Wet grounds have forced a cancellation of the annual Threshermen’s Reunion at Pontiac.
For the first time in its history, Pontiac’s annual harvest-time rite, the Central States Threshermen’s Reunion, is a no-go this weekend. The event is canceled for the first time due to the recent heavy rains swamping Threshermen’s Park.
The good news: the fest's downtown parade will go as scheduled, at 1:15 pm Sunday.
A 24-year-old California man is under arrest after KAMEG agents uncovered a pot-growing operation in rural Kankakee. Erick Garcia-Magana was arrested for unlawful production of more than 200 cannabis plants, discovered Tuesday afternoon.
KAMEG agents observed Garcia-Magana near the outdoor cannabis-growing operation. It was along a wooded creek line near county roads 1000 North and 4000 East.
Agents seized 4,431 cannabis plants from a 16,000-square-foot area. The estimated value of the plants was listed at $11-million. Agents also seized equipment used in the outdoor production of cannabis plants.
Vermilion County Coroner Peggy Johnson has released the names of the two victims who died in the explosion and fire at Fairmount Tuesday.
The two bodies were recovered from the ruins of the home along 1333 North Road, south of Fithian. 77-year-old Delores Sapp lived at the residence. 64-year-old Floyd Walton of Fairmount was also a victim.
Johnson says they died from blunt force trauma due to the blast from the explosion before the flames engulfed the house. The Illinois State Fire Marshal is looking into the cause of the house explosion.
Fairmount Fire Chief Dave Ferber said firefighters found debris spread over a wide area, but most of the home had collapsed into the basement. Firefighters from a dozen departments answered the call. Chief Ferber expects a lengthy, drawn-out investigation.
The Vermilion County Sheriff’s department was also investigating.
2nd arrest made in Newton County’s triple murder case
Newton County, Indiana Sheriff Tom VanVleet has announced a second arrest was made in the investigation of Sunday’s triple murder in Sumava Resorts.
24-year-old Derrick Thomas Cardosi of Sumava Resorts was arrested early Wednesday morning by sheriff’s police and the Indiana State Police. Cardosi and Sebastian Wedding of Cedar Lake are both jailed in Kentland.
A planned murder is being investigated. Cardosi is charged with assisting a criminal and conspiracy to commit murder. Cardosi was arrested at his residence at 12:30 am.
The victims, who all lived at the residence where the murder happened, were discovered Sunday night around 8 pm. The victims were identified as 39-year-old Kimberly Spears, 20-year-old Justin Babbs and 23-year-old Richard Thomas.