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Paxton bank employees assist police in alleged bank robber's arrest

A 29-year-old man – police say is homeless – is in custody charged with robbing three banks in Champaign County. Darryll Coleman may be linked to bank robberies in Vermilion County and in Indiana.

Paxton Police also say employees of two banks in Paxton played big roles in helping police apprehend Coleman.
Coleman was arrested by Champaign police on Friday.

That was three days after Paxton police were made aware of Coleman's presence at two banks in Paxton and found suspicious evidence in Coleman's possession.

On December 1st, employees of the Farmers-Merchants National Bank in Paxton alerted police about a "suspicious person" inside the bank.

The First National Bank of Paxton also called police to tell them that the suspicious man had returned to their building, wearing a different outfit, and was standing outside the bank again.

Coleman was questioned by Paxton authorities, his vehicle searched, and police found wads of cash and evidence, including a handgun and a map.
But police released Coleman despite the suspicious evidence found.

However, Rantoul investigators then contacted police in Ford County saying that they believed the man matched the description of a suspect in an armed bank robbery November 10 in Rantoul. And after that, Paxton Police Chief Bob Bane received word that the same man also was linked to a holdup in Danville, two in Champaign and three in Indiana.

Coleman remains at the Champaign County Jail on a $250,000 bond.

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Rensselaer man facing sex-related charges

Jasper County Sheriff's police arrested a Rensselaer man for sexual misconduct with a minor. 57-year-old Harley Struble allegedly provided at least one girl with alcohol, tobacco and marijuana, according to investigators.

Deputies reported the girl said that there had been inappropriate physical contact between the two.

Police said two other juveniles may have also been given alcohol by Struble.

Struble was being held on a $15,000 bond.

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Domestic issue results in Indiana shooting

A 36-year-old woman was in custody after a reported shooting in Newton County, Indiana Friday. Charges were being reviewed by the prosecutor's office.

Now charged with aggravated battery is 36-year-old Kristal Miller of Rensselaer. Additional charges are pending.

Sheriff's Police responded to a rural residence near Mt. Ayr. The investigation revealed 38-year-old Lawrence Zmigrocki of Hammond had gone to a neighbor's house to report he had been shot twice by a female during some kind of altercation. He allegedly said he was shot by his girlfriend.

Zmigrocki was taken by Newton County Ambulance to Riverside Hospital. He was reported in stable condition.

The sheriff's department was assisted by Brook, Morocco and Kentland Police. Indiana State Police also responded.

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Dense fog blankets Illiana this Monday morning

Visibility is down to less than a mile in many areas today; a dense fog advisory is in place until mid to late morning. Poor visibility will slow traffic and slick spots may develop on surfaces due to temperatures near or below freezing.

School delays due to fog include the Iroquois West - District 10 (1 Hour delay)..... there's a 2-Hour delay for North and South Newton and Benton School Corporation in Indiana.  There is also a 1-Hour delay for Head Start at Goodland and Roselawn.

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Christmas Tree Lane in Watseka

The 47th Annual Christmas Tree Lane is this weekend in Watseka. Decorated Christmas trees make up this year's theme...."Winter Wonderland".... at the Old Courthouse Museum.

Several groups and individuals were invited to decorate their tree over the last few weeks. Judging is today (Saturday), holiday festivities begin at 1 pm.

Refreshments will be served in the Victorian Room at the Courthouse on Cherry Street.

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