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Riverside Healthcare donates $5,000 to Kankakee County

Riverside Healthcare is helping in the fight against overdose deaths in Kankakee County. Riverside recently presented a $5,000 check to local leaders for the purchase of Narcan.

Narcan is an overdose-reversal medicine being used by first responders to prevent the rising epidemic of opioid related overdose deaths.

According to Riverside Healthcare Manager of Ambulance Al Ponton, "Narcan, or naloxone, is an opiate antidote. It is a nasal spray that blocks the effects of opioids and reverses the effects of an overdose almost instantly. Opioids include heroin and prescription pain pills like morphine, codeine, oxycodone, methadone and Vicodin."

Overdose deaths from opioids, including prescription opioids and heroin, have nearly quadrupled since 1999. Overdoses involving opioids killed more than 28,000 people in 2014. In 2015, Kankakee County had 22 deaths resulting from an overdose alone.

Together with Riverside, law enforcement, first responders and the Kankakee County Coroner's office are working to ensure these efforts are put in place to combat overdose deaths, save lives and direct individuals to treatment and prevention resources.

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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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