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Arrest made in murder of Milford Restaurant owner

An investigation has led to an arrest of a 19-year-old Milford teen for the weekend shooting death of a restaurant owner in Milford. Randy White is jailed in Iroquois County on a one-million dollar bond.

He was arrested by sheriff’s police and Milford police Monday night. Police executed a search warrant at a Milford residence where White was staying.

Crime scene technicians processed items collected at the murder scene and at the residence.

35-year-old Jesus “Jesse” Cintora was found dead about a block away from his restaurant. He had suffered a single gunshot wound to the chest.

Police say authorities were called out just after 2 am Sunday about a burglary in process at the Milford Family Restaurant. When officers arrived just about a minute after the call, they discovered Cintora’s body. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Milford restaurant owner found murdered

Tragedy in Milford...a burglary leads to a homicide investigation.

Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police, Milford Police, Illinois State Police office and the Iroquois County Coroner’s Office are investigating the weekend murder of a Milford restaurant owner.

It happened Sunday morning in the downtown business district. Sheriff’s deputies and Milford police were called to a burglary in progress at 2:am. at the Milford Family Restaurant. That’s in the 100-block of E. Jones Street.

The restaurant owner, 35-year-old Jesus Cintora was already on his way to the business, according to reports from the sheriff’s department.

Police discovered the building had been entered. They also found Mr. Cintora’s vehicle on the north side of the restaurant.

Police reported they found no one inside the building. Then then searched the area and found a man on the ground about one block north of the restaurant. The man was identified as Cintora. He had suffered a gunshot wound. Cintora was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Hoopeston Grad Serving in Guam

A 2009 Hoopeston Area High School graduate is serving in the U.S. Navy as part of an integrated crew of sailors and civilian mariners working aboard the submarine tender, USS Emory S. Land.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Mahlon (May-lin) Schmid serves in Guam as part of a forward deployed naval force in the Pacific.

He is responsible for the ship’s weapons and safe use and operation of those weapons aboard the ship.

Schmid, who’s a native of Rankin (IL), says he enjoys the camaraderie between the sailors in the Weapons Department. He said “we all work together to accomplish our mission. I enjoy shooting and teaching people to shoot.”

Schmid adds, “It’s an honor to follow in my grandfather’s footsteps who served in World War II.”

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Labor Day ceremonies honor Veterans

It’s often a history lesson that needs to be an everyday thing -- not just on Labor Day !

That’s the message so many people deliver as the war heroes are recognized.

Citizens attending a Veterans Day ceremony in Oakwood got a history lesson on the various branches of the Armed Services. The Oakwood American Legion delivered the lesson (Friday) as two new additions were dedicated at the community’s war memorial.

One of the two people honored on a new addition at the Oakwood memorial is Major David Audo. He was 35 when he was killed in Iraq on October 27th, 2009. Major Audo’s widow, Rebecca, was on hand for Friday’s dedication. She said ‘’I’m honored. I mean I’m happy that they’re doing this. I was surprised and it is a blessing. “.

And Rebecca Audo added that we need to remember there are still troops serving in harm’s way around the world.

Major Audo’s son...Austin, is a sixteen-year-old student at Oakwood High School. ‘’To me, every day should be Veterans Day,’’ said the teen. ‘’Today is just a special day because we get to add additional support to the Veterans on this day, and show them how much we appreciate them for their service.’’

State Representative Chad Hays and State Senator Scott Bennett shared comments before a crowd at the Oakwood event.

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HONOR FLIGHT -- providing honor & closure for veterans

American Legion Post #23 in Watseka brought area military veterans a little closer together (Friday) – for Veterans Day 2016.

The Legion Post had members assembled – for an annual event – to remember and honor the people who gave us our freedom.

But on this Veterans Day, as America steps up to unify and heal from a bitter political campaign, and a new President-Elect waits in the wing, veterans hear from a non-veteran, but aa American nonetheless who can appreciate what the veterans mean to all of us.

Connie Scott of Champaign told the local group of her experiences as a volunteer escort onboard HONOR FLIGHT –a non-profit organization dedicated to providing veterans with honor and closure.......

“I would tell anyone, go for....if you want to serve as an escort. It’ll change you, it really will,.” Scott told 94.1 WGFA News.

Ms. Scott shared her experiences and what she saw many veterans experience in making that trip to Washington, D.C. to see the memorials that honor all veterans, from all branches of the military........

“It’s so difficult to explain the emotions you go thru; to hear the veterans share stories and experiences; it’s so interesting to hear them,” Scott said. “And to see the emotional looks on their faces, the tears – it’s beyond rewarding, it’s a life-changer.”

Florida State representative Jeff Miller calls the nation’s memorial breathtaking --- it’s made us all free and we owe the veterans.

And it’s the veterans who should earn the right to board HONOR FLIGHT and experience what deserve to see, for their own honor and closure.

The sounds of Veterans Day are the moving experience all American should listen to and appreciate ----

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