There's road work in Watseka. The intersection of 3rd Street and North Street is closed and will remain closed until about 5 pm Wednesday, May 10th.
In Indiana...motorists using I-65 in the Jasper-White County areas should note there are closures due to construction. A re-surfacing project is closing three ramps beginning today (Monday 5/8). The U.S. Route 24 entrance ramp to I-65 South, Exit 201 and the I-65 north and southbound exit ramps to U.S. 231, Exits 205 are also closed.
INDOT reports the remaining open ramps at these two interchanges will be used for the detour along I-65. The closures are thru the middle of June.
A nursing student from Olivet Nazarene University is reported missing. 27-year-old Sheila Khalili was last seen in Bourbonnais around 2 am Friday. She was reported missing by her family on Friday.
Khalili is 5-foot-2, 170 pounds and was believed to have driving, perhaps on her way to the Bloomington area. She was driving a white 2016 Toyota Corolla, license plate Z750932. Anyone with information about Khalili is asked to call the Bourbonnais police at 815-937-3579.
In Lafayette, Indiana ... State Police are asking the public for help in locating a missing elderly man who is believed to be in danger. A Silver Alert was issued for 70-year-old Gary Brooks.
He was last seen about 7 pm Sunday in Lafayette. He may be driving a white 1998 Chevy van. He’s described as 5-9, 210 pounds with gray hair and brown eyes.
Pat Gorecki, who was once accused of running a puppy mill in St. Anne, is being accused of running a similar operation in Newton County, Indiana.
It’s the second time in two years such charges have been filed.
Sheriff's deputies and an animal control officer, last month (April), confiscated 14 dogs from Gorecki's home located in rural Lake Village. That’s just a few miles east of where she ran her local operation in 2015.
In 2010, Gorecki's rural St. Anne facility was raided by Cook County Sheriff's Animal Crimes Unit, along with the South Suburban Humane Society in Chicago Heights.
More than 50 dogs were removed, but the Kankakee County State's Attorney at the time, Jamie Boyd, said he didn't have enough evidence to prosecute her.
Gorecki sued to get the dogs back but all had been adopted. Patrick Ryan, an attorney for Newton County in its civil matters, said an anonymous tip led him to obtain an emergency inspection warrant for Gorecki's residence located at 7887 N. Meridian Road.
Gorecki will be in court May 10 facing forfeiture of the dogs and contempt charges.
As part of the judge's order in the 2015 case, Gorecki is prohibited from owning or possessing any dogs in Newton County.
Gilman holdup lands Champaign County man 6 years in prison
A Savoy man who admitted his role in the holdup of a fast-food restaurant in Gilman has been sentenced to six years in prison.
21-year-old Tevaughn Brownlee was sentenced to the state’s boot camp program. Iroquois County Judge James Kinzer agreed to recommend boot camp after Brownlee pleaded guilty Thursday to aggravated robbery. A more serious charge of armed robbery was dismissed.
He admitted using a "bludgeon" to hold up an employee of the McDonald's on December 28.
Six suspected heroin overdoses are a real concern to Kankakee County Coroner Bob Gessner. Question is: could it be a bad batch of heroin ? Gessner and others in neighboring counties are expressing thoughts on a growing problem.
Gessner reports Riverside Hospital official have recorded 127 OD’s in the first quarter this year. Now, that’s all kinds of overdoses. But that’s a pace that could result in more than 500. Gessner said Riverside recorded 200 overdoses for all of 2016.
Meanwhile – Kane County Coroner Bob Russell is warning people about a new deadly drug. It’s called “gray death.” It looks like concrete mix. It’s a combination of several opioids including heroin and fentanyl. The substance has caused deaths in Ohio and Kentucky.