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Update: Delphi murders investigation >

Investigators in Carroll County have offered new information on the Delphi double homicide case, involving the deaths of two teenage girls last week.

At a press confedrence Wednesday, law enforcement authorities released audio of a suspects’s voice –the audio is a voice saying “down the hill.”

Law enforcement provided new details on the ongoing double homicide investigation of 13-year-old Abigail Williams and 14-year-old Liberty German.

Indiana State Police said it was German’s cellphone that captured video and audio from the trail on Feb. 13, the day the girls went missing. State police confirmed the photo released of the man in the blue jacket also came from German’s phone. Authorities called German “a hero” to have the wherewithal to turn on her phone and record the suspect.

State police believe evidence gathered points to the man photographed is connected to the girls’ deaths.

A reward of more than $40,000 is also being offered on information leading to the man’s arrest.

If you have any information regarding the case, please call the Delphi Homicide Investigation Tip Line at 844-459-5786 or email tips to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Streator mom still missing

The search for 24-year-old Kayla Stratton of Streator continues. LaSalle County Sheriff Tom Templeton said investigators continue to follow leads and tips received since her Friday abduction.

Police believe she was abducted by Clarence "Satch" Merritte, the father of the Stratton's 11-month-old child, Paul.

The child was also missing until Saturday, when he was discovered on the porch of family friends.

The abduction and subsequent manhunt began at around 11 pm Friday. Police report Merritte rammed his vehicle into Stratton's.

Merritte, an alleged gang member, forced Stratton from her vehicle against her will, coerced her into his car, then fled.

An arrest warrant for Merritte charges him with unlawful restraint, driving on a revoked license, domestic battery and aggravated assault.

Merritte is also wanted for parole violation.

The DCFS is also involved.

Sheriff Templeton advises "any information in regards to the whereabouts of Kayla Stratton ... or Clarence Merritte should be directed to the LaSalle County Sheriff's office at 815-433-2161."

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Press conference planned Wednesday on Delphi murder investigation

A 10 am press conference (Wednesday) in Delphi (IN) is expected to reveal new information in the ongoing investigation of a double homicide involving two teenage girls.

Law enforcement will provide information about the murders of 13-year-old Abigail Williams and 14-year-old Liberty German.

Indiana State Police Sgt. Kim Riley says a man in a blue jacket, who appears in police-released photos, is a “main suspect” in the investigation. A search for the man has expanded beyond Delphi. Police believe the suspect may have been picked up as a hitchhiker.

If you can identify the man in this photo or provide any information regarding the case, please call the Delphi Murder Tip Line at 844-459-5786. You can stay anonymous.

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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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