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Champaign County man arrested for Watseka burglary

Surveillance video at a Watseka store helped police nab a man they say is responsible for a Christmas Day burglary at the Watseka Wal-Mart store.

42-year-old Benjamin Hall of Savoy is jailed in Iroquois County. He's charged with burglary, theft and criminal damage to property. Hall is also being held for burglary in Kentland, Indiana.

Watseka Police report Hall has confessed to his involvement to three burglaries, the Wal-Mart incident and two others in Kentland.

It was Christmas night when Watseka police responded to an alarm at Wal-Mart. Police found entry to the building was made and that a security gate to the store's pharmacy had been damaged. After reviewing video from the store, police learned a television had been stolen from the business.

Saturday afternoon, Patrolman Scott Muench stopped a vehicle matching the description of the vehicle observed on video used in the Wal-Mart burglary. During that stop, police were able to find evidence inside the truck linking the driver to the Wal-Mart incident.

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Central Illinois can brace for cold temps

The National Weather Service is reporting we can brace for cold temperatures and gusty winds for a while. There is also a threat of snow to usher in the new year.
Monday's high should be around 15 degrees with northwesterly winds between 6 and 10 miles per hour. That will drop the wind chill factor into a range of -6 degrees to -16 degrees.

Tuesday's high will be around 23 degrees, but there is a chance of snow on Tuesday night for New Year's Eve.
The NWS says we won't see a warm-up for a while.

The highs won't climb above the freezing mark until the start of next week at the earliest. Tuesday's high is expected to be 23 degrees and the high temperatures will remain below the 20-degree mark before a slight warming trend arrives Saturday. The high then is expected to reach 31 degrees.

Sunday, a light freezing drizzle created a glaze on several roads, parking lots and sidewalks around Central Illinois. There was snow reported in parts of Iroquois, Kankakee and Livingston counties. I-DOT reported several departments sent salt trucks to the streets to help with the icy conditions, and several minor accidents were reported by local officials and Illinois State Police.

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Ford County GOP candidates featured at candidates forum

The Ford County Republican Central Committee and the Ford County Republican Women organizations invite Ford County voters to a Meet the Candidates event.

The event is set for Saturday, January 22, 2014 at the Paxton Civic Center. The public can hear what the candidates have to say from 2 – 4 pm.

The Illinois primary election is March 18, 2014.

The candidates invited include the three candidates running for Ford County Sheriff and the three candidates running for Circuit Judge.

Candidates for Sheriff include Paxton Chief Robert Bane, incumbent Sheriff Mark Doran, and Dennis Higgins, Ford County 911 and Emergency Management Agency Coordinator.

Candidates for Circuit Judge include Ford County State's Attorney Matt Fitton, Attorney Ellen Lee, and Attorney Ross Sorensen.

Ford County GOP Chair, Tom Bennett states "This should be an enjoyable afternoon and will give voters a great opportunity to learn more about the issues around the office of Ford County Sheriff and Circuit Judge.

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Gunman identified in workplace shooting in Vermilion County

Sheriff's Police in Vermilion County are piecing together details trying to determine what led to a work-place shooting Thursday near Georgetown.

Sheriff Pat Hartshorn said police were called to the DynaChem plant around 2:30 pm where a lone gunman had shot the company president, then turned the gun on himself.

The sheriff said the DynaChem president was shot in the head and hip. He was taken to an Urbana hospital. The wounds are not believed to be life-threatening.

The deceased gunman was identified by Coroner Peggy Johnson as 65-year-old Wayne D. Woodson. He died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot.

Sheriff Harsthorn said the gunman was a long-time employee of the company, having worked there in excess of 20 years.

The DynaChem plant is located north of Georgetown. The company website says the plant is a domestic producer of industrial resins and specialty chemicals.

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$362,000 worth in candy reported stolen in Manteno

Police say $362,000 worth of chocolate candy has been reported stolen from a warehouse in east-central Illinois.

The Daily Journal in Kankakee reports a manager at Kenco Logistics Services told Kankakee County sheriff investigators the candy was stolen December 17. Officials say the 72 pallets of candy disappeared from the Manteno warehouse.. Plant officials say they first made sure the alleged theft wasn't an inventory oversight.

Police say they're reviewing surveillance video but no suspect information has been reported.

A plant general manager declined comment Thursday.

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