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Watseka ‘Cops for Kids’ reaches out to 10 families at T-Giving

Watseka Police like being part of the community. And reaching out – as friends—is what it’s all about.

Members of the local police department look forward to their annual Shop-with-a-Cop program benefitting local young people. That’s coming up next month.

But last evening, WGFA News did a ride-along, as members of the city’s finest reached out to 10 families delivering a Thanksgiving meal. It was in cooperation with Berkots Super Foods, according to WPD Chief Jeremy Douglas......

Chief Douglas also welcomes donations from the community businesses to support Cops for Kids.

Officers John Lee Hall and Ryan Garfield find the giving-back program very rewarding.........

Recipients of the T-Giving Meals were surprised by the knock at the door from the WPD, but also so appreciative for the holiday gift.........

Patrolman Garfield said it's nice to mingle with the community and show the officers are real-people too.......

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Officers delivering T-Giving Meals included: John Lee Hall, Curt Marcotte, Vince LaFoon, Lt.Josh King, Ryan Garfield, Scott Muench, John Marshino and Det. Ashley Butt.

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Murder suspect pleads ‘not guilty’ to bartender’s death >

A Coal City man is pleading not guilty to the murder of a bartender from a biker bar in Joliet last week. Thirty-two-year-old Jeremy Boshears entered the plea (Monday) in Will County court. He denied responsibility for the death of 24-year-old Kaitlyn Kearns of Mokena, whose body was found in a barn in rural Kankakee County, near St. Anne. She had been reported missing by her father after she left work at Woody’s Bar in Joliet Monday (11/13) morning.

Authorities reported Kearns died of a gunshot wound to the head. Prosecutors say the two met at the bar and had been dating for about two weeks.

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FBI investigating Wilmington bank robbery

Two armed men robbed the US Bank in Wilmington Saturday. Wilmington Police and the FBI are investigating the 10 am incident. According to witnesses two black men displayed handguns and demanded money, escaping with an unknown amount of currency.

The two fled in a late-model silver Ford Mustang. A Channahon police officer saw the vehicle but lost sight of it on Route 6 near I-55. Joliet Police found the vehicle abandoned.

Nobody was injured during the robbery.

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Dwight man killed in garage fire

The State Fire Marshall is investigating a garage fire in Dwight that killed a 53-year-old man over the weekend. Donald Heinrich, who was confined to a wheelchair, died Saturday night about an hour after a fire at this home. The Dwight Fire Department and Grundy County Coroner’s Office are also involved in the investigation.

The Dwight Fire Department said upon arrival they found the handicap-individual on the floor. It was reported there may have been an explosion. Officials said the victim had been working in the garage.

EMT’S and firefighters were able to free the man from the structure. CPR was performed to revive Heinrich. He later died at Morris Community Hospital.

The Coroner’s Office reported Heinrich sufferred burns on his body, but the cause of death was from a cardiac event that could have been brought on by the traumatic event of the fire.

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Will County: Murder Charges Filed In Connection with Death of Kaitlyn Kearns

Three counts of first-degree murder have been filed against a 32-year-old Coal City man in connection with the death of Mokena bartender Kaitlyn Kearns. Bond is set at $10-million for Jeremy Boshears.

He was charged Friday with Concealing a Homicidal Death in Kankakee County, where the body of Kearns was found in her Jeep. Boshears’ bond was set at $250,000. The Kankakee County Sheriff’s Office took custody of Boshears and he was transferred to the Kankakee County Detention Center where he remained awaiting transfer back to Joliet.

Those charge against Boshears was secured after Sheriff’s detectives located Kaitlyn’s body in her Jeep Grand Cherokee, parked inside a barn in Aroma Park Township near St. Anne.

The three counts of first-degree murder, filed Friday night, allege that Boshears shot Kaitlyn Kearns in the head with a firearm last Monday (November 13). A Will County Judge signed an arrest warrant that included the $10 million bond.

Kankakee County State’s Attorney Jim Rowe has agreed it is appropriate to prosecute all charges in Will County.

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