An early-morning semi fire in Newton County (Friday) closed a portion of Interstate 65 North for more than seven hours.
Indiana State Police said it was around 4 am when a semi hauling a trailer full of cereal and vegetable oil stopped on the northbound shoulder of I-65 in Newton County, about two miles north of the Demotte/Roselawn Exit.
Police said the driver had a flat tire and his brakes had caught fire. When crews arrived, the tractor and trailer were engulfed in flames. They said the fire kept reigniting itself due to the vegetable oil.
Lutheran Church Charities (LCC) is bringing a new ministry to Iroquois County.
Our Savior Lutheran Church in Milford in cooperation with Lutheran Church Charities introduces the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry. It’s a national ministry utilizing the unique skills of dogs to open opportunities to interact with people in communities across the country.
Our Savior Lutheran will receive its new Comfort Dog in a “Passing of the Leash” ceremony scheduled for the church service Sunday (February 12) at 9 am.
Our Savior Lutheran’s Sunday service is always aired on 94.1 WGFA.
The LCC Comfort Dogs, especially Golden Retrievers, are trained service animals that provide a bridge for compassionate ministry to take place. The animal initiate a calm atmosphere that lifts spirits, relieves grief and sparks memories even in the most traumatic of situations.
Central Comets, Cissna Park T’volves Girls Regional Champions
Iroquois County Girls basketball making its mark again. The Central Comets at Clifton and the Cissna Park Timbervolves basketball teams are advancing to IHSA Sectional play next week.
Central won its own 2A Regional title Thursday night with a 42-35 win over PBL. It was the Comets first Regional championship in 17 years.
The Comets (23-8) advance to play Bloomington Central Catholic Tuesday at the St. Thomas More Sectional. Game time is 6 pm.
At the 1A Regional at Armstrong, Cissna Park won its fourth straight Regional title defeating Ridgeview 45-35. The T’wolves (22-7) next meet Decatur St. Teresa (20-8) at the Lexington Sectional Tuesday at 6 pm.
In Oakwood Thursday night, Watseka’s season ended with a 55-39 loss to Oakwood.
A Kankakee man faces charges following his arrest Thursday after a failed attempt to rob the Federated Bank in Chebanse. 36-year-old Anthony Lofu is the suspected person who robbed the bank December 19th, then returned to try it again yesterday morning. \ Kankakee County Sheriff Mike Downey said this time, a bank employee locked the door before the suspect-robber could get in.
Lofu was wearing a mask and gloves. He got into a car with a driver and headed north on I-57. Sheriff’s Police report a witness, a Good Samaritan, watched the robbery attempt and provided police with a description of the car, which exited the interstate onto Court Street in Kankakee.
Police did not find a weapon, but say they located a note similar to the one that was used in the December 19 robbery.
Lofu was arrested for attempted bank robbery.
Sheriff Downey praised the bank employee “for preventing an incident, which obviously could have resulted in a great deal of violence."