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Rantoul names new Police Chief

Erman Blevins is the choice for Rantoul. He'll be the new police chief.

The 47-year-old Blevins will succeed Paul Farber. The village board made its choice Monday night, concurring with Mayor Chuck Smith.

Blevins has served as commander of records and administration for the Carpentersville Police Department. The mayor said Blevins' ability "to function inside a police department was more appealing."

"He brought a sense of energy and stability to the office," Smith said. "I think he's also offering a new vision and guidance to the command situation."

Blevins said he will give the Carpentersville department 45 days notice and expects to begin his duties in Rantoul on February 9.

Andy Zinke, who spent 25 years with the McHenry County Sheriff's Office, was also among the two finalists for the Rantoul job.

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GCMS School District names new Superintendent

Current Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley principal Jeremy Darnell will become the district's new superintendent, effective July 1.

The 41-year-old Darnell. A 7-year GCMS Middle school Principal, was chosen by the school board in a unanimous vote. He'll assume the post being vacated by the pending retirement of Anthony Galindo.

Board members expect to approve Darnell's contract, salary and benefits at their January meeting.

The district received 10 applications for the position.

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Fatal hit & run in White County leads to arrest

Police have made an arrest in a hit-and-run crash that killed a White County woman and a 13-year-old girl in October.

The White County, IN Sheriff's Office is reporting the arrest of 22-year-old Austin Warren of Logansport. His arrest (Monday) on a warrant is for two counts of failure to remain at the scene of an accident resulting in death. That's a Class 5 felony.

The case involves a hit-and-run accident in October that killed a White County woman and a 13-year-old girl.
Authorities said the October 11th accident happened just before 8 pm on County Road 800 North. Investigators said a car traveling on County Road 800 North collided with a truck on State Road 16.

48-year-old Deborah Barkas was pronounced dead at an area hospital. The female child were extricated from the vehicle and taken to IU Health White Memorial Hospital. Hannah Ohrt was then air-lifted to Riley Children's Hospital in Indianapolis. She died there two weeks later.

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Jasper County mishap kills Rensselaer man

A Rensselaer man died after he lost control of his vehicle and hit a utility pole Friday. Jasper County Sheriff's Police said 26-year-old Javier Herrera was found lying on the roadway after he was thrown from his vehicle.

A 911 call alerted police about 8:40 pm to the crash on County Road 400 North, just west of U.S. 231. That's about eight miles north of Rensselaer, Indiana.

Herrerra was pronounced dead at Christ Hospital in Chicago two hours later.

Investigators said that Herrera was speeding and lost control when cresting a small hill. They said his truck left gouge marks on the road, presumably from the vehicle's undercarriage. The vehicle hit a utility pole. They believe Herrera was ejected from the truck during the impact because he wasn't wearing a seat belt.

The crash remains under investigation.

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Toys for Tots delivers in Iroquois County

Estimates of $30,000 to $40,000 worth of toys were handed out to families in need in Iroquois County Saturday. The Toys for Tots event was staged at the Watseka Depot. Several volunteers made it happen, an event that's brought smiles to many people since 1947.

Toys for Tots Coordinator Bill Nutter said the need is there; "it's a great program, what a thrill to see the smiles on faces of people visiting. Bags of toys were filled and delivered from 9 am 'til 3 pm.

Monetary and toy donations from businesses and individuals throughout the year make the Toys for Tots a success. Seven hundred children benefitted this year. There were 300 families that signed-up.

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