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Sheldon, Paxton men arrested for theft

Two separate cases finds a Sheldon man and a Paxton resident in trouble facing theft charges.

18-year-old Drey Watkins is jailed in Watseka. He's charged with Residential Burglary and Theft. Iroquois County Sheriff's Police arrested the Sheldon man on a warrant Wednesday.

Paxton Police reported the arrest of 29-year-old Joshua Wright. He's facing a felony Theft charge after allegedly pawning several electronic items left at his home by a friend. The police complaint stated Wright agreed to hold the items for a friend who was working out of town. Wright was accused of selling off the items at an Urbana pawn shop.

Wright is jailed in Ford County.

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I-65 re-opened after 15-hour closure

Interstate 65 North is back open and traffic flowing between Tippecanoe and White counties after multiple fatal crashes closed the route in both directions. I-65 was closed down for more than 15 hours, beginning Tuesday night.

Indiana State Police said the northbound lanes of I-65 between exit 178, or State Road 43, and exit 188, or State Road 18, have reopened after a fatal crashes closed the interstate beginning Tuesday night.

Authorities said two people died in two separate crashes.

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Chase McCall new Ford County Board member

27-year-old Chase McCall of Gibson City has joined the Ford County Board. He fills the seat of former Board Chairman Rick Bowen.

McCall was appointed at Monday night's regular meeting in Paxton. McCall serves District 3. His 2-year term runs until the 2016 election.

Chairman Randy Berger of Gibson City said McCall came "highly recommended" by the Ford County Republican Central Committee, which helped select a candidate to replace Bowen.

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Iroquois County residents warned of phone scam

The Iroquois County Sheriff's Department has issued another warning about a telephone scam targeting the elderly.

Recent reports to police are that calls are being made to citizens from people claiming to be a relative, usually a grandchild, who has been involved in an accident or been arrested. The caller may identify himself or herself as a police officer or government employee, requesting that the would-be victim wire money via Western Union or Money Gram or purchase Moneypac cards from local stores. The caller also requests that the victim call back once the wire transfer is complete or to provide the information from the back of the Moneypac cards.

Police report other callers have also identified themselves as employee of the IRS and explain to the victim that there was an issue with the victim's tax return. The caller again, requests the victim complete a wire transfer of moneys through Western Union, Money Gram or other means to avoid any further "legal trouble."

Police also report yet a third type of phone scam involves the caller advising the victim that a warrant has been issued for their arrest. The caller requests the victim again send money via Western Union or other means to quash the warrant.

Residents are urged not to send money via Western Union or purchase the Moneypac cards in these instances. Once the money has been sent by the victim, it is highly unlikely that law enforcement will be able to recover it. Residents are urged to contact family members or the police if they have any questions about suspicious callers.

Similar scams have been reported in Champaign, Vermilion, and Mclean counties.

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Conference helps young women discover careers in agriculture

NORMAL – Nearly 900 young women and chaperones came to the Illinois State University campus LAST Friday for an agricultural career discovery conference.

The Women Changing the Face of Agriculture Conference is in its sixth year of connecting high school and college-aged women with professionals in the agriculture industry. This year's keynote speaker told the students there really are no limits for what they can do in the agriculture industry.

Participants networked with agriculture professionals in a career fair setting as well as breakout sessions that further explored their interests in agriculture. The conference is coordinated each year by the Illinois Agri-Women.

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