Seventeen-year-old Lynzee Josephson of Ransom died Tuesday in Kankakee County when she drove a go-kart into the path of a pickup truck. The teenager was pronounced dead at the scene at 3 pm. The accident happened in Essex Township at 13000 W Road.
Sheriff’s Police are investigating. An autopsy is planned.
SPRINGFIELD, IL– As recognition for her years of support and advocacy, State Rep. Lisa Dugan (D-Bradley) was named legislator of the year by the Illinois State Ambulance Association during a luncheon in Springfield on Wednesday
“Emergency Medical Service (EMS) providers are an invaluable resource to our communities,” said Dugan. “I have proudly worked with my colleagues to find better ways to support and enhance the services they provide across the state and especially in rural communities. I am honored to be recognized with this award.”
Dugan received the award from Illinois State Ambulance Association (ISAA) for her ongoing support and dedication to EMS providers and the industry.
Last year, Dugan sponsored legislation creating the House Task Force on EMS funding to find ways that the General Assembly and the State could make its emergency medical services work more efficiently. The committee held hearings around the state to solicit information and advice from EMS personnel and constituents on issues facing their communities related to emergency service needs.
“State Representative Dugan has been a great advocate for our industry and we sincerely appreciate her dedication and support,” said Kim Godden, ISAA Board Member.
JASPER COUNTY, Ind. – A case of mistaken identity now has Jasper County, Indiana Sheriff’s Police investigating why a 12-year-old boy was wrongfully jailed.
12-year-old Jacob Magruder was sitting in the lobby waiting for his family at the Jasper County jail in Rensselaer. The boy’s family had gone upstairs with his 17-year-old brother who had just been arrested.
Jacob said an officer asked a woman if ‘this was the guy he’s supposed to take and the woman responded, ‘yes.’
Jacob said he was then asked to stand up as the officer patted him down, saying this was like 'just to make sure you have no weapons on you,' Jacob said.
The boy said he was then taken behind a closed door and put in a holding cell.
"This lady came and said 'can you get in this cell for me,' and I was like 'sure,' " Jacob said. "They locked the door and it was cell number 1206 and they locked it."
Jacob said he sat in 1206 for several minutes until officials realized they took him, thinking it was his 17-year-old brother.
Jasper County Sheriff Terry Risner said an on-going internal investigation is being conducted at this time. Authorities call it a possible miscommunication and wrongful identification of a person that was at the sheriff's office when the incident was reported. Sherriff Risner would not say if anyone involved in this incident has been disciplined. The investigation continues.
PAXTON — A Hoopeston man was sentenced to four years in prison Monday for stealing $3,000 from a Paxton bank through a fraudulent ATM transaction.
Thirty-year-old Richard J. Gonzalez was convicted by a Ford County jury on April 11 of one count of felony theft. Gonzalez was charged with theft in October 2011 in connection with using an ATM to make a fraudulent bank transaction with the Farmers-Merchants National Bank in Paxton, according to state’s attorney Matt Fitton.
Fitton said Gonzalez opened an account at the bank, and shortly after he had received an ATM card, he used an ATM to have his account credited with a $3,000 deposit. However, the money was never received by the bank, and by the time the bank noticed the money was not deposited, Gonzales had used an ATM to withdraw the funds from his account, Fitton said.
Due to Gonzalez's criminal history, which included a prison term for mob action in Will County, he had faced up to six years in prison under extended-term sentencing guidelines.