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Bank robbery attempt foiled at Chebanse

A Kankakee man faces charges following his arrest Thursday after a failed attempt to rob the Federated Bank in Chebanse.
36-year-old Anthony Lofu is the suspected person who robbed the bank December 19th, then returned to try it again yesterday morning.
Kankakee County Sheriff Mike Downey said this time, a bank employee locked the door before the suspect-robber could get in.

Lofu was wearing a mask and gloves. He got into a car with a driver and headed north on I-57. Sheriff’s Police report a witness, a Good Samaritan, watched the robbery attempt and provided police with a description of the car, which exited the interstate onto Court Street in Kankakee.

Police did not find a weapon, but say they located a note similar to the one that was used in the December 19 robbery.

Lofu was arrested for attempted bank robbery.

Sheriff Downey praised the bank employee “for preventing an incident, which obviously could have resulted in a great deal of violence."

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Jail escapee faces news charges in Iroquois County

Freedom was brief for an 18-year-old from Cissna Park who fled from the Iroquois County Jail Tuesday night.

Christian Walder has been arrested for escape and possession of a stolen vehicle. He’s back in the Watseka jail after being taken into custody Wednesday morning.

Walder was being held for burglary and theft when he rushed a Correctional Officer Tuesday night. He fled the jail after jumping thru a locked window.

Sheriff’s deputies, Watseka Police and K-9 units from the Illinois State Police, Bradley and Paxton Police departments searched the Watseka neighborhood. Walder was taken into custody without incident at a Cissna Park residence.

Police said Walder stole a vehicle from a Watseka Trailer Court to flee the local area.

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Weather-related mishaps messes up traffic

Illinois State Police reported crashes with injuries on area interstates Wednesday and last night. Today, scattered slippery roads are still a problem. Motorists need to allow extra time and slow it down.

Trooper Tracy Lillard said officers were on the scene of accidents on Interstate 57 near Rantoul and Interstate 74 eastbound on the east side of Danville. Lanes were blocked.
State police reported eastbound traffic on Interstate 74 at Bowman Avenue in Danville was being rerouted about 9 pm last night due to a serious injury crash.

Three major interstates were experiencing icing in several areas, especially on bridge decks. Champaign and Vermilion counties appeared to be the problem areas.

Drivers are reminded to move over and slow down for emergency vehicles.

The Carroll County, IN Sheriff’s Office is investigating after a 19-year-old woman and an infant were injured on County Road 100 North Wednesday night.

Deputies are still investigating what happened, but the two may have been hit by a car. It appears they were out of their own vehicle at the time.

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Ketchup truck flips over, no injury at Reynolds

U-S Route 24 at Reynolds, Indiana was closed Tuesday evening after a truck flipped on to its side earlier in the afternoon.

White County Sheriff Patrick Shafer said the driver was heading west on U.S. 24 when he lost control of the truck and slipped into a ditch.

No one was injured.

However, the truck’s wheels and frame buckled from the weight and the truck flipped onto its side.

The driver was hauling 44,000 pounds of ketchup.

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Indiana arrest for child porn

A Monticello, IN man has been arrested for possession of child pornography.

Indiana State Police said they found 21-year-old Quin Haworth in possession of photos depicting young girls and adult men engaged in sexual acts.

Haworth faces a charge of child exploitation, as well as possession of child pornography.

Haworth is being held in the White County Jail.

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