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Donovan Students Involved in Rollover Accident >

Five Donovan high school students were treated for injuries after a 16-year-old driver of a car rolled the vehicle Friday morning.

Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police responded to the accident in Beaver Township at County Roads 3100 E and 2600 N.

 Jordan Cooper of Martinton swerved to miss a deer.  Cooper lost control and overturned the car in a ditch.  The driver and four student-passengers were treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Jordan though, was cited for an Illinois law prohibiting teen drivers from having more than one passenger under the age of 20.


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Police Chase Leads to Arrest of East Lynn Man

An East Lynn man is jailed in Watseka on a $250,000 bond after his arrest for leading police on a chase in Vermilion and Iroquois counties Thursday.  25-year-old Michael Rogers faces several charges, including aggravated reckless driving and Aggravated fleeing & alluding police.

Rogers’ sister, 29-year-old Heather Rogers of Hoopeston, is also charged for trying to run a pursuing police officer off the road, while the officer gave chase to Michael Rogers.

Heather Rogers posted a $5,000 bond for Obstructing Justice and Aggravated Reckless Driving, a Class 4 felony.

Both defendants appeared in Iroquois Circuit Court Friday afternoon.

Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police, Milford Police, Vermilion County Sheriff’s officers and the Vermilion County Metropolitan Enforcement Group (MEG) were also joined by the FBI in arresting Michael Rogers.  He led police on a pursuit from Hoopeston into Iroquois County before crashing a stolen pickup truck in Milford.

At the time of the arrest, Rogers was wanted on an Iroquois County warrant for Burglary and Theft.  He was also wanted in Vermilion County on warrants for Burglary and Driving While License Revoked.

The Iroquois County State’s Attorney’s Office reported Heather Rogers attempted to steer a police officer off the road while the officer was in pursuit of her brother’s stolen vehicle.

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Garrett Gets 50-Year Pison Term

A Watseka man is headed to prison for 50 years.  30-year-old Brian Garrett was sentenced Friday in Iroquois Circuit Court for the 2009 double-murders of Robert Wood and Ralph Elsey.

Garrett pleaded guilty to 1st and 2nd degree murder charges for killing the men at the Sheldon home the two victims shared.  

State’s Attorney Jim Devine said Judge Gordon Lustfeldt made sure Garrett understood the sentence……

                                                               (50 years)  :16                    News #  42

The case had been continued several times over the last two-plus years.  Garrett had been ruled unfit to stand trial.  But after several evaluations, court psychiatrists determined the defendant  was able to comprehend the case against him.

Garrett was represented by public defender Dale Strough.

Devine said Garrett was facing Life in prison, if convicted, before agreeing to the plea ……..

                                                              (not good)     :48               News  # 43

The 48-year-old Wood and 62-year-old Elsey were killed June 6, 2009 at their home at 270 W. Depot Street in Sheldon.  Garrett has been in custody since June 8, 2009.  He’ll await transfer to the Department of Corrections.


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Brian Garrett Sentenced to 50 Years in Prison for Sheldon Murders >

A 50-year prison term was handed down this (Fri) morning to Brian Garrett for the 2009 double murders of Robert Wood and Ralph Elsey.

The 30-year-old Garrett, represented by public defender Dale Strough, labored for months in the court system challenging his competence to stand trial.  After mental evaluations finally ruled he was fit for trial, Garrett pleaded guilty to 1st and 2nd degree murders for killing Elsey and Wood at the Sheldon home the men shared.

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Long-time Bradley Official Bob Martin Dies

A former mayor and village trustee, and dedicated community leader in the village of Bradley has died.

Robert Martin passed away this (Fri) morning at the Illinois Veterans Home in Manteno.

He served the Bradley community for three decades, as police chief, village trustee and mayor between the 1960s and late 1980s.  After his retirement, Bob Martin accepted the community’s call again…to serve again as a trustee and mayor.  He served a stint at mayor following the death of former mayor Ken Hayes.

Martin also served on the Bradley-Bourbonnais High School Board of Education.

World War II also interrupted what may have been a professional baseball career for Martin.