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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.

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Lady Raiders capture Sectional crown

                   Super-Sectional date Monday

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.

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Winter Weather: add more snow to the cold !

Temperatures are still well below zero with wind chill factors on Friday. And now, the National Weather Service is calling for additional snow.

Central sections of Illinois, including Iroquois, Ford, Livingston and northern Vermilion counties, could experience between 2-6 inches. More snow predicted in area south of Kankakee County.

The snow adds insult to injury. The area is already wrapped up in the arctic cold. Friday's high near 22 with wind chills at -13. The snow comes Friday night and Saturday.

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Pembroke teen sentenced to 27-years in prison for murder

The shooting death of a 70-year-old man has landed a 16-year-old in prison for 27 years. Vinshawn Sherrod of Pembroke Township, pleaded guilty Wednesday to first-degree murder. In exchange for the guilty plea, Judge Clark Erickson sentenced Sherrod to the lengthy prison term.

Prosecutors noted, the teenager was eligible for up to 60 years.

Sherrod, who was 15 at the time, admitted to shooting 70-year-old Thad Wells in July 2013. The boy and two other men, attempted to break in and steal firearms Wells had in his home.

He gets credit for time served from his arrest Sept. 20, 2013. He will be eligible for parole in September 2040.
Sherrod was facing charges for murder, armed violence, attempted residential burglary and possession of a stolen firearm.

Prosecutors said Sherrod and two other men went to Wells' home to steal firearms. Unable to enter the home, Sherrod fired his weapon through a door, striking Wells.

Kankakee Sheriff's deputies discovered Wells' decomposed body when a friend called in July 2013 requesting a welfare check.

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Ford, Iroquois County Sheriff’s awarding $500 college scholarships

Ford County Sheriff Mark Doran and Iroquois Count Sheriff Derek Hagen will each award a $500 college scholarship to a graduating high school senior.

The Illinois Sheriff's Association is making $53,000 in scholarships available. The scholarship is to be applied to college tuition, books and fees only. They for the 2015-2016 academic year.

Those students who receive the scholarship must be enrolled full-time at a certified institution of higher learning within Illinois during the designated school year and be a permanent Illinois resident.

Applications are available at the sheriff's offices in Paxton or Watseka. They're also available at www.ilsheriff.org. Students must complete the application; answer an essay question and return all documentation to the respective sheriff's office by March 15.

For more information, contact the sheriff's office, Illinois Sheriffs' Association, a high school advisor or a college financial-aid office.

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