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Lake County Coroner reports 2 snow-related deaths

Two men died while shoveling the wet, heavy snow that fell in the area this week.

The Lake County (IN) Coroner's office reported a 65-year-old man from Dyer (William Kwasniak) and a 60-year-old Cedar Lake man (Randy Roeda) both died Wednesday.

The National Weather Service repored up to 15 inches of snow fell in the area.

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Fatal motorcycle crash near Milford

A 63-year-old Watseka man died Saturday after he was thrown from the motorcycle he was operating in Milford Township.

Alan 'Jeff' Anderson was pronounced dead at Carle Hospital in Urbana. He was transferred there from Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka.

Iroquois County Sheriff's Police investigated the single-vehicle mishap. Police reported Anderson was eastbound on County Road 9 when his cycle crossed the centerline, ran into the ditch, went airborne and overturned. Anderson was thrown from the motorcycle.

Police said a passerby came across the victim and called 9-1-1. Milford Fire and Ambulance responded. Sheriff's Police, the Iroquois County Coroner's Office and Champaign County Coroner's Office continue the investigation.

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Crescent City house fire blamed on faulty power strip

A house fire in Crescent City Saturday afternoon was contained to an upstairs room. No injury was reported. The homeowners were not at home when neighbors noticed smoke coming from the upper vents of the 2-story house at 504 South Street.

Crescent-Iroquois Fire Chief Scott Schroeder said neighbors also heard a dog barking and were able to rescue the pet. Firemen were at the scene for about four-hours. Watseka, Gilman and Danforth Fire provided mutual aid.

Chief Schroeder reported it appeared the cause may have been a faulty power strip. He advises people to be aware and check for overloads. The State Fire Marshall is also investigating.

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Celebrate Red Cross Month by giving blood in March

During Red Cross Month in March, the American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to join in its lifesaving mission by giving blood.

The Red Cross depends on blood donor heroes across the nation to collect enough blood to meet the needs of patients at approximately 2,600 hospitals nationwide. Donors of all blood types are needed to help accident and burn victims, patients undergoing organ transplants, those receiving cancer treatments and others who rely on blood products.

Make an appointment to become a hero to patients in need by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:


3/8/2016: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Dwight Fire Department, 111 South Prairie Ave

3/10/2016: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Kankakee Blood Donation Center, 20 Heritage Drive

Farmer City
3/11/2016: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Blue Ridge High School, 411 North John

Aroma Park
3/12/2016: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., United Methodist Church, 3rd and Division
How to donate blood
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver's license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age.

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Former Newton County, IN bank president indicted

The former bank president of a Newton County facility is facing charges of defrauding his former workplace out of more than $6 million.

46-year-old Mark Warne of Brook faces 14-counts in the indictment. Ten counts are for bank fraud and four for identity theft.

The indictment, filed in federal court, is alleging Warne used a scheme to defraud the Community State Bank while he was president.

Prosecutors claim Warne concealed fraudulent loans from the bank's Board of Directors by falsifying records of board meetings.

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