered Don Frazier, shot him multiple times, tied him up and left him in the back yard of the house. He then lured his estranged wife and Turner to the house. Lee then attacked Turner, shot him multiple times, and later he shot himself in the back yard.
All three men survived. Lee has been in custody at the Vermilion County jail on $1 million bond.