Indiana State Police at the Lafayette District reported a busy day Thursday, responding to more than 20 slide-offs and crashes on area interstates.
Two injuries resulted in those crashes.
One of the injuries occurred in White County and included five semitrailers and one car. Officers said traffic had slowed down due to a previous crash, when another semi failed to slow and ran into four other semis and one car.
Two semi drivers were taken to IU Health Arnett Hospital in Lafayette with injuries not believed to be life-threatening.
I-65 was closed for about three hours while cleanup was completed.
Troopers want to remind drivers to slow down and be cautious of traffic conditions. They said make sure to leave plenty of room between you and the vehicle in front of you and avoid driving too fast for the road conditions.
At least two customers of a Watseka bank have reported they were contacted by phone and threatened that they owe federal back-taxes. The caller tries to get victims to pay up or they'd be arrested within the hour.
Watseka Police Chief Roger Lebeck warns the public the scammers are using common practice to get victims to turn over personal information, but the chief says that's not how it works. His advice to people getting such calls ? Hang up and contact local authorities. Don't become a victim.
Scammers are using a scare tactic to try to get people to pay. Authorities say certified mail, advising of a court date, is how any such notices would ever alert the public. People are not arrested for non-payment by police.
Iroquois County Sheriff's Police have also received similar complaints.
Snow and Freezing Rain to Impact Travel in Illinois
IDOT Crews Prepared to Battle Winter Weather this Weekend
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced Friday that a winter storm is likely to produce measurable snowfall and freezing rain in parts of Illinois this weekend, creating the possibility of hazardous travel conditions.
Motorists should expect slick roadways and be cautious when driving. Travel times are likely to be delayed, so motorists are encouraged to plan ahead, and allow plenty of extra time to travel. For statewide road conditions visit www.gettingaroundillinois.com.
The National Weather Service expects the heaviest snowfall (4-6 inches forecast in some areas) to occur in the central part of the state, with freezing rain and accumulating ice likely in the southern part of the state. Icy conditions can create extremely dangerous driving conditions.
IDOT crews pretreated bridges, overpasses, and ramps all day Friday – these are most susceptible to icing. IDOT will have more than 1,700 trucks and 3,700 employees available statewide to battle the winter storm.
If you have to drive in a winter storm, don't crowd the plow. Give plow crews plenty of room to work – you might see them, but the plow drivers might not see you.
GIBSON CITY MAN SENTENCED TO EIGHT YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON
63 year-old Carl Kieser was handed an eight year prison term for mail fraud, tax evasion, and illegal application of a pesticide inconsistent with its labeling.
In U.S. District Court Thursday, Chief Judge James E. Shadid ordered the Gibson City man to serve 97 months (8 years, 1 month) in federal prison. Kieser was also ordered to serve three years of supervised release following his release from prison. Kieser was ordered to the federal Bureau of Prisons May 5th.
The sentence also orders restitution in the total amount of $75,862; $71,411 to the IRS and $4,451 to victims he defrauded.
Last October, a jury convicted Kieser of three counts of mail fraud and illegal application of a pesticide inconsistent with its labeling. On July 8, 2014, Kieser had entered open pleas of guilty to four counts of tax evasion.
Kieser owned and operated Aquatic Control of Illinois, at his Gibson City Fishing and Camping Club, south of Gibson City on Route 47. The government presented evidence that Kieser manufactured, advertised, sold, and distributed a product he called Pond Clear Plus. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency warns that the chemical should not be applied directly to water due to its toxicity to fish and other aquatic wildlife.
Kieser's advertisements for Pond Clear Plus in newspapers and magazines falsely and fraudulently represented that Pond Clear Plus could control lake weeds and algae "Mother Nature's Way," with "No Chemicals," using a "biological method with live bacteria that dissolves plant nutrients, black muck, and rotten egg odor." Kieser also falsely and fraudulently represented to customers that Pond Clear Plus contained no chemicals.
As a result of his false advertising and representations, Kieser sold and distributed Pond Clear Plus to customers from approximately July 2007 to September 2012. Kieser obtained more than $400,000 in proceeds from customers from the sale of Pond Clear Plus, but failed to pay any federal income tax on his profits from 2008 to 2011.
Iroquois West Girls coach Kristy Arie's squad put the underdog role on hold and turned in a game that won't be soon forgotten.
The Lady Raiders won their own 1A Sectional Championship Thursday night, knocking off 4th ranked Cissna Park 50-44. The Raider win avenged a loss to Cissna Park last season.
And the now 27-3 Iroquois West team advances to Monday's 1A Super-Sectional match against Harvest Christian Academy at Lewis University.
The heroic efforts of Grace Schroeder was the difference in the game. She poured in a game-high 29 points and her defense drew foul number five against Cissna Park standout Addison Stoller with 1:31 left to go. The absence of Stoller just about shut the door on any Timberwolves' comeback.
Irish win 2A Sectional:
Bishop McNamara's 50-33 win over Putnam County at Spring Valley gave the Irish a sectional title. They advance to Super-Sectional play Monday at Monmouth College vs. Havana. The Fightin' Irish are 26-4.
Lady Boilers fall in Regional play:
Bradley-Bourbonnais lost a 3-point game to Normal West, 46-43, in the 4A Regional at Danville.