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Illinois Route 49 reopened after bean truck mishap

Illinois 49 in eastern Champaign County was reopened to traffic Tuesday morning following a truck rollover earlier that morning.

Illinois State Police at Pesotum reported soybeans spilled out of a truck between Ogden and Homer a little before 7 am. The route was cleared and back open by 9:45 am.

Police said a grain truck driven by a 44-year-old man from Strawn blew a tire causing him to lose control. The truck hit a guardrail and rolled on its side, spilling beans over the road and blocking both lanes.

The driver refused medical treatment.

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Body of drowning victim found in Newton County

Department of Natural Resource officials have reported the body of a Hammond, Indiana man who drowned Saturday evening at JC Murphy Lake has been found.

The body of 22-year-old Saul Lopez was recovered Tuesday morning by the Kentland Fire Department. Lopez had been reported missing and presumed drowned atJC Murphy Lake at Willow Slough Fish and Wildlife Area in Newton County.
Conservation officers and the Kentland Fire Department had been searching for Lopez since he disappeared under the water on Saturday, July 19.

Indiana Conservation officers are continuing to investigate the death of Lopez.

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Jailed Watseka man now facing armed robbery charge

A 36-year-old Watseka man, already jailed on other charges in Iroquois County, now faces an armed robbery arrest for an last October.

Claude Tiffany will have to answer to new charges of armed robbery and attempted armed robbery.

Watseka Police wrapped up an investigation into the armed robbery at the Citgo Gas station last October 14th. Police reported a masked man entered the Walnut Street business at 12:42 am, brandishing a knife and demanded money. The Illinois State Police Crime lab used DNA results to link Tiffany to the crime.

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Clifton man busted in marijuana-growing operation

A Ford County marijuana-growing operation was busted up by authorities, resulting the arrest of a rural Clifton man.

60-year-old James Crane will face charges in Ford County Circuit Court. The operation was discovered in the Kempton area. KAMEG agents investigated the case since last October. Crane was arrested Monday. Agents seized an estimated 1600 cannabis plants, totaling about 700 pounds.

Ford County State's Attorney Randy Yedinak said that in October 2013, agents from the Kankakee Area Metropolitan Enforcement Group began an investigation into a possible cannabis grow in rural Kempton.

Felony charges against Crane include possession of cannabis with intent to deliver. He was jailed in Paxton on a $200,000 bond.

Ford County State's Attorney Randy Yedinak is also looking into seizing Crane's interest in 76 acres of land used to grow the illegal crop.

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Iroquois County Jail in full compliance

Iroquois County Sheriff Derek Hagen reports the the Iroquois County Jail is in full compliance with Illinois Department of Corrections standards. That's according to an inspection of the facility completed July 16 by IDOC officials.

"This report from the Illinois Department of Corrections is a big compliment to my entire staff of correctional officers at the Iroquois County Jail," Hagen said. "I am extremely proud of my correctional officers who operate and maintain the jail 24 hours a day with dedication and professionalism."

Hagen reports, there was one improvement since the jail's last inspection "The facility food service provider, Aramark, has replaced their representative. Kevin Kling is now the on-site Aramark representative." Hagen said there were zero non-compliances found.

The public may review the 2014 Iroquois County Jail inspection report at the Iroquois County Clerk's Office located in the Administrative Center, 1001 E. Grant St., Watseka.

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