LOCAL NEWS HEADLINES



August 19  3 pm

Fatal Kendall County
A motorist is dead after a morning traffic accident this morning.  According to the Kendall County Sheriff’s Office, the two vehicle crash happened on Fox River Drive about a mile east of Newark around 6:15 this morning.  Police say a pick up truck driven by 56 year old Raymond Boudreau, Jr., of Plano, crossed into the north bound lane and was struck head on by an SUV driven by a 48 year old Millington woman.  Police say Boudreau was pronounced dead at the scene and the other driver was taken to a Sandwich Hospital for treatment for what are described as non-life threatening injuries.

Ottawa Burglary
An Ottawa man was arrested yesterday after a month long investigation into a residential burglary.  Ottawa Police say back on July 11th, they were notified of a burglary at a home on Ottawa Avenue in which some money was stolen.  Police say as a result of their investigation, they arrested yesterday afternoon 24 year old Rich S. Renfro, of Ottawa, and charged him with one count of Residential Burglary.
Police say Renfro was taken to the LaSalle County  and bond has been set at $30,000.

I-80 Crash
Three people were hurt in a multivehicle crash on I-80 yesterday afternoon.  State Police say a 2008 Honda driven by 19 year old Kayla Guenther, of Ottawa, was attempting to merge on eastbound  I-80 from I-39 when the car collided with a front of a semi, causing Guenther to lose control of the car and went through the median.  Police say a westbound motorcycle driven by a 56 year old Spring Valley man struck a guardrail when attempting to avoid the car.   Police say the motorcycle driver along with Guenther were taken to an area hospital by ambulance, while a passenger on the motorcycle, a 55 year old Spring Valley woman, was flown by helicopter from the scene to another hospital. 

Streator Stabbing
A Streator man is in custody following a stabbing. Streator Police say that 22-year old Dustin Bennington was arrested by the Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s office in Wisconsin.   Authorities say officers were called to an apartment in the 300-block of South Park Street Saturday morning around 8 o’clock for a stabbing victim with multiple wounds.   The victim was transported to Saint Mary’s in Streator and then to another hospital and was listed at last check in critical but stable condition.  Bennington has been charged with two counts of aggravated battery with a weapon and is being held on a $500,000 bond.
 
Conservation Police
Conservation Police have been busy at Starved Rock since many of the trails closed on June 30th. Conservation Police Sargent Hank Frazier says that since June 30th, officers have given out between 400 and 500 citations, mainly for hikers that have wandered onto closed trails. Authorities say that the trails are closed for safety reasons because of large branches and limbs hanging from trees. Getting caught on a closed trail brings a $120 minimum fine.

Route 251
Illinois Route 251 in Peru will be under construction for the next couple of weeks. Illinois Department of Transportation officials say milling and resurfacing work will begin this morning on Route 251 between the Debo Bridge to north of the US Route 6 interchange, along with the ramps to and from US Route 6 and 251.  Officials say road work will be done during the day and individual ramps will close at times.
 
Rutherford Lawsuit
 Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan wants portions of a lawsuit filed against Treasurer Dan Rutherford's office dropped. She also wants a court to sanction the former staff lawyer who filed it. Madigan's office asked a federal court to dismiss claims by Edmund Michalowski (mik-oh-LOW'-skee). Michalowski says the employees were involved in racketeering.

West Nile
 Illinois health officials say they have confirmed the first human case of West Nile virus in the state this summer. The woman who got sick is from Chicago and in her 70s. Last year, Illinois had more than 100 cases in nearly 80 counties and 11 deaths.

Champaign County Coroner
 The Champaign County coroner has identified a woman killed when her car and a train collided northwest of Champaign.  Coroner  Duane Northrup says 52-year-old Diane M. Siewert was pronounced dead early Monday at the scene of the crash.   Champaign County sheriff's Sgt. Greg Mills says a passerby did not see the accident but called police after spotting a car that had rolled over.  Mills says the initial investigation shows Siewert's car hit a passing train. It's not clear if the train's driver knew about the collision. There are no crossing arms or lights where it happened.
 
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. 
An 8-year-old girl has died after falling about 550 feet while hiking in Yellowstone National Park.   Authorities identified the victim as Zahra Allahyari (ZEHR'-ah AHL'-lah-yahr-ee) of Poway, California  According to the Park Service, the girl and members of her family were hiking down a trail on the north side of the canyon to the Brink of the Lower Falls overlook. The agency says the child apparently stepped off the trail and lost her footing.