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Bond set at $500,000 for Watseka shooting

A 25-year-old Watseka man is jailed on a half-million dollar bond for the weekend shooting that left a woman hospitalized. Jerry Pintelon is being held in the Iroquois County Jail. He's facing two felony charges for attempted murder and 2-counts of aggravated discharge of a firearm.

The victim, 20-year-old Kyliee Schwartz, was listed in stable condition at Carle Hospital in Urbana. She was shot three times late Saturday in a domestic dispute, according to a neighbor.

Watseka Police answered a call about shots fired at a residence in the 100-block of E. Ash Street.

In Iroquois Circuit Court (Monday), Judge James Kinzer listened to the charges read by Assistant State's Attorney Kara Macz. Kinzer agreed to the $500,000 bond for attempted murder, which could carry a 6-30 year prison term, if convicted. The felony charge of aggravated discharge of a firearm could lead to 4-15 years.

A status hearing on the case is scheduled for September 3rd.

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Loda village president, Dudley, will fulfill term

Ron Dudley now says he'll continue serving as mayor of Loda. He had announced earlier this month he would resign, effective September 1. The News-Gazette reports Dudley had changed his mind, and that a special meeting scheduled for Wednesday to discuss appointing his replacement is no scheduled.

Dudley never submitted a formal letter of resignation, only saying he "didn't like the way things were going; nothing being accomplished." Reports had Dudley "fed up with the village board fighting."

The 66-year-old retired postal worker, said he will serve the remainder of his four-year term. Dudley was elected president in April 2013. Dudley succeeded Carol Arseneau who decided not to seek a third consecutive four-year term.

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Watseka shooting injures woman, one man arrested

An un-identified woman is hospitalized in stable condition after a weekend shooting in Watseka. The woman was air-lifted to Carle Hospital in Urbana. Her name was withheld while her family was notified.

Watseka Police report the arrest of 25-year-old Jerry Pintelon of Watseka. He's charged with attempted murder and 2-counts of aggravated discharge of a firearm.

Police were called to a report of shots fired in the 100-block of E. Ash Street Sunday. Police arrived to find the female subject had been shot several times. A short investigation led to Pintelon's arrest.

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I-57 crash kills Morton Grove man

A four-vehicle crash on I-57 north of Gilman Saturday left a suburban-Chicago man dead. 53-year-old Shuwei Chen of Morton Grove was pronounced dead at the scene.

Illinois State Police and the Iroquois County Coroner's Office are investigating. Chen's northbound car was rear-ended by an SUV merging back into traffic near a construction zone. Two other cars were involved after the initial contact with Chen's car. No other serious injuries were reported.

Coroner Bill Cheatum said Chen had left Champaign after dropping off his son at the University of Illinois.

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Prospect Bank expanding again, now 9 locations

The Prospect bank is steppin' up ! The Prospect bank, a division of Edgar County Bank & Trust Company, has announced an acquisition. That brings to nine, the number of locations serving customers in east-central Illinois.

Edgar County Banc Shares, Inc...the parent company of Edgar County Bank & Trust, recently acquired Sidell State Bank.

Effective last Friday (August 14), Sidell State Bank merged into Edgar's current subsidiary bank, The Edgar County Bank & Trust Company of Paris, Illinois. The Sidell State Bank will now operate under the name Prospect Bank of Homer and Sidell. All Sidell employees will continue. The merger, according to a news release from Edgar County Banc Shares, INC, results in a combined organization with over $400 million in assets that will continue serving customers from all current locations.

Among the Prospect Bank full-service locations are: Gilman, Watseka, Homer, Champaign and Paris.

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