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Milford teen enters ‘not guilty’ plea for murder of restaurant owner

19-year-old Randy White of Milford was in Iroquois County Court last week (Thursday) where he was formally charged for the fatal shooting of a Milford restaurant owner.

White remains jailed in Watseka on a one-million dollar bond. He pleaded not guilty to three counts of first-degree murder.

White appeared in court for arraignment with his public defender, Dale Strough of Watseka.

Judge James Kinzer set a pre-trial hearing for 9:30 am January 26.

White, who faces 45 to 85 years in prison if convicted, remained on a $1 million bond at the county jail in Watseka.

White was arrested for the November 13 murder of Jesus “Jesse” Cintora. The 35-year-old died from a gunshot wound when responding to a burglary in progress at his business, the Milford Family Restaurant.

Cintora’s body was discovered about a block away from the restaurant. He had suffered a gunshot wound.

Police said items from the burglary at the restaurant and from the scene of the murder were found at a Milford residence where White was staying.

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Passerby saves woman from burning house

Tammy Blackwell may owe her life to a stranger from Kentucky. The Newton County woman was asleep in her home (Thursday) when a passerby woke her up to notify her the house was on fire.

That stranger was gone when firemen arrived at the scene.
Firefighters from Morocco were helped by Lake and Lincoln Township and Lowell in answering the call to McClellan Township in Newton County.

The location was along U-S. 41 between Morocco and Lake Village.

Morocco Fire Chief Corrie Myers said there were several calls to 911 from drivers about a structure fire at 600 North, which intersects with U.S. 41.

The garage of the home belonging to Bill and Tammy Blackwell was engulfed when firemen arrived.

The stranger who wokeTammy up was from Kentucky. He was gone by the time fire crews arrived.

Chief Myers said 20 firemen were at the scene from 8:30 am ‘til 2:30 pm. The garage and breezeway were a total loss. The cause was found to be electrical.

The State Fire Marshall is investigating.

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I-74 crash kills Bolingbrook man

Champaign County officials have identified a man who died when his van slammed into the rear of a semi on I-74 Thursday night. 77-year-old Ronald Juergens was pronounced dead at the scene.

Illinois State Police reported the crash happened in the eastbound lanes of I-74 near St. Joseph. The truck driver was treated at an area hospital.

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Fraud: Scam artists at work

While the busy holiday rush continues, consumers are warned to be wary of scam activity. Phony money and fraudulent phone solicitors are busy again. Shoppers are also advised to pay attention to your surroundings.

Counterfeit $20 bills have surfaced at some retail outlets. Reports have been completed in Iroquois, Vermilion counties and in west-central Indiana. A counterfeit $20 bill was passed at a restaurant in Hoopeston.

The Illinois Sheriff’s Association also recently issued notice to consumers that a phone campaign has been fraudulently using the name “Disabled Police and Sheriffs Foundation” to solicit donations. The Illinois Sheriff’s Association never solicits by phone. The association does use a direct-mail campaign but never uses phone calls to solicit money.

Consumers are advised to be familiar with who you donate to, especially during the holiday season. If you’re unsure who you’re dealing with, Just Hang Up.

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Iroquois County’s Christmas Cantata resumes tonight

“The Light of Christmas” is this year’s theme for the Iroquois County Cantata. The 41st annual Cantata is presented at the First Christian Church in Watseka.

The 3rd and 4th presentations for 2016 are set for this evening. Shows are at 6 pm and 8 pm. One more presentation is scheduled for Friday at 7 pm.

There is no admission charge but reservations are required for seating accommodations. A freewill offering is accepted.

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