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Watseka Police conduct safety compliance check

Motorists were cited for equipment violations and three arrests resulted during a safety compliance check in Watseka Friday evening.

Eleven traffic stops were made by officers. Watseka Police, in cooperation with the Gibson City Police Department K-9 unit, issued verbal warnings to drivers in non-compliance with safety. A search of three vehicles found the drivers to be in compliance.

Police also conducted walk-throughs at local taverns and found all operators to be in compliance with local and state laws.

One notable arrest was 25-year-old Clayton Stauffer. He was charged with unlawful use of a weapon and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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Supreme Showman at Newton County Fair

Hayden Berenda is the Supreme Showman at this year’s Newton County Fair. Hayden received the WGFA Belt Buckle award (Friday).

The WGFA Belt Buckle was presented by WGFA National Farm Broadcaster John Gooding AND local sponsor Tom Sondgerath of Emerson-Sondgerath Chevy Buick in Kentland.

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Watseka man to stand trial for theft

31-year-old Chad Walwer of Watseka will stand trial (Monday) for a burglary earlier this year at the Watseka Wal-Mart. Walwer is charged with burglary and retail theft.

Police investigated three separate incidents at the store in April of this year. Automobile stereo equipment was allegedly stolen from the retail outlet.

Jury selection is expected to begin at 9:30 am in Iroquois County.

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Iroquois County jury convicts Papineau of fatal crash charges

An Iroquois County jury (Wednesday) returned guilty verdicts of reckless homicide and reckless driving against 20-year-old Dakota Papineau of Watseka.

He’s looking at a sentence ranging from probation to five years. Judge James Kinzer set a sentencing hearing date of July 19 at 1:30 pm.

The jury took two-hours to return the verdicts.

The case stemmed from a July 23, 2014 crash that claimed the life of David Senesac of Watseka. The crash also seriously injured Senesac’s 6-year-old grandson, Landon Shaw.

Prosecutors showed the jury Papineau was careless and reckless when he blew thru a stop sign at 1900N and 1600E, west of Watseka, near Crescent City.

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Iroquois County man found dead in Bourbonnais

Bourbonnais Police report the body of a man was discovered Wednesday morning outside a business. The identity of the man was announced as 64-year-old Eldon White of Sheldon.

He was found in the 300-block of Main Street NW.

Kankakee County Coroner Bob Gessner said White apparently died of natural causes. . He was discovered by a trash hauler around 7 am.

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