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Child neglect charges filed in Jasper County

Criminal charges have been filed against a Jasper County, Indiana couple after their 12-year-old child was allegedly found neglected.

Court records show the Department of Child and Family Services removed the child from Jay and Tabitha Rupert's home near Rensselaer June 20th.

According to the Sheriff's office, the 12-year-old was diagnosed from birth with a non-curable brain disorder that required constant care. The child was taken to Riley Children's Hospital, diagnosed as "failure to thrive," weighing just 23 pounds.

Jay and Tabitha Rupert were arrested yesterday (Monday).They face felony counts of child neglect. The bonds were set at $50,000.

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Watseka man dies in I-57 accident Monday

An I-57 traffic accident this (Monday) morning at Chebanse killed a Watseka man.

Iroquois County Coroner Bill Cheatum identified the victim as 38-year-old Claude Burton-Tiffany. He was pronounced dead at 5:16 am. The accident happened at the I-57 entrance ramp.

Illinois State Police report Tiffany's car was northbound, off the ramp, when he made an abrupt turn to the left and was struck on the driver's side by a northbound van. The van's driver (Garey Lee Daniels of Park Forest) was not injured.

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First African-American woman appointed judge in Kankakee County

A veteran member of the Kankakee County Bar Association will serve as the first female, black judge in the 21st Circuit. 

J. Imani Drew has been appoinred to fill a vacancy created last fall with the retirement of Judge Kendall Wenzelman. The 62-year-old Drew's appointment was confirmed last week.  The judges of the 21st circuit selected Drew.  She becomes only the second black to serve as judge in Kankakee County.

Drew has worked as an assistant State's Attorney and in the Public Defender's office.  

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Lake Freeman accident leads to injury and arrest

Emergency responders report a tubing accident on Lake Freeman Saturday led to an arrest and one woman was airlifted.

A Kentland, IN man faces an alcohol-related charge while an Earl Park teenager was injured and flown to an Indianapolis hospital. Emergency crews were dispatched to White Oaks on Lake Freeman about 5:30 pm.

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources reported 58-year-old John Tuberty of Kentland was pulling a tube with passengers when the tube hit a large wake and disconnected from the tow rope. The tube and its passengers struck a boat dock. The victims were helped to a nearby boat ramp.

DNR officials reported 18-year-old Hunter Davidson, of Earl Park, was taken by ambulance to IU Health White Memorial Hospital. She was then airlifted to St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis because of a possible spinal injury.

She was later said to be in stable condition and expected to make a full recovery.

Tuberty, who was believed to be operating the boat while intoxicated, was arrested. He was taken to the Carroll County Jail facing several charges. He has since been released on bond.

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Governor Rauner reviews tornado damage

The National Weather Service confirmed at least nine tornadoes touched down last Wednesday in north-central Illinois.  Governor Rauner visited Pontiac Friday, saying we're fortunate there were no fatalities or serious injury.  Rauner said he's being updated by officials with the state Emergency Service Agency and local officials concerning damage assessments.  The NWS called the Pontiac damage an EF-2 tornado.

The NWS also reviewed the damage at other sites, calling the Cissna Park structure damage and building damages at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais EF-1 tornadoes.

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