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Drug ‘Take-Back’ events scheduled …

Officials in Kankakee and Vermilion County are teaming up with the federal Drug Enforcement Administration to collect those unwanted or used prescription medicines you may have around your homes.

Scheduled 'Drug Take-Back Day' is Saturday (April 30).

Any expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs can be dropped off – no questions asked. Sheriff's deputies will be on hand to accept the drugs. The service is free and anonymous and will take place from 10 am until 2 pm.  Drop-off sites are at Northfield Square Mall in Bradley and the Vermilion County Courthouse in Danville.

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Bradley couple arrested for growing pot

A pot-growing operation near a school led to the arrests of two people Wednesday. Bradley police busted a couple who were growing marijuana in their house.

37-year-old Joshua Oden and 31-year-old Renee Kennedy are charged with manufacturing 20 to 50 cannabis plants, intent to deliver cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Police confiscated 411.1 grams of cannabis with an estimated street value of $3,000. There were 21 plants from an indoor grow system.

Police discovered the operation during a search in the 300 block of North Michigan Avenue. Police have been investigating the pair for two weeks, according to a news release.

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Watseka: Citywide clean-up announced

The City of Watseka has set its annual citywide clean-up for early May.

Dumpsters will be provided at the city-owned yard waste facility on South 2nd Street on Saturday and Sunday, May 7th and 8th.

The service is for Watseka residents only. Residency verification will be required. The yard waste facility will be open Saturday (May 7) 9 am – 5 pm and Sunday (May 8) 1 – 6 pm.

NO ELECTRONIC WASTE WILL BE ACCEPTED THIS SPRING.

Other items not accepted include: rocks, dirt, concrete, roofing materials, hazardous liquids, or any type of fuel containers, batteries and tires.

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Unemployment rates up again in east-central Illinois

Unemployment rates are up across East-Central Illinois. New numbers released by the Illinois Department of Employment Security show numbers increasing in Iroquois, Ford and Vermilion Counties.

In Iroquois County the jobless rate climbed from 6.0 to 6.8 compared to last March. In Ford County, the unemployment rate of 6.5 percent in March was up one-percent from a year earlier.

Vermilion County's jobless rate hit 8.4 percent during March. That was up from 6.8 percent a year ago. The city of Danville's unemployment rate rose to 9.0 percent – up more than 2-percent from March of last year.

The jobless rate in the Champaign-Urbana-Rantoul area climbed one-percent to 5.8 percent last month.

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Ford County: Nibbe gets 10 year prison term in re-sentencing case

A Gibson City man was ordered back to prison for a 10-year term for his part in a fight that injured and killed another Gibson City man in 2013.

36-year-old Ryan Nibbe, prosecutors proved at trial, threw a punch that killed 44-year-old Timothy Robertson. Nibbe claimed it was self-defense. He told the court he did throw a punch but there was no intent to kill anyone; it was a tragic accident.

The re-sentencing came after an appellate court judge reversed an earlier 2nd-degree murder conviction that brought a 17-year prison term in 2014.

The judge reversed Nibbe's murder conviction, but upheld a felony Class 3 conviction for aggravated battery in a public place. A resentencing was ordered. In 2014, Nibbe was sentenced only on the murder charge, as Illinois law requires that a person who commits several crimes during a single incident be sentenced only for the most serious offense.

It was also noted, Nibbe has a lengthy criminal record, felony offenses. It's the sixth time he's headed to prison.

In recommending a 10-year sentence, State's attorney Randy Yedinak noted that Nibbe has been convicted of eight felonies since the age of 18. That's includes two prior convictions for aggravated battery. Yedinak said the convictions have landed Nibbe in prison five times already.

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