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State’s Attorney moving back to Kankakee County Courthouse

The Kankakee County Board Tuesday voted to move the State’s Attorney’s office back the courthouse. It was talked about in committee over the last month.

State’s Attorney Jim Rowe said moving back to the courthouse would save over $100,000 annually. Board Chairman Andy Wheeler adds, “this is screaming of common sense” to make this move back to the courthouse.

The county has been paying for rental space on N. Schuyler Avenue.

The move could be completed by June 1.

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Will County traffic stop nets $1 Million Dollars in Cocaine

A traffic stop on the Manhattan-Monee Road in Will County (Monday) has landed three people in jail facing drug charges. Two Chicago men and a LaSalle woman face charges of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance.

Will County Sheriff’s Office arrested all three individuals after uncovering over 20 kilos of cocaine in the trunk of their car.

The driver, 31-year-old Jorge Vargas-Moreno of Chicago, appeared nervous and was trembling as he was speaking with the deputies. He was asked to exit the vehicle, along with the other two passengers, 35-year-old Bulmaro Castelan-Diaz of Chicago and 22-year-old Yolanda Tavira-Berrum of LaSalle.

The Sheriff’s Department K-9 was called to the scene and conducted a sniff search of the vehicle and provided authorities with a positive hit for narcotics in the trunk of the car. A search of the trunk uncovered 20 kilos of wrapped bricks containing cocaine. The estimated street value of the cocaine was $1.125 million.

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Truck driver in rollover had nearly twice the legal blood alcohol content

The Illinois truck driver involved in a rollover accident along I-65 is in the Jasper County, Indiana jail. State Police say his rig hit a guardrail in a construction zone then spilled its load near Demotte.

The crash tied up traffic on Interstate 65 for hours.
Investigators say 51-year-old Oleh Halatyma was in the southbound lanes near Demotte Monday morning when his semi sideswiped a guardrail and rolled into a ditch.

No injuries were reported in the crash.

Police say Halatyma agreed to a chemical test, which returned a .15 percent blood alcohol content. He was taken into custody on preliminary charges of operating while intoxicated, disregarding a traffic control device and unsafe lane movement.

The truck was carrying powdered milk and a forklift.

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St. Joseph College students mark somber commencement event at Rensselaer, IN campus

Faculty and staff at a northwestern Indiana college that's slated for closure attended an emotional weekend commencement for the school's final graduating class.

St. Joseph's College students, faculty, staff and alumni wept or struggled to hold back tears during Saturday's commencement at the Rensselaer school's fieldhouse.

Trustees of the small private college voted in early February to suspend operations, possibly forever.

The trustees said the 126-year-old Catholic college had run out of money and options and there would no students on campus in the fall.

Alumni tried to keep the college from closing by launching a seven-week campaign to raise $20 million. But they ended those efforts after learning that the college had decided to surrender its accreditation.

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Alerts: Road construction

There's road work in Watseka.  The intersection of 3rd Street and North Street is closed and will remain closed until about 5 pm Wednesday, May 10th.

In Indiana...motorists using I-65 in the Jasper-White County areas should note there are closures due to construction.  A re-surfacing project is closing three ramps beginning today (Monday 5/8). The U.S. Route 24 entrance ramp to I-65 South, Exit 201 and the I-65 north and southbound exit ramps to U.S. 231, Exits 205 are also closed.

INDOT reports the remaining open ramps at these two interchanges will be used for the detour along I-65.  The closures are thru the middle of June.

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