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Watseka Police advise citizens to be diligent; vehicle burglaries reported

A rash of vehicle burglaries on East Cherry Street in Watseka has city police alerting the public to be aware and report suspicious activity.

Police Sgt. Jeremy Douglas says in some cases, vehicles were left unlocked by the owners and windows rolled down. Several different items, including a woman's purse, were reported stolen.

Police ask citizens to be a little more of what's going on in their neighborhoods and don't shy away from calling police if they realize something isn't right.

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Harvest looks to increase significantly from 2013

This year's corn and soybean harvest figures to be a big one.

The USDA issued a forecast forecasts 2.218 billion bushels of corn from Illinois, up 5.6 percent from last year, and 542 million bushels of beans, up 17 percent from 2013.

The yield forecast is 188 bushels an acre for corn, up from 178 last year, and 54 bushels an acre for soybeans, up from 49 last year.

Gary Hudson, president of the Illinois Corn Growers Association and a farmer in Douglas County, credits the ingenuity of farmers. "They like to try new things, and you can see that with some of the nutrient work that we're doing, trying to figure more ways to keep the nutrients on the land as opposed to sending it down the river – just all kinds of different innovative ideas that come from farming," he said today (Tuesday) at Agriculture Day the State Fair.

He says he expects the price for corn to hold steady for a while, then to fall in September. September corn settled at $3.58½ today on the Chicago Board of Trade, up 1¾ cents. Soybeans are $10.94¼ per bushel, down 14¼ cents.

Nationally, the United States will produce 14 billion bushels of corn, up 1 percent from last year, and 3.8 billion bushels of beans, up 16 percent from last year. If these projections actually occur, they will be record harvests. {IRN)

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KAMEG nabs parolee in Kankakee

KAMEG agents Sunday were conducting an investigation in the 400 block of South Osborn Avenue in Kankakee when officers approached a man who fled on foot.

24-year-old Deambrece L. Hobbs attempted to discard a loaded .40 caliber semi-automatic handgun. Agents arrested Hobbs in the 500 block of South Osborn Avenue and charged him with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon by felon and no valid FOID.

Hobbs, a current Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) Parolee, was transported to and detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center. Hobbs was on parole for a previous weapon conviction. Hobbs' parolee status was revoked and he remains jailed.

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Marijuana farm eyes western Kankakee County

Kankakee County's Zoning Board of Appeals is reviewing an application for a medical marijuana greenhouse. An August 21st meeting is planned. A company in Frankfort, with ties to a Colorado medical marijuana operation, is trying to start a pot farm in western Kankakee County.

Grand Prairie Farms LLC, has submitted an application for a special use permit in a facility in Pilot Township. (It would occupy eight acres of the former Pilot Battery plant site).

An indoor growing operation could begin by spring 2015, if the plan falls in place.

The full county board approval is needed. And, the company would need state approval as well.
Medical marijuana dispensaries will be licensed through the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulations.

Under state law, only a limited number of cultivation centers can operate throughout the state.

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Grain Dust Explosion In St. Anne

A driver who was dumping grain into a pit in St. Anne is recovering after a grain dust explosion. Officials say the driver was taken to the hospital just after 2 pm Monday. No word on the driver's condition.

Emergency responders report the explosion, on E. Station Street, was contained within the pit and did not go into any of the storage bins. Officials are taking a closer look to determine if the explosion will impact the elevator's ability to accept or deliver grain.

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