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Hoopeston drug trafficker gets life sentence

A Hoopeston man was ordered to spend the rest of his life in federal prison for trafficking crystal meth and cocaine. in Champaign.

37-year-old Jose Jaime “JJ” Lopez was sentenced to a five-year term for violating federal supervised release. That’ll be served concurrently with the life term.

U.S. District Judge Colin S. Bruce handed down the life sentence.

In November of last year, a jury convicted Lopez of distribution of cocaine and methamphetamine and attempted possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute.
During Lopez’ three-day trial, evidence was presented to show Lopez arranged to obtain about 10 ounces of crystal meth, also known as “ice,” with a Mexican drug cartel in Houston. Drug Enforcement Administration agents intercepted phone calls between Lopez and the cartel member.

On October 3, 2014, DEA agents and Champaign police seized 272.5 grams of nearly 100 percent pure crystal methamphetamine from a drug courier in Rantoul. The courier was transporting the crystal meth to Lopez in Hoopeston, so that Lopez could distribute it in central Illinois.

Agents also used a confidential informant to purchase two ounces of powder cocaine, 18 grams of ice and 30 grams of ice, respectively, from Lopez in Champaign.

Agents executed a search warrant at Lopez’ Hoopeston residence and found numerous items associated with drug trafficking.

Court records also show Lopez was on federal supervised release for a 2002 federal drug trafficking conviction.
Lopez also has a prior felony drug conviction in Texas and two convictions in Vermilion County for aggravated battery of a police officer and driving under the influence of alcohol.

{courtesy: Dept of Justice}

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Brush fire alerts emergency efforts in Pembroke Township

Several dozen fire departments from Kankakee, Iroquois, Will and Newton County, Indiana battled field fires Monday in Pembroke Township.  Volunteers were busy much of the day in eastern Kankakee County where dry fields sparked the fires in several locations.  No injuries were reported.

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Lottinville family named Iroquois County Conservation Farm Family-of-Year

The Kyle Lottinville family of Sheldon was recognized as the 2016 Farm Conservation Family award winner by the Iroquois County Soil & Water Conservation District.

The honor came Monday night at the SWCD annual award banquet. Kyle, his wife, Sue, and daughter Krista were on hand for the recognition.

The Lottinville family farms ground in Sheldon, Concord and Stockland townships.

Kyle is a third-generation farmer. Over the years, the Lottinville best management practices have included conservation tillage, no-till practices, and the installation and maintenance of various conservation practices.

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Victim recovered from Lake Vermilion identified

A 19-year-old Danville woman is now identified as the person whose body was recovered from Lake Vermilion over the weekend. Vermilion County Coroner Jane McFadden said (Monday) the victim is 19-year-old La’Bresha Lillard.

The Vermilion County Sheriff’s Department’s Underwater Search and Rescue Team found Lillard’s body in a car that was submerged in the lake. No foul play is suspected in the death.

McFadden says an autopsy is scheduled Tuesday. The Coroner says her office and the sheriff’s department are continuing their investigation into the death.

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Weekend temps set new record highs

The National Weather Service is calling it a “record-breaking” heat wave in Illinois. More than a dozen cities set records for new Hi temperature readings over the weekend. Sunday’s temperatures set records from the Quad Cities to Effingham.

NWS observations at 94.1 WGFA set a new record high Friday at 68, breaking a 1961 record of 53. Saturday – Sunday readings of 68 tied the 1930 readings.

Forecasters say there's a chance more records could fall by Wednesday.

Meanwhile – citizens in downstate Illinois woke up to a foggy Monday morning. A Dense Fog Advisory was in place until 10 am.

The Benton School Corporation in Indiana operated on a 2-hour delay this morning.

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