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Cement truck rollover Rt. 49, driver injured

Illinois State Police report the driver of a cement truck that crashed this (Monday) morning in Vermilion County was airlifted to the hospital. His injuries were not life threatening.

Police said the crash occurred at around 11:30 am on Illinois Route 49 northbound just south of Vermilion County Road 1900 North. The truck’s left front tire blew, causing the truck to skid off the road and roll over twice. The 54 year-old male driver was wearing a seatbelt but had to be rescued from the vehicle. There was no immediate word on his condition.

Motorists were urged to use an alternate route while the clean-up continued.

Vermilion County Sheriff’s Police, Fithian-Muncie-Collison Fire, Ogden-Royal Fire, and Oakwood Ambulance personnel assisted District 10 state police.

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EIU tries to reverse enrollment decline

CHARLESTON (AP) — Eastern Illinois University has boosted its marketing campaigns, social media outreach and events for admitted students in an attempt to reverse a recent trend of declining enrollment.

The university's figures show that total enrollment has declined from more than 8,500 in the fall of 2015 to fewer than 6,700 this spring. Enrollment numbers usually drop a bit each spring due to December graduations.

Josh Norman, associate vice president for enrollment management, told the Journal Gazette and Times-Courier (http://bit.ly/2pNRokQ ) the university is facing statewide economic and political issues that have resulted in Illinois being the second biggest exporter of students among the 50 states.

"You are dealing with an increasingly competitive environment when it comes to recruiting college-bound students," Norman said.

The university's efforts to be more competitive also include offering new courses to meet student demand. For example, the university plans to expand its criminology minor into a new criminology/criminal justice major this fall.

"It really opens new opportunities for them to continue their education," said Vicki Shaw Woodard, a university spokeswoman. "They are traditionally the courses that fill up the fastest because the students don't have to fit them into their schedule."

Norman said the university holds open houses for incoming, transfer and undecided students to help connect them with their academic and extracurricular interests.

"We have some really specialized events designed for those students so they can learn more about those academic interests here," Norman said. "It is that personal connection we are really trying to drive home."

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Two arrests in Fowler armed robbery

Two armed robbery suspects are jailed in Benton County, Indiana. 37-year-old Fernando Martinez and 29-year-old Margine Bache were apprehended Thursday night, not long after the Country Mark gas station was held up in Fowler.

Fowler Police Chief Dennis Rice reports witnesses told investigators Martinez entered the store a little before 10 pm and displayed a handgun. After taking a few packs of cigarettes, he fled in a white car driven by Bache.

No cash was taken and no one was injured.

The get-away vehicle was spotted a few minutes later in Fowler. Both suspects were taken into custody without incident near their residence in Fowler.

Police officers from Otterbein, Oxford, Boswell and the Benton County Sheriff’s Department assisted in the investigation and arrest of the suspects.

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ILLINOIS STATE POLICE DISTRICT 21 ISSUES SAFETY AWARENESS AHEAD OF UPCOMING PROM AND GRADUATION SEASON

Troopers Urge Motorists to Drive Safely,“The Choices you make today can affect your life tomorrow”

Illinois State Police (ISP) District 21 officials are reminding young drivers to think responsibly as they celebrate during the upcoming prom and graduation season. Our primary safety message is in the word PROM which asks teens to “Please Return On Monday.”

Now that Prom and Graduation are upon us, area high school students will soon be participating in celebrations that occur not only at school but at private locations. During the next couple of weeks, ISP District 21 Troopers will be conducting high visibility patrols with aggressive enforcement of the Fatal Four violations: DUI, Speeding, Seat Belt, and Distracted Driving, with a focus on DUI violations.

We want to modify teen driving behaviors which include distractions, carelessness, fatigue, and inexperience. These behaviors, when combined with drugs or alcohol, can be lethal. Car crashes kill more teens during the weekends of prom and graduation season than any other time of year.

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Chicago man charged with burglary in Ford County

25-YEAR-OLD Rakeim Williams allegedly tried to defraud the Paxton post office by using a fraudulent check to buy $735 worth of stamps has been charged in Ford County Circuit Court with one count of burglary.

Williams also was charged with one count of resisting a peace office. He allegedly fled from Paxton police when they approached him outside the post office after the alleged fraud was reported by postal office staff.

Williams is jailed in Paxton on a $50,000 bond.

The arrest of Williams was made March 28. Paxton post office officials alerted local police to his presence there. Postal officials in Paxton had been notified earlier that day that Williams was a suspect in an identical scam at a post office in Champaign — and that he may be coming to the Paxton area.

Williams allegedly was targeting post offices in cities located along interstates, including Interstate 57 and Interstate 55.

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