The Associated Press
The Associated Press
WATSEKA -- Iroquois County Sheriff Detective Eric Starkey and dance instructor Amber Gunther danced their way to a first-place finish Saturday evening in the annual Dancing for the Stars event in Watseka.
Iroquois Sexual Assault Services (ISAS) held its 3rd annual Dancing for the Stars Event at the Watseka High School. Five area dance partners vied for top honors to support the important work provided by the agency.
According to Marcie Sheridan, Executive Director of ISAS, the event raised $12, 400, an increase of $1400 over last year and an increase of $4,000 over the first year. “The support from the community has been amazing” said Sheridan. “We are so grateful to the dancers, who were so enthusiastic and put so much time and hard work into this.”
Along with the entertainment value of the event, ISAS was able to convey the message that services are available close to home for those in the area who have experienced this terrible crime. Public Service Announcements were unveiled after the intermission with messages from the Iroquois county Sheriff Derek Hagen and the Iroquois County State’s Attorney Jim Devine. One of the evening’s chief sponsors, WGFA Radio is providing air time for the PSA’s over the next three weeks to continue to get the message out.
This year’s event was organized by ISAS staff Kami Garrison, Community Education Coordinator and Tammy Barragree, Medical/Legal Advocate.
ISAS expressed its thanks to the sponsors of the event, WGFA and Iroquois Federal.
Winners for the night were:
Judges Choice: Det. Eric Starkey/Amber Gunther
Audience Choice: Dr. Rod Yergler/Angie Hasselbring
Best Costume: Amber Webber/JoeEshelman
Cutest Couple: Coach Steve Lucas/Michelle Brutlag
Most Original: Brittany Cluver/Jose Fuentes
Most Enthusiastic: Coach Lucas
KANKAKEE -- Two people were shot, one dead, the other critically wounded in separate weekend shootings that continue to plague Kankakee.
Following a Sunday afternoon shooting on N. Taylor Avenue in Kankakee that left a man shot in the head, a second man was found dead in his car at a rural intersection southwest of the city. The dead man was not identified by police. The car he was in was towed from 4500W and 2000 S after the discovery Monday morning.
Kankakee County Coroner Bob Gessner had an autopsy scheduled Monday. No further information about the second shooting was made available from police.
The other man was shot and seriously injured Sunday afternoon, one block north of King Middle School, on Taylor Avenue. He was identified as 27-year-old Jerome Lucius. He was shot in the head and found in the driver's seat of a car parked at a residence.
A press release from Kankakee Police stated Lucius was in very critical condition at an area hospital.
City police investigators and the county Crime Stoppers are asking the public for information about the shootings.
The latest shootings add to the number of gunfire incidents seen in recent months. The Daily-Journal reports there were 13 reports of gunfire in the city of Kankakee from January to March.
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Kankakee Police are searching for a lone gunman who left a man critically injured Sunday.
The shooting, on North Taylor Avenue near the King Middle School, occurred around 4 pm. The 27-year-old victim was seated inside a vehicle near a residence having been shot in the head.
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RANKIN — The Rankin Village Board has moved to regulate the location of wind turbines within a mile and a-half of the village’s corporate limits. Such action has become common practice of smaller communities in the path of developing wind farms.
The local Board passed an ordinance to regulate the construction of wind turbines on farmland immediately outside Rankin's corporate limits.
The ordinance, approved 6-0, amends Rankin's zoning code to give the village regulatory authority over commercial and private wind turbines. .
Municipal governing boards have expressed concern about wind turbines being built too close to homes. Vermilion County's wind-farm regulations allow 400-foot-tall commercial turbines to be built as close as 1,200 feet from a home.
Rankin is the first municipality in Vermilion County to extend its zoning authority to surrounding farmland to regulate wind turbines.