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Fire damages Benton County home

An early morning fire heavily damaged a Benton County home Saturday.

It happened at a home on 109 South Fifth Street in Ambia, near the Indiana-Illinois border.
Fire crews were called there around 4 am . Reports indicated three people were in the home at the time of the fire. All three made it out safely.

The community has quickly rallied to help. A donation drive at the Hickory Grove Township Fire Department has been set up.

Clothes, shoes, coats are being collected. Donations will also be collected Monday. The extent of damage to the home is unknown.

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Milford community to get peak at new school building

The attitudes and smiles tell it all, these days, at the Milford school.

A new school building, state of the art technology, a spacious learning setting offering opportunities, and just a rejuvenated a learning atmosphere has lifted spirits throughout the community.

It’s a proud feeling. And the public can see what it’s all about this Sunday.

The Milford Area Public School (MAPS #124) is hosting an Open House to show off what the community has made happen.

A $17.5 million dollar improvement program , approved by voters, now finds students and teachers enjoying the new surroundings. Just two months into a new school year, and the learning atmosphere is thru the roof. The new high school, upgraded grade school, and all else included will be on display for tours.

A special program will include many officials who made it happen, including the school board and top administration.
Rochelle Deno, a parent who’s son is a senior, says he’s showing a new willingness to be involved in such a positive setting and she’s excited knowing he’s in a comfortable building.

Barb Davis calls herself a taxpayer, and proud to have supported such a community asset.

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Chicago man jailed after high-speed pursuit in Indiana

25-year-old Tyree Johnston was booked in at the Newton County Jail in Kentland after leading police on a 4-county pursuit that ended in Hammond, IN (Wednesday). The pursuit ended after 90 minutes. Johnston was clocked at speeds over 106 mph.

Newton County law enforcement reports it was Kentland Police which initiated the traffic stop on U.S. 41. The chase ran thru the four counties when the driver refused to stop. After the crash in Hammond, two subjects fled on foot. A police canine chased Johnston down. The passenger was released with no charges against him.

Police from Newton, Benton, Warren, Fountain and Lake County Sheriff Departments were involved along with Goodland, Highland, Hammond, Cedar Lake, Schereville Police Departments and Indiana State Police.

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2nd accused worker at Good Shepherd pleads not guilty

A not guilty plea was entered in Kankakee Circuit Court in the case of Heidi Jones. She’s the second worker from the Good Shepherd Manor in Momence accused in the death of resident Charles McLaughlin.

The 48-year-old Jones and her co-worker, Elizabeth Cook, were accused of leaving the victim in a hot van June 11, when temps exceeded 90 degrees inside the vehicle. The 69-yr-old McLaughlin was a long-term resident of the facility for men with developmental disabilities.

Both Cook and Jones have been charged with two counts of Class 3 felony counts of criminal neglect of a long-term care facility resident resulting in death.

Cook pled not guilty to the charges against her earlier this month.

Cook and Jones will next appear in court the morning of Nov. 17.

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$1-million bond for priest accused of sexual assault

KANKAKEE — A judge set bond at one million dollars (Thursday) for Father Richard E. Jacklin, pastor of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Goodrich. He was arrested by Illinois State Police Tuesday and charged with sexually assaulting a resident at Shapiro Developmental Center in Kankakee.

Kankakee County State's Attorney Jim Rowe said the investigation is ongoing.

The Joliet Diocese is cooperating with the investigation.
Jacklin previously had served a number of area Catholic churches as an assistant or substitute priest, according to the Diocese.

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