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Onarga man sentenced to 18 years for sexual abuse of two girls

In Iroquois Circuit Court, an Onarga man was handed an 18-year prison term for sexually abusing two girls several years ago. The girls testified they were just eight-years-old when the abuse started.

47-year-old Jose Ramon Villanueva Jr. was found guilty of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child, criminal sexual assault, and criminal sexual abuse. All are felony counts.

Villanueva was facing a 45-year prison term. Judge Gordon Lustfeldt handed down the sentence.

The abuse, according to the now-adult victims, started several years ago. Villanueva was arrested in June. State's Attorney Jim Devine said the victims disclosed the abuse to their family in 2006, but Villanueva denied their claims so they were not believed.

Devine said "as the girls grew older and matured, they gained confidence and reported it to our local sexual assault services." The now 23 and 17-year-old victims contacted police.

The 23-year-old victim said the abuse started in 1999, when she was about 8 years old, and continued until she graduated from high school in 2010. The younger now 17-year-old victim had a similar story saing Villanueva abused her over the course of a year when she was 8 years old.


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TEMPORARY VISITOR RESTRICTIONS IMPOSED AT IMH

Watseka, IL – Officials at Iroquois Memorial Hospital have announced that temporary visitor restrictions have been imposed during the flu season. IMH joins several other hospitals in central Illinois and Indiana with the restrictions.

"Our highest priority is the health of our patients and their families, our staff and the community," said Leslie Cottrell, IMH Nurse Lead. To help reduce the spread of flu, the following visitation restrictions are now in place:

• Visitors under 18 years old are not allowed to visit any unit
• A maximum of two individuals over the age of 18 are able to visit at any one time.
• Visitors with symptoms of upper respiratory infection should refrain from visiting. If visits must occur for patient well-being, visitors with symptoms will be required to wear a mask.
• Patients who are in isolation for flu treatment will be limited to receiving only those visitors who are essential for their emotional well-being and care.

To help reduce the spread of the flu, Iroquois Memorial Hospital all IMH employees have received the flu vaccination.

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23-year prison term for St. Anne man

A Kankakee County man will serve a 23-year prison term for repeated crack cocaine trafficking.

42-year-old Edward Dorsey Sr. of St. Anne was sentenced Monday to federal prison. Dorsey was also ordered to remain on supervised release for a period of eight years following completion of his prison sentence.

U.S. District Judge Colin S. Bruce sentenced Dorsey within the advisory federal sentencing guideline range after finding that Dorsey was a career offender with two prior felony drug trafficking convictions. In fact, at the time he committed these offenses, Dorsey had five prior felony drug convictions and was serving a three-year term of supervised release for a prior federal drug crime.

Dorsey admitted distributing more than 28 grams of crack cocaine on two occasions, Nov. 21 and Dec. 18, 2013, and also distributing crack cocaine on Dec. 10, 2013. At sentencing, the United States presented evidence that, during his drug trafficking activities, Dorsey threatened to shoot any law enforcement officers investigating him. Dorsey has been in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service since his arrest in this case.

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Grant Park crash closes Route 1

Two semis were involved in a head-on collision Monday night, shutting down Illinois Route 1 near Grant Park. The closure lasted about four hours.
Grant Park Fire was on the scene. No serious injury was reported.

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Loda Village Board Member Sentenced To Court Supervision

A Loda Village Board member has been placed on three months court supervision. 54-year-old John Zalaker pleaded guilty Monday to disorderly conduct in Iroquois County Court. He was also fined 50 dollars and was ordered to pay 367 dollars in court costs. Zalaker's criminal charge was in connection with a November 12th altercation that involved several others at Loda Village Hall. He's been a village trustee for nearly four years.

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