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Missing Wilmington juvenile located in Ohio, Suspect in custody

A missing juvenile from Wilmington was located safely in Ohio last night. Wilmington Police report the 13-year-old girl left her home in Wilmington after babysitting and was last seen around 5 pm. Police were called by the girl’s stepfather just past 6 pm. Family members said the girl told them she was going to be leaving. The girl’s mother started looking into communication records and officers were able to determine that the girl had been speaking with a person from Ohio. An investigation by authorities revealed additional information on the man that the girl had been communicating with. Police officials were able to identify the man as 21-year-old Andrew Boltz of Kenton, Ohio.

Investigators were also to locate Boltz’s location, which was near the Indiana/Ohio state line. Police said the Ohio State Patrol was able to stop the vehicle and take Boltz into custody. The juvenile was not injured. Charges are pending.

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Wrongful-death lawsuit filed in 2018 fatality at Vermilion County Jail

A Peoria-based attorney has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against Vermilion County officials for the death of an inmate in the county jail. Jamie Moore of Hoopeston was found dead in a cell August 1, 2018. Moore’s daughter is the plaintiff in the case. The 9-count lawsuit brings allegations against Vermilion County, Sheriff Pat Hartshorn and six sheriff deputies. The News-Gazette reports the suit alleges officers used excessive force and denied Moore required medical attention.

Moore’s death was investigated by Illinois State Police. The lawsuit alleges the correctional officers knew about Moore’s medical condition,

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Gilman: Price Outlook Meeting set for September 10

The Ford-Iroquois Farm Bureau will sponsor a Price Outlook meeting Tuesday, September 10.  The 7 pm meeting is at the Farm Bureau building in Gilman.  AgriVisor Manager Joe Camp will present the price outlook One Earth Energy's Steve Kelly will also speak, providing an update on the ethanol industry and his thoughts on the world commodity markets.

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Farmers Almanac: Get ready for brutal winter

The Farmers’ Almanac is out with its annual predictions for what kind of weather Illinois will see in 2020. Peter Geiger is the editor for the publication. He says Illinois can expect to see a Polar Coaster this winter.

The predictions call for heavy rain and wet snow starting in the middle of November. Cold air could move in by the end of December, with January being a “brutal” month for all of Illinois. Geiger says some parts of the state could see lows of negative 40. For spring? Geiger says to expect it to arrive late. Summer should be sultry with average precipitation.

How accurate are the weather predictions in the Farmers’ Almanac? Geiger says, last year, they were spot on.

The 203rd edition of the Farmers’ Almanac is in stores now.

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Loda house fire under investigation

Iroquois County Crime Stoppers welcomes any info anyone might have concerning a vacant house fire that destroyed the structure early Tuesday. The house in the 400-block of E. Jefferson Street was destroyed. The foundation is all that’s left. And there’s questions as to what caused the blaze. The 2-story house was engulfed when firemen arrived about 1 am.

Iroquois County Sheriff Investigator Clint Perzee said the State Fire Marshall is working with the sheriff’s office with the investigation. Perzee said the house was locally –owned and authorities are looking for suspsects.

More than two-dozen firemen from Loda, Buckley and Paxton answered the call. The cause wasn’t determined.

Anyone with information about the fire is asked to call Iroquois County Crime Stoppers at 815-43-CRIME.

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