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Onarga man arrested in I-57 traffic stop

A 26-year-old Onarga man faces drug trafficking charges following a weekend traffic stop near Rantoul. Ethan Dufrain allegedly had about 3 pounds of cannabis in a car when Illinois State police made the stop on I-57 Sunday afternoon.

Dufrain was stopped for speeding. He was driving a rental car, according to police. A backback with three bags of cannabis was found inside.

The offense could lead up to seven years in prison, if convicted.

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Child injured in I-65 crash Sunday

Indiana State police report a 5-year-old boy was airlifted after a crash on Interstate 65 in Jasper County Sunday afternoon.

Police said a pick-up was southbound when the truck's rear tire blew out. The driver, 26-year-old Terry Youngblood Junior, of Lebanon, Tenn., lost control. The vehicle rolled and ended up in a ditch.

Five-year-old Bernabe Pena, was not in a child restraint and was partially ejected from the vehicle.

The boy was taken to the National Guard Armory in Remington by ambulance and was later airlifted an Illinois hospital with unknown injuries.

His 7-year-old sister, Bianca Pena, was taken to Jasper County Hospital in Rensselaer. Her injuries were non-life threatening.

Thirty-year-old Nallely J. Pinancho was also taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Youngblood was cited for a child restraint violation.

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IDOT issues advisory of road work, closures in four-county area

Several road closures went into effect last Wednesday (June1). Motorists in Iroquois, Ford, Kankakee and Livingston counties could be effected with detours.

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced the closings and detours may be in place thru the summer.
The replacement of a box culvert on Illinois 116, three miles west of Illinois 47 is one project. Another is north of Cabery on Route 115 where two bridges are being replaced with box culverts. Another box culvert is being replaced on Route 115, about four miles south of U.S. Route 24.

There are also multiple structure replacements on Illinois 54, from Gibson City to Melvin in Ford County.

Drivers are urged to follow the posted detour routes.

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Widholm, Herscher Bank settle fraud case

A one-time president of the State Bank of Herscher was ordered to 'pay up' and is now prohibited from conducting any banking business in any financial institution.

Todd Widholm answered to charges brought by the FDIC (Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation). Widholm is a former president of the State Bank of Herscher.

The Herscher Pilot reports Widholm was ordered to pay $50,000 restitution to the U.S. Treasury.

Widholm was sued by the bank for his role in former vice-president David Rabideau's kickback scheme. It was a $75,000 kickback for a loan he approved in 2007. Records also show there were other deceptive loans that continued through 2011.

The lawsuit states Widholm discovered Rabideau accepting the $75,000 kickback in 2007. But Widholm didn't inform the bank's board of directors.

Rabideau later pleaded guilty. He's now serving a two-year federal prison term.

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Iroquois Farmers State Bank awards $8,000 in scholarships

Two Iroquois County high school seniors are recipients of $4,000 scholarships, courtesy of the Iroquois Farmers State Bank of Iroquois – with branch offices in Beaverville, Ashkum and Gilman.

Iroquois Farmers State Bank President James Bruns says "we're helping students pursue their dreams by investing in the development of our future civic and business leaders."

The bank is part of the Community Bankers Scholarship Program – helping families offset the cost of secondary education and also demonstrating a commitment to the communities it serves. To date, the Iroquois Farmers State Bank has awarded scholarships totaling $160,000.

Local scholarship winners include Madison Ragsdale of Donovan High School and Allison McCullough of Central High School at Clifton.

Miss Ragsdale will attend Eastern Illinois University to pursue a degree in Psychology. Miss McCullough plans to attend Lake Land College to pursue a major in Agriculture.

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