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FEMA: December storms not bad enough, flood help denied

People left with flooded basements and local governments left with millions of dollars in clean-up costs won't be getting any help from the federal government. FEMA told Illinois officials (Thursday) the December and January storms that produced flooding weren't severe enough to warrant federal help. Illinois asked for help for people and cities in almost two-dozen counties, including Iroquois and Vermilion.

The Illinois Emergency Management Agency had worked with county and municipal leaders in re-accessing damages with hopes the federal threshold would be met to bring help. IEMA Director James Joseph said the state agency will reach out again to partners in affected areas to see if there's support for an appeal, again.

Congressman Adam Kinzinger said a bill is in the hopper for consideration to get FEMA to change its disaster recipe. Kinzinger said, considering the flooding effect on Watseka , it merits consideration for FEMA to instead look at the impact on the community and hot just a dollar-threshold.

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Cullom man dies in single-vehicle accident

19-year-old Garrett Pawloski of Cullom was killed in a single-vehicle accident Thursday morning in Pontiac. He was pronounced dead at the scene by the Livingston County Coroner's Office.

Pontiac Police reported the accident happened just before 6:30 am at the intersection of Vermillion and North streets. The victim's vehicle hit a utility pole and a tree.

An autopsy has been scheduled and the cause of death is pending toxicology results. The crash remains under investigation.

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V-MEG arrest five on meth charges

Five people are in custody after the Vermilion County Metropolitan Enforcement Group arrested them on meth-related charges. The five suspects are jailed in Danville.

Forty-four year old Charles Hayes of rural Georgetown, 43-year-old Christian Cunningham and 33-year-old Randy Spurloch of Potomac are all charged with participation in meth manufacturing.

34-year-old Carrie Cunningham of Westville was charged with possession of methamphetamines and possession of drug paraphernalia.

They all pleaded not guilty.

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Murder-suicide victims identified

The Vermilion County Coroner has released the names of the couple who died in a murder-suicide at an Oakwood truck stop. Both died from gunshot wounds, according to Coroner Peggy Johnson.

47-year old Ella Coffman, of Homer, and her estranged husband, 69-year-old Douglas Price of Urbana, are the victims.

Coffman was at work at the Pilot Truck Stop, just off I-74. It was just before 7:30 pm Wednesday when she went to her car during a break. That's when police say she was approached by Price. Officials say Price fired multiple shots into Coffman's car, killing her. Price then shot himself in the head.

No one else was hurt. The couple recently separated and filed for divorce.

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Gunfire investigated in Kankakee neighborhood

Kankakee Police investigators responded to shots fired in an alley in the 500-block of S. Chicago Avenue Wednesday morning. No injuries reported. Police did recover spent-casings from a nine-millimeter and .40 caliber weapon.

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