The two men accused of raping a Momence bartender in 2016 have been found not guilty.
A Kankakee County jury deliberated much of Monday afternoon before returning its verdict about 4:30 pm.
John A. "Adam" Harrison and Thomas J. Madison were tried as co-defendants, arguing that the sex was consensual during a night that began with four of their friends having dinner and drinks at a nearby restaurant. They then went to the Off the Vine bar where the alleged act took place at closing time.
A bartender testified that she was forced into a bathroom where the two defendants tried to engage in sex.
A Bourbonnais man, driving an antique Roadster, died Monday afternoon after losing control of his vehicle and overturning. It happened along South Schuyler Avenue in Kankakee.
Kankakee police report 71-year-old Darrel J. McClure was involved in the single-vehicle accident. Police say McClure was headed southbound, just north of River Road about 4:30 pm, when his 1932 Ford Roadster crossed the northbound lanes and crashed.
McClure was pronounced dead at the scene by Kankakee County Coroner Bob Gessner. An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday.
Iroquois County Sheriff's Police assisted Hoopeston Police Saturday in the arrest of 33-year-old Jacob Johnson of Cissna Park. Johnson led Hoopeston officers on a chase from Vermilion County into Wellington at speeds exceeding 120 mph. Johnson eventually lost control and struck a garage at 416 E. 1st South Street.
Sheriff's Police reported Johnson fled on foot but was taken into custody a few blocks from the accident scene. Neigher Johnson nor a passenger were injured.
Cissna Park and Milford Polcie assisted in Wellington. Johnson had lead Cissna Park Police in a similiar pursuit as hed fled from a traffic stop on Friday. He had not yet been arrested in that incident.
Johnson is charged with aggravated fleeing & alluding, reckless conduct, speeding and disobeying stop signs. He faces similiar charges in Vermilion County.
A 32-year-old Kankakee man was killed Friday when he crashed his vehicle into the rear of a semi-tractor trailer on Kankakee’s south side. Edward Smith was fleeing from police when he slammed into the trailer on S. Schuyler Avenue.
According to police, Smith was pronounced dead at Presence St. Mary's Hospital.
Friday's crash occurred at Schuyler Avenue and West Jeffery shortly after 7 p.m. The semi was turning west onto Jeffery. Police reported Smith was speeding and may have lost control of his car.
The incident began after Walmart personnel called 911 about a suspicious subject acting irrational inside the store located at 505 Riverstone Parkway. He was taking inappropriate photos of women in the store.
Smith allegedly fled from the store and drove off. The crash remains under investigation.