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(Advisory: Fireworks Sales)

Newton County, Indiana Sheriff’s Police and the Bureau of Tobacco & Firearms Agency is reminding citizens to be careful where they buy their fireworks and know what’s legal and illegal.

The Sheriff’s Office (Thurs) responded to a complaint about possible illegal possession of fireworks.  Deputies observed firework debris…..large black tubes which are larger than what’s allowed to be purchased at firework stores.  Examination of a firework shell revealed it required proper permitting before it can be fired.  Additional illegal shells were located in an open garage.

The Porter County Bomb Squad was called in along with the Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms Agency to dispose of the illegal fireworks.

Police said the homeowner stated he purchased the fireworks from a roadside stand in Hobart (IN) for cash.  No charges were filed against the homeowner, but that person was instructed to be more careful when purchasing fireworks from vendors at roadside stands.


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Train Car Derails at LaHogue

Reports of a train derailment this (Fri) morning blocked the 1st Street railroad crossing in LaHogue.  The crossing at Iroquois County 1800 N and 200 E Road was blocked, according to a source at the scene.  The T.P. & W Railroad had a crew enroute to correct the situation.  No word on what caused the single car to leave the track around 4 am.  No injury was reported.

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Traffic fatality, Tavern Robbery in Kankakee County

A St. Anne man died in a single-car accident Wednesday in pembroke Township.  Sixty-year-old Constantino Torres was eastbound on County Road 6000 S when the vehicle left the roadway and landed in a ditch.  Sheriff's Police investigated near 15,700 E Road.


Kankakee City Police are investigating a robbery at the Jailhouse Rock tavern on 5th Avenue. Two men reportedly entered the business and at gunpoint, one of the intruders jeumped over the bar and fled witn the cash register. No injury was reported.


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Tax Abatement Proposal on the Table for Iroquois County Board

Three new restaurants proposed in Watseka may gain the benefits of a tax abatement; a sliding scale abatement that the business owners are seeking.

The Iroquois County Board will consider the issue next week (Tues) after the board’s tax committee gave its OK this week.  The City of Watseka and the Unit Nine School District have also been asked to support the abatement of taxes for the three businesses, which the owners say will bring jobs and sales tax revenues.

Monicals Pizza and Steak ‘N Shake and Taco Bell plans construction along Route 24 East soon.

The sliding scale abatement would eliminate any tax in the first year of the business, then 10 percent real estate tax each year for 10 years.  The full amount would be paid in year ten. 


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KAMEG Arrest in Martinton

KAMEG agents and officers with the Iroquois County Sheriff’s Department last Sunday executed a search warrant at 118 W. Main Street, Martinton, arresting a Beaverville man for Unlawful Production of Cannabis.

During the warrant, agents seized 114 high-grade cannabis plants which were being produced with a highly sophisticated indoor cannabis grow operation.  In the home agents seized a significant amount of processed cannabis, drug paraphernalia and numerous items which were used to grow the cannabis ranging from expensive lighting and electrical components, an array of fertilizer, and fans.

31-year-old John Craycraft of  Beaverville was arrested and charged with Production of Cannabis Plants, a Class 2 Felony.  He was jailed in Watseka at the Iroquois County Jail and was assigned a bond of $10,000.  An investigation is on-going and additional arrests are pending. The cannabis has an estimated street value of $135,000. 

According to Director Jamal A. Simington, “There has been an increase in domestically produced cannabis which has a high THC (active ingredient in cannabis) level not experienced by law enforcement in the past.  The indoor cannabis grows are extremely dangerous and agents who are dealing with these cases are taking extra precautions to remain safe.”  Director Simington would like to remind the public that criminal enterprises are using homes and other buildings in rural and populated communities for the sole purpose of growing cannabis at an increased rate.  Contact KAMEG or your local police department if you observe the following suspicious activity in your community: 1) irregular visits by a property owner; 2) transfer of excessive equipment (lighting, fans, buckets, dehumidifiers, fertilizer, soil, etc.) into a building/home; 3) strange odors coming from inside the building/home; 4) windows which are covered by boards/black plastic; 5) owners who have excessive garbage are not using neighborhood waste companies; 6) visits of short duration by a variety of people; and 7) no one actively living in the home or working in the building.  The Iroquois and Kankakee County State’s Attorney’s Offices provided assistance during this investigation.