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Puppy mill owner facing charges in Indiana

Pat Gorecki, who was once accused of running a puppy mill in St. Anne, is being accused of running a similar operation in Newton County, Indiana.

It’s the second time in two years such charges have been filed.

Sheriff's deputies and an animal control officer, last month (April), confiscated 14 dogs from Gorecki's home located in rural Lake Village. That’s just a few miles east of where she ran her local operation in 2015.

In 2010, Gorecki's rural St. Anne facility was raided by Cook County Sheriff's Animal Crimes Unit, along with the South Suburban Humane Society in Chicago Heights.

More than 50 dogs were removed, but the Kankakee County State's Attorney at the time, Jamie Boyd, said he didn't have enough evidence to prosecute her.

Gorecki sued to get the dogs back but all had been adopted.
Patrick Ryan, an attorney for Newton County in its civil matters, said an anonymous tip led him to obtain an emergency inspection warrant for Gorecki's residence located at 7887 N. Meridian Road.

Gorecki will be in court May 10 facing forfeiture of the dogs and contempt charges.

As part of the judge's order in the 2015 case, Gorecki is prohibited from owning or possessing any dogs in Newton County.

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Gilman holdup lands Champaign County man 6 years in prison

A Savoy man who admitted his role in the holdup of a fast-food restaurant in Gilman has been sentenced to six years in prison.

21-year-old Tevaughn Brownlee was sentenced to the state’s boot camp program. Iroquois County Judge James Kinzer agreed to recommend boot camp after Brownlee pleaded guilty Thursday to aggravated robbery. A more serious charge of armed robbery was dismissed.

He admitted using a "bludgeon" to hold up an employee of the McDonald's on December 28.

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Kankakee County: Heroin overdoses a concern

Six suspected heroin overdoses are a real concern to Kankakee County Coroner Bob Gessner. Question is: could it be a bad batch of heroin ? Gessner and others in neighboring counties are expressing thoughts on a growing problem.

Gessner reports Riverside Hospital official have recorded 127 OD’s in the first quarter this year. Now, that’s all kinds of overdoses. But that’s a pace that could result in more than 500. Gessner said Riverside recorded 200 overdoses for all of 2016.

Meanwhile – Kane County Coroner Bob Russell is warning people about a new deadly drug. It’s called “gray death.” It looks like concrete mix. It’s a combination of several opioids including heroin and fentanyl. The substance has caused deaths in Ohio and Kentucky.

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Iroquois County fires in rural Crescent City, Onarga

Three farm tractors were among the items lost in a tool shed fire Thursday at a property site in rural Crescent City. An 80 by 20 foot structure at 1568E and 2250N was gutted. Corn and soybean seed was also lost. No injury to report.

Crescent-Iroquois Fire Chief Scott Schroeder said the fire appeared to be electrical. Firemen from Crescent City, Ashkum, Danforth and Watseka were on the scene about three hours.

Onarga firemen had mutual aid support from Buckley, Gilman and Ford-Iroquois (Thawville) in fighting a fire at the clubhouse at Shagbark Country Club.

The electrical fire did extensive damage to the clubhouse’s north end. There was heavy smoke and heat damage. The state fire Marshall is investigating.

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After the rain ? Weekend calls for dry, warmer weather

Flood warnings will remain in place after the slow-moving weather system brought so much rain this past week. But a dry-up and warmer weekend is expected, according to the National Weather Service.

Flood Watches/Warnings remain in effect for much of Illiana.
Flash flooding brought emergency response teams out Thursday in several counties, including Vermilion, Champaign and Coles counties. Some roads were closed. And some school districts had early dismissals.

A Flood Warning is in place until 3:45 pm.today (Friday 5/5) for Vermilion, Champaign, Douglas, Edgar and Coles counties in East Central Illinois. West-central Indiana counties are also included.

Saturday and Sunday forecasts will bring some sunshine. Temperatures will climb into the 70s by next Wednesday.

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