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Weapon discovered in Kankakee trash can

City Police were investigating the discovery of a gun and ammunition found in a garbage dumpster. A garbage man collecting his routine trash along Meadowiew Avenue notified police after finding a loaded revolver in a partially-opened garbage bag.

A homeowner admitted owning the dumpsters, but told police he knew nothing about the weapon found in the garbage bag.

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Severe weather possible today; winter back for weekend

The crazy, and sometimes amazing weather pattern this week changes again today and this weekend. Lightning and thunderstorms appeared early Friday and the afternoon could bring a storm system, with it a chance for severe thunderstorms, and behind it a cold front – making for a chilly weekend.

Illinois and Indiana could experience hazardous weather this (Friday) evening. The risk changes as one moves across the states.

NWS said Friday’s storm carries with it a chance for damaging straight line winds, large hail and the possibility for isolated tornadoes.

After the storm system moves out, temperatures will fall below average. A cold weekend is in store with a wintry mix predicted for Saturday and Sunday.

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Powerball ticket worth $435 million sold in Lafayette

An Indiana lottery official says the sole winning ticket for an estimated $435 million Powerball jackpot was sold in Lafayette.

The numbers are 10-13-28-52-61 and Powerball 2.

A Hoosier Lottery spokesman confirmed the winning ticket was sold in Lafayette at the Super Test Mini-Mart near the corner of Sagamore Parkway South and State Road 38.

The jackpot is the seventh largest in Powerball history.

The winner will have the chance to take payment of the estimated $435.3 million as a 30-year annuity or in a one-time lump sum estimated payment of $263.5 million — both before taxes.

The winner has 180 days to claim the prize and can do so anonymously in Indiana through a limited liability corporation or other means. The single winning ticket means “no one will have to share.”

The owner of the Super Test in Lafayette where the ticket was sold will receive $100,000. Retailers receive 1% of Powerball jackpot winnings for selling the lucky ticket. Rewards to retailers are capped at $100,000.

During Wednesday night’s drawing, it was announced that the jackpot jumped to an estimated $435 million.

Powerball is played in 44 states, plus Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The top prize drops back to $40 million for the next drawing Saturday night.

The odds of winning the Powerball jackpot are incredibly small, at one in 292.2 million.

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Saint Joseph’s College students arrested for burglary and theft

Five Saint Joseph’s College students in Indiana were arrested after electronic equipment went missing from the Rensselaer campus. The five face charges of burglary and theft.

The Jasper County Sheriff’s Office said the incident happened Sunday. Investigators said there was forced entry into a storage room at the Powerhouse building on campus.

Evidence at the scene led authorities to a dorm room where they found a speaker under the bed of 19-year-old Marcus Fierek of Brownsburg, Indiana.

Fierek admitted he was involved with the incident. This information led deputies to four other Saint Joe’s students and the recovery of the three other speakers.

Those four students are:
• Elijah Kerr, 20, of Boca Raton, Florida
• Hayden Maddox, 19, of Wingate, Indiana
• Kivahni Myers, 18, of Indianapolis
• Fanuel Teclai, 20, of Skokie, Illinois

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Alleged violations at daycare where girl drowned

A daycare facility near Danville is being reprimanded by the state of Illinois for neglect after a four year-old girl drowned in a pool there last fall.

The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services reports the Shawnee's Little Shadows Daycare Facility, in Vermilion County, received two allegations of neglect.

The code that DCFS said the daycare violated states that children shall be supervised at all times and that all children in the home shall be protected from exploitation, neglect and abuse.

A safety protection plan is in place. The facility is currently closed during the enforcement process.

The reprimand stems from the drowning of Ryleigh Arnett in a pool at the daycare last September. Reports stated the girl entered the pool without her flotation device. Arnett was found under the water by the daycare operator.

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