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Law Enforcement Teams Up for Safe Prom Season

It’s Prom Weekend for many area high schools. And the Prom season presents the perfect opportunity for law enforcement and school officials to emphasize student safety.

The Illinois State Police were joined by Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police and Watseka Police yesterday (Friday) to remind high school students to buckle up and pay attention to their responsibility behind the wheel.

The scene at Watseka High School (Friday) afternoon was also displayed at GCMS in Gibson City and at Manteno -- to get that message out there.

Sgt. Steven Sigler, Safety Education Officer for District 21 of the State Police and M/S Angie Kinstner of the State police say it’s all about being safe.

"It's all about education. We want to make sure we educate students and parents and the community about having safe graduations and proms," says Sgt. Steven Sigler of the District 21 state police.  Master Sgt. Angie Kinstner also said "we emphasize P. R.O.M., an ancronym for Please Return on Monday.  We want all to have fun and be safe so all return to school on Monday."

Officers made their presence known at all exits around the high school as students called it a day. It’s Prom Weekend. It’s a celebration. It’s fun for the young adults.

But it’s also time to remember that graduation and Prom calls for a little more responsibility. The students, Sigler says, are receptive.

Tragic accidents involving teens have made the news all too often, recent accidents right here in the WGFA-listening area.

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Task Force nabs Bradley man on weapons charge

A 32-year-old Bradley man faces weapons charges after his arrest Friday by Kankakee Police and the Kankakee County Major Crimes Task Force. Adam Johnson was wanted on an outstanding warrant stemming from an illegal sale of a gun to an undercover officer.

In 2010, Johnson sold a firearm to an undercover Project Safe Neighborhood Task Force member. At the time of the sale, Johnson was already a felon.

Johnson was arrested in the 1200 block of East Locust Street in Kankakee for unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon and unlawful sale of a firearm. He was indicted by the Kankakee County Grand Jury on Feb. 21,
He is being held in the in the Kankakee County jail.

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Hoopeston Police investigate Stabbing

Hoopeston Police need the public's help in their investigation of a stabbing incident last Thursday.

A 32-year-old Watseka man was the victim. Police report the unidentified Watseka man arrived at Hoopeston Community Hospital Emergency Room seeking treatment for numerous stab wounds. The wounds were to the man's face, neck and upper body.

The victim told police he thought he was walking in the 800 to 1000 block of North Market Street in Hoopeston when three white males exited an older model blue vehicle and struck him in the head. The blow caused the man to lose consciousness. Upon regaining consciousness, the victim was covered in blood and discovered he had been stabbed several times. He was taken to Hoopeston Community Hospital by an unknown person and was later transferred to Carle Hospital in Urbana.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact Hoopeston Police at 217-283-5196. You can also contact Vermilion County Crime Stoppers at 217-446-TIPS.

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Truck hit by bullet while on I-65

No one was hurt Sunday night on I-65 when a pickup truck was hit by a bullet. Indiana State Police say troopers are investigating. A pickup truck was shot while driving northbound on the interstate near Lafayette.

Police say three people were inside the truck when it was hit. The vehicle was near the Route 18 interchange about 15 miles north of Lafayette. The bullet went through the passenger-side door window and out the rear window behind the driver.

State police asked that anyone who knows of target shooting or other activity in the rural area to report it to troopers.

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Governor Quinn Announces Approval of Federal Flood Relief for 11 Counties

Impacted Families Eligible to Apply for Grants and Low-Interest Loans; Businesses Can Apply for Low-Interest Loans

CHICAGO - Governor Pat Quinn today announced President Barack Obama has approved his request for federal assistance to help people and businesses in 11 Illinois counties recover from historic flooding in mid-April. The announcement comes just one day after Governor Quinn submitted his request for Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Fulton, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, Lake, LaSalle, McHenry and Will counties.

“I thank President Obama for his fast and responsive approval of our request for federal assistance to help families across Illinois recover from this devastating flood,” Governor Quinn said. “This quick action will help speed relief to the people of Illinois who suffered flood damages and help them begin rebuilding their lives.”

The federal disaster declaration will help people and businesses in the 11 counties by allowing them to apply for grants and loans to assist with storm-related losses.

Governor Quinn submitted a request for federal disaster assistance to President Obama on Thursday. The request was supported by damage assessment documentation that identified 41 homes in the 11-county area that were destroyed and 761 that suffered major damage. Thousands of additional homes were also affected by the floods. More than 3,500 homes in those counties were surveyed.

The federal disaster declaration makes assistance available to flood victims, including grants to individuals and households to help with temporary housing, home repairs or replacement and other disaster-related expenses, as well as low-interest SBA loans to residents and businesses.

“We will begin working immediately with FEMA to ensure flood victims can get needed help as quickly as possible,” IEMA Director Jonathon Monken said.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which administers the assistance program, has a toll-free telephone number 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY for hearing and speech impaired) for victims to apply for assistance. Registration can also be done online at www.disasterassistance.gov.

Damage assessments are continuing in many other counties hit by severe flooding and additional requests for federal assistance to help citizens in those counties are expected.