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Two school referendums defeated in Iroquois County

Voters denied efforts in the Iroquois West school district to generate money for new buildings in Tuesday’s Consolidated Election. A $25-million referendum was soundly defeated by a near 80 -20 percent margin. (1226 No 343 Yes)'

Meanwhile – Crescent-Iroquois school district #249 said No to consolidation with Watseka Unit #9.

The issues needed to pass in both Watseka and Crescent-Iroquois. The Watseka district approved the consolidation 73 – 26%. It failed in Crescent City on 53-46% margin. (228 No 201 Yes)

School leaders say it’s time to move forward. They thank voters for their input.

Several community meetings by the two school districts laid out the financial picture showing aging buildings and a struggle to hire teachers.

At Iroquois West, the school board pointed to 100-year-old buildings in need of repair or replacement.

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Update: Benton County 15-year-old found safe

The Benton County Sheriff's Office in Indiana reports a missing 15-year-old girl from Benton County has been found safe.

Emily Schneider is accounted for, according to detectives in the sheriff’s department. No further details were provided about where the girl was found. Emily was last seen riding her bicycle in the area of I-65 at the Wolcott/Remington exit around 8 p.m. Monday.

Sheriff’s Police from Benton and Jasper County were involved in the search, along with Indiana State Police. Authorities said Schneider's bicycle was found Monday, but she was not located.

           - Newton County: Body found over weekend identified -

The Newton County, IN sheriff's department is identifying the body found Saturday afternoon north of Kentland.

Foul play is suspected in the death of 30-year-old Nicole Bowen of West Lafayette. The case is under investigation. Police say there's no reason to believe there is an active threat to the community.

The body was discovered by a property owner in Jefferson Township. Several police agencies, including the FBI, and the Newton County Coroner's Office are active in the investigation.

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Sheldon man arrested on traffic, assault and weapons charges

A simple traffic stop for speeding in Watseka Monday turned into quite an episode.  A 22-year-old Sheldon man  is now jailed for several offenses after refusing to cooperate with police.

Eugene Westbrook is jailed for unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon, criminal damage to state property, possession of cannabis, resisting an officer, aggravated assault and fleeing & alluding. He was jailed in Iroquois County.

A traffic stop was initiated for speeding in the 800-block of E. Walnut Street just before 6:30 pm.  Police stopped the vehicle at a local business, but Westbrook is alleged to have refused to comply with the officer. Westbrook then entered the business, again ignoring the officer's commands. When the officer attempted to handcuff Westbrook, the suspect then ran and knocked over a display in the business.

The officer attempted to deploy his taser, hitting Westbrook's vehicle door.  Westbrook then entered his vehicle, reversed and hit the squaf car twice. A police dispatch then alerted Iroquois County deputies who were able to take Westbrook into custody north of Watseka. That's when officers located the weapon and cannabis.

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FBI involved in local social media threat

Watseka Police assisted the Springfield office of the FBI Monday afternoon. Agents contacted local police regarding an alleged threat made on a social media site. Police were able to locate a suspect.  The juvenile told police the post was a joke. The case has been referred to other authorities.

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Missing 15-year-old from Benton County, IN

Indiana law enforcement authorities are searching for a missing 15-year-old from Benton County. Emily Schneider was last seen riding her bicycle near I-65 at the Wolcott/Remington exit around 8 p.m. Monday. Authorities said Schneider's bicycle was found Monday. She has not been located.

Benton County and Jasper County Sheriff’s Police are working with Indiana State Police in the search.

Emily Schneider is 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighs about 110 pounds. She has brown hair.

Anyone with information is asked to contact either the Benton County Sheriff's Department at (765) 884-0080 or the Jasper County Sheriff's Department at (219) 866-7334.

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