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Georgetown woman dies in Vermilion County crash

35-year-old Christina Pundt of Georgetown was pronounced dead at the scene of a single car crash Sunday.

Vermilion County Coroner Peggy Johnson said it appeared the woman lost control of her vehicle on loose gravel, south of Fairmount. The accident happened just after 1 pm on County Road 1100 North near 700 East.

A passenger was transported to Presence United Samaritans Medical Center in Danville. The investigation continues by County Sheriff's Police and the Coroner's Office.

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Kankakee Police respond to shooting >

Kankakee Police Investigators are working with patrol officers in reference to a shooting which took place in the 1300 block of E. Chestnut.

Anyone with information is asked to contact investigators at 815.933.0426, dispatchers at 815.933.3321 or through Crime Stoppers at 815 93-CRIME. More information will be released when it becomes available and will not have an impact on the still ongoing investigation.

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Teenager injured in Go-Kart crash

It's happened again. A 13-year-old girl was airlifted to Riley Children's Hospital in Indianapolis Sunday afternoon, after she crashed her Go-Kart into a tree.

13-year-old Lindsey White of Lafayette, was driving the Go-Kart with her stepfather, 36-year-old Benjamin Irby, when the crash happened near Hershey Elementary school in Tippecanoe County.

Dad told police he had just given the girl control of the steering wheel, when she swerved to miss friends and hit the tree.

Irby was uninjured in the crash.

White was taken to IU Health Arnett Hospital, and then immediately airlifted to Riley. Deputies said Lindsey White sustained serious head and chest injuries.

Neither White nor Irby were wearing helmets.

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Thrivent Financial for Lutherans named one of “The World’s Most Ethical Companies” for second straight year

* Organization recognized for demonstrated leadership in ethical business practices *

Watseka,,IL (August 30, 2013) – Thrivent Financial for Lutherans has been selected as one of the 2013 "World's Most Ethical Companies" by the Ethisphere Institute. Thrivent Financial was named to the prestigious list for the second consecutive year as a result of its leadership in promoting ethical business standards as well as for introducing innovative ideas to benefit the public.

Thrivent Financial for Lutherans is represented locally by Larry Burton in Watseka and Roger Kimmel and Denise Kosik in Gilman.

"As a membership-owned, faith-based organization we strive to have high ethical practices at the core of everything we do," said Teresa Rasmussen, senior vice president, general counsel and secretary for Thrivent Financial. "This award is continued validation of our efforts."

The Ethisphere Institute is a leading international think-tank dedicated to the creation, advancement and sharing of best practices in business ethics, corporate social responsibility, anti-corruption and sustainability.

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Watseka Enforcement Team leads Operation “Dragon,” 10 face drug charges

A six-month joint investigation into the sales of narcotics in Iroquois County resulted in the arrests of 10 suspects Friday. All have been booked into the Iroquois County Jail in Watseka. Bonds range from $10,000 to $100,000.

Operation "Dragon" had officers execute a search warrant in the 100-block of W. Mulberry Street in Watseka. Police located heroin, cannabis and drug paraphernalia. Also seized was $1576 cash from a residence where two Watseka men were arrested.

25-year-old Reginald Snyder is charged with Delivery and Possession of a Controlled Substance – with Intent to Deliver. 39-year-old James LeClair was arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance and Drug paraphernalia. Both men are also charged with Possession of Syringes.

Others arrested in Operation "Dragon" are:

37-year-old Raymond Cook, 29-year-old Justin Fischer and 41-year-old Tammy Sinks. The three Watseka residents are charged with Unlawful Delivery of a Controlled Substance, being Heroin.

41-year-old Scott Baker and 58-year-old Thomas Wolf Sr., both of Watseka, are charged with Delivery of Heroin.

28-year-old Andrew Tincher of Watseka, 22-year-old Joseph Cantrell and 23-year-old Victoria Faris of Onarga face charges of Unlawful Delivery of Cannabis.

The investigation also led to a warrant arrest of 20-year-old Collin Brais of Watseka, charging him with residential Burglary and Theft.

Police stated more arrests are expected.

Assisting the Watseka Enforcement Team and Iroquois County Sheriff's Police were Gilman Police and the Iroquois County State's Attorney's Office.

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