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5-month undercover investigation results in multiple arrests

KENTLAND, Ind.  -   Kentland, Indiana Town Marshall Vince Lowe  {Low -  like How} Friday announced results of a 5-month undercover drug investigation, which found officers from several departments arresting several suspected dealers. 

Bonds were set for all the suspects, some now free while others are jailed in Newton County and will appear in court Monday.

Twenty-seven law enforcement officers from 11 agencies served arrest warrants.

Officers purchased marijuana, hashish, cocaine, and various types of controlled substances on multiple occasions during the course of the investigation.

11 felony warrants were issued and all but two of the suspects were taken into custody.

Nine adults and two juveniles were arrested in Newton and Benton Counties and two adults were arrested by Illinois departments, including Iroquois and Vermilion counties.

Read more: 5-month undercover investigation results in multiple arrests

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St. Anne Man Arrested after Police Stand-off

A 36-year-old St. Anne is in custody after he held police at bay for a reported five-hours.  The stand-off ended early Friday morning with the arrest of Timothy Poskin.

Police officers had gone to the house in the 400-block of W. Grant Street in St. Anne to serve an arrest warrant. Police said Poskin was wanted on a Wisconsin warrant for threatening to bomb a government building.

St. Anne Police, Kankakee City Police, Kankakee County Sheriff’s Police and Illinois State Police had surrounded the house late Thursday night. Poskin was hiding in the basement and reports said he threatened to shoot officers and himself.

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Storm Clean-up Continues from Thursday Weather >

There was no serious damage reported in Iroquois County from Thursday’s weather episodes, but other parts of Illiana were dealing with aftermath of heavy rain, winds and hail.

The clean-up continued Friday across parts of east-central Illinois and western Indiana. The stormy weather crossed the area late Thursday into Friday morning.

The Bloomington-Normal area reported three buildings damaged, some rooftops were peeled back and trees uprooted.  The National Weather Service (NWS) reported the damage was consistent with straight-line winds. 

In Champaign County, authorities say no injuries were reported when 10 cars of a Union Pacific Train derailed near Sidney during the storms.  There were no hazardous materials involved.  It was believed that strong winds caused the derailment.

Trees and limbs were downed at several locations on both sides of the state line.   And farmers were assessing their fields to see whether any crop damage occurred.

The National Weather Service issued tornado and severe thunderstorm warnings for parts of Iroquois, Ford, Livingston and Vermilion counties.

Some communities reported power outages, but utility companies had most everyone restored in a hurry.

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Kankakee County Grand Jury Indictments >

Three defendants facing sex charges in Kankakee County are now under indictment.

45-year-old Paul Somers of Bradley is charged with two-counts of Aggravated Criminal Sexual Assault and Unlawful  Restraint.  Somers allegedly handcuffed the victim and forced sexual contact at a residence in Bradley.

36-year-old Christopher Silsbee of Chebanse was indicted for Failing to Register as a Sex Offender.  He failed to notify law enforcement about a change in his employment.

37-year-old Gary Lance of Momence was arrested for Criminal Sexual Assault.  He allegedly had sexual contact with a female on Hobbie Street in Momence.

And a Manteno man, Herbert Battermann, was also indicted for Criminal Sexual Assault.  He allegedly had sexual contact with a victim at a campground in Chebanse.

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Police Standoff in St. Anne

Several police officers and agencies responded to an emergency call in St. Anne Thursday night.  A house was surrounded by law enforcement when a gunman threatened to shoot officers and himself.

Police had gone to the house to serve a warrant.  A source at the scene reported police were armed.  A SWAT team was at the scene.  No shots were fired.  No further info has been released.

St. Anne Police, Kankakee County Sheriff’s Police, Kankakee City police and State Police all responded to the 400-block of W. Grant Street.

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