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Roselawn bank robbed, police seek suspect

The FBI is working with the Newton County, IN sheriff's department in the investigation of a bank robbery Friday in Roselawn. The DeMotte State Bank at Roselawn was robbed just before 2:30 pm.

There was no injury. No weapon was displayed during the robbery. Sheriff's Police have posted information. Authorities are looking for a Hispanic male, possibly in his late 20's, about 6 feet tall, and some facial hair. The man was dressed in black, wore black gloves, and a black sock-style hat.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Newton County Sheriff's Polcie at 219-474-5661.

Sheriff Tom VanVleet commended the actions of bank employees, saying they did their job well, remaining calm and gathering details. The sheriff said authorities have great leads to work on.

A suspect vehicle is described as a silver or gray Oldsmobile 4-door passenger car with a partial Illinois plate K 46.

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Meth arrests in White County, Indiana

Reports of criminal activity at a rural Monticello, IN home led to the arrests of three people on meth charges. Indiana State Police said they found methamphetamine in the home where the three suspects were staying. Troopers said they found meth and ingredients to make meth in the home.

State Police made three arrests after finding evidence at the residence. All three individuals were booked into the White County Jail.

41-year-old Crystal Upchurch-Speed of Monticello was arrested for manufacturing and dealing in meth and maintaining a common nuisance. 43-year-old Eric Bottoms and 46-year-old Theodore Ryan, both of Monticello , were also arrested for manufacturing of meth and visiting a common nuisance.

Troopers said the investigation is ongoing.
Indiana State Police were assisted by the White County Sheriff's Office and Monticello Police Department.

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Champaign man identified in truck-pedestrian accident on Route 49

The Vermilion County Coroner's Office is working with Illinois State Police investigating a truck-pedestrian accident that killed a pedestrian. The victim has now been identified as 29-year-old Matthew Wheeler of Champaign.

Coroner Peggy Johnson said the accident happened (Thurs) night just after 9 pm. An autopsy was scheduled.

State Police say their investigation found the pedestrian was walking in the roadway along Illinois Route 49, a half-mile north of Vermilion County 2000 North Road when he was struck. The location was northwest of Fithian.

Police report the pick-up truck was driven by a 35-year-old woman. No charges were filed against the driver of the truck.

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Kankakee County crash kills one, injures another

Bourbonnais Fire Protection District Chief Ed St. Louis tells WGFA News a two-vehicle crash near St. George this (Friday) morning may have been the result of the fog.  The call came in just after 7 am. Momence Fire also answered the call.

The crash occurred at the intersection of 6000E Road and 4000N Road about 7 a.m. Each of the two cars involved had just one person in each. The drivers, St. Louis said, were both trapped.

Kankakee County Sheriff's Police had traffic shut down.

Chief St. Louis said the fog prevented a LifeStar helicopter from getting involved in any rescue.......

Names of those involved in the accident have not been available.

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                                       "Phone in one hand – Ticket it in other"

Ashkum, IL- Illinois State Police District 21 covering Kankakee, Iroquois and Ford Counties are advising motorist of April being distracted driving month.

The Illinois State Police want to remind drivers of the dangers of distracted driving. As of January 1, 2014 the use of a hand-held cell phone device while behind the wheel is banned. Bluetooth headsets, earpieces, and voice activated commands are permitted.

The Illinois State Police District 21 will be conducting numerous details throughout the month of April. This initiative will focus on Distracted Driving and "Fatal Four" enforcement. The goal of the operation is to combine education and enforcement to achieve compliance with distracted driving and graduated driver's licensing laws.

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