The National Weather Service is alerting motorists about the possibility of ‘snow squalls.’ Sudden intense snow squalls are likely across parts of Illinois and Indiana. That could lead to visibility problems which could increase chances for multi-vehicle, chain-reaction crashes.
Motorists should be alert for changing road conditions today and tonight. Wind gusts could reach 35-40 mph.
A Wednesday morning armed robbery at the McDonald’s restaurant in Gilman has authorities in Iroquois County looking for two suspects.
Non one was injured when two masked men forced their way into the rear door of the business, just off Route 24, just before 4 am. The subjects, one black, the other of unknown race, were armed with semi-automatic pistols.
Sherriff’s Police report the manager of the restaurant was threatened with bodily harm if she did not comply. The suspects forced the manager into the office and forced her to open the safe.
The two suspects fled with an undetermined amount of money, leaving the manager shaken but unharmed.
The Iroquois County Sheriff’s Department and Gilman Police Department continue the investigation. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Sheriff’s Department at 815-432-4918 or call CrimeStoppers at 815-43CRIME (815-432-7463).
Area communities are losing another eatery at year’s end. Pizza Hut franchises are closing in east-central Illinois.
Pizza Huts in Watseka, Hoopeston, Paxton and Monticello are closing their doors on Saturday, December 31st. Franchise owner Mike Stegman says economic reasons are forcing him to close the stores he’s owned for more than 30 years.
Stegman closed his Gibson City Pizza Hut last month.
Stegman said the company is pushing for major remodel jobs at Pizza Hut outlets, a cost—he says—that’s not feasible.
Stegman is based in Wichita, KANSAS. He started his franchise chain in 1986, locating Pizza Huts in Hoopeston and Gibson City. The Watseka location was opened in 1988. Stegman started the Paxton site in 1989, and added his Monticello store in 1991.
A Bradley woman may have been a hit-and-run victim on I-57 over the holiday weekend. The body of 30-year-old Jamie DeLeon was discovered in the median. Troopers reported the woman may have been struck by an unknown vehicle.
The north and southbound lanes of the interstate were shut down for about four hours due to the incident. Several emergency responders were at the scene just after 8 am Saturday.
A Sunday evening bar brawl in Buckley resulted in one death and several injuries. 25-year-old Daniel Connolly of Lyons (IL) was pronounced dead at Gibson Area Hospital in Gibson City. Others were treated for injuries.
No arrests had been made as of Monday.
Buckley Police, Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police, and Illinois State Police all responded to a fight in progress at the Dutchmaster Bar on Route 45.
In a prepared news release, sheriff’s police reported multiple victims were found injured at the scene. Buckley Ambulance personnel and Iroquois Memorial Hospital EMS transported the injured to area hospitals.
Daniel Connolly was pronounced dead upon arrival at Gibson Area Hospital.
The incident remains under investigation by the sheriff’s department and Buckley Police Department.