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IDOT closing Watseka railroad crossing for repairs

Iroquois County motorists traveling thru Watseka will have to deal with a detour beginning Monday.  The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced the Illinois Route 1 / TP & W Railroad crossing on Watseka's east edge will be closed Monday, November 7.  The closing is for about 10 days to allow the railroad to rebuilding the crossing.

A posted detour will direct motorists to use County Highway 40 (Woodland Road) to gain access to Routes 24, Route 49 and Route 1.

Drivers are urged to use caution and expect delays along the detour route.

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Watseka drug arrests

Two Watseka men face illegal drug charges after they were arrested by Watseka Police Wednesday.  Officers responded to a domestic problem in progress at a residence on W. Park Avenue.  Initial reports indicated a possible weapon was involved.

Policed did not locate any victims or a weapon. However, an assortment of drugs were observed in the residence.

27-year-old Jose Perez Moreno and 31-year-old Jose Moreno Valdivia were arrested for Manufacturing/Delievery of a Controlled Substance, Possession of METH with intent to deliver, Manufacturing and Delivery of Cannabis and Possessioin of Drug Paraphernalia.  The charges resulted after police observed large quantities of suspected-Cocaine, Methanphetamine and Cannabis in the residence.

Both men are free on bond after posting 10% of $50,000 bonds.

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Watseka sheds second-set woes in v-ball win

It was all about getting back to the basics, what got them to a Sectional final. That was the message from coach Krista Pufahl to her team after it dropped Game 2 to Reed Custer in Thursday’s Class 2A Sectional Championship at Seneca, IL.

The veteran coach told her team, “It’s done. It’s over with. Let’s focus on Game 3. Fresh start. Let’s get back to the game plan.”

What the Watseka Warriors did was just that. Watseka (36-2) did dominated the third set for a 25-17, 21-25, 25-13 victory against the Comets to earn a trip to the super-sectional round for the third consecutive season.

Katie Kidwell led Watseka with 14 kills, 14 digs and three blocks. Kennedy Bauer chipped in nine kills and five digs, and four other players notched at least one kill.

“We have a lot of offensive weapons,” Pufahl said. “
Emily Bunting had her own double-double with 23 assists and 14 digs, and Mallory Drake also hit double-digit digs with 11.

Watseka faces Chicago Latin at 1 pm Saturday in Elmhurst for a return to next weekend’s state tournament.
Chicago Latin won its first sectional title with a 25-23, 10-25, 25-23 victory against Elmhurst IC Catholic on Thursday in Chicago.

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Second Trial, Second Conviction For Murder

(Joliet, IL) -- A Will County man could be facing 55-years in prison after being convicted a second time of stabbing his former boss to death in 2007. Three years ago, an appellate court cited a judge's mistake and threw out the 2011 conviction of Martin Gomez for robbing and killing Joseph Salamie ( Sal –uh-ME) in his Peotone home. He defended himself during his second trial, and argued again that the state hadn't proved that he attacked Salamie (Sal-uh-ME) and stabbed him more than a hundred times. The jury took five hours to convict him Thursday.

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23-year prison term for Kankakee mother

In Kankakee Circuit Court... 29-year-old Gregoria Perez was sentenced Tuesday to 23 years in prison. She pleaded guilty to killing her 13-month-old daughter in February 2010.

A lesser charge of aggravated battery to a child was the result of a plea agreement. The original charge was murder.
Her daughter, Alma Perez, was discovered unresponsive in her crib by police in a home in the 500 block of South Chicago Avenue Feb. 19, 2010.

Alma was later pronounced dead at a local hospital. An autopsy determined she was hit in the head and was suffocated.

Perez must serve 85 percent of the sentence and will get credit for the six-plus years she has been jailed at the Jerome Combs Detention Center.

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