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This Saturday is Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

Before you dump any prescription drugs down the sink save them for this Saturday’s prescription drug take-back day.

Several police agencies will participate in collecting those used, unwanted, or expired medications. Drop-off sites have been announced in area cities and counties.

The Iroquois County Sheriff’s Department will have personnel accepting the prescription meds at the jail in Watseka. Kankakee County law enforcement will collect the meds at Northfield Square Mall. Take-Back events are also planned in Champaign, Vermilion and McLean counties.

The Will County Sheriff’s Office will once again participate in this year’s DEA National Drug Take-Back Day. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and participating law enforcement agencies across the country are coordinating the event.

The Will County Sheriff’s Office will be collecting prescription medications in the parking lot of the Will County Courthouse, in downtown Joliet. Most local municipal police departments are also participating.

The National Drug Take-Back Initiative began in 2010. Since that time Americans have turned in over 6 million pounds of prescription drugs. This event aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription medications. Flushing drugs down the drain have unintended, negative consequences for public health and safety and for the environment. Most of these chemicals pass through treatment plants or septic systems and can end up in nearby rivers or lakes.

The drug take-back day It gives the public an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. The service is free and anonymous.

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Jury rules: Clayton guilty of killing 83-year-old Hopkins Park woman

A Kankakee County jury (Monday) returned a guilty verdict against Monroe Clayton for the 2015 stabbing death of 83-year-old Zennia Young.

Clayton is facing a possible prison sentence of between 20 and 60 years. Prosecutors say additional time is possible due to the victim’s age and the brutality of the crime.

The jury deliberated for 3 1/2 hours. A sentencing date will be scheduled.

Young was killed in her Hopkins Park home on Nov. 28, 2015.
Prosecutors used DNA evidence to implicate Clayton in the crime. His DNA was found under the fingernails of the 83-year-old victim. Early police reports stated Clayton had gone to the Pembroke home to try to borrow money from a person who also lived there.

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Kankakee bank robbery, suspect arrested

Police on Monday afternoon arrested Charles Clevenger on suspicion of robbing the Centrue Bank in downtown Kankakee.
Police said the 27-year-old Clevenger entered the South Schuyler Avenue bank around 11:30 a.m., demanding money. He never displayed a weapon or said he had one.

The suspect then fled west on foot. Police arrested the suspect after a brief foot pursuit in the 100 block of East Court Street.

Police recovered all the money from the suspect.
Another man, who was with Clevenger at the time of the arrest, was questioned but was released after police said he was not an accomplice.

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Rep. Bennett talks legislative issues at Town Hall meetings

The lack of a budget and several other legisltive matters were discussed at Towns Hall meetings in Iroquois and Livingston counties. State Rep. Tom Bennett hosted the events this past week in Watseka and Pontiac.

Matching the diversity of topics was the diversity of public opinion on issues such as marijuana legalization, protections for persons with disabilities, a potential income tax increase and the hiking of the minimum wage.

Constituents expressed enthusiasm toward the decriminalization and eventual regulation of recreational marijuana, arguing that a legal purchase of it would create new tax revenue for the state’s ailing coffers. Others, however, felt its legalization should be restricted to medicinal usage only.

Another issue that those in attendance largely agreed on was their opposition to a proposed increase to the minimum wage, up to $15 per hour. Among the common refrains was how this would negatively impact businesses as well as the existing budget hole.

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Cement truck rollover Rt. 49, driver injured

Illinois State Police report the driver of a cement truck that crashed this (Monday) morning in Vermilion County was airlifted to the hospital. His injuries were not life threatening.

Police said the crash occurred at around 11:30 am on Illinois Route 49 northbound just south of Vermilion County Road 1900 North. The truck’s left front tire blew, causing the truck to skid off the road and roll over twice. The 54 year-old male driver was wearing a seatbelt but had to be rescued from the vehicle. There was no immediate word on his condition.

Motorists were urged to use an alternate route while the clean-up continued.

Vermilion County Sheriff’s Police, Fithian-Muncie-Collison Fire, Ogden-Royal Fire, and Oakwood Ambulance personnel assisted District 10 state police.

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