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Shorefront license fees going up at Lakes Freeman, Shafer

The Shafer and Freeman Lakes Environmental Conservation Corporation Board voted to approve new shorefront license fees next year.

Beginning March 1, 2016, annual individual license fees for property owners on Lakes Freeman and Shafer will increase from $60 to $100. Access to lakes through an easement will increase from $50 to $85 per year.

Commercial shorefront owners will pay a $425 base fee per year which includes the first ten slips. Additional slips will cost $45 annually.

One official said in the organization's 21-year history, fees have only gone up one time.

The board realized that in seven years, it would no longer be able to continue dredging operations at present levels.

In a press release, the Corporation reports it has spent more than $187,000 including legal and consulting fees to protest the mandate issued by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for the lowering of Lake Freeman during dry months. Concerned property owners and "supportive local and state organizations and agencies" have contributed $72,000 to the effort, which it said left them with a $115,000 shortfall.

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Indiana traffic accident: victims air-lifted

Nine people were injured when a truck and a jeep collided Saturday night near Reynolds, Indiana. White County Sheriff's Police investigated on US 421 and county road W 375 N.

Deputies said two vehicles were involved in the crash. One vehicle was a white Chevrolet pickup truck, driven by 61-year-old Junior Siezmore of Wolcott was stopped while southbound on US 421. Police reported he was waiting to turn left onto eastbound CR 375 N.

A Jeep, driven by 51-year-old James Wenrick of Lafayette was southbound. He hit the pickup in the rear. The impact caused the Jeep to roll upside down with multiple passengers inside.

Several of the injured people were later transferred by helicopter or ambulance.

Several emergency response teams were at the scene, including White County Sheriff's deputies, Monon Police, Monon Fire Department, Monticello, Reynolds, and Chalmers Fire Departments.

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6-year prison term for sexual abuse of 6-year-old girl

Ford County Judge Matt Fitton handed a Cabery (Kay-bree) man a six-year prison term for sexually abusing a six-year-old girl.

36-year-oold Michael Vangilder was convicted of aggravated criminal sexual abuse – the incident happening while the girl's mother was away at work. The ruling came after a two-day bench trial in September.

Vangilder will be required to serve at least 50 percent of his sentence and register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

Vangilder was eligible for a sentence ranging from probation to up to seven years in prison. He had no prior criminal history — other than a sex crime for which he had been charged in Kankakee County but was acquitted.

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Ford County Jail inmate found with meth, pot

A Tennessee man arrested on drug charges this week faces two additional felonies after police found methamphetamine and marijuana in his possession at the Ford County Jail.

29-year-old Jonathon Burke was charged (Tuesday) with two felony counts of unlawful possession of contraband in the jail. When arrested, Burke had been charged with unlawful possession of meth and misdemeanor counts of possession of cannabis and drug paraphernalia.

Burke was among three McKenzie, Tenn., residents arrested during a traffic stop Monday in Paxton.

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Chicago man arrested on drug charges in Ashkum

A traffic stop in rural Ashkum by Iroquois County Sheriff's Police finds 35-year-old Derek Thornton jailed in Watseka.  Deputies found a suitcase in Thornton's vehicle.  The suitcase contained about a pound and a-half of cannabis, LSD, and more than $4,300 in cash.  A bond hearing is likely today in Circuit Court.

Sheriff's Police were on patrol when a vehicle driven by Thornton failed to stop at a stop sign.  The car continued through Ashkum, suspiciously and at dangerous speeds before the car was stopped in Gilman on Route 24 at 600 E Road.  A search of the vehicle led to the discovery of the drugs.  Thornton was also driving  without a valid license.

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