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Drowning reported in Newton County, Indiana

A 24-year-old man reportedly went missing Saturday evening in a lake at the Willow Slough Fish & Wildlife Area in Newton County, Indiana.

Local emergency response teams and the Indiana Conservation Police are investigating the possible drowning in Murphy Lake.

The Department of Natural Resources reported the man was trying to push a rubber raft to shore when he went under and never resurfaced.

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Indiana murder trial date delayed

The trial date for a man accused of murdering his mother and half-sister has been moved again.

22-year-old David Rodenbarger was set to go to trial in October. A motion for continuance was granted and the trial has been moved to May of 2015.

Rodenbarger is charged with murder in connection with the deaths of his mother Michelle Haskins and his 6-year-old half sister Jillian in February 2013.

The White County, Indiana Prosecutor's Office plans to seek a sentence of Life without Parole.

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Kankakee River drowning victim located

The identity of a man's body was yet to be announced after he drowned in the Kankakee River near Wilmington Friday. He was found just before 5 pm Sunday.

The Will County Coroner's Office reported Wilmington Fire personnel confirmed a 33-year-old man was found shortly before 5 p.m. near the Des Plaines Conservation Area boat launch, west of Interstate 55.

Four people were fishing in the river and the victim apparently was swept away by the river's current Friday night near South Island Park in Wilmington.

An autopsy was scheduled.

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Former U.S. Senator from Illinois remembered

         Former Milford resident, Gene Callahan, friend pays respect


Fairview Heights, IL - Visitation was Sunday, July 13th for former U.S. Sen. Alan Dixon of Illinois.

Dixon died July 6 at his home in Fairview Heights. He was 86.

The Democrat's career in politics spanned more than 40 years in public office. He was in the U.S. Senate from 1981 to 1993, serving as the third-ranking Democrat. He also chaired a subcommittee of the Armed Services Committee.

Visitation was Sunday from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Lindenwood University's auditorium in Belleville.

The funeral was Monday at 11 a.m. at the same location.

Among those speaking at the service were U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, former Illinois Gov. Jim Thompson and Gene Callahan, Dixon's former chief of staff.

A private burial for family and close friends followed.

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Lake Shafer accident kills Illinois woman

Indiana conservation police say alcohol and speed were factors in a recreational accident that left an Illinois woman dead last Saturday (7/12).

It happened just after 4:00 pm on Lake Shafer at Monticello.

Conservation officers reported 43-year-old Anne Wittstock of Burbank was driving a wave runner with a passenger on board.

For an unknown reason, she drove the wave runner into the NIPSCO security cables that are stretched across the lake to keep boaters away from the Norway Dam.

CPR efforts were administered by other boaters. The Monticello Fire Department transported Wittstock to the IU White Memorial Hospital, where she was flown to IU Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis and later pronounced dead.

The male passenger, Joseph Allen, also of Illiniois, was uninjured.

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