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Watseka residents arrested in drug bust

Three rural Watseka residents were jailed Friday after authorities executed search warrants during a narcotics investigation.

Iroquois County Sheriff's Police, assisted by Watseka Police, made the arrests at two different locations.

45-year-old John Ulaszek is being held at the county jail. on a $20,000 bond. He's charged with Unlawful Delivery and Possession of Cannabis with Intent to Deliver. The investigation involved purchases of cannabis from Ulaszek at his residence.

36-year-old Jeremy Kraud and 28-year-old Amber Neff were released having posted 10% of their $5,000 bonds. The narcotics investigation targeted the distribution of cannabis from their home. Both were arrested without incident Thursday.

Kraud and Neff face charges of Unlawful Delivery and Possession of Cannabis.

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Saturday is "Drug Take Back Day"

Officials in Kankakee and Vermilion County are teaming up with the federal Drug Enforcement Administration to collect those unwanted or used prescription medicines you may have around your homes.

 (Saturday) is 'Drug Take-Back Day. '

Any expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs can be dropped off – no questions asked. Sheriff's deputies will be on hand to accept the drugs. The service is free and anonymous and will take place from 10 am until 2 pm. Drop-off sites are at Northfield Square Mall in Bradley and the Vermilion County Courthouse in Danville.

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Bus fire at Gilman, no injuries

Forty high school students and staff escaped injury Thursday morning when their bus went up in flames in Iroquois County. No one was hurt when the Peoria Charter bus on its way to Chicago for a field trip smelled of smoke, then went up in flames.  The bus driver had pulled off I-57 at Gilman.  Everyone evacuated before the bus was engulfed in flames.

Fire personnel arrived within three-minutes of a 9-1-1 call placed by a teacher on the bus.  The bus driver had parked the bus on the Gilman exit ramp after students in the rear of the vehicle alerted him of the strong smell of smoke. A passing semi-truck driver used a fire extinguisher to help douse the flames.  The bus was charred.  

A replacement bus arrived to take the group to Chicago. The equipment malfunction is under investigation.

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Kankakee: bond set in fatal fire

A $5-million dollar bond was set Thursday in Kankakee Circuit Court for the man accused of setting the apartment building fire that killed two young boys. 

61-year-old Alex Sawyer is charged with 2-counts of first-degree murder and 4-counts of aggravated arson.  The April 13th fire, prosecutors said, was intentionally set in a rear stairwell of the building on W. Station Street.  Five others, two adults and three firemen, were also treated for injuries.  

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“Bear” getting ‘lotsa love’ as he recovers from near-fatal injuries

The Labrador-mix (known as Bear) is making progress as he recovers from his near-death experience in Ford County. Police are also reporting progress in the case to find who's responsible for shooting him and leaving him to die while suspended by his leash on a bridge near Sibley.

Officials at the small animal emergency and critical care service at the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital have reported 'Bear" is more perky, eating and showing some personality.

Doctors also report Bear is getting a lot of love and the support from the public is tremendous.

A GoFundMe account has raised over $13,000 already in efforts to get Bear the medical treatment he needs. There's also interest in adopting him once he recovers.

Bear was found April 20 by a man walking his own dog along an abandoned road. The chocolate Labrador retriever mix had been shot, shattering the lower jaw,. He was also suffering from extreme dehydration, an injury to a rear limb, chronic skin ulcers and hypothermia.

The investigation into the incident is continuing.
Ford County Sheriff Mark Doran said Wednesday "we have information to move us in the right direction." Charges could be filed once a solid case is formed.

The sheriff said the owners will not get the dog back.

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