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Two Ticketed In Rafting Death

Posted by wlpo on June 30, 2009

Alcohol apparently played a role in a drowning last week on the Vermillion River.

36 year old Jennifer Wehling of DeKalb was pronounced dead Thursday in the Illinois Valley Community Hospital emergency room. She was taken there after a rafting accident at the Buzzi Unicem low-head dam.

Two others on the raft, 23 year old Janelle Veseling of St Charles and 38 year old Timothy Ruse of Sarasota, Florida were treated and released from IVCH. Conservation Police also ticketed Veseling and Ruse for operating under the influence of alcohol.

Conservation Sergeant Robert Frazier says Wehling and Ruse were boyfriend and girlfriend while Veseling taught school in DeKalb with Wehling.

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