Kankakee Police report it’s time to keep an eye on your vehicles. Thieves are busy again stealing Catalytic Converters. This past weekend, two victims reported having the units cut from their vehicles. One theft occurred Saturday in the 200 block of East River. A second theft was reported in the 300 block of South Harrison on Sunday.
Emergency vehicles are on the scene of a serious crash this (Tuesday) on Route 45/52 near Manteno. Motorists are advised to seek another route while Kankakee County sheriff's polcie and Illinois State Police divert traffic. No word on how serious injuries may be. A section of the highway is shut down.
Police investigating, names of those involved not released
An unidentified Watseka man was unharmed early Monday during a carjacking episode in Newton County, Indiana. Sheriff’s Police in Newton County are investigating. Anyone who may have witnessed a car crash near Morocco or knows anything about the carjacking, is asked to contact Newton County investigators.
It was about 6:20 Monday morning when sheriff’s police received a call about a single-vehicle crash on U.S. 41 near County Road 300W. (It’s north of the Morocco overpass).
Police report the Watseka man witnessed the crash and called 911. As the witness checked on the driver of the crashed vehicle, the driver displayed a gun and forced the Watseka man to drive him in his car. Police said the Watseka man complied and drove the suspect from the crash scene.
Within a few miles, the suspect released the Watseka man, unharmed. The suspect then fled east in the Watseka man’s stolen vehicle.
Around 8:25am, the suspect was involved in a short pursuit in Marshall County near Plymouth, where he crashed the stolen vehicle and was taken into custody. The man arrested has not been identified. Anyone that witnessed the Morocco crash or carjacking should call 219-474-6081.
An armed robbery at the Casey's General Store on W. Commercial Avenue in Lowell, IN was robbed at gunpoint Sunday night. Lowell Police report it was just before 10 pm when they answered a call to the incident.
The suspect was identified as an older male white with white/gray hair wearing a red and black checkered flannel shirt with a white undershirt, blue jeans and a white baseball hat. The subject was pulling a dark colored travel suitcase. The suspect entered the store and approached the counter and ordered the clerk to open the register and give him the money. The suspect pointed a shotgun at the clerk while making the demand. The suspect received money (approximately $1,000) and fled the store. The suspect exited the parking lot in a light blue passenger car (unknown make or model).
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Lowell Police Department.
Iroquois County Treasurer Kurt Albers reports the 2018 real estate tax statements have been mailed. The first installment comes due July 16th. The second installment will be due September 16th. Payment can be made at the Treasurer's Office at the Administrative Center in Watseka. Taxes can also be paid at any banking facility throughout Iroquois County.