Indiana Gov. Mike Pence announced a $70 million plan Tuesday to widen Interstate 65 throughout Lake County to three lanes in each direction from Merrillville to Lowell.
Pence said the project is part of his Major Moves 2020 highway program, which he says is fast tracking the widening and rehabilitation of heavily-traveled highways across the state. It's similar to the improvement program in Tippecanoe County.
The Governor made the announcement in Merrillville.
The plan calls for a budget of $70 million with funding provided from the Major Moves 2020 program, which Pence said has since been increased in the most recent biennial budget.
Manteno Police Officer commended for saving lives in fire
Manteno Patrolman Jason Forbes was honored (Monday) at the Manteno Village Board meeting. Forbes was recognized for his actions last month (Nov 21, 2015) responding to an apartment fire on Raven Drive.
A Commendation Letter read during the meeting documented how Patrolman Forbes entered the smoke-filled apartment building, waking residents to get them evacuated and locating the fire.
The information was relayed to the Manteno Fire Department. Forbes' action, it was noted, saved lives.
Police Sgt. Brian Lockwood recommended a letter of commendation to Chief Bernie Thompson.
Patrolman Forbes was honored with his children in attendance at the meeting.
Village of Bourbonnais honors emergency responders
The rescue of a 14-year-old boy earned honors for emergency responders. Bourbonnais Police Chief Jim Phelps commends officers for their professional cooperation.
Members of the police department, a 9-1-1 Dispatcher and paramedics all stepped up in responding to the 14-year-old in a crisis situation.
The Village Board recognized the officers Monday night.
Dispatcher Jim Hennessey relayed instructions to the 14-year-old's father on how to perform CPR while emergency responders were on their way to the scene. Then, officers Jonathon Boudreau, Travis Garcia, and Dylan Phelps arrived and took action until Bourbonnais paramedics arrived.
The Watseka Area Chamber of Commerce "Hometown USA" Business Expo will be held Saturday, March 12, 2016 from 9:00am to 3:00pm at the Watseka Community High School. By being the voice of business, the Watseka Area Chamber of Commerce strives to help its members and potential members to grow and promote collaboration in Iroquois County.
Members are invited to showcase their business. Reserve your booth by January 1st 2016 to receive a discounted rate. The 2016 Business Expo is open to Chamber members and Non-Chamber members.
Participants will get an opportunity to win door prizes and Chamber Currency. There will be entertainment and demonstrations, along with a 50/50 drawing and much more! The public is invited to this free event. We hope to see you there!
For more information on the 2016 "Hometown USA" Business Expo Event please contact Amanda Hibbs at the Chamber office by calling 815-432-2416.
Paxton bank employees assist police in alleged bank robber's arrest
A 29-year-old man – police say is homeless – is in custody charged with robbing three banks in Champaign County. Darryll Coleman may be linked to bank robberies in Vermilion County and in Indiana.
Paxton Police also say employees of two banks in Paxton played big roles in helping police apprehend Coleman. Coleman was arrested by Champaign police on Friday.
That was three days after Paxton police were made aware of Coleman's presence at two banks in Paxton and found suspicious evidence in Coleman's possession.
On December 1st, employees of the Farmers-Merchants National Bank in Paxton alerted police about a "suspicious person" inside the bank.
The First National Bank of Paxton also called police to tell them that the suspicious man had returned to their building, wearing a different outfit, and was standing outside the bank again.
Coleman was questioned by Paxton authorities, his vehicle searched, and police found wads of cash and evidence, including a handgun and a map. But police released Coleman despite the suspicious evidence found.
However, Rantoul investigators then contacted police in Ford County saying that they believed the man matched the description of a suspect in an armed bank robbery November 10 in Rantoul. And after that, Paxton Police Chief Bob Bane received word that the same man also was linked to a holdup in Danville, two in Champaign and three in Indiana.
Coleman remains at the Champaign County Jail on a $250,000 bond.