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Armed robbery in Melvin under investigation

Ford County Sheriff's Police are investigating a reported armed robbery that occurred last week at a Melvin convenience store on W. Main Street.

A press release from Sheriff Mark Doran states police were called around 8:30 pm Thursday (June 9).

A female clerk told police that a white male wearing dark clothing and wearing a black mask ordered her to open the cash register. The robber then ordered her to lay face-down on the floor. The robber then fled with an undetermined amount of cash and other items taken from the store. Doran said the man also had a larger kitchen knife.
No one was injured.

Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call the sheriff's office at 217-379-2324 or Ford County CrimeStoppers at 217-784-4173.

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Fire Chief Mayotte honored by Illinois House of Representatives

Watseka Fire Chief Dave Mayotte received yet another pat-on-the-back.  The Illinois House of Representatives extended an "Atta Boy, Dave" (Saturday) with a House Proclamation. 

The proclamation presented by State Rep Tom Bennett formally recognized Mayotte for his recent homor having been named Fire Chief of the Year by the Illinois Fire Chief's Association.  The award is designed to recognize the chief's dedication and committment to the local community.

The state resolution refers to Mayotte's 30 yeras as a firefighter, his 15 years as chief in Watseka.  Mayotte is a professional firefighter with the Tri-State Fire Protection District, serving Burr Ridge, Darien, DuPage County.  He's also a trainer with the Illinois Fire Service and serves on the state's funeral committee for firefighters.

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Parke County, IN plane crash kills two

Sheriff's Police in Parke County, IN report two people are dead after a small plane crash Monday morning.

Around 10 am the small, single engine aircraft crashed in a wooded area near Butler Airfield, a private airport about 2 miles south of Rockville. Both occupants were pronounced dead at the scene.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the crash along with the National Transportation Safety Board. NTSB stated the crash involved a Cessna 150 and the accident was during take-off.

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Carle buying Danville-based ambulance service

A family-owned Danville ambulance service will join Carle-owned Arrow Ambulance, August 1. Medix Ambulance is joining Carle. The final sale agreement is pending approval.

Medix owner Steve Sparrow said Arrow is committed to bringing additional technology and expertise to the community. Sparrow and his wife, Debbie, have provided the emergency care in Danville and the Vermilion County area for 36 years.

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VA Illiana Health Care names new director

Stephanie Young has been named the new director of the VA Illiana Health Care System. She assumed the position effective Sunday (June 12)

Ms. Young was serving as Acting Medical Director of the VA in Danville. She had been the Associate Director for the Aleda E. Lutz VA in Saginaw, Michigan since 2010.

The Danville VA Illiana Health Care System includes a 398-bed hospital and a 223-bed Community Center, as well as five outpatient clinics. Young will be overseeing the delivery of healthcare to more than 150-thousand Veterans and will be responsible for nearly 1500 VA personnel.

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