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Two arrests in Fowler armed robbery

Two armed robbery suspects are jailed in Benton County, Indiana. 37-year-old Fernando Martinez and 29-year-old Margine Bache were apprehended Thursday night, not long after the Country Mark gas station was held up in Fowler.

Fowler Police Chief Dennis Rice reports witnesses told investigators Martinez entered the store a little before 10 pm and displayed a handgun. After taking a few packs of cigarettes, he fled in a white car driven by Bache.

No cash was taken and no one was injured.

The get-away vehicle was spotted a few minutes later in Fowler. Both suspects were taken into custody without incident near their residence in Fowler.

Police officers from Otterbein, Oxford, Boswell and the Benton County Sheriff’s Department assisted in the investigation and arrest of the suspects.

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Troopers Urge Motorists to Drive Safely,“The Choices you make today can affect your life tomorrow”

Illinois State Police (ISP) District 21 officials are reminding young drivers to think responsibly as they celebrate during the upcoming prom and graduation season. Our primary safety message is in the word PROM which asks teens to “Please Return On Monday.”

Now that Prom and Graduation are upon us, area high school students will soon be participating in celebrations that occur not only at school but at private locations. During the next couple of weeks, ISP District 21 Troopers will be conducting high visibility patrols with aggressive enforcement of the Fatal Four violations: DUI, Speeding, Seat Belt, and Distracted Driving, with a focus on DUI violations.

We want to modify teen driving behaviors which include distractions, carelessness, fatigue, and inexperience. These behaviors, when combined with drugs or alcohol, can be lethal. Car crashes kill more teens during the weekends of prom and graduation season than any other time of year.

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Chicago man charged with burglary in Ford County

25-YEAR-OLD Rakeim Williams allegedly tried to defraud the Paxton post office by using a fraudulent check to buy $735 worth of stamps has been charged in Ford County Circuit Court with one count of burglary.

Williams also was charged with one count of resisting a peace office. He allegedly fled from Paxton police when they approached him outside the post office after the alleged fraud was reported by postal office staff.

Williams is jailed in Paxton on a $50,000 bond.

The arrest of Williams was made March 28. Paxton post office officials alerted local police to his presence there. Postal officials in Paxton had been notified earlier that day that Williams was a suspect in an identical scam at a post office in Champaign — and that he may be coming to the Paxton area.

Williams allegedly was targeting post offices in cities located along interstates, including Interstate 57 and Interstate 55.

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County Treasurer, Mindy Kuntz Hagan, announced that the deadline to pay mobile home taxes without penalty is Monday, May 1, 2017. After that date, as required by the Illinois statutes, a $25.00 per month late fee not to exceed $100.00 will be charged.

The Treasurer’s Office is open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Both coupons should be presented when making payments in person or by mail. The late fee will not be assessed if payments have a postmark of May 1, 2017. Unpaid taxes will result in a lien being filed on the mobile home.

There is a drop box at the Administrative Center near the entrance of the 911 Center. Payments can be dropped off during non-office hours.

Mobile Home Privilege tax bills were mailed out on Wednesday,March 1, 2017. If you are responsible for payment and have not received a bill, please contact our office to obtain a copy of the bill (815) 432-6985. Failure to receive a tax bill will not relieve you from paying taxes or late penalties.

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Iroquois County Senior Homestead Freeze

Robert A. Yergler, Chief County Assessment Officer wishes to remind senior citizens that the deadline to file the 2017 Senior Citizens Homestead Assessment Freeze, Department of Revenue form PTAX 340 is JULY 1, 2017.

The application needs to be filed with the County Assessment Office. If you think you may qualify to file this application, but could not leave your home to obtain assistance in completing the necessary form, Volunteer Services has Outreach Staff that will come to your home to assist you.

Please call the Volunteer Services Office at 815-432-5785, if you need assistance.

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