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Stolen vehicle chase ends with crash in Iroquois County

Three juveniles face prosecution in Indiana after leading police on a chase from Indiana into Illinois Tuesday. The chase ended with the vehicle crashing in a ditch near Stockland, in Iroquois County.

The juveniles were treated at Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka. There were no serious injuries.

Benton County, Indiana Sheriff Butch Pritchart told WGFA News one of his deputies responded to a call about an erratic driver. When an attempt was made to stop the SUV, the driver led police on a 110 mph chase, the vehicle running through several yards and down a gravel road before crashing in a ditch at Stockland.

Sheriff Pritchart said it wasn’t until after the incident that police learned the Dodge Durango had been stolen from Frankfort, IN.

The case has been turned over to the Benton County Prosecutor’s office.

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Scary Fire after car hits gas pump in Kankakee

It was just a 10-minute fire, but it looked like a devastating blaze at a Kankakee gas station Wednesday.

An SUV went up in flames after it hit a gas pump at the Citgo gas station at 604 S. Indiana Avenue about 3:30 in the afternoon.

The driver of the vehicle said the engine stalled, and after restarting, the vehicle jumped out of control, hit the pump and both went up in flames. The driver of the vehicle was not injured.

Firemen were on the scene in minutes. Witnesses reported hearing large bangs, car windows were blown out from the heat. But again, no injuries.

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Conservation Reserve Program Set to Resume

The Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) has been authorized to resume as of May 13 for continuous CRP practices. Filter strips, field borders, field windbreaks, pollinator habitat, riparian buffer tree plantings and grass waterways are just a few of the continuous CRP practices.

A general CRP signup for those landowners with highly erodible cropland will open May 20 and run through June 14.

Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and/or Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) staff will be making field visits to determine eligibility for re-enrollment on expiring CRP contracts.

For more information on CRP, Please contact the Iroquois County USDA Office at (815) 432-3946.

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Kankakee Police Public Advisory: be aware of a subject attempting to lure children to enter his vehicle.

Reports of someone attempting to get children to enter his vehicle has prompted Kankakee County authorities to issue a public advisory.

On Monday, a 15 year old female stated while she was in the area of 400 W. Station Street when she was approached by a white male in his 60's with gray hair, wearing glasses and a baseball cap. The man was driving a red pick-up truck with rust. The male driver attempted to talk the girl into entering his vehicle.

The girl refused but got a possible partial license plate of 5525YA.

Bourbonnais Police reported a similar incident near Edwin and Shawnee yesterday (Tues). A similar description was reported.

Anyone with information is asked NOT TO TAKE ACTION, but instead, contact your local Police.

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Animal Rescue (ICARe) in need of volunteers

Iroquois County Animal Rescue (ICARe), the group now managing the Newton County, Indiana animal shelter, is looking for volunteers to help staff the shelter. Part-time positions are also available.

ICARe is a not for profit no-kill animal rescue organization based in the Village of Iroquois, (Illinois). The organization has assumed responsibility for caring for the unwanted and abandoned animals housed at the Newton County shelter located at Enos, Indiana. ICARe works to find homes for every animal they rescue.

Persons interested in volunteering for ICARe or who may be interested in a part time position can call 812-429-4028 or can stop by the Enos shelter on Saturdays between 12 noon and 4pm.

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