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Iroquois jail inmate back in custody after fleeing

An 18-year-old jail inmate in Iroquois County is back behind bars today (Wednesday) after fleeing from custody Tuesday night.

Christian Walder of Cissna Park may have enjoyed his brief overnight freedom, but now faces new charges of Escape and Possession of a Stolen Vehicle.

Walder was taken into custody without incident by sheriff’s deputies at a Cissna Park residence. He was being held at the Watseka jail on charges of burglary and theft.

The Sheriff’s Department reported the escape at 10:14 pm. Correctional Officers were in the process of administering medical treatment to inmates when Walder rushed past a Correctional Officer and jumped thru a locked window.

Sheriff deputies and Watseka Police were immediately dispatched and searched the area around the jail. The search included K-9 units from the Illinois State Police and the Bradley and Paxton Police Departments.

Police said a blood trail led police to the nearby Davis Trailer Court, where it’s believed that Walder stole a vehicle and fled the area.

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‘Total loss’ in Sheldon house fire >

An early-morning fire in Sheldon today (Wednesday) destroyed a huge structure. Firemen were called at 12:43 am to 7th and Concord where first-responders found flames shooting from the roof and the front of the house. No injury was reported.

Firefighters were on the scene until 5:15 this morning. Then, a rekindle had firemen back at the scene.

The same structure burned some 25 years ago. Since then, the structure was renovated several times. The house towers high into the air. No one had been living at the residence, according to fire officials.

Sheldon fire was assisted by Concord, Donovan, Woodland and Kentland, Indiana.

The State Fire Marshall is investigating.

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Watseka man’s body found in Indiana

The body of a missing Watseka man was found today (Monday) near Lafayette, Indiana. 59-year-old Donald Becker was found deceased in Tippecanoe County, according to Watseka Police.

Becker had been missing since last Tuesday morning. He was reported a ‘missing person’ and had been the subject of a search.

Watseka Police said in a press release they were contacted by the Tippecanoe County Sheriff’s Department that the man’s body and his vehicle was located.

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Crashes slow traffic in Champaign, Jasper County, Indiana

Both southbound lanes of Interstate 65 are closed in Jasper County due to a crash.

Indiana State Police report the wreck involves a semi that rolled over on I-65 South, blocking both traffic lanes.
Authorities say both southbound lanes of I-65 are closed in Jasper County near the U.S. 231 Exit.

Please avoid the area until further notice.

In Champaign County..... Illinois State Police expected to have traffic flowing again on U.S. Route 150 after a crash this (Mon) morning. It happened at Rising Road, near Champaign. State Police were rerouting traffic.

This was a head-on crash involving a truck tractor-semi trailer and a work-van.

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Kankakee NAACP to host mayoral candidates forum

The Kankakee County chapter of the NAACP Political Action Committee will host a candidates forum Tuesday. The 5:30 pm event is at Kankakee Public Library.

The public is welcome to hear the Kankakee Democratic mayoral candidates.

Candidates who are running as Democrats for Kankakee mayor in the February 28 primary election have been invited to participate. They include 5th Ward Ald. Chasity Wells-Armstrong, 2013 mayoral candidate Jarman Porter, Kankakee County Board member Robert Ellington-Snipes and former 5th Ward Ald. Dexter Thompson.

The winner of the primary will face incumbent Republican Mayor Nina Epstein in the April 4 general election.
For further information, call 815-953-0939.

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