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Female Body found near Hoopeston; Autopsy scheduled

Vermilion County Coroner Peggy Johnson confirms an autopsy is planned today (Mon) on the body of a female found Sunday in a wooded area, east of Hoopeston.

The coroner nor investigators would say, for sure, if the body is that of Amanda “Mandy” Walters-Pentecost. The 33-year-old woman from Watseka has been the subject of a search since she disappeared February 1st.

Sheriff’s Police, Hoopeston Police and the Coroner were on the scene of the discovery. Chief Sheriff’s Investigator Rod Kaag says a man hunting deer antlers found the remains in a wooded area, a half mile east of Hoopeston, and a half-mile south of Illinois route 9.


The Vermilion County Coroner’s Office ordered the autopsy in an effort to determine how the woman died.
The Chief Sheriff’s Investigator would not say whether authorities believe the victim is Miss Pentecost.

Tira Howaniac (Ho-whan-E –ac) has been acting-spokesperson for the family of Mandy Pentecost during a three-week search……

:15 (48 hours) # 23

Mandy Walters-Pentecost was last seen in Hoopeston.

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Limestone Township Fire Chief Brosseau to plead guilty

The former fire chief of the Limestone Township Fire District reportedly will plead guilty to felont theft charges.

Jeff Brosseau (Bross-SO) plans to enter a guilty plea to felony theft charges and pay back the money he is accused of stealing from the Kankakee Valley Firemen's Association.


The Daily-Journal reported the 56-year-old was arrested in October 2011 for allegedly taking over $55,000 from the firemen's association between 2006 and 2009. Brosseau served as the association treasurer at the time. His arrest followed a three-month investigation by the Illinois State Police.


He resigned as fire chief in November 2010.

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Heroin bust in Pontiac

PONTIAC — Two people were arrested in Pontiac after a search warrant turned up heroin, marijuana and cash as part of an ongoing investigation by the Livingston County Proactive Unit.

Sheriff Marty Meredith said the arrests occurred Thursday evening. A 32-year-old woman faces charges of manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance, A 26-year-old man faces charges for possession of a controlled substance. The un-identified suspects are both are from Pontiac.

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Firefighter injured in Melvin blaze

MELVIN — A firefighter escaped serious injury overnight when a floor collapsed inside a burning bar and grill. A snowplow driver called in the fire at Bubba’s Bar & Grill on Main Street.

The Roberts firefighter was taken to Gibson Area Hospital, where he was treated and later released.

The fireman fell through a weakened floor into the basement. Other firefighters lowered a ladder so he could climb out.

Firefighters cleared the scene about five hours later, but the state fire marshal’s office was called to investigate. Firemen from Melvin, Roberts, Sibley and Gibson City answered the call around 3:30 am.

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Survey favors Halvorson for Congress

A recent poll of 500 registered voters in the 2nd Congressional District favor former Congresswoman Debbie Halvorson in the race to replace Jesse Jackson Jr.

Halvorson holds the number one position with a little more than 21% of the likely-vote. Former State Rep, Robin Kelly was second with 17.4%.

Victory Research conducted the poll between Sunday and Tuesday of this week. The results have a margin of error of 4.3 percent.

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