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Police Locate/Arrest Suspect from 1980 Murder Case

On Wednesday, Coles County Investigators met with Bradley Police

Department in reference to locating and speaking to Thomas A. Small, a

suspect in the 1980 case in which a body was located at Air Tight Bridge

in rural Coles County, Illinois. The body was later identified through

DNA testing in 1992 as Diane Small. Small had been entered earlier that

year as a missing person in Bradley, Illinois.


On Thursday, Thomas A. Small was arrested and is currently in

custody in connection with his wife’s murder, Diane Small in 1980.

Charges are pending through the Kankakee States Attorneys Office and

Coles County State’s Attorney’s Office. Agencies assisting the Coles

County Sheriff’s Office in the arrest of Thomas Small were the Bradley

Police Department and the Kankakee County Sheriff’s Department.

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Evening Lane Closure on I-65 in Newton County

The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) reports there will be a nighttime lane closure on I-65 in Newton County, two miles north of State Road 10, near the Kankakee rest area. The closure will start at 6 p.m. tonight and will run through 6 a.m. tomorrow morning. During the project, the northbound right lane will be closed. Industrial & Environmental Services crews requested this closure to remove contaminated soil from a truck accident/spill and replace with fresh fill dirt.

Drivers in Northwest Indiana can find updates on the INDOT Facebook: www.Facebook.com/INDOTNorthwest

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Update Delphi Homicides: Reward Up to $96,000

The reward for information leading to the arrest of a suspect(s) in the murders of Delphi teenagers Liberty German and Abigail Williams has increased to $96,000. According to Indiana State Police, the increase is due to numerous donations from the public and businesses.

Police say there have been approximately 8,800 tips received via phone and email. Police have released a photo and audio of a man who they consider to be their primary suspect(s). Both the photo and audio were captured by German before her death. He is described as a white male, who was wearing blue jeans, a blue coat/jacket and a hoodie.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Delphi Murder Tip Line at 1-844-459-5786 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Efforts continue to save Historic Hoopeston Theatre

The popular Jani Masset & Band performed Friday night in Hoopeston.  It was a 'live' stage event in the ongoing effort to restore the historic Lorraine Theatre.

The Save the Lorraine Foundatioin reports work had progressed enough to allow for the Friday night event.

Jani Massey & Band performed while Craig Massey, Jani's dad, painted a historical portait which was given away at the end of the performance.

The Save the Lorriane Foundation also reports it is extremely pleased with the way the renovation is progressing.  A spokesman said "fantastic volunteers and area businesses have put their hearts and souls into saving our 96-year-old Lorraine Theatre."

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Missing Streator woman found safe, ex-boyfriend in custody

Kayla Stratton, a woman who was reported missing from Streator on Sunday, has been found safe.

The LaSalle County Sheriff's Office reports at about 6:30 p.m. Friday, the FBI's Violent Crimes Task Force arrested he ex-boyfriend, Clarence Merritte of Chicago, in Calumet City. Stratton was recovered safely.

Merritte was arrested on warrants for unlawful restraint, aggravated assault, driving while license revoked and domestic battery. He is being held without bond.

No further details have been released.

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