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Iroquois County choking, stabbing suspects dealt $100,000 bonds

A Crescent City man charged with choking a child and his girlfriend remains in the Iroquois County Jail. 31-year-old Michael Shadowen had bond set at $100,000 Tuesday by Circuit Judge Gordon Lustfeldt.

Shadowen is charged with two counts of aggravated domestic battery. Sheriff's Polcie were called to the emergency room at IMH Monday to investigate a report of a child who was allegedly choked at a Crescent City residence.


Judge Lustfeldt also set bond at $100,000 for Lisa Bitzel, who's facing a charge of aggravated domestic battery. She's alleged to have stabbed her boyfriend several times early Sunday morning. She was arrested Monday by Iroquois County Sheriff's Police.

State's Attorney Jim Devine said Bitzel claimed it was self defense. But she had no visible injuries while the victim, 61-year-old Steve Hofbauer of Rankin, was stabbed repeatedly about his body. He was taken by ambulance to Carle Hospital in Urbana.

The incident happened near Hoopeston, in Iroquois County at 095N and 1700E Road. Deputies responded to a 911 call from Hofbauer saying he'd been stabbed by his girlfriend. Officers found Hofbauer bleeding from multiple stab wounds. He was in his vehicle in the driveway. Bitzel was taken into custody without incident.

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Local Legislators tell Farm Bureau budget gridlock needs to end

Members of the Vermilion County Farm Bureau, like everyone else, wants the state's Budget impasse to end. So do area legislators. A handful of lawmakers told the Farm Bureau (Monday) they too know and feel the frustration.

State Reps Tom Bennett and Chad Hays were joined by Senators Chapin Rose and Scott Bennett at forum in Danville.

The legislators said resolving the deadlock won't be easy.

Chad Hays said he's looking forward to what Governor Bruce Rauner has to say in his State of the State Address Wednesday. Hays adds he would like to see lawmakers adopt a two year budget.

Tom Bennett said the State of the State and then the Budget Address, later, should be interesting. Senator Scott Bennett says there needs to be a bi-partisan effort to get the gridlock in Springfield resolved.
A concern to area farmers is that state funding has been cut to County Soil and Water Conservation Districts.

The Vermilion County Soil and Water Conservation District has lost several key employees because of it.

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Woman charged with 2nd- degree murder in stabbing death

Champaign County authorities have arrested a Seymour (IL) woman in connection with the fatal stabbing last week of her boyfriend.

25-year-old Sarah Kijanowski faces second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter for the stabbing death of 27-year-old Chase Yets. She faces arraignnment today.

Assistant State's Attorney Steve Ziegler said evidence shows they had been egaged in an argument and he allegedy pushed her and she took hold of a knife. He came toward her and she apparently stabbed him in the chest. " Ziegler said Mr. Yets was stabbed only once.

The stabbing occurred at the Seymour house that Kijanowski shared with Mr. Yets and her three daughters, one of whom is Mr. Yets' child.

A judge set bond at $250,000 for Kijanowski.

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False gas smell at BBCHS

A false report of a gas smell today (Monday) at Bradley-Bourbonnais High School triggered an emergency response to the school. Social media reports lent viewers to believe there was a gas leak.

School officials said the issue was stirred by an air-handling unit on the school building's second-floor. A motor may have over-heated, causing a smell that led someone to believe it was a gas leak. That was not the case.

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Vermilion County Farm Bureau hosting legislators

Vermilion County Farm Bureau members will hear from area legislators in a forum today (Monday). A 9 am program is at the Vermilion County Farm Bureau Auditorium. Kerry Wienke, Executive Director of the Farm Bureau, says all six legislators from our area have been invited to participate in the discussion which begins at 9:00 a.m. Monday at the Farm Bureau Auditorium. It is located just off U.S. route 150 – west of Danville.

Wienke expects the lack of an Illinois state budget and the impact it is having on local services is likely to be the hot topic, according to the Farm Bureau's Executive Director Kerry Wienke. ''It impacts roads and everything else. No budget, no nothing else," Wienke said.

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