A handful of businesses in Cissna Park were victimized this week with break-ins. Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police are investigating the robberies, reported early Tuesday. Investigators are reviewing video surveillance and welcome any information the public might have. Intruders gained entry by kicking in doors or breaking windows. The King-Danforth Agency, Compass Insurance, Just a Tease, and the Family Restaurant were assessing damage. There was also an attempt to enter the Cissna Park Family Dentistry.
A Livingston County woman gets 3-years in prison for dealing heroin. 30-year-old Amber Watters of Odell was facing 2-counts of unlawful delivery. She was also arrested for possession of heroin and hypodermic syringes along with endangering the life or health of a child. The charges come from an incident in May. Watters plead guilty this week in Court.
In June… Watters and 32-year-old Tara Swartz of Dwight were arrested during an investigation by the Dwight Narcotics Unit and Livingston County Proactive Unit. Swartz was charged with bringing heroin into a penal institution, a class one felony and unlawful possession of heroin, a class four felony from the June 17th incident. Swartz is due in court on the Livingston County charges in November and also has a pending heroin possession charge in Will County.
Two people in a pick-up truck were killed (Thursday) when their vehicle collided with a semi near the Iroquois-Kankakee County line. Both victims were pronounced dead at Route 45/52 at Kankakee County 8500 S. Illinois State Police investigated at 6 pm.
Police report the victims’ pick-up truck was westbound on 8000 S and failed to yield at the stop intersection, colliding with the northbound semi. The semi driver, from Kankakee, was also treated for injuries. The Kankakee County Coroner’s pronounced the two victims dead at the scene.
Purdue University, Indiana’s Department of Agriculture and Indiana’s Economic Development Association are partnering with several counties to attract specifically ag-related revenues.The area counties have partnered before and now, will focus on finding ways to diversify farm revenues that all can benefit from. Jasper, Newton, Benton, White, Pulaski and Stark county leaders are working with the agencies to trigger more progressive results with farm revenues. The Purdue Center for Economic Development and the roup are playing leading roles.
The group’s focus will be on food, agri-business processing, forestry and even wood production. Energy and transportation and logistics will also be explored.
The city of Watseka is leaning on the expertise of some collegiate know-how in looking toward future development and growth opportunities. And it’s happening through network communication. Mayor John Allhands says two groups of university students are working on studies at no cost to the city.
The Watseka Academic Inspiration Awards opened a door with Purdue University. Engineering students working toward their MBA’s have an association with Robert Strickler, a WCHS grad from the 1950’s …
"These engineering grads are working on administrative matters that could help with communication within the community," Allhands said.
Improving the city website is one aspect of the study. Connecting with the area’s agricultural base is something that needs to be pursued, according to the mayor…"a team of award winners are brinstorming; they're former Inspiration award winners who want to give bach to their community."
Three teams of engineering students from Olivet Nazarene University (ONU) are also looking into a solar lighting system for enhancing the downtown area – extending to Cherry and Oak Streets. Two other lots were gifted to the city, that the mayor said could possibly become TIF development opportunities. The mayor said a city – Unit Nine school district partnership could also open doors for a community auditorium. The City Council is also pursuing more flood prevention measures at the Water Sewage Plant.