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Cannabis plants lead to Claytonville man’s arrest

Bond was set at $2,000 for an Iroquois County man accused of the unlawful production of cannabis plants. Forty-seven year-old Samuel Vires III appeared before Judge Gordon Lustfeldt Wednesday in Circuit Court.

KAMEG agents found the cannabis plants growing at Vires' residence. Illinois State Police assisted KAMEG. Authorities observed 44 plants growing in a garden. During a search, officers also recovered a small amount of cannabis and drug paraphernalia.

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White County, IN shooting leaves 3 dead

A shooting at a Monticello, Indiana business Tuesday morning has left three people dead. Police confirm two men and a woman were the victims. The shootings took place at Jordan Manufacturing.


White County Sheriff Pat Shafer said it was busy afternoon for investigators trying to sort out the confusion. The names of the victims were not immediately released.


Police responded to shots being fired at the manufacturing facility around 11:30 am. First responders found a man on the ground with a gunshot wound. Another man and a woman were found inside a nearby car with gunshot wounds as well.


Sheriff Shafer said the two men were pronounced dead at the scene. The woman was rushed to IU White Memorial Hospital where she was pronounced dead.


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Single-car crash on U.S. 41 kills Dyer man

State police in Indiana report a Dyer, Indiana man died Tuesday after crashing his car on U.S. 41 at Schererville.


51-year-old Al Devries was ejected from his compact car after the crash about 5:30 pm.
Witnesses told police Devries was northbound when he crested a bridge over railroad tracks and his car entered the southbound lanes of U.S. 41.


The car began to spin and went off the west side of the road, coming to rest in a parking lot.
Police said the cause of the crash remains under investigation pending results of an autopsy by the Lake County coroner's office.


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Woman hit on I-57 while walking

State police report a Kankakee woman walking on Interstate 57 Monday night was hit by a car. Police said 53-year-old Eula Scott was drunk. She was arrested for being a pedestrian under the influence.

Scott was taken to a local hospital with injuries, according to a State Police press release. Police reported Scott was walking south in the northbound lanes south of Ashkum just before midnight when she was hit by a car driven by a 28-year-old Urbana man. Scott was also ticketed for walking on a highway.


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Milford native Gene Callahan dies

                          Served as Democratic adviser, MLB lobbyist

Milford native Eugene "Gene" Callahan died at his Springfield home Monday. He was 80 years-old.

Callahan was former chief of staff to former U.S. Senator Alan Dixon and was a political adviser to many local Democrats. He also served major league baseball as a lobbyist under MLB Commissioner Bud Selig.

Callahan was best known for his service under Dixon, but he also served on the staffs of former governors Samuel Shapiro and Otto Kerner, both locally successful Democrats. He retired as head of government relations for Major League Baseball. He was the first lobbyist for the league.

"Gene was just a wonderful man. He was very sincere and a true and blue Democrat who had the fortune to hold some very important positions," said former state Rep. Phil Novak, of Bradley. "It's very ironic that he passed away only two weeks after Alan Dixon."

The Callahan family retained strong roots in Iroquois County as hog farmers and had the distinction of serving in Democratic Party positions in a predominantly Republican county. Callahan's brother, Fran, served as the county's Democratic chairman.

Gene is the uncle of former WGFA National Farm Broadcaster Colleen Callahan.

The family plans a celebration of Callahan's life in Springfield.

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