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V-MEG arrests 5 on drug charges

Targeting heroin trafficking, The Vermilion County Metropolitan Enforcement Group (V-MEG) arrested five people on drug related charges. Three of the five were women, according to a press release from Illinois State Police.

A traffic stop near the Danville Public Housing neighborhood led to the discovery of several syringes in the vehicle. Charges include possession of heroin.

Two other suspects arrested are a husband and wife who were taken into custody (Tuesday) on Danville's west side. Master Sergeant Lisa Mitchell says children found in the couple's home were placed into protective custody with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. Agents confiscated cannabis and a gun from the residence.

94.1 FM, WGFA

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Kankakee man to act as own-attorney in shooting case

A Kankakee man facing a murder charge for the shooting of 24-year-old Tyrone Kennedy Sr. and the wounding of Kennedy's cousin wants to be his own lawyer in the case.

32-year-old Luther Starkey was in Kankakee Circuit Court (Wed). Judge Clark Erickson approved the request .

Tyrone Kennedy was shot dead in 2012 while sitting in a vehicle in the 900-block N. Harrison Street. Darrien Kennedy survived the shooting but was left paralyzed.

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Mental illness delays sentencing for convicted-murderer

A scheduled-sentencing for 21-year-old Dushawn Johnson of Kankakee was delayed in Circuit Court (Wed). A mental evaluation will have to be reviewed after the court learned from the defense attorney that Johnson was "hearing voices."

Johnson was convicted (in April) for the 2010 shooting death of 24-year-old Maria O'Connor. She was hit by gunfire while innocently walking home from a job interview.

During a pre-sentencing investigation, it was revealed Johnson was "hearing voices" so now the mental illness possibility will have to be taken into consideration.

Johnson is facing a minimum 71-year prison term.

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Iroquois County and FOP meet tentative agreement

A tentative agreement has been reached between Iroquois County and members of the Fraternal Order of Police union. Details are not available, but a ratification vote is likely by the December County Board meeting.

An agreement would find at least one of three union negotiations put aside for the next three years.

An agreement was reached with a mediator during a six-hour session Wednesday, according to County Board Vice-Chairman Kyle Anderson.

"This could be ratified in December. It's a fair agreement; we didn't have to go to arbitration but instead through a mediator got it resolved," Anderson told WGFA News. "We're as pleased as we can be."

Anderson said it says a lot when we can get this done without having to go to binding arbitration.

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Harms votes NO on passage of gay-marriage legislation

State Representative Josh Harms did not waiver from his stance on same-sex marriage this week, saying his belief is that "marriage is between one man and one woman."

The Watseka Republican voted against legislation to legalize same-sex marriage Tuesday (Nov. 5). Harms said "I still firmly believe that marriage is a religious institution between one man and one woman."
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Senate Bill 10 passed the Illinois House with 61 votes and the Illinois Senate with 32 votes.

"I am disappointed that the state of Illinois has now redefined marriage by allowing gay couples to marry," Harms said.

In a prepared press release, Harms states "Senate Bill 10 does not protect any private citizen with religious objections; and businesses will be forced to host, cater, or otherwise serve gay weddings, even if their religion forbids it.

"Legislation is being drafted to try and institute these necessary protections to ensure that no one is forced to go against their faith. I will continue to fight for traditional marriage and the rights of those individuals and businesses that have religious objections to gay weddings."

Gov. Pat Quinn has stated he would sign the legislation, which would go into effect June 1, 2014.

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