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Gibson City man facing 8 felony charges for meth production

51-year-old Kelly Burrows of Gibson City is jailed in Ford County and facing up to 40 years in prison. He was in Circuit Court (Monday), now charged with eight felonies for his alleged involvement in making methamphetamine in his home.

Burrows was arrested March 24 after law enforcement agents moved in and caught him and his wife cooking meth. And it was with four children present.

Burrows is accused of making, using and selling meth. He's jailed on a $75,000 bond. The offenses could carry a prison term of up to 40 years.

Burrows is charged with three Class X felonies, including 1-count each of aggravated participation in methamphetamine production, unlawful possession with intent to deliver, and unlawful possession of meth.

The Class 2 felonies include unlawful use of property to manufacture meth, one count of meth-related child endangerment and three counts of unlawful delivery of meth.

Burrows' wife, Marlina, is charged with 1-count of meth-related child endangerment. That's a Class 2 felony. Her bond is $25,000.

Police executed a search warrant at the couple's house at 328 S. State Street March 24.

The DCFS is dealing with the children.

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Frankfort woman dies in motorcycle crash at I-57 rest stop

A 51-year-old woman riding as a passenger on a motorcycle died Friday evening after two motorcycles collided while entering a rest area along Interstate 57, at Buckley.

Illinois State Police reported the accident occurred just before 6:30 pm when a Harley-Davidson driven by 45-year-old Justin Casper of Oak Lawn was struck from behind by another Harley-Davidson driven by 56-year-old Christopher Hoerler of Oak Lawn. The cycles collided as the two bikes were entering the southbound rest area in Iroquois County.

A passenger on Hoerler's bike, Giedre Pysik of Frankfort, was thrown from the motorcycle. She was later pronounced dead by the Iroquois County coroner's office.

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Iroquois, Christian counties in line for SBA help for December floods

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner submitted a request (Friday) for U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) assistance to help people and businesses in Christian and Iroquois counties recover from severe storms and floods that occurred in late December 2015.

If approved, the SBA declaration would enable people and businesses in the counties, as well as counties contiguous to each, to apply for low-interest, long-term loans.

"Nearly three months after floodwaters receded, many people still are trying to repair or rebuild their homes and replace personal property damaged in the floods," said Rauner. "If approved, these low-interest loans could speed up the recovery process for many people and businesses."

The state requested federal assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help people recover from the floods. However that request was denied March 10.

The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) consulted with the affected counties to see if any additional damage had been reported that could have been used to support an appeal of the denial. However, only minimal damage information for homes and businesses was reported by the impacted counties.

Rauner also announced Friday that IEMA will work with FEMA to review additional local government expenses related to the disaster that were recently submitted by eight counties.

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Danville retains right to host NJCAA Tournament through 2020

The NJCAA Board of Directors has awarded Danville Area Community College and the city of Danville the rights to continue hosting the NJCAA Division II Men's National Basketball Tournament.

Danville was unanimously awarded the tournament through 2020.

Danville has the rights to the tournament through 2017, and was competing with a bid from Salina, Kansas.
It is estimated that the tournament brings over $1.5 million of economic impact to Danville.

Representatives from DACC and the city of Danville, including Mayor Scott Eisenhauer, were in Colorado Springs, CO at the annual NJCAA meetings to lobby for the rights to retain the NJCAA tournament. A weekend vote by the NJCAA Board of Directors unanimously awarded DACC and Danville to host the event through the year 2020.

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UPDATE: Man fatally shot in Danville identified

Vermilion County Coroner Peggy Johnson identified the victim in Thursday's fatal shooting as 19-year-old Shannon Brown. The results of the autopsy revealed the Danville man was shot multiple times.

The investigation into the shooting is ongoing. The gunman has not been arrested. Anyone with information is asked to contact Danville investigators or call Vermilion County CrimeStoppers at 217-446-TIPS.

Police said Brown was fatally shot about 2 pm Thursday in southeast Danville.

Police reported Brown was among several people gathered on the front porch of a house when a man approached on foot, fired multiple shots. No one else was injured.

The victim was pronounced dead at a local hospital. The shooter fled the scene on foot.

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