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Suspected Gunman’s Car Found in Chicago, search continues


The search continues today for 25-year-old Rene Flores, the man accused of shooting a co-worker at a warehouse in Manteno Tuesday.

Meanwhile, a black Chrysler 300 Rene Flores drove away in was found in Chicago.

Chief deputy Sheriff Ken McCabe said Flores is considered armed and dangerous.  CrimeStoppers is offering a reward for info leading to his arrest.

Police, including Chicago officers, are keeping an eye on the areas where the car was found Thursday.

The search for Flores by the sheriff's office, the Kankakee County Major Crimes Task Force, the United States Marshal's Fugitive Task Force and other law enforcement agencies continues. Crime Stoppers of Kankakee County is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to Flores' arrest. Those with information can call 815-93-CRIME (932-7463) and remain anonymous.


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Industrial Accident Kills Danville Man

A Danville man was pronounced dead at the scene after falling 5 floors from a manlift at Pepsico Quaker this (Thurs) evening.

51 year old Brett Hauk fell to his death and was pronounced dead at 8:52 p.m.   An Autopsy will be scheduled. Vermilion County Coroner Peggy Johnson said the Danville Police Department, the Vermilion County Coroner's Office and OSHA are continuing the investigation into this incident.

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Dugan Named Legislator of the Year by the Association of Illinois Soil and Water Conservation Distri

SPRINGFIELD, IL –On Monday, July 23, State Rep. Lisa Dugan (D-Bradley) was named Legislator of the Year by the Association of Illinois Soil and Water Conservation Districts (AISWCD) during the organization’s annual meeting in Springfield.

“I believe in programs that benefit Illinois and our natural resources and I think it’s important that those programs have the needed resources to continue the work that they do,” Dugan said.  “I am honored to be recognized and will continue to seek opportunities to promote and preserve our natural resources.”

The AISWCD annually recognizes a member of the Illinois General Assembly for their work to promote legislative action that benefits soil and water conservation and protection of the state’s natural resources.  Dugan is a longtime advocate, and most recently successfully sponsored legislation to establish a special fund supported by a tonnage fee on fertilizer that will help provide funding for nutrient research and education programs to ensure soil fertility, and address fertilizer use issues.

Read more: Dugan Named Legislator of the Year by the Association of Illinois Soil and Water Conservation Distri

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Newton County S&WCD offers Water Testing

Get Your Well Sampling bottles before Aug 7


Through a partnership between Newton County Soil and Water Conservation District and Environmental Laboratories, Inc., you can obtain reliable water analysis at a reduced rate and in a convenient manner. 

Why Test?

When you pour a glass of water, you expect it to be pure and safe.  However, pure water rarely exists in nature.  Water absorbs minerals, organic materials, and organisms as it moves through the air and soil into surface and ground water supplies.  So, while most water appears clean and problem-free at the tap, it may not be safe for drinking or acceptable for household activities.  Taste and odor are not always indicators of water quality.  Contaminated water can taste and smell fine, while unpleasant-tasting or smelling water can be safe to drink or use.

If you are one of the 1.7 million private well owners in Indiana, you should know that you are responsible for monitoring the quality of your water.  Testing will help confirm if a problem exists, or give you peace of mind when there are no problems with your water.  If necessary, appropriate treatment will be recommended.


Total coliform/E.coli -  Bacteria often found in water and soil that indicate fecal pollution.  Symptoms such as diarrhea, dysentery, typhoid fever, urinary tract infections, flu-like abdominal pain, etc. may be spread through fecal contaminated water.

          (Requires 100 mL sterile bottle)

NitrateCommon sources of nitrate contamination include fertilizers, animal waste, septic tank run-off, and sewage run-off.  Levels of nitrates exceeding 10 mg/L as nitrogen have been shown to cause methemoglobinemia in infants.  This results in oxygen deprivation, which may be harmful to the developing nervous system of young children or could cause death by suffocation.  Symptoms include chocolate colored blood, headache, flushing of the skin, vomiting, dizziness, marked fall of blood pressure, collapse, coma, and respiratory paralysis.

(Requires 100 mL sterile bottle)


Both tests, Nitrate and Coliform will be offered at a total cost of $20.00.

Metals will be $50.00. If you require other testing, please contact Rose Morgan at the Newton County SWCD office as soon as possible for pricing and to obtain bottles at 219-285-2217 .


Locations have been set up throughout Newton County to make it easier for residents:


Ceres Solutions

Ade Branch

2887 W 883 S, Brook


Newton County REMC

4151 E US Highway 24, Goodland


Joe Morrison Attorney

4429 E State Road 10, Roselawn


Newton County Soil & Water Conservation District

213 E North St, Morocco

219-285-2217 call before going


Newton County SWCD is very appreciative to the above businesses to partner with us and help us get out the well testing bottles. Well testing bottles can be picked up now thru August 6th.  You MUST paywhen you pick up your bottles; checks are to be made out to: Newton County SWCD.  There is ONLY 1 day to draw and return your well water sample. You MUST drawyour water sample on Tuesday, August 7thand return your bottles to any of the above businesses by 11:00 am August 7th. 

For any questions, please contact Rose Morgan at Newton County SWCD at 219-285-2217.


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Pontiac man arrested on attempted murder, home invasion charges

PONTIAC — A Pontiac man faces a variety of charges after an incident in which he allegedly fired two shots in one home and then tried to shoot a woman at another.

25-year-old Andrew Fosdick was charged with three counts of home invasion with a firearm, one count of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, two counts of possession of a firearm without a firearm owner’s identification card and reckless discharge of a firearm. He remains jailed in lieu of posting $100,000.