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Murder charge filed in Cedar Lake teen's death

The Prosecutor's office in Lake County, Indiana filed murder and aggravated battery charges over Tuesday's fatal stabbing of a Cedar Lake high school senior.

19-year-old Tyler McAfee of Lansing (IL) is named in the two felony counts filed alleging he killed 17-year-old Alton Bradley and wounding 18-year-old Matthew Smolek of Cedar Lake. McAfee is being held without bond in the Lake County Jail.

The prosecutor alleges McAfee committed an unprovoked attack on the victims and bragged he belonged to a Gary street gang. But McAfee told police he wielded the knife in self-defense.

94.1 WGFA

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Rep. Anthony pushes legislation to fight heroin abuse

  Iroquois County officials agree 'heroin is a problem'

He's a relatively new, young state lawmaker, but Representative John Anthony is hoping his law enforcement background will help in a bi-partisan effort to combat a growing heroin and prescription drug abuse problem.

Task Forces are being assembled around the state to gather testimony from people who matter – to find solutions to a big-time crisis.

Anthony is a Grundy County Republican from Morris. He says this proposal can bring results by having both parties work together...

Task Force testimony will bring doctors, pharmacists, public health officials, treatment centers and even judicial people and coroners to the table.

Iroquois County Coroner Bill Cheatum is aware of the red flags.
"Iroquois County had six heroin overdoses in 2014. That's a lot considering how little population we have," Cheatum tells 94.1 WGFA News. "The problem is trying to get involved to say where it's coming from."

Cheatum and police investigators, like medical people, know all too well heroin is a high that takes control of people. And death investigations from overdoses is reason enuough to show the concern is real.

Iroquois County State's Attorney Jim Devine and judges see cases find their way into the courtrooms. Devine said it's not an easy issue to address; there's no easy answer.

Heroin is a much cheaper drug than it used to be; and it's so addictive. He agrees with everything said by the professionals. DUI cases so often are heroin-related and it spreads to family matters like raising kids and it involves theft because individuals need their fix...so they'll do anything to get it.

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Bill Black honored by Illinois House

Former State Representative Bill Black is in the news. The Illinois House Tuesday approved a joint resolution naming a Vermilion County bridge in Black's honor.

Sponsored by Rep. Chad Hays, the measure names a bridge on U.S Route 150 the William B. Black Bridge. The bridge near Oakwood High School would honor the former State Representative from Danville. Representative Hays "This was a very dangerous one lane bridge (that) contained a lot of school bus traffic, a lot of commerce traffic. Through the tireless work of Representative Black this is now a much safer area.''

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“Myron Deckard Rest Area” honors fallen deputy

The House of Representatives has voted to name rest areas along Interstate 72 between Champaign and Decatur as the ''Sergeant Myron G. Deckard Memorial Rest Area.''

Myron Deckard was a Vermilion County Sheriff Sgt. killed in the line of duty 14 years ago.

The legislation was sponsored by State Representative Chad Hays of Catlin. Hays educated his House members that ''Sergeant Deckard was shot and killed in the line of duty while transporting a prisoner along I-72 from Macon County to Vermilion County,'' Hays added, ''He was a valued member of the Vermilion County Sheriff's Department for 32 years and is very deserving of this honor.''

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Momence drug investigation nets 4 arrests

A four-week undercover investigation in Momence now has four people facing drug charges. Two vehicles and money were recovered when arrest warrants were served at three locations.

Momence police report 33-year-old Francisco Gonzalez of Kankakee; 25-year-old Karla Gonzalez of St. Anne; and 36-year-old Blaine MacDonald of Grant Park; were arrested. Manteno and Bourbonnais police departments were part of the case.

Charges include possession and intent to deliver cannabis.
Momence police were assisted in the undercover investigation by the Watseka Enforcement Team.

94.1 WGFA