A traffic stop on a car hauler Sunday along I-57 led to the discovery of suspected cocaine and a weapon. Illinois State Police stopped the vehicle just before 5 pm. A K-9 alerted police to six kilos of suspected cocaine and a 9 mm Glock firearm. Police estimated the street value of the cocaine at $176,000.
32-year-old Kenneth Berry Jr. of North Carolina is jailed in Kankakee County. KAMEG assisted State Police.
A Clifton woman was jailed in Iroquois County on charges of Retail theft and possession of a hypodermic needle. 29-year-old Anita Ponton was wanted on warrants in both Iroquois and Kankakee County.
A Gilman woman, 24-year-old Noel Swartz, was arrested by Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police for theft.
18-year-old Trevor Ulitzsch of Kankakee faces charges of theft. He was wanted on an Iroquois County warrant. He turned himself in at the County Jail in Watseka.
28-year-old Joel Rodriquez of Clifton turned himself in at the Iroquois County Jail Sunday. He was wanted on a local warrant for burglary, theft and criminal damage to property. He remained at the county jail in Watseka.
An abandoned house fire over the weekend led to the arrests of three people in Jasper County, IN.
24-year-old Jacob R. Call of Wheatfield and 35-year-old Nicholas Charles Dykshorn of Demotte on various charges including Arson and Burglary. 24-year-old Shelby Renee Gluth of Wheatfield was also arrested on entering and trespassing charges. Suspicious activity at an abandoned home northwest of Wheatfield triggered an investigation by sheriff deputies. Two more incidents at other locations led to the suspects arrests.
Toby Coates has been named the new Donovan School District #3 superintendent. He joined the district as of July1. It’s his first role as a school superintendent.
Coates come from LaSalle County. His early years in education were in South Streator. He did spend eight years as a building principal at Wallace Grade School in Ottawa and then two years as a principal at Rutland Grade School in Ottawa. His family has been living in Pontiac the last 16 years.
Farmers State Bank of Danforth and Aroma Park is merging with the Kankakee-based First Trust Bank. The announcement, in a press release, states the merger is likely to be finalized later this year. The anticipated transaction will increase the First Trust assets to $300-million.
The merger combines banking of the First Trust Bank, adding locations at Danforth and Aroma Park to operate under the umbrella of First Trust Bank of Illinois.
Jeff Smith, Chairman of First Trust, said “we’re confident this partnership will bring additional strength and opportunities to the Kankakee and Iroquois county areas.”
The chairman of Farmers State Bank, Steve Lemenager, also said “partnering with a respected, successful community-focused bank like First trust Bank will ensure our customers and communities will continue to receive the banking services they deserve for generations to come.”