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Manteno sex abuse case brings 5+ years prison term

An aggravated sexual abuse charge has landed a 22-year-old Bradley man in prison for more than five-years. Eric Wheeler pleaded guilty to punching and groping a woman he followed home.

The Daily-Journal reports Eric Wheeler received nearly the maximum penalty for the attack that left his victim needing surgery.

Circuit Court Judge Kathy Bradshaw-Elliott said it was a vicious crime and she never considered any kind of supervised release. Wheeler faced between three and seven years for the aggravated sexual abuse charge.

The Journal reported, Elliott also noted that Wheeler admitted to a court-appointed psychologist that he intended to rape the woman but her screaming deterred him. The judge said the attack was "well-planned."

Wheeler also is facing charges for allegedly groping at least six women in Tennessee.

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TWILIGHT PARADE CANCELLED

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The Illinois State Fair Twilight Parade has been cancelled because of inclement weather.

The weather forecast is calling for a heavy storm cell that potentially could cause flash flooding to pass through Springfield during the time of the parade.

The fairgrounds, however, will be open this evening. Today is Preview Day. Admission is free. Fairgoers are invited to come out after the storms move through the area.

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Monticello shooting update, identities revealed

Sheriff's Police in White County, Indiana have revealed the identities of the three individuals involved in Tuesday's fatal shooting at the Jordan Manufacturing Company.


The shooter has been identified as 42-year-old Israel Rogel of Wolcott. Rogel was pronounced dead on scene with a gunshot wound to the head.


Officers said during the investigation they found Rogel came to the business looking for his ex-wife 43-year-old Delia Gonzalez of Monon. She was away from the plant on break with a friend 43-year-old Agustin Oliver of Logansport.

As the two returned from break and parked their vehicle, Rogel approached the passenger side of the vehicle, where Gonzalez was located. Detectives said that's when he shot Oliver and Gonzalez before shooting himself.
The White County Coroner's Office performed autopsies Wednesday morning confirming all three individuals died of gunshot wounds. Gonzalez was transported to a nearby hospital, but was later pronounced dead.


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Cannabis plants lead to Claytonville man’s arrest

Bond was set at $2,000 for an Iroquois County man accused of the unlawful production of cannabis plants. Forty-seven year-old Samuel Vires III appeared before Judge Gordon Lustfeldt Wednesday in Circuit Court.

KAMEG agents found the cannabis plants growing at Vires' residence. Illinois State Police assisted KAMEG. Authorities observed 44 plants growing in a garden. During a search, officers also recovered a small amount of cannabis and drug paraphernalia.

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White County, IN shooting leaves 3 dead

A shooting at a Monticello, Indiana business Tuesday morning has left three people dead. Police confirm two men and a woman were the victims. The shootings took place at Jordan Manufacturing.


White County Sheriff Pat Shafer said it was busy afternoon for investigators trying to sort out the confusion. The names of the victims were not immediately released.


Police responded to shots being fired at the manufacturing facility around 11:30 am. First responders found a man on the ground with a gunshot wound. Another man and a woman were found inside a nearby car with gunshot wounds as well.


Sheriff Shafer said the two men were pronounced dead at the scene. The woman was rushed to IU White Memorial Hospital where she was pronounced dead.


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