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Paxton house destroyed by fire, community rallies to support victim

Fire destroyed the home of Dave Buhr in Paxton Wednesday night. And the community has immediately stepped up to help. The two-story home on W. Pells Street was gutted. No injury was reported. Two dogs were also rescued. Firemen from Buckley and Loda assisted Paxton fire officials. The State Fire Marshall is investigating.

A GoFundMe page is set up to assist Buhr and his family. A $5,000 fundraising goal has generated a great response, according to Paxton Fire Chief Denny Kingren.

The Paxton EMA office is also accepting clothing donations and other items. Monetary donations are welcome, according to friends and neighbors.

The fire call came in late Wednesday afternoon. Flames were seen coming from the back of the house. The fire appeared to start on the second story.

The fire was extinguished in about an hour’s time but rekindled around 1:30 Thursday morning.

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5 arrested on felony charges after security officer threatened

Bradley Police report the arrests of one adult and four juveniles after reports of a Northfield Square Mall Security Officer being shot at (Tuesday).

An adult female, Racheal Miller, and four juveniles face felony charges of Contributing to the Criminal Delinquency of a Minor, Criminal Damage to Property, Aggravated ASSAULT, Mob Action and other Probation violations.

The Bradley Investigations Unit conducted the investigation after police received a call from a mall security officer advising he was shot at by “multiple subjects with a B-B gun.” This was just before 8:30 pm after the security officer had to escort the group off the property. The Security Officer advised prior to the shots being fired, he was getting the license plate off the suspect’s vehicle when he was approached by some of the same subjects and they threatned him with bodily harm before driving away.
Bradley Police also reported getting calls from at least two other citizens who reported damage to their vehicles.

Police reports indicated felony criminal damage in what appeared to be caused by gun shots.

A vehicle description led to Kankakee City Police locating the identifying the subjects. Police recovered several B-B’s and air-cartridges used to fire the B-B’s.

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Governor Rauner appoints Mahomet Aquifer Task Force

Governor Bruce Rauner has announced appointments to the Mahomet Aquifer Task Force, which has been charged with protection of the Mahomet Aquifer, a primary source of drinking water for 500,000 central Illinois residents.

Rauner said, “People throughout central Illinois depend on the Mahomet Aquifer for drinking water. Developing a plan to maintain the quality of groundwater is an important part of ensuring the long-term health and safety of these residents.”

The aquifer provides 53 million gallons of water each year to 120 public water systems and helps supply water for rural wells. The Mahomet Aquifer Task Force was developed through legislation (Senate Bill 611) signed into law by the governor August 25.

Senators Chapin Rose and Scott Bennett have both been appointed to serve on the task force. Rose said “This talented group of people ensures central Illinois has great representation on the Mahomet Aquifer Task Force.”

The Mahomet Aquifer Task Force was established to develop a plan to maintain groundwater quality; determine potential and current contamination threats; determine any action to be taken to protect the Mahomet Aquifer; and develop legislative recommendations that would help protect the Mahomet Aquifer in the future.

The task force must submit its report and solutions to the General Assembly by July 1, 2018.

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Illinois DNR investigating turkeys shot in Chenoa

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is investigating a turkey shoot that’s divided Chenoa.

A lot of Chenoa residents are still upset about the decision to shoot a handful of turkeys that had become a part of the town.

Chenoa’s mayor last week said that he authorized shooting the birds because they were a nuisance. But there are questions as to why a non-town employee apparently shot the birds with a handgun, in town, about a block from a local school during the middle of the day on a Saturday. Neighbors say a Breakfast with Santa ended about a half hour before the shooting, and parents and children were still leaving the school.

Ed Cross with the Department of Natural Resources said questions like that are why investigators are looking into the case.

“Right now, Conservation police officers have been assigned to investigate the circumstances surrounding the turkeys in Chenoa,” Cross said. “Right now, it’s still in the investigative process.”

Neighbors in Chenoa say the birds may have needed to be dealt with, but likely didn’t need to be shot in someone’s front yard during the middle of the day.

Cross said DNR did issue a permit to deal with the nuisance birds, so he said the investigation will focus on what happened between the time the permit was issued and the birds were shot.

“We want to make sure everything was legal, we want to make sure that nobody was in harm’s way,” Cross said. “But that’s all a part of our on-going investigation right now.”
Neighbors say if the turkeys were a nuisance, they were docile enough that they could have been lured into a garage and rounded up.

Cross isn’t saying how long he expects the investigation to take. {IL Radio Network}

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Watseka Kiwanis Club hears about Bison, Nature Conservancy

Members of the Kiwanis Club of Watseka recently learned about the nature conservancy opportunities in Newton County, IN.
Alyssa Nyberg , representative of the Kankakee Sands Bison Program and the Nature Conservancy, delivered a presentation. Nyberg explained the goals and function of the Nature Conservancy, which owns and manages 8400 acres in neighboring Newton County.

The Indiana chapter was established in 1959 and manages over 100,000 acres in the state. In Newton County, 6900 acres have been planted to native prairie. Not only does a healthy bison herd occupy 2 locations on the property, but at least 86 rare, threatened, and endangered species of plants , animals, and insects also thrive in this unique property. The facility provides learning and volunteering opportunities for adults and children.

Those who wish to learn more about the property and opportunities that exist for engaging with the Nature Conservancy may call 219-866-1706 or visit www.nature.org/kankakeesands.

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