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Feeder calves killed in I-57 truck crash

Officials reported 17 of 93 feeder calves died in a semi crash Thursday morning near Rantoul. A semi-trailer tractor carrying the calves to Iowa overturned on an Interstate 57 exit ramp.

The 17 animals either died or had to euthanized. A livestock procurement manger said most died on impact.

State Police said the driver failed to negotiate a curve. The truck driver and his pet dog were able to crawl out of the cab. The driver was cited for failure to reduce speed.
Firefighters from Rantoul and Thomasboro responded to the scene. Water was sprayed on the trapped calves to keep them cool in the hot June weather.

A University of Illinois Veterinary Medicine staff member was on the scene and euthanized the animals that suffered significant injuries.

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Meth lab discovered in Watseka, two arrested

Watseka Police located an active Meth lab (Thursday). Acting on a tip of a possible meth lab at an E. Walnut Street location, police investigated, then obtained a search warrant and found met-making materials, hypodermic needles and drug paraphernalia.

29-year-old Thyrl Fisk and 28-year-old Marisa Fisk, both Watseka residents, are charged with possession of methamphetamine, participating in meth manufacturing, possession of meth precursors and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Police say more arrests are expected.

The case was carried out by the Watseka Enforcement Team in cooperation with the Iroquois County Sheriff's Office and the Iroquois County State's Attorney's office.

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Hoopeston Police make two drug arrests

A traffic stop on W. Washington Street in Hoopeston (Wednesday) led to two arrests. The driver and a passenger face charges of possession of a controlled substance, possession of meth precursors and possession of drug paraphernalia.

18-year-old Elyscha Wells and 38-year-old Juan Colunga, both of Hoopeston, face arraignment in Vermilion County.

Police stopped the vehicle knowing the vehicle had an expired registration.

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Mel Reynolds out of Jail; Trial still on

Former Illinois Congressman Mel Reynolds is out of jail and wearing a bracelet. A federal judge released the ex-lawmaker (Thursday) from custody in the Kankakee County detention center. Reynolds will wear an electronic monitoring device while he awaits trial. He's accused of not filing federal income tax returns between 2009 and 2012. {Metro News}

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Winning lottery ticket sold in Gilman

A Tennessee truck driver's stop in Gilman was well worth it.

Howard Phelps bought a $2 instant Illinois lottery ticket that produced a winner - $1,000 per week for life !

The General Manager of the Pilot Flying J Travel Center confirmed the winning ticket was sold. Randy Little says it's the largest winner we've had here in two years.

Meanwhile, hundreds of other miracle seekers are now lining up for Mega Millions tickets. The jackpot in that lottery rolled over Tuesday night. A single winner in this multi-state game would win at least $363 million in the Friday drawing. That's the sixth largest jackpot in Mega Millions history.

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