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WHITE COUNTY, Ind. (Inside INdiana Business) — Seymour-based Rose Acre Farms Inc. has notified the state it plans to shut down one of its egg farms and lay off nearly 100 workers. The company says it will be closing its farm in the White County town of Monon in June.

Rose Acre says the layoffs should be considered permanent however the company says it hopes to reopen the farm in the future.

The company is the second-largest egg producer in the U.S. It operates 17 facilities in eight states, according to the company website.

TIPPECANOE CO., Ind. (WLFI) — A Lafayette man has been arrested in connection with an armed robbery at a Monon bank last November.

Indiana State Police say Dustin M. Rodgers, 29, of Lafayette has been charged with one felony count of armed robbery.

He is currently being held in the Tippecanoe County Jail on unrelated charges.

According to jail staff, Rodgers was arrested in April on multiple drug charges, escape and resisting law enforcement.

As 24-Hour News 8’s sister station News 18 previously reported, Indiana State Police were called to the Alliance Bank on Market Street around 10:45 a.m. on Nov. 29, 2016.

Rodgers allegedly showed a handgun to the teller and got away with an undisclosed amount of cash, before heading south on foot.

The White County Prosecutor’s Office is handling the case.

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JASPER COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) – Three Monon men were arrested after investigators say they took three minors to a motel to sexually assault them.

The investigation started Wednesday when two of the female victims reported the incident to a school guidance counselor.

Yonatan Ramirez-Diaz, 20, Edwin Marquina-Valesquez, 26, and Melvin Ramirez-Morales, 20, have all been taken into custody.

According to investigators with the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office, the three victims were picked up in White County and were eventually taken to a motel near Interstate 65 and State Road 114 in Rensselaer. Authorities said that is where the victims were sexually assaulted.

After leaving the motel, one of the females said she was again sexually assaulted in the car.

The investigations led detectives to Monon, where all three suspects were arrested Friday and are being held in the Jasper County Jail on bond. Ramirez-Diaz and Marquina-Valesquez are being held on a $1 million surety bond and Ramirez-Morales is being held on a $800,000 surety bond.

Ramirez-Diaz has been preliminarily charged with strangulation, sexual misconduct with a minor, rape when compelled by force or threat and criminal confinement with a victim under 14 years of age.

Marquina-Valesquez and Ramirez-Morales have been preliminarily charged with child molesting, rape when victim in unaware of actions, rape when compelled by force or threat, and criminal confinement with a victim under 14 years of age.

All three men are from El Salvador and were in the country illegally. They also have a hold from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.