A 55-year-old Braidwood woman was sentenced to four and half years in prison Tuesday for a car crash that killed a Shorewood man last March.
Donna Durkin entered a blind plea one-count of aggravated driving under the influence.
It was on March 15, 2016 when Durkin was southbound on a Frontage Road in Wilmington Township. Records show she veered into the northbound lane and struck another vehicle head-on. The driver of the other vehicle, 79-year-old Lavon Smith, was taken to Loyola Medical Center where he died five days later.
Durkin suffered a broken wrist and ribs in the crash.
An 18-year-old jail inmate in Iroquois County is back behind bars today (Wednesday) after fleeing from custody Tuesday night.
Christian Walder of Cissna Park may have enjoyed his brief overnight freedom, but now faces new charges of Escape and Possession of a Stolen Vehicle.
Walder was taken into custody without incident by sheriff’s deputies at a Cissna Park residence. He was being held at the Watseka jail on charges of burglary and theft.
The Sheriff’s Department reported the escape at 10:14 pm. Correctional Officers were in the process of administering medical treatment to inmates when Walder rushed past a Correctional Officer and jumped thru a locked window.
Sheriff deputies and Watseka Police were immediately dispatched and searched the area around the jail. The search included K-9 units from the Illinois State Police and the Bradley and Paxton Police Departments.
Police said a blood trail led police to the nearby Davis Trailer Court, where it’s believed that Walder stole a vehicle and fled the area.
An early-morning fire in Sheldon today (Wednesday) destroyed a huge structure. Firemen were called at 12:43 am to 7th and Concord where first-responders found flames shooting from the roof and the front of the house. No injury was reported.
Firefighters were on the scene until 5:15 this morning. Then, a rekindle had firemen back at the scene.
The same structure burned some 25 years ago. Since then, the structure was renovated several times. The house towers high into the air. No one had been living at the residence, according to fire officials.
Sheldon fire was assisted by Concord, Donovan, Woodland and Kentland, Indiana.