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Indiana Traffic Stop Reveals $300,000 Cash

Two California men were questioned by Indiana State Police after troopers found $300,000 plus cash in their vehicle during a traffic stop. The stop was made Thursday afternoon on I-65 near DeMotte. Canines sniffed out the cash in three suitcases in the vehicle. The men reportedly told police it was money they earned from side-jobs.

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Traffic Stop leads to drug charges in Kankakee

A traffic stop for Improper Lane Usage in Kankakee resulted in additional drug charges filed against 23-year-old Aaron Farley of Manteno. Kankakee City Police made the stop on W. Park Avenue Wednesday. An odor of marijuana led to a search and police found more cannabis and drug materials in the car. Then, when Farley was booked at the county jail, more cannabis was found in his possession. Farley was also charged with bringing contraband into a penal institution.

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Accident Victim Rescued, Off-Duty Officials Provide Heroics

A 52-year-old Hobart, Indiana woman was rescued (Thursday) in Newton County when an off-duty official pulled her from a water-filled ditch after her vehicle crashed.

The un-identified driver was found lying in the water outside her vehicle. Newton County Reserve Officer Aaron Agent and a passing volunteer firefighter provided care until Medics arrived.

It was Thursday morning, just before 11 am, when Agent, who was off duty in his personal vehicle, noticed what appeared to evidence of a crash along a deep ditch on State Road 14, near County Road 300 E.

Agent found the driver in the water outside her vehicle and pulled her to the ditch bank and provided care until the Medics arrived.

Sheriff Captain Tom VanVleet praised Officer Agent’s actions, adding that the officer and volunteer firemen’s effort shows again how valuable volunteers are to the community.

VanVleet reported evidence indidated the female driver left the road, over-corrected, and then ran into the water-filled deep ditch. Officer Agent, saw marks on the road and in the grass, but due to the depth of the ditch couldn’t see the vehicle. Checking the scene further, VanVleet said, he acted accordingly.

No word on the condition of the female driver. The Newton County Sheriff’s Department was assisted by the Brook Fire Department and County Ambulance personnel.


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Streator man dies in crash with school bus

GRAND RIDGE — A Streator man died early Thursday when his pickup truck hit an Ottawa High School bus. Eight students and the bus driver received minor injuries.

46-year-old Brian Dodge was pronounced dead at the scene. LaSalle County Coroner Jody Bernard said witnesses said the eastbound truck fishtailed before striking the bus head-on. The bus was forced into a ditch.

The accident happened at 7 a.m. on Grand Ridge Blacktop, just east of Grand Ridge. High school students in that part of LaSalle County attend both Ottawa and Streator schools.

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Vermilion Manor Nursing Home for Sale

Officials in Vermilion County have turned to a marketing firm to help sell the county-owned Vermilion Manor Nursing Home.

County Board Chairman Gary Weinard (Why’-nerd) said the firm will simply market the home, just like a real-estate agent.

County attorney Bill Donahue said the county has signed an agreement with the Chicago office of Marcus and Millichap. He said the firm gets commission only if there is a sale.

Last fall, Vermilion County voters gave county officials the authority to pursue a sale of the county-owned facility, which has struggled financially off and on for many years. The biggest hurt has been since 2011, because of slow reimbursement payments from the state for Medicaid costs.

In November 2011, the facility was owed as much as $1 million in Medicaid funding and was struggling to pay its bills.

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