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Saint Joseph’s College students arrested for burglary and theft

Five Saint Joseph’s College students in Indiana were arrested after electronic equipment went missing from the Rensselaer campus. The five face charges of burglary and theft.

The Jasper County Sheriff’s Office said the incident happened Sunday. Investigators said there was forced entry into a storage room at the Powerhouse building on campus.

Evidence at the scene led authorities to a dorm room where they found a speaker under the bed of 19-year-old Marcus Fierek of Brownsburg, Indiana.

Fierek admitted he was involved with the incident. This information led deputies to four other Saint Joe’s students and the recovery of the three other speakers.

Those four students are:
• Elijah Kerr, 20, of Boca Raton, Florida
• Hayden Maddox, 19, of Wingate, Indiana
• Kivahni Myers, 18, of Indianapolis
• Fanuel Teclai, 20, of Skokie, Illinois

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Alleged violations at daycare where girl drowned

A daycare facility near Danville is being reprimanded by the state of Illinois for neglect after a four year-old girl drowned in a pool there last fall.

The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services reports the Shawnee's Little Shadows Daycare Facility, in Vermilion County, received two allegations of neglect.

The code that DCFS said the daycare violated states that children shall be supervised at all times and that all children in the home shall be protected from exploitation, neglect and abuse.

A safety protection plan is in place. The facility is currently closed during the enforcement process.

The reprimand stems from the drowning of Ryleigh Arnett in a pool at the daycare last September. Reports stated the girl entered the pool without her flotation device. Arnett was found under the water by the daycare operator.

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Update: Delphi murders investigation >

Investigators in Carroll County have offered new information on the Delphi double homicide case, involving the deaths of two teenage girls last week.

At a press confedrence Wednesday, law enforcement authorities released audio of a suspects’s voice –the audio is a voice saying “down the hill.”

Law enforcement provided new details on the ongoing double homicide investigation of 13-year-old Abigail Williams and 14-year-old Liberty German.

Indiana State Police said it was German’s cellphone that captured video and audio from the trail on Feb. 13, the day the girls went missing. State police confirmed the photo released of the man in the blue jacket also came from German’s phone. Authorities called German “a hero” to have the wherewithal to turn on her phone and record the suspect.

State police believe evidence gathered points to the man photographed is connected to the girls’ deaths.

A reward of more than $40,000 is also being offered on information leading to the man’s arrest.

If you have any information regarding the case, please call the Delphi Homicide Investigation Tip Line at 844-459-5786 or email tips to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Streator mom still missing

The search for 24-year-old Kayla Stratton of Streator continues. LaSalle County Sheriff Tom Templeton said investigators continue to follow leads and tips received since her Friday abduction.

Police believe she was abducted by Clarence "Satch" Merritte, the father of the Stratton's 11-month-old child, Paul.

The child was also missing until Saturday, when he was discovered on the porch of family friends.

The abduction and subsequent manhunt began at around 11 pm Friday. Police report Merritte rammed his vehicle into Stratton's.

Merritte, an alleged gang member, forced Stratton from her vehicle against her will, coerced her into his car, then fled.

An arrest warrant for Merritte charges him with unlawful restraint, driving on a revoked license, domestic battery and aggravated assault.

Merritte is also wanted for parole violation.

The DCFS is also involved.

Sheriff Templeton advises "any information in regards to the whereabouts of Kayla Stratton ... or Clarence Merritte should be directed to the LaSalle County Sheriff's office at 815-433-2161."

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Press conference planned Wednesday on Delphi murder investigation

A 10 am press conference (Wednesday) in Delphi (IN) is expected to reveal new information in the ongoing investigation of a double homicide involving two teenage girls.

Law enforcement will provide information about the murders of 13-year-old Abigail Williams and 14-year-old Liberty German.

Indiana State Police Sgt. Kim Riley says a man in a blue jacket, who appears in police-released photos, is a “main suspect” in the investigation. A search for the man has expanded beyond Delphi. Police believe the suspect may have been picked up as a hitchhiker.

If you can identify the man in this photo or provide any information regarding the case, please call the Delphi Murder Tip Line at 844-459-5786. You can stay anonymous.

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