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Onarga man struck and killed by train

A 23-year-old Onarga man is dead after he was hit by a freight train early Sunday in Iroquois County.

Juan Ochoa was pronounced dead at the scene, about a mile north of Danforth.

Sheriff's Police and the Coroner's Office are investigating. Police report Ochoa was walking southbound on the Canadian National Railroad tracks during the early morning hours. The engineer and conductor on a northbound Norfolk Southern freight train said the train's emergency brake was engaged, the horn sounded several times, and there were verbal commands thru the window of the cab in an attempt to Ochoa avoid the collision.

Danfortn and Ashkum Fire, Riverside Ambulance and Illinois State Police assisted at the scene.

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Task Force arrests leads to federal charges

Two more men have been arrested as part of a federal investigation on weapons and drug charges. Both suspects are in federal custody with the U.S. Marshals Service pending trial.

The arrests are the result of a Kankakee Project Safe Neighborhood Task Force investigation.

41-year-old Charles Nance of Minnesota, formerly of Kankakee, faces 2-counts of distribution of crack cocaine and possession of a firearm by a felon.

31-year-old Jermaine Speed of Kankakee is charged with 3-counts of distribution of crack cocaine and a single-count of distributing more than 28 grams of crack.

Both men were indicted by a federal grand jury. The arrests are part of an ongoing investigation into gun violence in the Kankakee area.

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Medical marijuana company applications released by Illinois officials

Five medical marijuana application sites in the State Police District 21 territory are among the applications Illinois officials will review. Figures released Thursday by state officials shows competition among companies seeking state permits to sell and grow medical marijuana.

Each of Illinois' state police districts are allowed one cultivation site. District 21 includes Kankakee, Iroquois and Ford counties.

There were no applications for dispensaries in Ford, Iroquois and Kankakee counties.
"Each district will only have one cultivation license. However, with dispensaries, based on population, some districts will be receiving more than one," said Illinois Department of Public Health spokeswoman Melaney Arnold.

Once the initial selection process is complete, the state plans a second application period for districts where no qualified applicants were submitted.

Illinois expects to grant 21 permits for growing facilities and up to 60 permits for dispensaries before the end of the year. Marijuana is expected to be available to registered patients in the spring of 2015.

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Lamie murder trial continues in Pontiac

Testimony resumed today in the Livingston County murder trial of Heather Lamie. The 31-year-old Kankakee woman is accused in the death of a four-year-old girl who was in her care in 2011.

Testimony offered Thursday included audio from the phone of Lamie's husband, Joshua. The jury listened to young Kianna Rudesill say she 'hurts herself because she misses her parents.' The recorded audio also has Kianna saying 'she wants to live with the Lamie's forever, because she loves them.'

Closing arguments in the trial are expected Monday.

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State Representative Josh Harms hosts October Business After Hours

Over 45 chamber members and guests attended the Business After Hours sponsored by State Representative Josh Harms Wednesday. The event was held at the Old Courthouse Museum in Watseka to help kick-off the 35th annual Harvest Daze.

Harms spoke about the 35-year tradition Harvest Daze and how the weekend event has become part of our lives. He complimented the community for its support of the annual fundraiser, which is the number one source of revenue for the popular Old Courthouse Museum and the Iroquois County Genealogical Society.

Amanda Hibbs, Executive Director of the Chamber, welcomed all members, employees, and guests.

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