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Illinois State Police seek help locating missing person with Alzheimer’s Disease

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Pontiac, IL (05-21-15) On 05/21/2015 at 11:20 A.M., Illinois State Police District 6 Troopers were dispatched to a motorist assist on Interstate 55 southbound near milepost 177. Troopers learned the vehicle belonged to Nathaniel Burns of Hammond, Indiana.  He's a black male, 81, 5'10", 155 lbs, black hair, hazel eyes), who was reported as a missing person suffering from Alzheimer's Disease.

Troopers searched the area both on the ground and with the assistance of ISP Air Operations; however they were unable to locate Burns.


Troopers are requesting the public's assistance in locating Burns who is reported to be driving a white Pontiac G6 four door bearing Indiana registration UUL258. Burns' family advised they last saw him wearing a gray jacket, gray sweater, grey Dockers pants, and black shoes.

If observed, please contact the Illinois State Police District 06 headquarters at 815-844-1523.

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DRUNK DRIVING TIP LEADS TO THE RECOVERY OF NEARLY $10,000 WORTH OF ELECTRONICS

The Newton County Sheriff's Office in Indiana acted on a citizens' tip Sunday and nabbed two suspects with nearly $10,000 worth of stolen electronic items.
Police received a tip of a possible intoxicated driver traveling southbound on US 41 in Kentland. A witness stated the driver had been seen consuming alcoholic beverages inside of the vehicle. Officers in the area responded and located the vehicle in question with matching plate number on southbound US 41 near County Road 1800 S. Moving violations were observed and a traffic stop was initiated.

The result of the investigation and search warrants that were obtained led to the recovery of nearly $10,000 in electronics and other retail goods believed stolen from chain retail stores in Wisconsin and Illinois.

42 year old Eric M. Higgins from West Terre Haute, In and 24 year old Ashley D. Clarkson of Terre Haute were arrested. Both were jailed in Newton County.

Assisting agencies: Benton County Sheriff's Department, Kentland Police Department, Newton County Prosecutor's Office.

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Pittwood house destroyed by fire

The State Fire Marshall is investigating an Iroquois County house fire that destroyed a 2-story structure this (Tues) morning, east of Route 1 at Pittwood.

The fire's cause is believed to have been electrical, according to Jed Beaupre of the Martinton Fire Department. Beaupre told WGFA News the fire appeared to have started in the garage. Winds fueled the flames and lack of water supply didn't help matters.

The approximate 2800 square foot structure, belonging to Jay & Renee Morris, was a total loss. A cleaning lady discovered the fire when she opened the garage door.

The box-alarm call alerted up to a dozen fire departments. No injury was reported.

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Iroquois County drivers advised to use caution during construction

Traffic signals are in place for as major road construction project in Watseka. Motorists traveling Illinois Route 1 – north and south thru Watseka – should be well aware that the bridge over the Iroquois River is being replaced. The construction will continue until the latter part of this year.

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has traffic lights operating. Route 1 traffic is limited to one lane just north of Watseka. IDOT and Iroquois Paving Corporation crews will be on-site for the next several months. Traffic will be delayed. Alternate routes may be a suggestion to avoid the delays and construction.

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Kankakee Sheriff deputy laid to rest

An 18-minute procession led a Kankakee County sheriff deputy to his final resting place Monday. 35-year-old Zebulun "Zeb" Pfeiffer died last Wednesday when he suffered a heart attack. He was a 17-year veteran of the department.

Several emergency vehicles were involved in the procession from St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church in Kankakee to All Saints Cemetery in Bourbonnais.

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