Monday, (December 4th), the Watseka Area Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Express Employment Professionals.
The new business venture joined the Chamber. Express Employment Professionals is located at 1801 N. State Route 1 Suite 2 in Watseka.
The business is owned by Lynn & Richard Yoerk. They offer services in Iroquois and Vermilion counties. They can be reached by phone at 815-785-1135 or visit their website www.expresspros.com. Express Employment Professionals is here to help with job openings in the area.
Friday night, Indiana State Police targeted impaired drivers in Greater Lafayette. Itwas all a part of Operation Pull Over. Troopers were on the lookout for impaired and dangerous drivers.
They also made sure people were using their seatbelts. Checkpoints were conducted throughout the evening hours. Police are asking people to observe the following tips: • Use a designated driver.
• Don’t get behind the wheel if you have been drinking. Call a taxi or Uber. • If you are hosting a party have non-alcoholic drinks available. • Don’t let friends drive drunk. Take their keys if possible. Offer them a ride with a sober driver or have them spend the night. ISP wants to remind the public to call 911 if they see an impaired driver. Troopers hope events like this deter people from drinking and driving.
The Dwight Police Department is investigating a theft from a motor vehicle.
The theft occurred during the overnight hours November 28th in the 300-block of Spencer Street. A 54-year-old Dwight male said that his medication, drums, band stands and microphones were stolen.
The police department said no forced entry was made and the total amount of items stolen was $4,500.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Dwight Police Department.
Auto break-ins reported at Morocco, IN
Police in Morocco, IN advise citizens to be aware that a series of auto break-ins occurred in the last few days. Miscellaneous items, including loose change and other personal items were reported stolen.
A 21-year-old Braidwood man will spend the next year behind bars. Matthew Garrelts pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of prescription-medication. He was sentenced to one year in prison for the class 4 felony.
In September of 2016, Garrelts was indicted by a Grundy County grand jury for unlawful possession of a controlled substance, a class four felony and unlawful possession of cannabis with the intent to deliver, a class three felony.
Garrelts also pleaded guilty to DUI and was placed on two years conditional discharge and must pay over $1,000 in fines.
Police in Kankakee took more than $500,000 in cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine off the street last week. It marked the second time in a month officers made a major drug bust locally.
Jesus Perez-Torres, 27, and Raul Zamora-Quinones, 35, were arrested by Kankakee Area Metropolitan Enforcement Group agents. Both are residents of Mexico.
According to the Kankakee County State's Attorney's office, the investigation is ongoing and more arrests are likely. Perez-Torres and Zamora-Quinones each were charged with possession of 900 or more grams of cocaine with intent to deliver; possession of between 100 and 400 grams of heroin with intent to deliver; possession of methamphetamine between 400 and 900 grams with intent to deliver; and aggravated possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver more than 100 grams with a firearm found in a home or vehicle.
Perez-Torres additionally was charged with possession of between 400 and 900 grams of cocaine with intent to deliver.
On November 9, Illinois State Police uncovered 13,883 grams of heroin during a traffic stop of a semitrailer at Interstate 57 Exit 308. The street value of that bust would be $1.12 million before it was cut into smaller amounts, according to a prosecutor.
Thursday, officers recovered 4.2 kilograms of cocaine, 462 grams of crystal methamphetamine and 365 grams of heroin as well as a loaded 9 mm handgun.
KAMEG Director Christopher Koerner would not comment how long the men had been under investigation. He did say the two men were not part of an operation KAMEG began in October that led to the arrests of 25 people on charges of delivering cocaine, heroin and meth.