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Drug arrests in Jasper County, IN >

Police in Rensselaer, IN say they located meth and remnants of an old lab at a property site and arrested two people.

The Jasper County Sheriff’s Office says the residence of 43-year-old William Spaulding and 36-year-old Jennifer Marner is where authorities uncovered meth, precursors used in math manufacturing, and other drug paraphernalia Acting on a tip, police also found a loaded .38 weapon and ammunition.

Investigators said they also located components of a meth lab in the trash.

Marner was at the home. Spaulding was arrested at his job in Remington.

Both face preliminary charges of possession of precursors and dealing and possession of meth. Spaulding also faces a preliminary charge of possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon.

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Gibson City man gets 12 years for meth-related crimes

A Gibson City man who was found making, using and selling methamphetamine in his home with children present was sentenced to 12 years in prison.

52-year-old Kelly Burrows pleaded guilty to all eight felony charges filed against him.

Burrows will receive credit for 236 days already served at the Ford County Jail.

Burrows pleaded guilty last month to three Class X felonies.
All of the charges were merged into a single count of aggravated participation in meth production.

Meanwhile, Burrows’ wife, 34-year-old Marlina K. Burrows, pleaded guilty earlier to meth-related child endangerment. The Class 2 felony resulted in a sentence of three years probation and 166 days in the county jail.

Police executed a search warrant at the Burrows’ home March 24. Police said In the home at the time were Burrows’ four children and three children who are relatives.

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Update: Milford man formally charged with 3-counts of murder

Three-counts of first-degree murder have been formally charged against 19-year-old Randy White of Milford. White appeared in Iroquois Circuit Court (Tuesday) for arraignment in connection with Sunday morning's shooting of a business owner durign ma burglary.

Iroquois County State's Attorney Jim Devine says White could face between 45-85 years in prison, if convicted.

Authorities believe White was committing a burglary at the Milford Family Restaurant about 2 am when the owner, 35-year-old Jesus Cintora, arrived on the scene.  Cintora was discovered shot once in the chest a block awsay from the business.  he was pronouncded dead at the scene.

White remains jailed on a one-million dollar bond.

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Milford-native Colleen Callahan preps for Presidential transition

With a change in presidential administrations just two months away, politically appointed leaders within the U.S. Department of Agriculture are swapping out.

Director for USDA Rural Development Colleen Callahan is getting ready to move on and says Rural Development was able to invest about $1 billion during the Obama Administration, impacting hundreds of thousands of producers.

Those producers now are in business to add value to the local foods market by 2019, which is expected to be a $20 billion value.
She says the Obama administration had four pillars: production agriculture, biobased economy, conservation, and local food systems. Those pillars influenced how they invested money.

While there's uncertainty in how the USDA will change, the staff in offices around the country will stay the same and the ongoing programs will stick around for now.

Callahan says, "A new administration will come in and they'll create their own identity and they'll have their own initiatives. But in the mean time, while we are under a continuing resolution financially and until that gets extended or until there is a full budget that has been approved it really will be business as usual so it will stay the same until it changes."

Callahan adds, looking back, Illinois and Iowa have specifically benefited from Rural Development's value added producer grant, which is designed to help local agriculture producers process or market their food.                                                  {re-printed from USDA Rural Development}

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Daily-Journal's investigative reporter, Jon Krenek, dies at 46

Jon Krenek, a longtime reporter for the Daily Journal who headed the newspaper's investigations team and championed its watchdog role in the community, died Tuesday afternoon after a brief and sudden battle with a rare, degenerative brain disease. He was 46.

Krenek first joined the Journal in 2001 before he began winning awards for his relentless reporting on public housing, education, unemployment, teen driver safety, unsolved murders, and the environment.

In 2003, the Illinois Press Association awarded Krenek a first-place prize for community service for his reporting on Kankakee Housing Authority tenants living without hot water.

The Northern Illinois Newspaper Association awarded him another first-place prize, this time for his series on sex offenders living in the area. His most recent investigation preceded the indictment of the head of the Kankakee Valley Park District, Roy Collins, who is accused of fraud and theft.

The list would continue, and Krenek operated on the basic journalistic tenet: The people's right to know.

Len R. Small, publisher of the Daily Journal and president of SNG, said: "Investigative reporting represents at once the most challenging and the most important part of journalism, and we were fortunate to have Jon as our standard bearer."

He was diagnosed in early October with Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, which afflicts one in 1 million people worldwide each year. His family plans on donating his brain to a research center.

{reprinted from Daily-Journal}

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