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Berkot’s Aroma Park grocery opening soon

A 16,000 square foot grocery store is ready to open in Aroma Park. Berkot's Super Foods has completed its transformation of the former Cliff's Market. The new grocery store will open May 1 at 8 am.

The village had been without a grocery store since Cliff's Market closed in September 2012.

Berkot's renovated the surrounding location on the southeast side of Aroma Park. New equipment has been in the store. The store is expected to employ 25 to 30 full- and part-time workers. Store hours will be 7 am. to 9 pm seven days per week.

The opening in Aroma Park brings to 15 the number of Berkot's stores. The Watseka store recently re-opened. Other company store locations are in Momence, Manteno, Wilmington, Peotone, Braidwood and Coal City.

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Barickman sponsors safety legislation for 1st responders

Being a first responder is a dangerous duty and State Sen. Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington) wants to find ways to make the roads a little safer for men and women who must respond to emergencies.

"There have been far too many cases where police, firefighters and others have been injured or killed while performing their duties on the Interstates and state highways," Barickman said. "In our area, we are most familiar with the death of Pontiac Police Officer Casey Kohlmeier. But unfortunately, Casey's death was not an isolated incident. In recent years several first responders have been killed or seriously injured in similar incidents."

Barickman is co-sponsoring Senate Joint Resolution 62 to create a special Emergency Responder Roadway Safety Task Force to identify and recommend ways that Illinois can reduce the risks for police, firefighters, EMTs and other first responders when working on Illinois highways and roads.

The resolution specifically cites the case of Kohlmeier, as well as Hudson Firefighter Chris Brown, who was killed on March 5, 2013, while working at the scene of a motor vehicle collision.

In addition, at least two Illinois State Troopers have been killed in recent years, responding to calls on Interstate 55 – Trooper Kyle Deatherage in 2012 and Trooper Brian McMillen in 2007. Also, six volunteer firefighters from Loami were injured in 2004, one critically, when they were struck while trying to help jump start a vehicle at the scene of a fire call.

The legislation would create a 17-member advisory group comprised of one representative of the Illinois State Police; two from the Illinois Department of Transportation; nine representatives of fire, police and medical services from small, mid-size and large population areas; and a representative of the towing industry. Legislators from each of the four major caucuses would round out the panel. The committee would be required to submit recommendations to the General Assembly by next January.

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Roselawn bank robbed, police seek suspect

The FBI is working with the Newton County, IN sheriff's department in the investigation of a bank robbery Friday in Roselawn. The DeMotte State Bank at Roselawn was robbed just before 2:30 pm.

There was no injury. No weapon was displayed during the robbery. Sheriff's Police have posted information. Authorities are looking for a Hispanic male, possibly in his late 20's, about 6 feet tall, and some facial hair. The man was dressed in black, wore black gloves, and a black sock-style hat.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Newton County Sheriff's Polcie at 219-474-5661.

Sheriff Tom VanVleet commended the actions of bank employees, saying they did their job well, remaining calm and gathering details. The sheriff said authorities have great leads to work on.

A suspect vehicle is described as a silver or gray Oldsmobile 4-door passenger car with a partial Illinois plate K 46.

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Meth arrests in White County, Indiana

Reports of criminal activity at a rural Monticello, IN home led to the arrests of three people on meth charges. Indiana State Police said they found methamphetamine in the home where the three suspects were staying. Troopers said they found meth and ingredients to make meth in the home.

State Police made three arrests after finding evidence at the residence. All three individuals were booked into the White County Jail.

41-year-old Crystal Upchurch-Speed of Monticello was arrested for manufacturing and dealing in meth and maintaining a common nuisance. 43-year-old Eric Bottoms and 46-year-old Theodore Ryan, both of Monticello , were also arrested for manufacturing of meth and visiting a common nuisance.

Troopers said the investigation is ongoing.
Indiana State Police were assisted by the White County Sheriff's Office and Monticello Police Department.

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Champaign man identified in truck-pedestrian accident on Route 49

The Vermilion County Coroner's Office is working with Illinois State Police investigating a truck-pedestrian accident that killed a pedestrian. The victim has now been identified as 29-year-old Matthew Wheeler of Champaign.

Coroner Peggy Johnson said the accident happened (Thurs) night just after 9 pm. An autopsy was scheduled.

State Police say their investigation found the pedestrian was walking in the roadway along Illinois Route 49, a half-mile north of Vermilion County 2000 North Road when he was struck. The location was northwest of Fithian.

Police report the pick-up truck was driven by a 35-year-old woman. No charges were filed against the driver of the truck.

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