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Iroquois County police beat ...

A Milford man faces meth charges after his arrest by Iroquois County Sheriff's Police.  36-year-old Justin Gray was arrested on a Livingston County warrant for unlawful delivery of meth.  He was also charged with driving while license revoked.

38-year-old Michael Bailey of Danville was arrested for DUI.  Her was wanted on an outstadning Iroquois County warrant.

19-year-old Clifford Mischke of Thawville was jailed after his arrest by sheriff's deputies for aggravated fleeing and alluding.  Mischke was also charged with traffic violations after a single-car accident a day earier at 300E and 1350N in Iroquois County.

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Four individuals arrested on drug charges in Livingston County

Two Iroquois County residents are among four people arrested in a Livingston County drug sting.

Livingston County Sheriff Tony Childress said an ongoing narcotics investigation led the Livingston County Proactive Unit to arrest four people following a traffic stop in Odell.

49-year-old Terry Blair of Gilman and 42-year-old Troy Harris of Gilman are named by authorities in the drug investigation. Also arrested were 48-yr-old Michelle Harris of Chatsworth and 51-yr-old Tina Harris of Chatsworth.

Charges include possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.

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Bourbonnais man gets life prison term for Joliet body shop murders

A Will County jury deliberated just two hours before convicting a 43-year-old Bourbonnais man for two murders inside a Joliet body shop in 2016.

A judge )Wednesday) sentenced William Krasawski for the killings of 48-year-old Michael Oram of Joliet
and 43-year-old Jamie Wills of Lockport.

Prosecutors said Krawinski spent that day, March 8, 2016, smoking crack cocaine with the victims inside the shop. He then used a pipe wrench and hammer to bludgeon the victims to death. The two bodies were discovered inside the body shop the following morning.

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IMH Ambulance Service sold to Riverside

WATSEKA, IL - As previously reported, Riverside and IMH are considering a possible merger of the two healthcare organizations. It was announced in October that each signed the non-binding Letter of Intent to explore merging IMH into Riverside Healthcare. The Letter of Intent gives both organizations the chance to work confidentially to explore the merger. No timeline for this process has been announced.

Riverside Medical Center has purchased the Iroquois Memorial Hospital (IMH) Ambulance Service and will take over its operation starting January 1, 2019. Riverside and IMH made the joint announcement on December 13, indicating the purchase is a sign of the continually changing healthcare landscape.

"We all need to explore more efficient ways of providing care," said Phil Kambic, Riverside president and CEO. "Riverside can leverage economies of scale to minimize costs, maintain equipment at an optimal level, and more easily recruit personnel."

Riverside officials have indicated that ambulance patients will be taken to the nearest facility most appropriate for the level of care required while honoring patient preference.

"We feel fortunate Riverside has chosen to purchase and take over our ambulance operation," said Tim Smith, president and CEO of IMH. "Riverside has a long history of providing outstanding ambulance service through its broad network of six ambulance stations covering Kankakee and Northern Iroquois Counties. We know our area cancontinue the same great level of care that our residents are accustomed to after the service is transitioned to Riverside."

The purchase included IMH's ambulances and equipment. Officials indicate every effort will be made to transition current IMH ambulance staff to ambulance positions under Riverside Leadership.

"We feel that the transition of the IMH Ambulance service to Riverside is a positive step in the right direction as we work towards our pending merger," Smith said.

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17th Annual Watseka Holiday Tournament

The Annual Watseka Boys Holiday Tournament offers a balanced field of competitors, beginning this (Thursday) evening. The six-day tourney runs through next Wednesday, December 19.

Ten teams participate in the tournament this year, including the host Warriors, Hoopeston Area High School, Donovan, Iroquois West, Milford, Momence, Bishop-McNamara, Tri-Point, Westville, and LaSalette.

Momence and Iroquois West open play at 5 pm today (Thursday). McNamara and Tri-Point matchup in game 2 at 6:15 and Watseka and Westville in the final game at 7:30 pm.

Play-by-Play coverage on WIBK “The Buckle” 96.9 /AM'1360 begins with Saturday’s games at 4 pm and continuing next week. (WIBK coverage in Bold)

2018 Watseka Holiday Tournament Schedule:

Dec. 13 Momence vs. Iroquois West 5 p.m.
Bishop McNamara vs. Tri-Point 6:15 p.m.
Watseka vs. Westville 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 14 Donovan vs. Momence 5 p.m.
LaSalette vs. Milford 6:15 p.m.
Tri-Point vs. Hoopestopn 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 15 Iroquois West vs. Milford 10 a.m.
Watseka vs. Tri-Point 11:15 a.m.
LaSalette vs. Iroquois West 12:30 p.m.
Hoopeston vs. Westville 1:45 p.m.
Donovan vs. LaSalatte 3 p.m.
Bishop McNamara vs. Hoopeston 4:15 p.m.
Milford vs. Momence 5:30 p.m.
Watseka vs. Bishop McNamara 7 p.m.
Dec. 17 Milford vs. Donovan 5 p.m.
Tri-Point vs. Westville 6:15 p.m.
Watseka vs. Hoopeston 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 18 Iroquois West vs. Donovan 5 p.m.
Westville vs. Bishop McNamara 6:15 p.m.
Momence vs. LaSalette 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 19 Third Place Game 5:30 p.m.
Championship Game 7 p.m.

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