Nearly 17 months after a tornado struck Coal City, a committee in charge of distributing money to victims has started writing checks. A Grundy County Long Term Recovery Committee had hoped to send checks out in October. Organizers say it took longer than expected to register families and write more than 500 checks. A pool of about 208-thousand-dollars is being sent out.
Volunteer teams with World Renew, Disaster Response Services, continues this week in the city of Watseka. Canvassing of neighborhoods with a house-to-house approach finds teams documenting needs of flood victims from the June and July flooding of 2015. The effort is to find any unmet needs of local residents.
The World Renew group has also set up a walk-in center at the First United Methodist Church in Watseka. Monday's hours are from 9 am until 7 pm. Tuesday hours are 9 am 'til 4 pm. It's the same Wednesday and Thursday. World Renew plans to close down its operations November 6th.
A Flood Referral Center also continues at the Watseka Area Chamber of Commerce office.
Search warrants executed in Pembroke Township Friday resulted in four arrests. KAMEG conducted a joint operation with the Illinois State Police SWAT Team, The Kankakee County Sheriff's Department and the Bradley Police Department. Warrants were executed four different locations, agents locating about 71 grams of suspected heroin, 2.9 grams of suspected cannabis, a 9 mm heandgun, drug materials and currency.
Arrested were 27-year-old Max Jackson, 26 year-old Jevin Johnson, 23-year-old Javonta Davis and 22-year-old Jaleel Shepherd. All four are facing drug possession and weapons charges.
Trick-or-Treaters in the WGFA-listening area are urged to take proper steps to stay safe while they go door-to-door this weekend for Halloween. Most community trick-or-treat hours are Saturday. Some are today (Friday) and there's also community parades and events at shopping venues and schools.
Parents are reminded to make sure their child's mask is not blocking their sight. Any use of make-up or other costume jewelry should keep proper vision in mind. Attention should also be directed to making sure children not go between cars when they cross streets. Use the crosswalks where they are in place. Young children should be accompanied by an adult when going door-to-door. Only approach houses where a porch light in ON.
Police and other safety officials advise children should be cautioned about someone asking them to step inside their home while making Halloween rounds. Children should never go inside. Children should be encouraged to return to the parent quickly and report any funny business to the parent. Parents too, may want to contact and notify police.
Children should be cautioned about eating candy or other items they receive that are not wrapped. No one should be eating anything until their parents inspect what they've received.
Several area community trick-or-treat hours are posted online at www.wgfaradio.com Click on the Local News Link.