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RELIEF: Heat Advisory Lifted

Heat Advisory

Statement as of 8:13 PM July 07, 2012

...Excessive heat warning has expired...

Temperatures and humidity will continue to gradually fall the remainder of this evening.

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(Advisory: Fireworks Sales)

Newton County, Indiana Sheriff’s Police and the Bureau of Tobacco & Firearms Agency is reminding citizens to be careful where they buy their fireworks and know what’s legal and illegal.

The Sheriff’s Office (Thurs) responded to a complaint about possible illegal possession of fireworks.  Deputies observed firework debris…..large black tubes which are larger than what’s allowed to be purchased at firework stores.  Examination of a firework shell revealed it required proper permitting before it can be fired.  Additional illegal shells were located in an open garage.

The Porter County Bomb Squad was called in along with the Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms Agency to dispose of the illegal fireworks.

Police said the homeowner stated he purchased the fireworks from a roadside stand in Hobart (IN) for cash.  No charges were filed against the homeowner, but that person was instructed to be more careful when purchasing fireworks from vendors at roadside stands.


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Train Car Derails at LaHogue

Reports of a train derailment this (Fri) morning blocked the 1st Street railroad crossing in LaHogue.  The crossing at Iroquois County 1800 N and 200 E Road was blocked, according to a source at the scene.  The T.P. & W Railroad had a crew enroute to correct the situation.  No word on what caused the single car to leave the track around 4 am.  No injury was reported.

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Traffic fatality, Tavern Robbery in Kankakee County

A St. Anne man died in a single-car accident Wednesday in pembroke Township.  Sixty-year-old Constantino Torres was eastbound on County Road 6000 S when the vehicle left the roadway and landed in a ditch.  Sheriff's Police investigated near 15,700 E Road.


Kankakee City Police are investigating a robbery at the Jailhouse Rock tavern on 5th Avenue. Two men reportedly entered the business and at gunpoint, one of the intruders jeumped over the bar and fled witn the cash register. No injury was reported.


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Tax Abatement Proposal on the Table for Iroquois County Board

Three new restaurants proposed in Watseka may gain the benefits of a tax abatement; a sliding scale abatement that the business owners are seeking.

The Iroquois County Board will consider the issue next week (Tues) after the board’s tax committee gave its OK this week.  The City of Watseka and the Unit Nine School District have also been asked to support the abatement of taxes for the three businesses, which the owners say will bring jobs and sales tax revenues.

Monicals Pizza and Steak ‘N Shake and Taco Bell plans construction along Route 24 East soon.

The sliding scale abatement would eliminate any tax in the first year of the business, then 10 percent real estate tax each year for 10 years.  The full amount would be paid in year ten. 


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