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Ford County: Elliott home destroyed by fire

A rural Elliott home was destroyed by fire Tuesday, most likely as a result of an electrical issue, said Elliott’s fire chief, Bill Smith.

Volunteer firefighters from Elliott, Gibson City and Melvin spent over four hours fighting a house fire Tuesday. Firemen were unable to save the 2-story, wood-frame house at 816 E and 500 N Road.

Elliott firefighters were called to the fire around 11 am. Firemen were at the scene til about 3:30 pm. No injury was reported. The occupants....a man and his wife....are being assisted by the Gibson City American Legion Post.

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Newton County, IN fire does $50,000 damage

A Wednesday morning tool shed fire in Newton County DID $50,000 damage. 23 firefighters spent around two hours fighting the blaze near the Illinois state line.

The fire was reported just before 7 am at 8224 S 675 W in rural Washington Township.

Brook-Iroquois Township Volunteer Fire Chief Kyle Conrad said mutual aide came from Kentland and Morocco and Donovan.

The fire was believed to have been started by a faulty block heater on a tractor that was stored inside the shed.
Around $50,000 worth of damage was caused in the fire.

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Channahon man vlaims $1.3 Million Lottery prize

A Channahon man was the winner of the $1.3 million winning Lucky Day Lotto ticket sold at USA Liquors in Channahon.

Thomas Lewis says he plans to use the winning money to buy a new home and take his family to Disney World.

The winning numbers in the December 20th drawing were 14, 18, 27, 31, and 45.

The liquor store that sold the ticket will receive $13,000.

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Reddick Man gets prison time after arrest for defrauding drug screening test

A Kankakee County man was sentenced to four years in prison for unlawful possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of a meth.

39-yr-old Chance Templet of Reddick violated a Grundy County Alternative Court Program.

Templet was placed into the Alternative Court Program on the two charges and required to take random drug screens.
On November 6, of 2017, the Grundy County Sheriff’s Department arrested Templet for unlawfully defrauding a drug screening test.

Sheriff Kevin Callahan said Templet defrauded the test by using synthetic urine instead of his own urine.

Templet was arrested on a warrant during the drug court program on November 7th.

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Ford County crash kills two

The driver of a car and its passenger were killed this (Thursday) morning in a crash with a semi-trailer on Illinois Route 9 in Ford County. It happened west of Paxton at County Road 1300 E.

Illinois State Police and the Ford County Coroner’s Office investigated just after 10 am.

Police report the car was eastbound on Illinois 9 when the driver lost control and struck the semi head-on. The driver of the car and a passenger in the car were pronounced deceased at the scene.

Names of those involved were not available. The accident remained under investigation.

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