A 28-year-old Watseka man arrested on drug and weapons charges is also facing a murder rap in Texas.
Gerardo Durant is jailed in Watseka. He was arrested Monday afternoon and is now being held for authorities in Hidalgo County, TX.
The Watseka Enforcement Team, in cooperation with Iroquois County Sheriff's Police and the Vermilion County Metropolitan Enforcement Group, served a search warrant in the 400-block of N 5th Street. There, they located narcotics inside the residence.
Durant was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, unlawful use of a weapon by a felon, and possession of cannabis. Police also seized over $4,200 in cash. Once in custody, police found he was wanted in Texas for murder.
Iroquois County State's Attorney Jim Devine's office says the Andrew Condon murder trial will go as planned next month. The murder trial of the Ashkum man is on the jury calendar for February 2nd in Watseka.
The 35-year-old Condon is charged with two counts of first-degree murder in connection with the October 2012 fatal shooting of 27-year-old Jonathan Rubin of Danforth. Rubin was shot to death at the Shell gas station in Gilman where he was employed.
A Kankakee woman convicted for the death of a four-year-old foster-child had her sentencing date postponed last week. It's the second time the defense asked for more time before Heather Lamie hears her fate for her role in the death of Kianna Rudisill in 2011.
The 31-year-old Lamie was caring for the child in her Cullom home in Ford County at the time the girl was taken to a hospital. The girl died later at a Peoria hospital.
Fischer, Brokate to compete for Miss Illinois County Fair
The 2014 Iroquois and Ford County Fair Queens will compete this weekend in the state competition in Springfield. The 56th Miss Illinois County Fair Queen Pageant will be held January 18, 2015 at the Crown Plaza Convention Center.
Seventy-four county fair queens from various counties across the state will compete for cash prizes and the honor of hosting the Illinois State Fair and DuQuoin State Fair here in 2015.
Representing Iroquois County will be Brittany Fischer of Watseka. She is the daughter of Darrin and Julie Fischer. Fischer is a 2012 graduate of Watseka High School and is currently attending Olivet University majoring in elementary education.
Fischer was crowned Miss Iroquois County Fair Queen in July 2014 at the Iroquois County 4-H and Agricultural Fair.
Miss Ford County 2014, Haley Brokate, will also compete at state. Haley is the 18 year-old daughter of Wayne and Michelle Brokate of Paxton. She is currently a senior at Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School.
Preliminary competition begins on Saturday, January 17. Fifteen finalists will be selected to then compete for the title of 'Miss Illinois County Fair 2015' at a banquet on Sunday evening.
The title of Miss Illinois County Fair is currently held by Summer Robbins of Montgomery County. Contestants are judged on personal interview, stage presence, beauty of face and physical condition, and speech and communication skills.
The National Weather Service has another Winter Weather Advisory in place for the WGFA-listening area. Overnight snow has roads in poor shape early today. Plows are out but some Indiana schools are on delays and state police report several slide-offs.
A mixture of freezing rain, sleet and snow has made for a sloppy commute this (Mon) morning. The Winter Weather Advisory is effective until 9 am today (January 12th). Travel will be hazardous because of icy conditions on roadways and other surfaces. And snow and sleet on top of ice will add to travel difficulties.
In Iroquois and Kankakee Counties in Illinois snow may amount to two to three inches, according to the NWS. Motorists are advised to be alert to these changing weather conditions. Not only will roads be slick and hazardous, but sidewalks will also be slick and dangerous because of the icy conditions.