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Kankakee County: Heroin overdoses a concern

Six suspected heroin overdoses are a real concern to Kankakee County Coroner Bob Gessner. Question is: could it be a bad batch of heroin ? Gessner and others in neighboring counties are expressing thoughts on a growing problem.

Gessner reports Riverside Hospital official have recorded 127 OD’s in the first quarter this year. Now, that’s all kinds of overdoses. But that’s a pace that could result in more than 500. Gessner said Riverside recorded 200 overdoses for all of 2016.

Meanwhile – Kane County Coroner Bob Russell is warning people about a new deadly drug. It’s called “gray death.” It looks like concrete mix. It’s a combination of several opioids including heroin and fentanyl. The substance has caused deaths in Ohio and Kentucky.

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Iroquois County fires in rural Crescent City, Onarga

Three farm tractors were among the items lost in a tool shed fire Thursday at a property site in rural Crescent City. An 80 by 20 foot structure at 1568E and 2250N was gutted. Corn and soybean seed was also lost. No injury to report.

Crescent-Iroquois Fire Chief Scott Schroeder said the fire appeared to be electrical. Firemen from Crescent City, Ashkum, Danforth and Watseka were on the scene about three hours.

Onarga firemen had mutual aid support from Buckley, Gilman and Ford-Iroquois (Thawville) in fighting a fire at the clubhouse at Shagbark Country Club.

The electrical fire did extensive damage to the clubhouse’s north end. There was heavy smoke and heat damage. The state fire Marshall is investigating.

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After the rain ? Weekend calls for dry, warmer weather

Flood warnings will remain in place after the slow-moving weather system brought so much rain this past week. But a dry-up and warmer weekend is expected, according to the National Weather Service.

Flood Watches/Warnings remain in effect for much of Illiana.
Flash flooding brought emergency response teams out Thursday in several counties, including Vermilion, Champaign and Coles counties. Some roads were closed. And some school districts had early dismissals.

A Flood Warning is in place until 3:45 pm.today (Friday 5/5) for Vermilion, Champaign, Douglas, Edgar and Coles counties in East Central Illinois. West-central Indiana counties are also included.

Saturday and Sunday forecasts will bring some sunshine. Temperatures will climb into the 70s by next Wednesday.

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Joliet child’s death under investigation

Will County Sheriff’s Office records reveal officers had visited the home where toddler Semaj Crosby was found dead about 60 times over the past year.

The Chicago “Sun-Times” reports that the sheriff’s office limited their request for records because of what police called “an ongoing criminal investigation.” Previously police had only characterized the 16-month-old’s death last week as suspicious.

Police records show that 40 calls on the Joliet Township home were for probation checks, but others were for welfare checks, domestic disturbances, subpoena delivery, crisis intervention and an arson investigation.

The child’s body was found under a sofa in the home last month, but an autopsy was inconclusive on the cause of her death.

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Double fatal crash in eastern Will County

A four vehicle crash(Thursday) killed two people in Will County. The crash occurred on Route 1 between Crete and Beecher. It happened south of Goodneow Road.

Illinois State Police reported the crash involved a semitrailer, two pickup trucks and one passenger vehicle.
The Will County Coroner’s office identifies the victims as 48-year old Mark Smith from Beecher and 53-year old James Krawczykowski of Crown Point, Indiana.

A reconstruction team is investigating the crash. Illinois Route 1 was closed much of Thursday.

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