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Ford County cases of 3 terror suspects moved to Minnesota

Three members of a Ford County militia group accused of bombing a Minnesota mosque will have their federal cases consolidated for trial in Minnesota.

The News-Gazette reports Michael Hari, Michael McWhorter and Joe Morris were arrested in March in connection with last year's explosion at an Islamic Center in Bloomington, Minnesota. No one was injured in the attack.

The men face federal hate crime charges. After their arrests, authorities say McWhorter told FBI agents that they wanted to scare Muslims out of the country.

They're also charged with federal crimes in Illinois, including the attempted bombing of a women's health clinic in Champaign.

The Star Tribune reports Morris pleaded not guilty Tuesday in federal court in St. Paul. Court records show McWhorter plans to plead guilty.

The fourth man charged, Ellis Mack, already pleaded guilty in Illinois to acts not related to the bombing or attempted bombing.

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Fatal accident in Iroquois County

A single-vehicle accident in Iroquois County Saturday killed a Glenview (IL) man. The 57-year-old driver lost control of his SUV on Illinois Route 1, hitting another vehicle parked in a driveway. Michael Dolan and a dog with him were killed.

Illinois State Police investigated at 6:45pm near County Road 2400N.

Fog blamed on Iroquois County accident Monday ---

A Chebanse man was slightly injured when he overturned his vehicle at County Roads 800 E and 600 N. 52-year-old David Hanson failed to notice a jog in the road whil;e northbound. Sheriff's Police said the dense fog was a factor. Hanson made a sharp left turn and overturned the vehicle. No citations were issued.

A Cissna Park woman was blinded by the sunlight Sunday while turning into a private driveway. Susan Walder hit another vehicle. A minor injury was reported. No ticket was issued.

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Pedophile gets 140-years in prison

A Ford County man was sentenced to consecutive sentences, totaling 140-years in prison, for sexual exploitation of several children.

The News-Gazette reports the FBI and Illinois State Police were involved in the investigation of 78-year-old Toetim Cizmar of Cabery. He was given four consecutive 30-year sentences for the offenses followed by a 20-year sentence for possession of child pornography.

Cizmar pleaded guilty to four counts of sexual exploitation of a child. The offense involved three children, ages 3 - 6 years old.

Authorities say Cizmar "engaged in sexually explicit conduct with the children.” Cizmar also pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography when he was arrested.

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Danville 18-year-old charged with involuntary manslaughter after friend fatally shot

A Danville 18-year-old is facing preliminary charges of involuntary manslaughter and aggravated battery with a firearm in the fatal shooting of his 19-year-old friend over the weekend.

Vermilion County Sheriff’s Police report the 18-year-old was arrested, appeared in bond court and was released after posting 10 percent of his $250,000 bond.
Names of both the suspect and the victim have not yet been released.

Police said the shooting occurred shortly before 2 a.m. Saturday in a house in the 800 block of Warrington Avenue, just west of Danville.

Illinois State Police are assisting the sheriff’s department in the investigation. The Vermilion County Coroner’s Office is also investigating the death.

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Train, semi collide in Newton County

Emergency crews responded to a train, semi colission Friday at U.S. 41 and U.S. Route 24 in Kentland, IN Friday.  Sheriff's Polcie reported neither driver, the semi operator or the engineer of the locomotive, were injured. The accident is still under investigation.

Police reported the semi driver, Kenneth Fuoss of Baxter, AR, was northbound when the westbound T.P.& W. (Toledo, Peoria and Western Railway) freight train hit the semi, a side-swipe that did not result any injury or derailment.  The train consisted of two locos and 47 cars.

 

FedEx worker killed in accident at Indianapolis airport --


FedEx says an employee was killed in an accident at Indianapolis International Airport, where it has a large distribution hub.

Information about how the Thursday night accident happened or the person killed weren't immediately released.

Indiana Department of Labor spokeswoman Stephanie McFarland says state workplace safety investigators were notified Friday and were reviewing the accident. The inspection is expected to be completed within a month.

FedEx spokesman Jim McCluskey released a statement offering condolences to the worker's family and that the Memphis, Tennessee-based company was cooperating with investigators. He referred questions about the accident to airport police, who didn't immediately respond to a request for information.

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