Last week’s fires in Kankakee and Bradley have led to an arrest. Following an intense investigation by police and fire investigators, 37-year-old Umarian Tally was arrested. The Kankakee man admitted to setting the fires on Schuyler Avenue and nearly Dearborn Avenue in Kankakee and Bradley. No injuries were reported.
Kankakee and Bradley Fire and the MABAS 7 unit were all involved in the investigation. Six fires in all were reported.
Iroquois County Sheriff Derek Hagen says his priority is police protection for the unincorporated areas of the county, and there’s no interest…on his part…in providing for the city of Watseka……
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Any such arrangement, Hagen said, has to show both parties benefitting. There doesn’t appear to be a scenario that does that. And to make everyone involved happy would be a long, labor-intensive process.
Sheriff Hagen also said the city police and county sheriff’s department work well together, each providing back-up to each other when necessary.
The sheriff was asked to meet with the city officials in mid-July to talk about the possibility of combining forces The sheriff said then, he wanted an open meeting with nothing kept under wraps, so all concerned would know what’s going on……..
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Hagen’s comments were presented to the county board’s Judicial & Public Safety committee Wednesday.
URBANA --- The owner of a Kankakee County business is under federal indictment for allegedly filing false tax returns. A federal grand jury (Wednesday) returned an indictment against Joseph Deno.
The owner of ABC Disposal is accused of filing false tax returns for the years 2005 thru 2010. The feds say that was at a cost of $700,000. Deno’s also accused of restructuring cash withdrawls to near $10,000 to avoid detection by auditors.
If convicted, Deno could be looking at 15 years for filing false tax returns and an additional 10 years for money laundering.
ASHKUM -- A Bourbonnais woman was seriously injured in a two-vehicle crash in Iroquois County. It happened late last month on Route 45 at County Road 3100.
25-year-old Lateeka Davidson was southbound on Route 45/52 just after 2 in the morning on July 29th.
Illinois State Police report the car she was driving swerved into the northbound lane, colliding with a northbound pick-up truck driven by 28-year-old Arellano Mancilla of Bolingbrook. Police report Mancilla tried to avoid the oncoming Davidson car.
Riverside Ambulance responded to the scene, along with State Police. Davidson was taken to Riverside Hospital with serious injuries. Mancilla and three passengers in the pickup were treated for minor injuries at Provena St. Mary’s Hospital.