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MSMF unifies Kankakee

Food and music --- brings people together. It’s a common bond. And -- this weekend’s Merchant Street Music Fest in Kankakee takes another step at building a positive image.
The annual music gathering in Kankakee’s ‘Harold & Jean Miner Festival Square’ is Friday and Saturday, featuring music for all generations. It’s just a $5-dollar admission.

Allison Beasley and a host of volunteers have assembled a musical groups entertaining from three stages.

Mayor Chasity Wells-Armstrong is excited in her new role to help bring the community together.

And the musical line-up includes local-talent like Watseka-native Nick Lynch, Lupe Carroll, and Leigh Evin & the Low Down.

The Claudettes, Ebony Stone, Anthony Orio, Tony Holiday & the Velvetones, and Color Me Badd are in the line-up to share the three stages.

There’s also plenty of vendors, There’s Arts & Crafts. Security and emergency medical responders will be on the grounds, courtesy of the Kankakee Police and Fire Departments.

94.1 WGFA WILL B-CAST “live” FRIDAY 5-7 pm to help kick-off the popular MSMF.

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Update: Another victim from Beecher crash dies

The 4-year-old boy involved in Monday's fatal two-vehicle crash in rural Beecher is the latest fatality, the Will County Sheriff's Department reported today.

Weston Schmidt died from his injuries at 5:55 p.m. Tuesday at Comers Children's Hospital in Chicago, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office.

Weston's mother, 29-yr-old Lindsey Schmidt and his 2-year-old brother, Kaleb, were pronounced dead at the scene Monday morning. The fourth passenger in the family's vehicle, their 6-year-old son, Owen, remains on life support.

Police3 reported Lindsey, who was four-months pregnant, was only about a block from her Beecher home when her northbound vehicle on South Yates Avenue, was broadsided by an eastbound pick-up truck driven by a 25-year-old Manteno man who failed to stop at a stop sign on East Corning Road.
The identity of the driver has not been made public.

Lindsey was taking her children to a summer Bible school at the time of accident.

A fundraising account... “Schmidt Family Fund”.... has been set up at First Community Bank branches in Beecher and Peotone.

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Loda Good Ole Days celebration set for July 28-30

The annual Loda Good Ole Days celebration is scheduled this weekend (July 28 thru July 30). Featured activities include a parade, mud volleyball tournament, barn dance, truck and tractor pull, kids’ games and fireworks.

All events will be held on the west side of Loda.
The fun starts at 7 pm Friday. ‘Family Night.” offers live musical entertainment by Don Hayes, a Little Miss and Little Mister Pageant and kids’ games.

On Saturday, July 29, there will be a parade at 10 a.m., mud volleyball tournament at 11 a.m., Mud Bogs event at 11 a.m. (with registration opening at 9 a.m.), a barn dance featuring music by DJ James King at 7 p.m., the Rockstar Rodeo band performing at 9 p.m. and fireworks at dusk.

Throughout the day Saturday, there will be food vendors, a beer wagon and kids’ games, as well.

On Sunday, July 30, the truck and tractor pull will be held starting at noon.

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Man charged with drug trafficking gets 10 years

A former Paxton man whose previous conviction was overturned admitted to a drug charge and was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

In Macon County court Tuesday, 35 year-old Eddi Ramirez pleaded guilty to a charge of calculated criminal drug conspiracy, a class X felony. He faced between 6 and 30 years behind bars.

Ramirez was originally convicted in federal court of running a drug trafficking network in Central Illinois. But the state appellate court overturned that conviction, leading to Macon County prosecutors filing new charges.

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Piper soon to be freed from prison

A 20-yr-old murder case in Kankakee is about to take a new turn. Aureliuse “Buddy” Piper was convicted and sentenced to 39-years in prison for the 1997 murders of three people – M.T. Hawkins Sr., Patricia Easter (who was Easter’s girlfriend) and M.T. Hawkins Jr. (the senior Hawkins’ 9-yr-old son).

Now, 55-yr-old Buddy Piper is set to be released from prison. The case has a long history of court hearings. Piper was convicted four times but all were overturned on appeal. And there will not be a 5th trial.

According to the Daily-Journal, in a recent plea deal Piper did not plead guilty to the three murders...but the deal will let him walk free. Piper doesn’t admit to the charges against him but admits the prosecution likely could prove them.. He’ll be on parole for three years after his release.

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