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Newton County Fire at Lehman Manufacturing

NEWTON COUNTY – Fire investigators are looking into the cause of a large fire Monday night at Lehman Manufacturing in Kentland, Indiana.

Seven fire departments responded. No injury was reported. Firemen were at the scene for about six hours. The flames broke out a little before 9 pm.

Kentland Fire Chief Mike Diedam reported strong winds posed a threat to a neighboring business, Agventure D&M.

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Kankakee Major Crimes Task Force seizes $1.6 million cash

Kankakee County authorities are calling it the “biggest bust in county history.” The Major Crimes Task Force seized $1.6 million in what’s believed to be drug money. The cash was found in an auto-transport truck.

The Crimes Task Force used drug dogs to sniff out the money after a search warrant was executed.

Sheriff Tim Bukowski is not releasing any other information, while the investigation continues.


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Iroquois County Police struggle with subjects during arrests

Separate weekend incidents resulted in two men being arrested for battery to a police officer.

55-year-old David Brown of rural Ashkum spent the weekend in the Iroquois County Jail after he tried to flee from police during a case involving violation of an order of protection Friday. Sheriff’s Police responded to the reported protection order violation. Brown’s truck was stopped but he refused to get out of the vehicle. When police entered the vehicle to put in mpark and remove brown, he allegedly accelerated with the officer partially in the truck. Police report the officer was able to overtake Brown and steer the truck into a ditch. Brown was then taken into custody.

Charges against Brown include Aggravated Battery to a Police Officer, Violation of Bail Bond, Aggravated Fleeing & Alluding, Resisting Police and Reckless Conduct.


Saturday, Sheriff’s Police arrested 47-year-old Craig Sharp of Sheldon. Police answered a call to a residence in the village of Iroquois where Sharp was allegedly causing problems. After several attempts to get Sharp to leave the residence, he allegedly became aggressive with the officer and after a short altercation, Sharp was arrested.

The charges include Aggravated Battery to a Police Officer and Resisting a Peace officer.


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Iroquois West FFA Auction Saturday

A silent and “live” auction are part of today’s (Sat) activities at the Iroquois West FFA and FFA Alumni Auction. It’s at the Iroquois West high school gymnasium in Gilman.

FFA Vice-President Angela Behrends (BEAR-ins) says there’s interesting items on the auction block.

Several other door-prizes are included. The silent auction is at 4 pm. The “live” auction begins at 5 pm.

Monies raised go toward scholarships, FFA trips, conventions, and state and national conferences.

Those attending are also asked to bring along canned food items to re-stock GOD’s Food Pantry.


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Watseka awarded $100,000 in Disaster Recovery Funds

The city of Watseka and Coal City are among 55 local governments sharing $6.2 million dollars for long-term disaster planning and recovery.

Watseka and Coal City are each recipients of $100,000 for their Comprehensive Plans. Three communities in LaSalle County are also awarded monies for updates to their Comprehensive Plans. LaSalle, Ottawa and Marseilles (Mar-sales) are IKE recipients.

The funding is made available through the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO). The program helps Illinois communities develop long-term disaster plans.

The “IKE” Disaster Recovery Planning program is named for Hurricane Ike, the 2008 disaster that ranks among the costliest hurricanes to make landfall in the U.S.

In partnership with the federal government, the DCEO grant awards allow communities to engage in comprehensive planning at the local and regional levels in order to guide long term recovery and redevelopment and to minimize future damage from natural disasters. Funds will support the development and adoption of forward-thinking community plans that reduce existing or future damage in disaster-risk areas.

The state Director, Adam Pollet, said "there's a great need for this kind of planning, especially in our small-and medium-sized communities where resources may be lacking."

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