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Kankakee car chase leaves man dead

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.

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‘Stamp Out Hunger’ food drive Saturday

Postal workers are ready to “stamp out hunger.”

Letter carriers (mailmen/women) will visit your house during their regular routine Saturday while collecting food donations to restock food banks and pantries.

The Food Banks say Stamp Out Hunger is their largest food drive each year.

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Juveniles arrested in burglary at Wellington school building

Three juveniles were taken into custody in Iroquois County Thursday after they were caught forcing their way into the old Wellington School building. Witnesses observed a 17-year-old and two other juveniles enter the building. They were chased down after fleeing when police arrived.

Charges against the suspects include burglary and criminal trespass to property.

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2 jailed after Bourbonnais drug, weapon bust

Two 18-year-olds were arrested in a rural Bourbonnais drug bust. Authorities executed a search warrant at 3106 and 3000 N Road (Wednesday). Seized by police was suspected cannabis and cocaine, pills and drug paraphernalia and cash. Agents also seized 7 firearms, including a sawed-off shotgun.

Bryce Mixon and Dammon Rogers are in custody. Both are charged with possession of cannabis with intent to deliver.
Mixon also faces charges of possession of a controlled substance with intent and no FOID card.

KAMEG agents, Bradley Police, Illinois State Police, Kankakee County Sheriff’s Police and the Kankakee County State’s Attorney’s Office were involved in the case.

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Heather Lamie wants new trial

A convicted child-killer is asking the court for a new trial. Heather LaMie, formerly of Cullom, was found guilty for the 2011 death of a foster-child staying with her family.

Four-year-old Kianna Rudisill was the victim. During the 2015 trial, doctors testified that Rudisiil died of blunt force trauma to the head. LaMie was sentenced to life in prison.

Lamie is petitioning the court for a new trial, claiming her attorney didn’t do an adequate job in her defense.

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