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911 texting available in Newton County

The 911 center in Newton County, Indiana officially begins accepting text messages for emergencies Wednesday.

The public is urged to only use text messaging to 911 when a voice call is not possible or it is not safe to make a voice call. The Newton County Sheriff's Department emphasizes location and nature of the emergency should be the first communication.

Texting is not always instantaneous. Abbreviations and slang should never be used so that the dialogue can be as clear as possible.

Sheriff Tom VanVleet stresses " voice calls are preferred over text, but is texting is the only option, relaying vital info is imperative.

Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint are providing this service to their customers. Other carriers are expected to follow in the near future.

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Watseka's Fourth of July parade welcomes registrations

"Pride in Our Past ... Faith in Our Future." That's the theme for this year's July 4 parade in Watseka.

Registration forms are available at the Watseka Area Chamber of Commerce office. They're also available online at www.watsekachamber.org

The city of Watseka sponsors the parade. Awards will recognize the best farm entry, best religious entry, best commercial entry, best children's unit, best walking unit, best use of theme and best decorated emergency vehicle.
There is no charge to participate in the parade.

The children's coloring contest welcomes kids 3-7 years of age to enter their work. One male and one female winner will be selected to ride in the parade as Little Mr. & Miss Firecracker. Information is available at the chamber office and must be returned by June 24 to be included in this year's judging.

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Five teenagers hurt in weekend mishap

Vermilion County Sheriff's Police investigated a single-vehicle crash Saturday night left five teenagers hurt.

The crash occurred near Fairmount on 1200 North Road.
One of the teens was airlifted by a Life Flight helicopter after being pinned in the wreckage. Sheriff's police reported the teen was in stable condition. Another passenger refused treatment.

The five teenagers hurt range in age from 15 to 18. The crash remains under investigation.

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Armed robbery in Melvin under investigation

Ford County Sheriff's Police are investigating a reported armed robbery that occurred last week at a Melvin convenience store on W. Main Street.

A press release from Sheriff Mark Doran states police were called around 8:30 pm Thursday (June 9).

A female clerk told police that a white male wearing dark clothing and wearing a black mask ordered her to open the cash register. The robber then ordered her to lay face-down on the floor. The robber then fled with an undetermined amount of cash and other items taken from the store. Doran said the man also had a larger kitchen knife.
No one was injured.

Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call the sheriff's office at 217-379-2324 or Ford County CrimeStoppers at 217-784-4173.

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Fire Chief Mayotte honored by Illinois House of Representatives

Watseka Fire Chief Dave Mayotte received yet another pat-on-the-back.  The Illinois House of Representatives extended an "Atta Boy, Dave" (Saturday) with a House Proclamation. 

The proclamation presented by State Rep Tom Bennett formally recognized Mayotte for his recent homor having been named Fire Chief of the Year by the Illinois Fire Chief's Association.  The award is designed to recognize the chief's dedication and committment to the local community.

The state resolution refers to Mayotte's 30 yeras as a firefighter, his 15 years as chief in Watseka.  Mayotte is a professional firefighter with the Tri-State Fire Protection District, serving Burr Ridge, Darien, DuPage County.  He's also a trainer with the Illinois Fire Service and serves on the state's funeral committee for firefighters.

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