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12-year-old kid put in jail by mistake

                                              Kid mistaken for older brother

JASPER COUNTY, Ind.  – A case of mistaken identity now has Jasper County, Indiana Sheriff’s Police investigating why a 12-year-old boy was wrongfully jailed.

 12-year-old Jacob Magruder was sitting in the lobby waiting for his family at the Jasper County jail in Rensselaer.  The boy’s family had gone upstairs with his 17-year-old brother who had just been arrested. 

Jacob said an officer asked a woman if ‘this was the guy he’s supposed to take and the woman responded, ‘yes.’

Jacob said he was then asked to stand up as the officer patted him down, saying this was like 'just to make sure you have no weapons on you,'  Jacob said.

The boy said he was then taken behind a closed door and put in a holding cell.

"This lady came and said 'can you get in this cell for me,' and I was like 'sure,' " Jacob said. "They locked the door and it was cell number 1206 and they locked it."

Jacob said he sat in 1206 for several minutes until officials realized they took him, thinking it was his 17-year-old brother.

Jasper County Sheriff Terry Risner said an on-going internal investigation is being conducted at this time.  Authorities call it a possible miscommunication and wrongful identification of a person that was at the sheriff's office when the incident was reported.  Sherriff  Risner would not say if anyone involved in this incident has been disciplined. The investigation continues.

{NW Indiana Times}

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Hoopeston man sentenced to 4 years in DOC >

PAXTON — A Hoopeston man was sentenced to four years in prison Monday for stealing $3,000 from a Paxton bank through a fraudulent ATM transaction.

Thirty-year-old Richard J. Gonzalez was convicted by a Ford County jury on April 11 of one count of felony theft.  Gonzalez was charged with theft in October 2011 in connection with using an ATM to make a fraudulent bank transaction with the Farmers-Merchants National Bank in Paxton, according to state’s attorney Matt Fitton.

Fitton said Gonzalez opened an account at the bank, and shortly after he had received an ATM card, he used an ATM to have his account credited with a $3,000 deposit. However, the money was never received by the bank, and by the time the bank noticed the money was not deposited, Gonzales had used an ATM to withdraw the funds from his account, Fitton said.

Due to Gonzalez's criminal history, which included a prison term for mob action in Will County, he had faced up to six years in prison under extended-term sentencing guidelines.

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Danville Police Investigate Fatal Sunday Shooting

Danville police are investigating the fatal shooting of a 26-year-old local man early Sunday morning.

Police were called to the area of Robinson and Williams Street around 4:50 a.m. to a call of shots being fired.

When they arrived, a man was lying in the street, dead from an apparent gunshot wound.

Investigators urged anyone with any information to call the Vermilion County Crime Stoppers at 446-TIPS (8477).


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Iroquois County resident diagnosed with rodent-spread disease

WATSEKA — The Illinois Department of Public Health reported late Friday (5/11) afternoon that an Iroquois County resident has been diagnosed with hantavirus pulmonary syndrome.

The syndrome is a disease spread by rodents, according to the report.

The Iroquois County resident first showed symptoms in late April after cleaning out a structure where rodents were seen and was hospitalized in May with fever and shortness of breath.

The person is recovering after being released from the hospital.

Results of tests from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will be available next week.

According to a Department of Public Health press release, it marks the state's third case of the disease.

Read more: Iroquois County resident diagnosed with rodent-spread disease

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2012 college grads enter improving job market

NEW YORK — The class of 2012 is leaving college with something that many graduates since the start of the Great Recession have lacked: jobs.

To the relief of graduating seniors — and their anxious parents — the outlook is brighter than it has been in four years. Campus job fairs were packed this spring and more companies are hiring. Students aren't just finding good opportunities, some are weighing multiple offers.

In some ways, members of the class of 2012 got lucky. They arrived on campus in September 2008, the same month that Wall Street investment bank Lehman Brothers collapsed, touching off a financial crisis that exacerbated the recession.

Read more: 2012 college grads enter improving job market