Dwight Police report two Bloomington men are facing charges for an armed robbery at a Casey's General Store early Wednesday. 30-year-old Lawrence Lloyd and 21-year-old Kurtis Bowling are jailed in Pontiac. Police said the men entered the store at 1:30 am Wednesday armed with a long, black rifle. They fled with cash and cigarettes and other items. No one as injured.
New Illinois law allows schools to offer kids bus rides around gang territory
Schools across the state of Illinois will now have the option to put kids on the school bus so they don't have to walk through gang territory. >>>
The law actually went into effect last November, but the Illinois State Board of Education is just now telling schools how it will work.
Under the plan, schools will work with parents and local police departments to map blocks where school kids shouldn't walk. Then, ISBE's Tim Imler says the district would figure out how to get those kids on a school bus.
Schools usually have kids who live within a mile and a half of their school walk. But this law would have the state reimburse local schools that want to bus kids through bad neighborhoods.
ISBE expects to see some schools take advantage of the new law next school year.
A Manteno native is the new executive director at Willard Airport in Savoy. Tim Bannon will move from the interim-director’s job he’s had the last 16 months to the post of executive director at Willard. Bannon says he’s very excited about his new position; grateful for the opportunity. He replaces former director Gene Cossey.
A 30-year-old Dwight man is jailed in Livingston County for the robbery of a Casey’s General Store in Dwight early Wednesday. Lawrence Lloyd is charged with armed robbery. He was arrested by Dwight Police some nine hours after the robbery at 1:30 that morning. Lloyd is one of two men involved. No injuries were reported in the incident.
Suspect arrested in case of animal cruelty at Fair Oaks Dairy Farm
Newton County Sheriff’s Police arrested a Brook, IN man Wednesday in connection with the animal cruelty case at the Fair Oaks Dairy Farm. 36-year-old Edgar Gardoza-Vasquez is jailed in Newton County. He faces a misdemeanor offense for torturing an animal.
Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) have placed a hold on Vasquez. He’s one of three suspects named in warrants for the alleged abuse of young calves born at the northwest Indiana dairy farm. Two others are still at-large.
A ruling in U.S. Federal Court in Urbana reveals a multi-million dollar settlement has been reached in a 2013 federal suit against Ford County. The Ford County Record reports the sheriff, two correctional officers and the County were named in the suit.
The seven-count lawsuit was on behalf of the estate of Richard Gonzalez. He was a Hoopeston man jailed for theft. The suit claimed jail personnel failed to provide proper medical care for the inmate. Gonzalez was found dead in his cell about 4 am. The case was about Gonzalez not receiving proper medical treatment for “serious medical needs.” The exact amount of the settlement was not disclosed, according to the Record.