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Kankakee Fire Chief Ron Young retiring

Kankakee Fire Chief Ron Young is retiring November 30th. He’s the third longest-serving fire chief in Kankakee's history. He has spent his entire career as a member of the Kankakee fire department, having been hired at the age of 22 back in 1984.

Young has served as chief the last 12 years. He was assistant chief for eight years.

Mayor Nina Epstein made the announcement of Young's resignation. She said Assistant Chief Phil Perkins will serve as interim-chief until Young’s replacement is named.

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Kankakee County GOP nominates Weiler for Board Chair

Kankakee County Board member Andy Weiler is the Republican Central Committee's choice to lead the County Board.  The GOP Central Committee voted to nominate Weilert as County Board Chair when the board re-organizes December 5th. 

Weiler would suceed Mike Bossert. 

Weiler says if given thr job by board members, public safety would be a top priority in regaining the public's confidence. Financial matters have been a burden for the county board in recent years.

Weiler says "we've dug ourselves into quite a hole, but the opportunity is there to head in the right direction." 

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Woodland man faces weapons charge

Watseka Police report the arrest Monday of 37-year-old Donald Madison of Woodland. The arrest happened when police were called to a Watseka retail business regarding an alleged theft.

Officers stopped Madison as he exited the store. When taken into custody, Madison was found to be in possession of brass knuckles. He was charged with Unlawful Use of a Weapon and Possession of a Drug Paraphernalia.

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Four children die in Flora, IN house fire

The Indiana State Fire Marshal’s office confirms four children died in an early morning house fire today (Mon) in Flora.

Emergency responders said four children and their mother were inside the home. The children ranged in age from 4 to 13. There was no word on the woman’s condition yet. Authorities said she was airlifted to an Indianapolis hospital.

Firemen answered the call about 3:30 am.

Two law enforcement officers were also injured.

Carroll County Sheriff deputy Drew Yoder was flown by helicopter to a hospital burn unit in Fort Wayne. He had received burns to his hands and forehead, as well as severe smoke inhalation.

Flora police officer Josh Disinger was also hurt. He’s in stable condition at IU Health Arnett hospital in Lafayette.

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Gilman police officer suffers broken leg arresting suspect

A domestic disturbance at a Gilman residence resulted in an arresting-officer breaking his leg. The un-identified officer underwent surgery at Carle Hospital in Urbana.

It was Saturday when Gilman Police arrested 40-year-old Danielle Boudreau. The Gilman woman was charged with domestic battery, resisting arrest and aggravated battery to an officer.

Gilman Police were called to the residence. During a struggle with Boudreau, the officer broke his right leg.

Boudreau is free on bond, arrested with assistance of the Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police.

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