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Police justified in shooting near Monon, Indiana

           ... Hostage situation started in Watseka ...

Authorities in Indiana say an in-depth investigation has resulted in a ruling that officers involved in a shooting in White County earlier this month were justified.

The episode began in Watseka (IL) involving a hostage. It was on April 9, when Don Smith of Elkhart, iNDIANA robbed a Watseka office building and lead authorities from more than 10 agencies on a pursuit that eventually ended near Monon, Ind.

The hostage was eventually freed and unharmed, but the 29-year-old Smith was shot after pointing his firearm at police.

Indiana State Police said officers were able to box in the suspect's stolen vehicle. But when the suspect pointed his firearm, officers defended themselves by fatally wounding Smith.

White County Prosecuting Attorney Robert Guy said the officers involved were justified in shooting Smith. Four officers from two agencies fired their weapons.

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Iroquois tax statements in the mail

Iroquois County Treasurer, Mindy Kuntz Hagan, has announced that the 2014 payable in 2015 real estate tax statements have been mailed to taxpayers.

The deadline to pay the first installment without penalty is June 3, 2015. The second installment due date is September 3, 2015.

The Treasurer's Office is open 8:30 to 4:30 Monday through Friday. To avoid waiting in line, you may also pay by mail or at any bank in Iroquois County including Iroquois Federal and Commonwealth Credit Union.

Taxpayers paying in person at the Treasurer's Office or at the local banks should bring the entire bill if they would like a receipt.

Credit card payments will be accepted by phone and online starting May 4, 2015.

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Pontiac officer killed by drunk driver remembered with sign along I-55

Family and friends of Pontiac police officer Casey Kohlmeier gathered along I-55 in Livingston County (Friday) to dedicate a section of the highway in his name.

A newly-posted sign names a section of the Illinois roadway "Casey Kohlmeier Memorial Highway." The hope is that the visibility of the sign will change people's driving habits and keep his memory alive.

Kohlmeier and his K-9 partner Draco were killed on October 30, 2013, when a drunken driver slammed into Kohlmeier's squad car in the median. The driver is serving a 12-year prison term.

The officer's mother, Keri Schmidt, said "More than anything, I hope they remember he was killed by a drunk driver."

His father, Jeff Kohlmeier, said he hopes a sign dedicated to a police officer "will bring awareness that these guys are risking their lives.

Kohlmeier, an Air Force veteran, had served on the Pontiac Police Department for six years and was part of the Livingston County Proactive Unit.

State Senator Jason Barickman and former State Representative Josh Harms worked with the Illinois Police Benevolent & Protective Association to gain legislative approval to dedicate I-55 between exist 197 and 202 as 'Casey J. Kohlmeier Memorial Highway.'

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Memory of slain Vermilion County deputy still recognized

The Sergeant Myron Deckard Memorial Fund has received another donation from the Danville Rifle & Pistol Club. The donation through the Danville Area Community College Foundation brings to nearly $70-thousand dollars the amount of money that has been donated in memory of Deckard.

Deckard served on the Vermilion County Sheriff's Department over 32 years. He was killed June 6th, 2001 when a prisoner he was transporting managed to grab Deckard's gun.

Tracy Wahlfeldt is Executive Director of the Danville Area Community College Foundation.

''We cannot thank the Danville Rifle and Pistol Club enough for their continued generosity and hard work,'' says Wahlfeldt. ''This latest, generous gift (of nearly $7,500) provides more scholarship assistance to Danville Area Community College students. It is amazing what an impact a small group of individuals can make.''

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Iroquois Bar Association hosts “People's Law School” in May

"The People's Law School," sponsored by the Iroquois County Bar Association for the 14th year, will be held on four Thursdays in May at the Watseka Public Library. Each session begins at 6:30 pm.

The free sessions invite the public to hear from experts on several topics.

+ May 7: "Simplified Estate Planning" with attorney Ted Spenn.

+ May 14: "Understanding Social Security" with Social Security staff member Kelly Grant.

+ May 21: "Obama Care and You" with Julie Rocknich.

+ May 28: "Meth Labs and Changing Marijuana Legislation" with Sheriff Derek Hagen.

Registration is required for each class. Call the library at 815-432-4544.

These sessions are made possible by a grant from the Illinois State Bar Association.

"The People's Law School is a public service that provides an opportunity for the public to become educated about areas of the law," said James Tungate, bar association president. "Members of the local bar association donate their time to present the classes as a public service to the people of Iroquois County."

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