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Pembroke teen sentenced to 27-years in prison for murder

The shooting death of a 70-year-old man has landed a 16-year-old in prison for 27 years. Vinshawn Sherrod of Pembroke Township, pleaded guilty Wednesday to first-degree murder. In exchange for the guilty plea, Judge Clark Erickson sentenced Sherrod to the lengthy prison term.

Prosecutors noted, the teenager was eligible for up to 60 years.

Sherrod, who was 15 at the time, admitted to shooting 70-year-old Thad Wells in July 2013. The boy and two other men, attempted to break in and steal firearms Wells had in his home.

He gets credit for time served from his arrest Sept. 20, 2013. He will be eligible for parole in September 2040.
Sherrod was facing charges for murder, armed violence, attempted residential burglary and possession of a stolen firearm.

Prosecutors said Sherrod and two other men went to Wells' home to steal firearms. Unable to enter the home, Sherrod fired his weapon through a door, striking Wells.

Kankakee Sheriff's deputies discovered Wells' decomposed body when a friend called in July 2013 requesting a welfare check.

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Ford, Iroquois County Sheriff’s awarding $500 college scholarships

Ford County Sheriff Mark Doran and Iroquois Count Sheriff Derek Hagen will each award a $500 college scholarship to a graduating high school senior.

The Illinois Sheriff's Association is making $53,000 in scholarships available. The scholarship is to be applied to college tuition, books and fees only. They for the 2015-2016 academic year.

Those students who receive the scholarship must be enrolled full-time at a certified institution of higher learning within Illinois during the designated school year and be a permanent Illinois resident.

Applications are available at the sheriff's offices in Paxton or Watseka. They're also available at www.ilsheriff.org. Students must complete the application; answer an essay question and return all documentation to the respective sheriff's office by March 15.

For more information, contact the sheriff's office, Illinois Sheriffs' Association, a high school advisor or a college financial-aid office.

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Danforth teen subject of missing person

A 15-year-old Danforth teenager has been missing since January 3rd. Law enforcement and the Polly Klass Foundation are hoping the public can provide info to locate Hailey Wells.

Hailey is a Caucasion female, 5-6, 165 pounds. She has blue eyes, blond-dyed red hair and a mole on the right side of her neck with multiple ear-piercings.

She may be in the company of an adult male.

If located, call the Iroquois County Sheriff's Department at 815-432-4918 or contact the Polly Klass Foundation at 800-587-4357.

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Winter Storm Watch issued by NWS

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN CHICAGO HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM
WATCH...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM SATURDAY EVENING THROUGH LATE
SUNDAY NIGHT.

SNOW WILL DEVELOP OVER THE AREA SATURDAY EVENING AND
CONTINUE AT TIMES THROUGH SUNDAY NIGHT. THERE'S POTENTIAL FOR GREATER THAN 6 INCHES NORTH OF INTERSTATE 88...AND POSSIBLY IN EXCESS OF 8 INCHES SOUTH OF INTERSTATE 88.

PERIODS OF SNOW COULD LEAD TO REDUCED VISIBILITES UNDER A MILE AND SNOW COVERED ROADS...MAKING FOR HAZARDOUS TRAVEL CONDITIONS.

NORTHEASTERLY WINDS WILL INCREASE ACROSS THE AREA ON SUNDAY...AND THIS MAY LEAD TO BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW.

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Danville men arrested in Hoopeston burglary

An open door and a suspicious vehicle led Hoopeston Police to two men now facing a burglary charge.

22-year-old Jacob Davis and 34-year-old Richard Davis, both of Danville, will appear in Vermilion County Court. They were taken into custody just before midnight Thursday. Patrolling officers noticed an open door in the 200-block of S. Market Street and a suspicious vehicle parked outside. A search of the building was made and police found the two men inside.

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