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SHERIFF VANVLEET ANNOUNCES CREATION OF TIP LINE

Newton County Sheriff’s Police always welcome input from the public. Now, a new program finds Sheriff Tom VanVleet initiating a new tool to keep lines of communication open.

The sheriff says over the last couple years his department has been working to continue to improve our public communication. The response to the department’s Facebook, Twitter and the Mobile Patrol APP has been overwhelming, according to VanVleet.

To continue with these efforts, a TIP LINE has been added. Though the tip line is not monitored 24/7 and not for reporting active incidents, the sheriff hopes that it will prove to be an effective tool.

Anyone that has a tip on a crime, they can call 219-234-7014 and give their information. The caller can remain anonymous.

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Watseka veteran among 17th Honor Flight from Greater Lafayette

A group of “Yellow Ribbon” flight veterans returned home from Washington, D.C. Monday evening after a one-day trip to see military war memorials in the nation’s capital.
It was Greater Lafayette’s 17th Honor Flight. The “Yellow Ribbon” flight is for Vietnam Veterans only.

Gilbert Fanning of Watseka was among the honored veterans onboard. Chaperoning Mr. Fanning was his daughter, Lacie Fanning.

Gilbert told 94.1 WGFA News “it was a once in a lifetime opportunity.” He is a retired Army veteran serving in Vietnam as an Artillery Ammo truck driver.

Mr. Fanning and his wife, Rosemary, reside in Watseka. He’s a lifetime member of the VFW.

Gilbert was honored to be the Grand Marshall of the July 4th Parade this past summer in the City of Watseka.

The Honor Flight took the veterans to the National World War II Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial and the Korean War Memorial.

The group also got to meet former Indiana Governor and now-V-P Mike Pence.

The Lafayette community greeted the veterans on their return at Purdue University Airport.

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Teens arrested for August shooting in Kankakee

Kankakee County State's Attorney Jim Rowe reports three teenagers are under arrest, all believed to be responsible for an August shooting that injured two juveniles. The gunfire erupted in the 300-block of N. Rosewood Avenue.

Kankakee Police arrested 18-year-old Marquise Sabbs, 19-year-old Lupe Torres and a 17-year-old male. The arrests were made over the weekend.

Charges include two counts of attempted murder, two counts of aggravated battery with a firearm and two counts of aggravated discharge of a firearm. Two of the subjects are also charged with unlawful possession of a firearm by a street gang member.

All three have bonds set at $500,000.

States. Attorney Rowe says in a press release, "Thanks to the hard work of the City of Kankakee Police Department, its detective bureau and especially Detective Joseph Martinez who worked tirelessly on ths case, these suspects have been apprehended and charged.

"We look forward to prosecuting these cases in an effort to obtain justice for the two victims as well as the entire community that is impacted by these type of crimes.

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Fatal I-65 crash closes northbound I-65

A pickup driver from Porter, Indiana is dead after his truck slammed into a semi tractor-trailer on I-65 in White County. Indiana State Police closed the northbound lanes to investigate. It happened Monday evening south of the U.S. 231 exit.

Police reported the driver of a pickup didn't notice traffic slowing in front of him and rear-ended the semi trailer hauling a steel roll.

The driver of the pickup is identified as 34-year-old Michael Kehle.

Police say the pickup burst into flames. Several Good Samaritans tried to pull the driver out, but the flames were hot. The driver died at the scene.

State police had traffic hut down from about 7:40 pm until 1 am today.

         Two semis crash in Jasper County

Two other semi drivers were injured Monday afternoon when their semi -trucks collided on I-65. Both driver were treated for non-life threatening injuries, according to State Police.

28-year-old Jarvis Brown of Joliet was stopped in the right lane when the crash occurred. A semi driven by Joseph Fox of Petersburg, IN was in the right lane when hit the rear of Brown’s trailer. Several emergency crews were at the scene.

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Health Department Schedules Flu Clinics in Iroquois County

Iroquois County -The Iroquois County Public Health Department (ICPHD) has released the 2017 flu clinic schedule. Walk-in clinics are also added this year at the health department Monday thru Friday 9 am ‘til Noon and 1 – 4 pm throughout the flu season.

“We are excited about getting started with our flu clinics,” said Dee Ann Schippert, Public Health Administrator. Schippert said clinics have been scheduled throughout Iroquois County in order to provide easy access for all residents.

The CDC and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) are strongly advising vaccinations for everyone 6 months of age or older. Health officials say they’re looking forward to providing flu vaccines for adults at the public clinics. Children may also receive the flu vaccine by scheduling an appointment at the office. {Contact the Health Dept for times/locations of the clinics).

As in the past, it is requested that those attending a clinic wear clothing that provides easy access to the vaccination site. The cost is $35 per dose. If you have coverage for the flu vaccine through Medicare or one of the following listed insurance companies, the Iroquois County Public Health Department can bill them directly.

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