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Vermilion County crash kills 1, injures 1

A two vehicle crash near Westville this (Thurs) morning killed one of the drivers. The Vermilion County Coroner's Office reported the crash occurred around 7:15 am.

The Coroner's office and Illinois State Police investigated.

Coroner Peggy Johnson said the other driver was injured and transported to a hospital. The victim was a female. She was ejected from her car. The road was closed to complete the investigation.

Westville and Catlin Firefighters and the Georgetown and Medix Ambulance Services assisted at the scene. Vermilion County Sheriff's Deputies also responded.

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Gas Leak likely cause of Indiana house explosion

An explosion leveled a Benton County home and may have been started by a gas leak.

The Fowler Fire Department got the call just before noon Wednesday at the 8900 block of County Road W. 44 North.
Smoke coming from the home could be seen more than 10 miles away. The explosion caught surrounding trees on fire.
The owner of the home, Lon Rhanor, was not in the house during the explosion.

Firefighters were able to put out those flames within 30 minutes.

No injuries were reported.

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Arrest made for bomb scare at Bradley DMV

Illinois State Police are reporting the arrest of a 40-year-old woman for Tuesday's bomb threats at a Kankakee County Secretary of State office. Latisa Bellows allegedly placed two bomb threats Tuesday morning, making the calls to the State office in Bradley.

No injury was reported.

State Police Trooper Jayme Bufford said police identified Bellows through call records to the facility. Bradley Police and fire and Kankakee County sheriff's police responded to the call a little before 10 am.

A dozen employees and about 15 patrons inside were evacuated from the building on Blatt Blvd, just off Kennedy Drive. Two calls were made within about 10 minutes.

Bomb-sniffing dogs checked the driver services facility inside and out and an all clear was given by 12:30 pm. The DMV office remained closed for the rest of the day.  State Police picked up Bellows in South Bend, Ind.

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WPD: despite rumors, no looting in Watseka

There was no looting in Watseka during the recent flood. In fact, Watseka Police say they were pleased with the actions of people in the community, most of whom obeyed the laws.

Police are trying to clear up misinformation that has been circulating in the public. Rumors had several houses looted during the flood. A press release states 'police assure the public there were no reports of houses being looted. The Watseka Police Department received no such reports during the flood.

Police did receive some reports of criminal activity that occurred during the flood period, however none were tied to any flood victims.

Watseka officers did write several tickets for disobeying traffic control devices, which were barricade violations, but police were pleased with the actions of people in the community who obeyed the laws and followed the curfews that have since been lifted.

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Disaster Emergency Declaration extended, debris removal underway

The City of Watseka and the Iroquois County Board have acted to extend the local Disaster Emergency Proclamation in the wake of the flooding.  The flood levels of Sugar Creek and the Iroquois River have receded.  Clean-up operations including debris removal have gone well so far, according to Watseka officials.

Mayor Bob Harwood reminds citizens the debris pickup is for those citizens in flood-affected areas.  it's not a city-wide pickup. 

City public works employees are being assisted by the Iroquois County Highway Department, Belmont Township and the Illinois Department of Transportation.

Debris removal continues today.  The next pickup day is Friday, July 24th.  Pick-up dates next week are set for Monday 7/27, Wednesday 7/29, and Friday 7/31.  Removal of damaged household items will continue beyond next week.  A closing date will be announced later. 

Other related official information is posted at www.watsekacity.org.

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