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Benton County crash kills woman

A woman is dead after a crash in Benton County Thursday night.

County Sheriff's deputies told WGFA News it happened just before 8:30 pm near the Indiana-Illinois border.

A 65-year-old woman from Hoopeston was ejected from her vehicle after it left road and struck a utility pole on County Road 1100 West.

The woman was initially taken to IU Health Arnett Hospital in Lafayette. She was transferred to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, where she later died.

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7-year-old girl dies in Kankakee house fire

Tragedy hits a Kankakee family – a 7-year-old girl was killed after a fire consumed a home in Kankakee Saturday morning.

T'niyah Hale was killed and four others were taken to hospitals. Among the injured was the girl's uncle Robert Harris. He tried to get inside the burning home on Washington Avenue to rescue his family.

The fire broke out about 8:30 am Saturday morning. On arrival, firefighters reported there was heavy smoke and fire coming from the 2-story house.

There was no word on the cause of the fire.

Several area fire departments answered the call.

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Stolen goats leads to burglary & theft charges in Iroquois County

Two Kankakee men were jailed in Iroquois County after a wild chase through rural Martinton after goats were stolen from a residence.

Iroquois County Sheriff's Police are reporting the arrests of 57-year-old Thornell Underwood and 34-year-old Jonathan Williams. They're both facing burglary and felony theft charges. Police say additional arrests are likely.

It was Monday evening when deputies responded to a report of a burglary in progress. The victims encountered an unknown vehicle in their driveway. The vehicle was hooked up to a livestock trailer where several subjects around the vehicle were attempting to steal goats from inside a shed on the property.

The complainant reported the vehicle fled the scene with one of the suspects hanging on the side of the trailer. The victim reportedly pursued the suspects until responding deputies arrived. The stolen goats were returned unharmed.

Underwood and Williams were taken into custody.

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Update: Tornado Warning issued for Iroquois, Ford, Livingston counties

Storm activity this (Wednesday) morning has weather observers busy. Watches have developed into warnings and the NWS has citizens on alert until at least late this afternoon.

A tornado warning was issued JUST BEFORE 11 am...affecting northwest Iroquois, central Ford and southeastern Livingston counties. That expired about 20 minutes later, at 11:15 am.

Weather patterns prompted the National Weather Service (NWS) to issue a tornado Watch for parts of Iroquois, Ford, Livingston and Vermilion counties earlier this morning.

A strong T-storm was spotted near Saybrook and affecting the Gibson City area. Winds were expected to reach up to 60 mph...affecting the communities of Piper City, Chatsworth, Fairbury, Forrest, Saunemin, Melvin, Roberts... the T-storm warning was issued until 10:15 am.

A TORNADO WATCH is in effect until 5 pm today (Wednesday). A Tornado Watch means conditions are favorable for the possible development of tornadoes.

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Kankakee distributor warehouse closing, 46 lay-off notices

The ill effects of the economy again hitting Kankakee with the announced closing of Space Center Distribution Chicago. The distribution warehouse on E. Willow Street plans to close March 31, laying off 46 workers.

Kankakee Mayor Nina Epstein said she is optimistic another company will rent the facility.

The mayor tells the Daily-Journal, "a lot of these companies are dealing with the global economy. What happens in China can affect us here." Epstein said 'the facility is in good shape, and she's sure someone will want to put it to use.'

The Grundy Livingston Kankakee Workforce Board, as well as the Economic Alliance of Kankakee County, plan on hosting a job fair around late January or early February for the laid off workers.

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