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Indiana Motorcyclist killed in Washington, D. C. Accident

 A Newton County, Indiana motorcyclist was killed in a weekend accident in Washington, D. C. 

66-year-old George “Sam” Hillis of Lake Village was riding his bike in the Rolling Thunder Memorial Day event to honor veterans when he was hit at a busy intersection. 

Arrangements are being handled by the Steinke Funeral Home of Morocco.

Sam Hillis was a lifelong Newton County resident.  A graduate of Kentland High School, he served in the U-S Navy during the Vietnam War. 

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Vermilion officials talk with potential nursing home buyers

Officials in Vermilion County meet today with representatives of two potential buyers of the county-owned Vermilion Manor Nursing Home.

The meetings, according to Vermilion County Board Chairman Gary Weinard, is the first meeting between county officials and potential buyers since the county received five proposals earlier this month.

Weinard said the meeting is preliminary and will allow county officials to explore the top two candidates' real interest in buying the nursing home.

Weinard said. "We want to be sure that a buyer fits the situation in terms of our staff and residents and its presence in the community."

In a November referendum, voters granted the county the authority to sell the nursing home, which has struggled financially off and on for many years.

Weinard said the county received five offers to buy the nursing home but only two are from reputable companies that are also willing to meet the county's stipulations, including continuing to run the facility as a nursing home and retaining the residents and staff.

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Fire at On Deck bar in Kankakee

A Sunday night fire at the On Deck Bar & Grill on Route 17, east of Kankakee, destroyed the tavern’s deck. 

Firefighters were able to keep the flames from doing serious damage to the inside of the building.  Reports of up to a dozen fire departments answered the call around 11 pm.

No one was injured. The cause remains under investigation.

There were no customers. The On Deck has been closed since the county recently stripped the bar of its liquor license, because of an alleged  illegal stripper party.

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I-57 rollover near Manteno

Illinois State Police report a rollover accident on I-57 Friday sent two children and three adults  to a Kankakee hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

The accident happened south of the Manteno exit at about 9 am.   

Police reported a southbound Jeep driven by a  Chicago man rolled over.  Further details were not immediately available.


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Kankakee Police investigating shooting; one injured

One woman was treated for a gunshot wound following a shooting Friday in Kankakee.

Information was still being gathered by investigators late in the afternoon.  No arrests were made. Initial reports stated a 34-year-old woman was injured during a shooting at Eagle and East River streets. The injury was not life-threatening.

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