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Buckley woman gets 8 years; Judge says she's 'done a really good job being a thief'

A Buckley woman who stole tens of thousands of dollars from the Champaign business where she worked is being called a "a thief, plain and simple." That’s the words of the judge who sentenced Kimberly Allen yesterday.

In Champaign Circuit Court... the 36-year-old Allen pleaded guilty to felony theft for stealing about $144,000 from a printing company where she worked. Hall had worked there since February 2014.

Detective said they learned that Allen had set up a fraudulent vendor account to which she issued 38 checks that were cashed at a Rantoul bank by a man that Allen persuaded to do so by giving him part of the proceeds.

32-year-old Adam Hall of Gilman is serving a 56-month prison sentence that the judge handed down in June after he pleaded guilty to theft by deception for cashing the checks.

Allen and Hall were ordered to pay a total of $144,567 in restitution.

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One Injured, One Arrested After Shooting At Mattoon High School

(Mattoon, IL) -- Parents of students at Mattoon High School can keep their kids home from school today. But Superintendent Larry Lilly is trying to tell them that the school is safe after yesterday's shooting. Lilly says a student opened fire in the cafeteria, hitting another student before being taken down by a teacher and disarmed by the school resource officer. The wounded student is in stable condition and police aren't saying much about the alleged shooter because of his age.    {Metro News}

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3-vehicle crash on I-57, passenger in car killed

One person is dead after two semi tractor-trailers and a car collided this (Wed) afternoon on southbound I-57 in Kankakee County. A front-seat passenger in the car was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the car was air-lifted to a Chicago hospital.

Illinois State Police report one of the semi’s and the car were slowing to stop in a construction zone when the second semi di not slow, running into the rear of the passenger car. The collision caused the car to run into the other semi.

Manteno, Bourbonnais, Bradley, and Peotone Fire Departments were on the scene along with Manteno and Bradley Police Departments and Riverside EMS.

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Shooting in Mattoon high school cafeteria

One person is in custody following a shooting at Mattoon High School this (Wednesday) morning. Police reports in Coles County say there was one shooter and one person was injured. The school remained closed this (Wed) afternoon as police continued to search the area.

Officials said the victim was hospitalized and in stable condition.

The School Resource Officers and school officials headed to the cafeteria just past 11:30 am where they heard shots fired. The suspect fired shots in the school cafeteria, before he was subdued and disarmed.

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Watseka looking at 5% water rate hike

Watseka residents are likely to see a 5% water rate increase. And it’s likely to happen by January 1, 2018.

The City Council Finance committee (Tuesday) also talked about perhaps considering a cost-of-living hike rather than the 5% increase to lighten the blow on taxpayers. But the need for building up a surplus is imminent.

Finance committee chairman Rick Elliott informed the aldermen/women there was a 5% rate increase last November, but that’s far from enough to get where the city needs to be for the future....

“The water & sewer fund has lost $136,000, due to the North Street water main project,” Elliott tells 94.1 WGFA News. “The residents have said they want to keep local control of the system. This would that to happen.”

A second 5% hike would be likely in 2019. The city remains under contract with ERH for another two years. Elliott said the 5% hike would generate about $100,000 per fiscal year.
The monies Elliott said, would, the city to explore other options.

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