Two men and a juvenile face charges after Kankakee Police recovered three handguns during an attempted burglary. Police reported the attempted house burglary was in the 500-block of S. Greenwood Avenue. 30-year-old John Jefferson and 21-year-old Marquis Moore, both of Kankakee, were charged with unlawful use of a weapon by a felon. The juvenile was charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon.
34-year-old Pamela Lowe of Watseka is facing a larceny charge after her arrest by Watseka Police. Lowe was wanted on an Iroquois County warrant. She was also arrested for criminal trespass to land.
Watseka officers arrested 34-year-old Heather Osbourne-Anderson. She was wanted on an Iroquois County warrant for domestic battery, then found to be in possession of hypodermic needles. She was held at the County Jail.
Newton County, IN Sheriff's Police are again warning citizens about callers soliciting money over the phone. A local resident received a call from what appeared to be a Morocco (285) number, claiming to collecting donatiuons for veterans. The person getting the call asked the caller to send a donation envlope with details how to made a contribution. With that, the caller became rude and insisted the local citizen commit to an amounty and make the donation by phone. The citizen refused.
Police say their not aware of any solicitor-organization originating from a 285 local number. Police also report there is a Veterans Assistance Program for Newton County. Donatioins can be made thru the Jasper Newton Foundation.
Citizens are also advised NEVER give your banking, credit card or personal financial informatioin to anyone over the phon to anyone you don't know or trust. Also, any request to purchase gift cards is a red flag.
Two Benton County, IN men have been arrested for Arson and Murder in connection to a house fire in Fowler last week. The fire at 103 North Polk Street claimed the life of 60-year-old Daniel C. Riegle. Riegle lived at the single-story house.
42-year-old Duane Muse and 43-year-old Rhett Allen Martin, both who lived at 307 W. 4th Street in Fowler, are jailed on charges of Arson and Murder. Trooper Detectives out of the Indiana State Police Post at Lafayette, Indiana State Fire Marshall’s Office, Fowler Police Department, Benton County Coroner’s Office and the Benton County Prosecutor’s Office have worked diligently over the last week to arrest Muse and Martin. The investigation continues. Authorities are not releasing any further information about the case. Riegle was positively identified by the Coroner’s Office.
It was last Friday morning when emergency responders were alerted to a structure fire at the Polk Street location. A volunteer firemen came across the flames and called 9-1-1 about 7:50 am. The body of Riegle was discovered inside the home as firemen put out the fire. Efforts to administer life-saving first aid were unsuccessful. Fowler Police initiated the investigation then called the State Fire Marshall and State Police for assistance.
Assisting agencies were Fowler Police Department, Benton County Sheriff’s Department, Fowler Center Township Fire Department, Indiana State Fire Marshal's Office, Benton County EMS and the Benton County Coroner’s Office.
The 2019 Iroquois County Christmas Cantata offers the public five dates to see this year's performances of “He Shall Be Called.” Those interested need to call 815-317-6165 to reserve your seat. Performances are 7 pm Friday, December 20; 2 pm and 4 pm Sunday, December 22; and 7 pm Monday, December 23. All performances take place at First Christian Church in Watseka.
There are no tickets required to attend but seats must be reserved in advance in order to ensure seating is available. To reserve seats, call the ticket number at 815-317-6165 and leave the following information: Your name, the number of seats you need, the time and date of the performance you wish to attend, and a contact number. You should note whether or not your contact number can receive text verification of your reservation or if you need a return call.
In addition to the youth choir, “Joyful Noyz,” directed by Jessica Fehland, this year’s cantata will feature soloists: Jessica Fehland, Kena Clark, Jayne Henrichs, Duane Wolfe, Earl Kroll, Faith Aaron, Megan Schippert, Adam Drake and Samantha Gooding. Participants of the cantata represent many area churches and communities.
Donations are always accepted at the door and these help support a chosen organization. This year’s recipient will be Iroquois Memorial Hospital Hospice, a highly regarded program dedicated to surround patients and families with comfort and support.