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Benton County investigates sex case

An Oxford, Indiana man is accused of a sexual relationship with a minor.

43-year-old Chad Leuck was arrested Wednesday in Benton County.

Charges against him include Child Solicitation, Child Exploitation, and Sexual Misconduct with a Minor.

Authorities report Leuck used Facebook and text messages to solicit a 14-year-old girl for sex.

He's accused of meeting the girl at a park to make a video. He is also accused of exchanging multiple sexually explicit messages with her.

Leuck has previous convictions for Sexual Battery, Theft, Receiving Stolen Property and Failure to Register.

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Danville Kmart one of 68 around U.S. closing

Blue-light specials in Danville are coming to an end. The Big K-Mart Store is closing its doors.

Sears Holdings Corp. announced Thursday that the Kmart store on N. Vermilion Street in Danville is one of 68 Kmart stores and 10 Sears stores around the country that will be closing later this summer.

The Danville joins K-Mart in Bradley closing up. The liquidation sale at the Bradley site, just off Route 50 continues.

The company had previously said in February it planned to accelerate the closing of unprofitable stores.

By closing the stores in Danville and elsewhere, the company hopes to generate what it called a "meaningful level" of cash from the sale or sublease of real estate and from the liquidation of store inventories.

Danville's closing of Kmart could start its liquidation sales May 12, according to a report.

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FEMA Denies State’s Appeal for Flood Assistance to Local Governments

                   Denial ends process for seeking federal assistance

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today denied the state's appeal for federal assistance to help local governments in several counties recover from severe flooding and storms in late December and early January.

"The process is supposed to take into account a multitude of factors, but this denial demonstrates that only the numbers really matter," said James K. Joseph, director of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA). "States with high populations concentrated in urban areas, such as we have in northeastern Illinois, often struggle to reach their thresholds, particularly when the impacts are in rural, sparsely populated areas of the state. Once again our poorest communities continue to suffer because of this unfair process."

Illinois' threshold for federal public assistance is $18.1 million, which is based on the state's population of $12.8 million multiplied by $1.41.

Joseph pointed to severe localized impacts that should have been considered, such as in Alexander County where local government expenses totaled more than $4 million. That equates to more than $486 for every person living in the county.

Under federal rules, the state cannot submit another appeal for federal assistance.

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Drug ‘Take-Back’ events scheduled …

Officials in Kankakee and Vermilion County are teaming up with the federal Drug Enforcement Administration to collect those unwanted or used prescription medicines you may have around your homes.

Scheduled 'Drug Take-Back Day' is Saturday (April 30).

Any expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs can be dropped off – no questions asked. Sheriff's deputies will be on hand to accept the drugs. The service is free and anonymous and will take place from 10 am until 2 pm.  Drop-off sites are at Northfield Square Mall in Bradley and the Vermilion County Courthouse in Danville.

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Bradley couple arrested for growing pot

A pot-growing operation near a school led to the arrests of two people Wednesday. Bradley police busted a couple who were growing marijuana in their house.

37-year-old Joshua Oden and 31-year-old Renee Kennedy are charged with manufacturing 20 to 50 cannabis plants, intent to deliver cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Police confiscated 411.1 grams of cannabis with an estimated street value of $3,000. There were 21 plants from an indoor grow system.

Police discovered the operation during a search in the 300 block of North Michigan Avenue. Police have been investigating the pair for two weeks, according to a news release.

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