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Six-year prison term for Meth case in Kankakee

A guilty plea in Kankakee Circuit Court (Tuesday) by 19 year old Yisel Varela for possession of drugs lands the young Kankakee woman in prison for six-years. State’s Attorney Jim Rowe says hopefully this serves as a lesson for young adults – to stay away from drugs and those who deal them. If not—Rowe says—you could find yourself going down a path that will negatively impact your life……..

"This sentence may seem harsh, but choices have consequences," State's Attorney Jim Rowe said. "  Hopefully this opens the eyes of young adults in our county.  If you deal with drugs or with people who do, you can expect time in prison."

Varela plead guilty to possession of Crystal methamphetamine, a class x felony, and was sentenced to 6 years in prison after maintaining her innocence since her arrest last year. The arrest came shortly after Varela graduated from High School. Kankakee county officials say Varela admitted to knowing what was in the package that contained two pounds meth and seven pounds of marijuana with a street value of over 100,000 dollars. She also admitted to assisting in the planning of the delivery. Investigators are still trying to establish probable cause to indict Varela’s boyfriend, who was also believed to have been involved. KAMEG agents arrested the Kankakee woman in a raid in July of last year at a home in the 500 block of South Lincoln in Kankakee.

Rowe said the plea brings to a close the case of a young woman who had just graduated high school and now finds herself headed to prison instead of college because of her choice to get involved in criminal activity. Varela had no criminal background, but Rowe said ‘choices have consequences.’

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Iroquois Board recommends State Ag Department go-ahead with 3 livestock operations near Stockland

The Iroquois County Board (Tuesday) voted to approve construction of three livestock management facilities. All three, near Stockland, are subject to final approval from the Illinois Department of Agriculture.
Parks Livestock would operate the facilities….known as E-4, E-5 and E-6. Two were approved on 13-6 votes while the E-6 facility gained a 12-7 vote approval. The final site raised some concern about road conditions. It’s subject to getting worked out with the County Highway Department. …..

That’s County Board Chairman John Shure. He had concern about the wear-and- tear on the one route that will need to be ironed out with the developers and County Highway Engineer Joel Moore.

Comments against the livestock operations centered on infringing on neighbors ---smell, unforseen tax advantages, road wear, wells drying up,  --- all legitimate issues. But are we an Ag county or do we need to pursue other growth ? That may be another matter to tackle. But Shure says it’ll take new discussions.
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Bank robbery in Watseka

Watseka Police were busy Tuesday morning investigating an armed bank robbery at Iroquois Farmers State Bank in Watseka. It unfolded at 9:48 am. Watseka Police were joined by Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police, Illinois State Police and the FBI in attempts to track down the man described as a white male wearing a gray wig and fake beard.

Police Chief Jeremy Douglas said the man stood about 6-2, was in his 40s and fled north to what’s believed to have been a blue Buick LeSabre. The man made off with an undisclosed amount of cash. There were no reports of any injury.

A precautionary soft lockdown was reported at Unit Nine schools. The lockdown was later lifted.

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Weather: Humid temps this week

There will be a late season surge of mid-summer heat and humidity this week -- Tuesday through Thursday. As a warm front lifted north late Sunday night into Monday morning, widely scattered showers and a few thunderstorms were possible across portions of northern and central Illinois.

While a few showers or storms were not being ruled out Tuesday through Thursday afternoon, more widespread coverage of showers and at least scattered storms are probable Thursday night with a cold front passage.
Tuesday thru Thursday high temps are expected in the mid to upper 80s, some readings could reach the 90s.

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Hometown Heroes Night at Iroquois West High School

The Iroquois West and Paxton Buckley Loda communities invite the public to a special night of high school football (Friday) as the two towns rally to honor our local Hometown Heroes.  A special program is set at the varsity football game on Friday, Sept. 13 6:45PM at Boma Field at Iroquois West High School. 

Veterans, current military, police officers, fire fighters, EMS and dispatchers are all invited to attend and be part of the opening ceremonies and be recognized at half time. 

*Admission is free for all first responders, active military and veterans* 

T shirts were sold for the event to raise money for a yearly scholarship started by the Iroquois West Booster Club. The scholarship will benefit anyone wishing to enter the field of a first responder (Police, Fire, EMS etc.) 

ANY First responders are urged to attend and wear their departments uniforms if they are willing or able.

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