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Watseka narcotics investigation nets two arrests

The Watseka Enforcement Team and Iroquois County Sheriff's Police arrested a 35-year-old Watseka woman (Friday) as part of an undercover probe targeting the sale of heroin.

Misty Kaufman will appear in court today (Monday). Police executed a search warrant at 559 E. Mulberry Street in Watseka. Authorities targeted the sale of heroin from the residence. The search resulted in the seizure of heroin, crack cocaine, and U-S currency.

Kaufman was charged with unlawful delivery of a controlled substance – heroin, possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, and possession of a controlled substance (crack) with intent to deliver.

Police also reported the arrest of 34-year-old Jennifer Pederson, who was living in the basement of the residence. She was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

94.1 WGFA

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Weapons and drug charges in Kankakee County arrests

A federal grand jury has indicted five Kankakee County men on gun and drug charges. Several agencies were involved in the investigation and arrests made last week.

The U-S Attorney's Office will prosecute the case. If convicted, the five felons face up to 10 years in prison on the possession of weapons charges.

The U.S. Marshals Service has the five men in cusody.

Those arrested include four from Kankakee and a Hopkins Park man.

27-year-old Rico Speed was arrested on four counts of a felon in possession of a firearm and one count of distribution of 28 grams of crack cocaine.

22-year-old Roosevelt D. Smith faces four counts of a felon in possession of a firearm and one count of possession and sale of stolen ammunition.

39-year-old Charles Williams was arrested on one count of a felon in possession of a firearm.

34-year-old Carlton Lashawn Smith is charged with a single-count of possession of a firearm by a felon.

28-year-old Antwon Crite of Hopkns Park was arrested on eight counts of a felon in possession of a firearm.

The charges are the result of ongoing investigations into gun violence in the Kankakee area. The investigation was conducted by the Project Safe Neighborhood Task Force, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives and the Kankakee Police Department.

The Kankakee Area Metropolitan Enforcement Group, the Chicago Police Department, the Illinois State Police and Kankakee County Corrections assisted in the arrests.


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Ashkum fire ruins former store-front

A fire of suspicious origins did major damage to biker hangout in Ashkum Saturday night.

The Stone Cold Motorcycle Club clubhouse caught fire about 8 o'clock Saturday evening and it took the efforts of several area fire departments to bring it under control.

The building is one of the oldest on Main Street in Ashkum, built around 1856.

The motorcycle club rehabbed the property about 4 years ago, fixed up the front room, and has using the building for social gatherings since that time.

Yellow police tape is keeping club members from getting inside to see if the old building can be repaired and saved.

It is expected the yellow tape will come down once a state fire marshal has completed an investigation.

{news submitted by WGFA's Mack Berry}

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Illinois Rail Safety Week – What Most Americans Do Not Know About Vehicle Versus Train Crashes

Ashkum, IL – During Illinois Rail Safety Week, which runs from September 14th to September 20th, the Illinois State Police District 21 wants to promote safety for both motorists and pedestrians around railroad tracks. Most Americans are unaware of the dangers associated with railroad crossings and trains. Did you know, according to Operation Lifesaver, that across the United States;
- 333 - Number in millions of vehicles that cross railroad tracks every day.
- 270 - Number of people killed in 2012 at highway rail grade crossings.
- 442 - Number of people killed in 2012 trespassing on railroad property.
- 18 - Number of football fields it takes a freight train, traveling at 55 mph, to stop.
- 50 - Percentage of vehicle/train collisions that occur at crossings with active warning devices (lights, gates, bells).
- 212,600 - Approximate number of at grade highway rail crossings in the United States.
- 40 - Times you are more likely to die in a crash with a train than you are to die in a vehicle crash.
- 3 - Average time, in hours, between each incident where a vehicle or pedestrian is struck by a train.

When crossing railroad tracks, you must always follow the law and be aware of your surroundings! For more information about Illinois Rail Safety Week, please visit www.illinoisrailsafetyweek.org.

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TV Anchor Announces His Own Terminal Diagnosis

(Champaign, IL) -- A television news anchor in Champaign used the airwaves to announce that he has brain cancer and is only expected to live for four to six months. Dave Benton told viewers of WCIA, Channel 3 that doctors say the tumor is too large for surgery or radiation. The Addison native and NIU graduate said he'll try a new treatment to slow the tumor's growth and hopes to work as long as he can.             {Metro News}