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St. Joseph College students mark somber commencement event at Rensselaer, IN campus

Faculty and staff at a northwestern Indiana college that's slated for closure attended an emotional weekend commencement for the school's final graduating class.

St. Joseph's College students, faculty, staff and alumni wept or struggled to hold back tears during Saturday's commencement at the Rensselaer school's fieldhouse.

Trustees of the small private college voted in early February to suspend operations, possibly forever.

The trustees said the 126-year-old Catholic college had run out of money and options and there would no students on campus in the fall.

Alumni tried to keep the college from closing by launching a seven-week campaign to raise $20 million. But they ended those efforts after learning that the college had decided to surrender its accreditation.

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Alerts: Road construction

There's road work in Watseka.  The intersection of 3rd Street and North Street is closed and will remain closed until about 5 pm Wednesday, May 10th.

In Indiana...motorists using I-65 in the Jasper-White County areas should note there are closures due to construction.  A re-surfacing project is closing three ramps beginning today (Monday 5/8). The U.S. Route 24 entrance ramp to I-65 South, Exit 201 and the I-65 north and southbound exit ramps to U.S. 231, Exits 205 are also closed.

INDOT reports the remaining open ramps at these two interchanges will be used for the detour along I-65.  The closures are thru the middle of June.

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Missing persons reports ....

A nursing student from Olivet Nazarene University is reported missing. 27-year-old Sheila Khalili was last seen in Bourbonnais around 2 am Friday. She was reported missing by her family on Friday.

Khalili is 5-foot-2, 170 pounds and was believed to have driving, perhaps on her way to the Bloomington area. She was driving a white 2016 Toyota Corolla, license plate Z750932.
Anyone with information about Khalili is asked to call the Bourbonnais police at 815-937-3579.

In Lafayette, Indiana ... State Police are asking the public for help in locating a missing elderly man who is believed to be in danger. A Silver Alert was issued for 70-year-old Gary Brooks.

He was last seen about 7 pm Sunday in Lafayette. He may be driving a white 1998 Chevy van. He’s described as 5-9, 210 pounds with gray hair and brown eyes.

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Puppy mill owner facing charges in Indiana

Pat Gorecki, who was once accused of running a puppy mill in St. Anne, is being accused of running a similar operation in Newton County, Indiana.

It’s the second time in two years such charges have been filed.

Sheriff's deputies and an animal control officer, last month (April), confiscated 14 dogs from Gorecki's home located in rural Lake Village. That’s just a few miles east of where she ran her local operation in 2015.

In 2010, Gorecki's rural St. Anne facility was raided by Cook County Sheriff's Animal Crimes Unit, along with the South Suburban Humane Society in Chicago Heights.

More than 50 dogs were removed, but the Kankakee County State's Attorney at the time, Jamie Boyd, said he didn't have enough evidence to prosecute her.

Gorecki sued to get the dogs back but all had been adopted.
Patrick Ryan, an attorney for Newton County in its civil matters, said an anonymous tip led him to obtain an emergency inspection warrant for Gorecki's residence located at 7887 N. Meridian Road.

Gorecki will be in court May 10 facing forfeiture of the dogs and contempt charges.

As part of the judge's order in the 2015 case, Gorecki is prohibited from owning or possessing any dogs in Newton County.

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Gilman holdup lands Champaign County man 6 years in prison

A Savoy man who admitted his role in the holdup of a fast-food restaurant in Gilman has been sentenced to six years in prison.

21-year-old Tevaughn Brownlee was sentenced to the state’s boot camp program. Iroquois County Judge James Kinzer agreed to recommend boot camp after Brownlee pleaded guilty Thursday to aggravated robbery. A more serious charge of armed robbery was dismissed.

He admitted using a "bludgeon" to hold up an employee of the McDonald's on December 28.

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