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Updated: 3/28/15 - 3:30 PM

Mesarchik Investigation 12 Years Later
The investigation of a murder of a Streator boy from 2003 continues to this day, 12 years after the event took place. 7-year old Dalton Mesarchik went reported missing on March 26th, 2003 and was found in the Vermilion River the next day. The Illinois State Police in Pontiac say no new leads or evidence has been found about the murder, but the ISP continues the investigation at a high priority.

The state police formed the Dalton Mesarchik Task Force which includes the work of several departments locally and state-wide. Officials say they have undertaken 1,900 different leads during the investigation. A $50,000 reward is still out for information that may lead to Mesarchik’s killer.
 
Man Arrested with Stolen Vehicle
A Marshall County man was arrested late Wednesday night after he was found to be in possession of a stolen vehicle. La Salle Police authorities say they responded to a call about the vehicle just after 11 PM on Wednesday. Authorities say shortly after, they stopped 20-year old Austin Frank of Varna on Illinois Route 351, who was driving with no headlights in the alleged stolen vehicle. Frank was arrested and was charged with possession of a stolen vehicle along with several traffic offenses and was taken to the La Salle County Jail, where his bond has yet to be set.

IV Super Bowl Break-in
Authorities continue to investigate a break-in at a business that occurred Tuesday morning. Peru Police responded to Illinois Valley Super Bowl early Tuesday morning following a break-in, where a small amount of money was taken from the building. Deputy Chief Bob Pyszka says they are working with police departments in the Chicago suburbs in the investigation after similar burglaries happened in those areas. Authorities say they are still reviewing security video from the business.

National Guard Soldier Makes Threats
Federal prosecutors say an Illinois Army National Guard soldier vowed to bring "the flames of war to the heart" of America if he was unable to get to the Middle East to join the Islamic State group. And they say his cousin bragged he could kill at least 150 people in a terrorist attack. Prosecutors say Hasan and Jonas Edmonds of Aurora contemplated an armed attack against a military facility in northern Illinois where Hasan Edmonds had trained. Prosecutors announced their arrests Thursday.

Dixon Woman Dies in Fire
Police say a woman burned to death after her clothes caught fire in the kitchen of her Dixon apartment. Investigators say they found Felicia Morris Tuesday night after responding to a 911 call about a smoke alarm that had been going off for about two hours. The woman was disabled and lived alone.

Indonesia Murder Trial Delayed
A Chicago couple's murder trial in Indonesia is being delayed because their baby is sick and in a hospital. Heather Mack gave birth earlier this month. She and Tommy Schaefer are accused of killing Mack's mother. Sheila von Wiese-Mack's body was found stuffed in a suitcase on the resort island of Bali last summer.

State Disaster Assistance
U.S. Senators Mark Kirk and Dick Durbin are proposing an update of the methods the government uses to determine disaster assistance. The Republican and the Democrat have introduced what they call the Fairness in Federal Disaster Declarations Act. The senators say the current system discriminates against smaller communities in states with large population centers.

Rauner Signs Budget Plan
Governor Bruce Rauner has signed a compromise plan to plug a $1.6 billion hole in this year's budget and avert shutdowns of state programs and services. The plan authorizes him to transfer $1.3 billion from other purposes. The rest comes from a 2.25 percent across-the-board budget cut. It also gives Rauner authority over $97 million to distribute to needy schools.

Schock Ready to Take Leave
Aaron Schock says he's leaving Congress with sadness and humility. In his farewell Thursday, the Illinois Republican who resigned following revelations about his spending and business deals says he will make it up to those he let down. Schock voted for the final time Thursday.

Introduction of Bison Herd
The federal supervisor of a tallgrass prairie in northern Illinois has signed onto a project to introduce a small bison herd into the grasslands. Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie Supervisor Wade Spang announced yesterday he's signed a final decision notice for the project at the prairie about 60 miles southwest of Chicago.


Jeff Rollins
5 until 6 a.m.