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Gunfire Exchanged and Robberies in Peotone Township

People in the country are experiencing more and more thefts and crime lately. Will County Sheriff’s had to issue two press releases in one week with regards to criminal activity in the country, just outside of Peotone. The first was on August 7, at 3:50 a.m., when Will County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report…

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Former School Bus Driver Sentenced to 76 Years in Murder for Hire Plot

Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow announced that Christian Shepherd, 44, of Ottawa, was sentenced recently to 76 years in prison by Circuit Judge David Carlson. Shepherd was sentenced to 39 years in prison for solicitation of murder for hire and 37 years for solicitation of murder, both Class X felonies, to be served consecutively.…

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One Deceased in Manhattan Crash

Will County Sheriff’s Office issued a press release that at 8 a.m., on Thursday, April 27, deputies responded to a vehicle crash with a semi truck on Wilmington-Peotone Road and Cedar Road in Manhattan. Manhattan Fire personnel were on scene and advised that a 65-year-old female showed no signs of life and was being extricated…

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Will County Sheriff’s Office Police Blotter: March 7 – 13

New Lenox/Frankfort March 7 •N. Cedar and Lenox Street, New Lenox: Daniel R. Reyes, 47, of Lockport, was cited for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident. •W. Laraway and Nelson Road, New Lenox: Brandon Sanchez Montoya, 24, of Joliet, was cited for speeding, no valid driver’s license, and operating an uninsured motor vehicle.…

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Will County Sheriff’s Office Police Blotter: March 14 – 20

South Townships March 15 •S. Spencer and Delaney Road, Manhattan: Jorge Mejia, 21, of Houston, Texas, was cited for speeding, operating an uninsured motor vehicle, and no valid driver’s license. March 17 •W. Stripmine and S. Rt. 129, Wilmington: John Segerberg, 34, of 470 E. Mesa Drive in Godley, was arrested for DUI, driving while…

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Peotone Man Charged with 19 Counts of Child Pornography

By Stephen Nelson A Peotone man was arrested by Bourbonnais Police on Monday, January 9, and faces 19 counts of child pornography. If convicted, 35-year-old Michael L. Mathis faces anywhere from six-to-30 years in prison for each count. Fifteen of the 19 counts are for dissemination which are class X felonies, which are considered to…

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Crete Township Murder Arrest

Sheriff Mike Kelley announced Friday January 6th that detectives with the Will County Sheriff’s Office have arrested a fourteen-year-old juvenile in connection to the 12/30/2022 murder investigation that occurred in Crete Township. On 12/30/2022, at approximately 9:05 PM, Deputies with the Will County Sheriff’s Office were sent to the 1100 block of E. 263rd Street…

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Will County Sheriff’s Police Blotter: December 13 – 19

Frankfort/New Lenox December 13: S. Frankfort Square Drive and W. St. Francis Road, Frankfort; Mark Obregon, 62, of Homewood, was cited for disobeying a traffic control device. December 14: S. Harlem and W. 194th Street, Frankfort; Gregory Beasley, 51, of Chicago, was cited for driving while license suspended. December 18: 23000 block of S. 80th…

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Safe-T Act Ruled Unconstitutional

Kankakee County Judge Thomas Cunnington ruled late Wednesday that the elimination of cash bail provision in the controversial Safe-T Act was unconstitutional. Cunnington ruled the Safe-T Act was unconstitutional on the basis that it violates the Separation of Powers Clause, violates the Victim Rights Act, and unconstitutionally amends Article I Section 9 of the Constitution…

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Will County Sheriff’s Office Blotter: December 6-12

South Townships December 7, I-55 and W. Coal City Road, Reed: Eduardo Medina-Perez, 19, of St. Louis, Missouri, was cited for no valid driver’s license, operating an uninsured motor vehicle, driving with suspended registration and aggravated speeding. December 7, S. Rt. 53 and W. South Arsenal Road, Wilmington: Michael F. Culbreath, 55, of Wilmington, was cited…

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Morgan Found Guilty on First Degree Murder Charge

Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow announced Circuit Court Judge Vincent Cornelius found Blaique Morgan, 26, of Joliet, guilty of two counts of First-Degree Murder in the death of Robert Bielec, his next-door neighbor, in 2016. The verdict follows a bench trial that concluded October 31. On January 7, 2016, the Will County Sheriff’s Office…

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Will County Sheriffs Warn of Bitcoin Scam

Scam Alert: Bitcoin payments being requested. During the past week, the Sheriff’s Office has taken reports from victims who stated they were contacted regarding being in violation of requirements to register as a sex offender. The fraudulent phone number being used is 815-374-1921. The scammer identifies himself as Sergeant Johnson from the Will County Sheriff’s…

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Will County Sheriff’s Apprehend Fugitive

Sheriff Mike Kelley announced the capture of Omar Turner Jr., 21, of Joliet, who was safely apprehended in the 400 block of Jessie Street in unincorporated Joliet Township. On July 18, members of the Will County Sheriff’s Office Warrant Unit, who are also members of the United States Marshals Service (USMS) Great Lakes Regional Fugitive…

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Decades Old Cold Case Investigation Seeking Information

In May 1997, skeletal fragments were discovered in a rubbish pile from the landmark Rust Craft Greeting Card Company building in Joliet. The building, which stood for nearly a century prior to its demolition, was a square block long and wide and three stories tall, along with a full basement. The abandoned factory suffered a…

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Multi-Vehicle Accident at Wilmington-Peotone Road

On Wednesday, June 1, at approximately 3:30 p.m., a female driver of a Nissan, age 21, from Indiana, was traveling westbound on Wilmington-Peotone Road. Through the Will County Sheriff’s Office accident reconstruction, it was determined the female driver attempted to pass a a slower moving semi-tractor trailer in the eastbound lane but caught the edge…

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Jury Finds Boshears Guilty of Murdering Girlfriend, Concealing Body

Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow announced a jury found Jeremy Boshears, 36, of Coal City, guilty of first-degree murder in the death of his girlfriend Kaitlyn “Katie” Kearns in 2017. Boshears also was found guilty of concealing a homicidal death, a Class 3 felony. The jury began deliberating Friday and reached its verdict Monday,…

Armed Robbery in Frankfort Township Bar; Suspect Shot and Killed

On April 30 around 3:15 a.m., Will County Sheriff’s Office was called to Ryan’s Pub, 7928 W. Lincoln Highway in unincorporated Frankfort, for a report of an armed robbery in progress. Two male, black, suspects had entered, armed with what appeared to be handguns, and demanded money from several patrons and employees. Deputies were informed…

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Devils Lose to Wildcats
Bobcat Tyler Kramer against Gibson City. Photo by Jim Piacentini.
Gibson City Beats Beecher in Opening Round of Purple Pool Play
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Beecher 200U Finances Not Out of the Woods Yet
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Beecher Road Projects Taking Longer Than Expected
Devils Lose to Wildcats
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Peotone Village Board Approves Another Liquor License
Dr. Kara Coglianese speaks to the crowd at the Toast To Crete. Photo by Jim Piacentini
Fully Staffed Crete Police Department Will Focus on Traffic Enforcement
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Monee Looking to Purchase Immediate Care Facility
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The Barn on Rte. 45 Investigated
A memorial tribute to former Devil Alex Cardenas was held on field before the game. Photo by Jim Piacentini.
Devils Take Tough Loss to Wildcats, While Mourning One of Their Own
Some area service members who have lost their lives to PTSD are honored. Photo by Dan Gerber.
Teal Star Run 2023
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Panthers Beat Streator, 47-26
This is an example of the kind of murals the village board has decided to allow. It was displayed during a board meeting, using the west wall of the Village Inn on Main Street. Not actually painted on the wall, just superimposed. The property is adjacent to the village police department, so it depicts an "old time" police car. Photo submitted.
Monee Village Board Approved Ordinance Regulating Murals
Front row: Bill Mort, Dean Heisner, Alice Brandau Niemeyer, Mary Knickrehm Rogers, Carol Bickel Gibbons, Randy Murray, Wilma Mort Swanson, Laura Hofer Ruhbeck, Jo Anne Koomar Hege, Tony Hardwick, and Greg Dralle; middle row: Gary Krapf, Tom Mudro, Nancy Rehberg Beckman, Cheryl Carstens Crumrine, Joy Nickel Weber, Gary Mausehund, Pam Werner Heinsch, Kathy Gainous Keys, Rita Helt Kincheloe, Kate Morrison Lindemann, Sandie Burns Swartz, Karen Clemens Dralle, and Mike Nestlehut; back row zig-zag: Frank Mausehund, Marv Siekman, Dan Culpepper, Pat Goodwin, Bob Arseneau, Jeff Oliver, Edra Bleu Self, Randy Wischover, Gary Zybak, Alice Warning Wasney, Larry Herz, Diane Breitbarth, Arlene Kuse Kline, Wayne Becker, Pat Smith, Sue Christiansen McClain, Jean Pierce Oliver, Nancy Darling Jaffe, Craig Long, and Jim Kasher. –Photo by George Kwain.
PHS Class of ’73 Reunion
Panthers gave it a great effort but just couldn’t beat the Bobcats. Photo by Jim Piacentini.
Bobcats Rule Over Panthers
Pictured is senior Devil Ashley Veltman when the Blue Devils faced Grant Park. –Photo by Jim Piacentini.
Devils Turned It Around with Win Against Dragons
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Devils Beat the Bulldogs
The Peotone Old Mill Fest annually celebrates and shares the history of the mill. Photo submitted.
Old Mill Fest 2023 Looks to Give Visitors a Glimpse of the History
Mayor Therese Bogs and the Board of Trustees were part of the Monee Fall Fest parade. –Picture by Karen Haave.
Monee Fall Fest: Bigger and Better Than Ever
Niko Akiyama finished with 165 yards in 16 carries for a Panther win. Photo by Jim Piacentini.
Panthers Pull Out a Win Over the Tigers