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$362,000 worth in candy reported stolen in Manteno

Police say $362,000 worth of chocolate candy has been reported stolen from a warehouse in east-central Illinois.

The Daily Journal in Kankakee reports a manager at Kenco Logistics Services told Kankakee County sheriff investigators the candy was stolen December 17. Officials say the 72 pallets of candy disappeared from the Manteno warehouse.. Plant officials say they first made sure the alleged theft wasn't an inventory oversight.

Police say they're reviewing surveillance video but no suspect information has been reported.

A plant general manager declined comment Thursday.

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Semi catches fire on I-65, driver not injured

Clean-up crews are on the scene of a semi fire along I-65 in White County, Indiana. The driver of truck escaped unharmed after his rig went up in flames near the Wolcott exit this (Friday) morning.

Indiana State troopers said the semi driver was northbound when suddenly he noticed flames coming out the back of the semi. The driver was able to pull over and escape without any injuries. The rest of the semi caught fire.
Police report there was about 30,000 pounds of chicken in the semi. Cleanup crews will be on the road for three to four hours.

The Wolcott Volunteer Fire Department worked to extinguish the flames.

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Performance Review sparks fatal shooting

(Westville, IL) -- The president of an East-Central Illinois chemical company is recovering after being shot by an employee during a performance review.

Vermillion County officials say around 2:30 yesterday afternoon an employee of DynaChem shot his boss and then turned the gun on himself. The boss was taken to an Urbana hospital where officials say his injuries are not life-threatening. The shooter was pronounced dead at the scene and no one else was hurt. {Metro News}

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• Jaguar finds a ditch along I-65

White County, Indiana sheriff's police reported slick road conditions this (Thursday) sent a jaguar into a water-filled ditch. The driver of the sport car was cited for driving too fast for conditions.

Sheriff's Police said a man was northbound on I-65, near Wolcott, when he lost control.

The motorist was not injured, but the only way out of his car was to wade through the icy water.

Police said it was one of several slide-offs along I-65 between Lafayette and Lowell in Tippecanoe, Benton, Newton, White and Jasper counties.

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Lowell double homicide suspect back in Indiana, jailed in Newton County

A Lowell-area man suspected in the death of his parents last fall has been returned to Indiana.


34-year-old Thomas Snow is jailed in Newton County. He's charged with armed robbery charge following his extradition from Minnesota -- where he was arrested as a fugitive in October.


Lake County prosecutors are preparing to file homicide charges against the man in Lake Criminal Court in connection with the deaths of 66-year-old Joyce Snow and 68-year-old Clifford Snow.


The victims' decomposed bodies were found October 18 in their home, west of Lowell.


The Lake County coroner said they died of blunt force trauma and strangulation. The time of their death is under investigation. Lake County authorities said in October they found many days of unread newspapers outside the house when they were called there to investigate the victims' well-being.


Police tracked Snow, who had been living at the house, to Minnesota through cellphone records and his parents' credit card activity. Minnesota police stopped him after a brief chase.


Minnesota's Clay County Attorney Brian J. Melton said Tuesday he decided earlier this month to dismiss several traffic charges related to Snow's attempts to flee local police.


The robbery charges in Newton County arise from allegations Snow walked into Boseman's Marathon service station at E. Indiana State Road 10 about 6:30 pm., October 17, threatened to shoot employees and demanded all the money in the cash registers.


Newton County Prosecutor Jeff Drinski said in October he would be asking that Snow be held without bond, arguing that Snow is a flight risk.


Lake County authorities are also is working with the Newton County authorities to make sure Snow he is held for potential charges.


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