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Champaign Man Faces Sexual Abuse Charge in Iroquois County

 A sexual  assault inside an adult book store finds a Champaign man charged with Criminal Sexual Abuse and Unlawful Restraint.  34-year-old Paul Zindars is free on bond.  He was arrested July 31st after the alleged incident at the Lion’s Den in rural Buckley.

Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police returned from the Ford County Jail Wednesday with Zindars.  He was arrested by Paxton Police, Illinois State Police and the Ford County Sheriff’s Police.

The charges against Zindars resulted from an altercation at the Lion’s Den Tuesday morning.  Police reported Zindars allegedly entered the business, just off I-57, engaged staff in conversation and made a purchase.  He then allegedly cornered a female manager in an office, shut and locked the door to the office, and while inside, assaulted the female employee.  Police said Zindars then left the scene and was apprehended a short time later by authorities.

Buckley ambulance personnel were at the store where the victim refused medical treatment at the time.

 

94.1 FM, WGFA

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All but 4 Illinois Counties now a Disaster Area

The U.S Department of Agriculture has declared nearly all of Illinois a disaster area because of the drought and excessive heat.

Federal disaster assistance is now available to help farmers in 98 of Illinois’ 102 counties, that includes all counties in Central Illinois.

Farmers who think they may be eligible for the assistance should contact their county Farm Service Agency office. Loan applications are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Illinois Department of Agriculture Director Bob Flider said the yield losses being projected could cause farmers cash flow problems and the low interest, emergency loans would help them recover. The funds can be used on production and living expenses.

The USDA said in this week’s crop report that 71 percent of the corn crop and 56 percent of the soybean crop is in poor or very poor condition.

According to the Illinois Water Survey, precipitation in Illinois average 12.6 inches in the first six months of the year, making it the sixth driest on record. Topsoil moisture in Illinois is rated 85 percent very short and 15 percent short of moisture.

More than half of all counties in the U.S have been declared disaster areas by the USDA because of the drought.

94.1 FM, WGFA

 

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Half of U.S. counties now considered disaster areas

ST. LOUIS — Nearly 220 counties in a dozen drought-stricken states were added Wednesday to the U.S. government's list of natural disaster areas as the nation's agriculture chief unveiled new help for frustrated, cash-strapped farmers and ranchers grappling with extreme dryness and heat.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's addition of the 218 counties means that more than half of all U.S. counties — 1,584 in 32 states — have been designated primary disaster areas this growing season, the vast majority of them mired in a drought that's considered the worst in decades.

Read more: Half of U.S. counties now considered disaster areas

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State Fire Marshall will investigate Sheldon Fire Scene

Fire destroyed a huge storage shed in Sheldon Wednesday afternoon.  The cause is yet-to-be-determined, according to Sheldon Fire Chief Stan Molter…….

                                                 (anything)   :24          #  20

The state Fire Marshall will examine the ruined-remains today. Sheldon Police will also question some local citizens who reported the fire.  The  approximate 40 by 80 foot wood structure is gone, along with a few items owner Darryl Conley had stored inside. Conley was able to remove three semi-tractor trailers from the site before they were damaged

The building was along the railroad tracks just off Center Street in Sheldon.

 

Molter said the firefighting effort put a real strain on the village water supply, so the mutual aid provided by firemen from Watseka, Donovan, and Iroquois-Concord was appreciated, Molter said…….

                                                 (manpower)   :10       #  21

 Stockland and Kentland, IN fire departments were also enroute but were called off when the fire was brought under control.

Molter also said other volunteers helped during a pretty warm afternoon…….    (issue)  :22       #  22

The Chief said the value of the loss is unknown at this point……..   (building)  :20     #  23

Molter said the cause does raise questions …….    (on this)   :19       # 24

Sheldon firemen were at the scene for about 45-minutes this (Thur) morning when the fire rekindled around 6:30 am.

 

94.1 FM, WGFA

 

 

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Hundreds Attend Peotone Forum on Illiana Expressway

– The Pros and Cons of the Illiana Expressway finds various opinions  about how the route will effect residents who live in the proposed areas.  And---Tuesday, several hundred (700-800) people attended a public hearing at Peotone High School.

Another meeting is today at 5 pm at the Lowell, IN Middle School.

Officials with the Illinois and Indiana transportation departments said prior to the forum determining properties needed for the project is still a couple years away.

Three proposed routes are being considered to link the Will County area in Illinois to NW Indiana.

Read more: Hundreds Attend Peotone Forum on Illiana Expressway