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Construction work closes part of N. Schuyler Avenue in Kankakee

North Schuyler Avenue in Kankakee is under construction. And motorists should note an alternate route is required again today (Friday). The closing is from Court Street to Hickory Street.

Tyson Engineering states in a press release the route is scheduled to reopen at 4 pm Friday.

To avoid the construction, motorists are advised to use Indiana, Harrison and Washington avenues as alternate routes.

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PBL school 'soft' lockdown after toy gun discovered

A precautionary lockdown of Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School was put in place Thursday morning. The “soft” lockdown resulted from a toy gun found by two students in a restroom.
The Paxton Police Department investigated and determined that it was a toy gun.

The school administration reported “at no point was anybody in harms way.”

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Riverside Healthcare donates $5,000 to Kankakee County

Riverside Healthcare is helping in the fight against overdose deaths in Kankakee County. Riverside recently presented a $5,000 check to local leaders for the purchase of Narcan.

Narcan is an overdose-reversal medicine being used by first responders to prevent the rising epidemic of opioid related overdose deaths.

According to Riverside Healthcare Manager of Ambulance Al Ponton, "Narcan, or naloxone, is an opiate antidote. It is a nasal spray that blocks the effects of opioids and reverses the effects of an overdose almost instantly. Opioids include heroin and prescription pain pills like morphine, codeine, oxycodone, methadone and Vicodin."

Overdose deaths from opioids, including prescription opioids and heroin, have nearly quadrupled since 1999. Overdoses involving opioids killed more than 28,000 people in 2014. In 2015, Kankakee County had 22 deaths resulting from an overdose alone.

Together with Riverside, law enforcement, first responders and the Kankakee County Coroner's office are working to ensure these efforts are put in place to combat overdose deaths, save lives and direct individuals to treatment and prevention resources.

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Drug arrests in Jasper County, IN >

Police in Rensselaer, IN say they located meth and remnants of an old lab at a property site and arrested two people.

The Jasper County Sheriff’s Office says the residence of 43-year-old William Spaulding and 36-year-old Jennifer Marner is where authorities uncovered meth, precursors used in math manufacturing, and other drug paraphernalia Acting on a tip, police also found a loaded .38 weapon and ammunition.

Investigators said they also located components of a meth lab in the trash.

Marner was at the home. Spaulding was arrested at his job in Remington.

Both face preliminary charges of possession of precursors and dealing and possession of meth. Spaulding also faces a preliminary charge of possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon.

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Gibson City man gets 12 years for meth-related crimes

A Gibson City man who was found making, using and selling methamphetamine in his home with children present was sentenced to 12 years in prison.

52-year-old Kelly Burrows pleaded guilty to all eight felony charges filed against him.

Burrows will receive credit for 236 days already served at the Ford County Jail.

Burrows pleaded guilty last month to three Class X felonies.
All of the charges were merged into a single count of aggravated participation in meth production.

Meanwhile, Burrows’ wife, 34-year-old Marlina K. Burrows, pleaded guilty earlier to meth-related child endangerment. The Class 2 felony resulted in a sentence of three years probation and 166 days in the county jail.


Police executed a search warrant at the Burrows’ home March 24. Police said In the home at the time were Burrows’ four children and three children who are relatives.

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