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Rankin police officer resigns before starting job

The Rankin village board is again without a police officer. A newly-hired part-time officer resigned before starting his new position. The Ford County “Record” reports Marvin Dobkins’ resignation was due to a timing issue and passing on other opportunities.

Dobkins, of Hoopeston, was expected to be able to start working in Rankin sometime in August. Rankin has been without a police officer of its own since August 2015, when Stewart Stafford left for a full-time job with Paxton police.

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Foster mother, Heather Lamie’s murder sentence cut from life to 38 years

A former Cullom woman, convicted for the death of a foster child in her care, has had her life prison term reduced to 38 years. 34-year-old Heather Lamie was convicted in 2015 for the killing of 4-year-old Kianna Rudesill. The girl suffered fatal injuries while in Lamie’s care.
A judge (Tuesday) issued a new sentence in the 2011 death of the 4-year-old girl.

Lamie was entitled to a new sentencing hearing because the state law under which she was sentenced to life has been ruled unconstitutional.

The state Supreme Court struck down mandatory sentences for defendants convicted of killing a person under the age of 12, or the murders of more than one victim.

Lamie denied inflicting the blows that led to the child's death, insisting the girl's emotional issues caused her to hurt herself.

The Defense lawyer (Joshua Rinker) argued a 20-year term was appropriate for Lamie-- the minimum term for first degree murder. He said the fact that Lamie has no previous criminal record and leaves two daughters age 11 and 14 to be raised by the father warrant the lower sentence.

Livingston County State's Attorney Randy Yedinak argued for the maximum term of 60 years for Lamie, stating that "if this a parent's greatest nightmare, she's the author of that nightmare."

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SHERIFF VANVLEET ANNOUNCES CREATION OF TIP LINE

Newton County Sheriff’s Police always welcome input from the public. Now, a new program finds Sheriff Tom VanVleet initiating a new tool to keep lines of communication open.

The sheriff says over the last couple years his department has been working to continue to improve our public communication. The response to the department’s Facebook, Twitter and the Mobile Patrol APP has been overwhelming, according to VanVleet.

To continue with these efforts, a TIP LINE has been added. Though the tip line is not monitored 24/7 and not for reporting active incidents, the sheriff hopes that it will prove to be an effective tool.

Anyone that has a tip on a crime, they can call 219-234-7014 and give their information. The caller can remain anonymous.

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Watseka veteran among 17th Honor Flight from Greater Lafayette

A group of “Yellow Ribbon” flight veterans returned home from Washington, D.C. Monday evening after a one-day trip to see military war memorials in the nation’s capital.
It was Greater Lafayette’s 17th Honor Flight. The “Yellow Ribbon” flight is for Vietnam Veterans only.

Gilbert Fanning of Watseka was among the honored veterans onboard. Chaperoning Mr. Fanning was his daughter, Lacie Fanning.

Gilbert told 94.1 WGFA News “it was a once in a lifetime opportunity.” He is a retired Army veteran serving in Vietnam as an Artillery Ammo truck driver.

Mr. Fanning and his wife, Rosemary, reside in Watseka. He’s a lifetime member of the VFW.

Gilbert was honored to be the Grand Marshall of the July 4th Parade this past summer in the City of Watseka.

The Honor Flight took the veterans to the National World War II Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial and the Korean War Memorial.

The group also got to meet former Indiana Governor and now-V-P Mike Pence.

The Lafayette community greeted the veterans on their return at Purdue University Airport.

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Teens arrested for August shooting in Kankakee

Kankakee County State's Attorney Jim Rowe reports three teenagers are under arrest, all believed to be responsible for an August shooting that injured two juveniles. The gunfire erupted in the 300-block of N. Rosewood Avenue.

Kankakee Police arrested 18-year-old Marquise Sabbs, 19-year-old Lupe Torres and a 17-year-old male. The arrests were made over the weekend.

Charges include two counts of attempted murder, two counts of aggravated battery with a firearm and two counts of aggravated discharge of a firearm. Two of the subjects are also charged with unlawful possession of a firearm by a street gang member.

All three have bonds set at $500,000.

States. Attorney Rowe says in a press release, "Thanks to the hard work of the City of Kankakee Police Department, its detective bureau and especially Detective Joseph Martinez who worked tirelessly on ths case, these suspects have been apprehended and charged.

"We look forward to prosecuting these cases in an effort to obtain justice for the two victims as well as the entire community that is impacted by these type of crimes.

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