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Cultra back in charge of GOP in Iroquois County

The Iroquois County Republican Central Committee is under new leadership -- again.

Former State Senator Shane Cultra of Onarga has taken the reigns. Russell Bills of Watseka resigned from the Central Committee Chairman’s seat last week, just weeks after taking the post.

Bills, who also serves as a Precinct Committeeman and County Board member, accepted the Chairman’s job in December after Larry Bauer of Clifton resigned.

Cultra had been the GOP Chairman for several years while serving in the Illinois House of Representatives. He stepped aside when he was appointed to the State Senate.

 

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Donovan School Locked Down, Bullet Found

Donovan School Superintendent Jerome Pankey said he was extremely proud of how the staff and students handled a "lock-down" at the Donovan Junior-Senior High School Friday morning.

Pankey told WGFA News "everyone did what they were supposed to do" in a situation like this."

The Donovan High School was locked down after a student found a bullet in a stairway.

The lockdown lasted about an hour. Iroquois County Sheriff's Police assisted with a search of the school building. No weapons or any other ammunition was found.

Pankey said "we practiced things like this and it all worked like it's supposed to."

The Superintendent said the student who found the bullet went immediately to the Principal's Office to report the incident. Pankey said "we were so proud of the student to care that much about the other students...to take the proper action and contact the administration."

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Indiana Traffic Stop Reveals $300,000 Cash

Two California men were questioned by Indiana State Police after troopers found $300,000 plus cash in their vehicle during a traffic stop. The stop was made Thursday afternoon on I-65 near DeMotte. Canines sniffed out the cash in three suitcases in the vehicle. The men reportedly told police it was money they earned from side-jobs.

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Traffic Stop leads to drug charges in Kankakee

A traffic stop for Improper Lane Usage in Kankakee resulted in additional drug charges filed against 23-year-old Aaron Farley of Manteno. Kankakee City Police made the stop on W. Park Avenue Wednesday. An odor of marijuana led to a search and police found more cannabis and drug materials in the car. Then, when Farley was booked at the county jail, more cannabis was found in his possession. Farley was also charged with bringing contraband into a penal institution.

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Accident Victim Rescued, Off-Duty Officials Provide Heroics

A 52-year-old Hobart, Indiana woman was rescued (Thursday) in Newton County when an off-duty official pulled her from a water-filled ditch after her vehicle crashed.

The un-identified driver was found lying in the water outside her vehicle. Newton County Reserve Officer Aaron Agent and a passing volunteer firefighter provided care until Medics arrived.

It was Thursday morning, just before 11 am, when Agent, who was off duty in his personal vehicle, noticed what appeared to evidence of a crash along a deep ditch on State Road 14, near County Road 300 E.

Agent found the driver in the water outside her vehicle and pulled her to the ditch bank and provided care until the Medics arrived.

Sheriff Captain Tom VanVleet praised Officer Agent’s actions, adding that the officer and volunteer firemen’s effort shows again how valuable volunteers are to the community.

VanVleet reported evidence indidated the female driver left the road, over-corrected, and then ran into the water-filled deep ditch. Officer Agent, saw marks on the road and in the grass, but due to the depth of the ditch couldn’t see the vehicle. Checking the scene further, VanVleet said, he acted accordingly.

No word on the condition of the female driver. The Newton County Sheriff’s Department was assisted by the Brook Fire Department and County Ambulance personnel.

 

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