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Tornadoes confirmed in Indiana

The National Weather Service has confirmed seven tornadoes struck central Indiana this week. The finding came (Wed) after assessment teams reviewed reports of funnel cloud sightings in Benton County, near Fowler and Oxford.

The NWS says the strongest of the twisters Monday was rated EF2, with winds of 111-135 mph, and struck 2½ miles southeast of Whitestown in Boone County.

Three tornadoes were rated EF1 with winds of 86-110 mph. Two struck in Hendricks County and a third was near Sheridan in Hamilton County.

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Funnel clouds reported in Benton County

The National Weather Service is following up on reports of funnel cloud sightings in parts of west-central Indiana. The last couple of days, listeners have reported seeing funnels near Indianapolis and now in Benton County too.

Citizens have spotted funnel clouds near Oxford and Fowler in Benton County Tuesday evening.

The NWS didn not issue any warnings, but local emergency management officials said they sounded sirens because of rotation in the clouds.

Emergency management officials will send information about the funnel clouds to the National Weather Service for further study.

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Kankakee moves forward on residential apartment complex

A new downtown Kankakee apartment complex could be ready to occupy in 2017.

A 35-unit apartment project, at East Avenue and Station Street, has been on the drawing board for several months. The Kankakee City Council (Monday) approved the use of $1.5 million in Tax Incremental Financing (TIF) for the residential development.

The apartments would be one or two-bedroom, with hardwood floors and in-house washer/dryers, and covered, secure parking. The rent would range from $700 to $1250 per month. Groundbreaking is likely by late December.

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Hoopeston man arrested in fatal Danville shooting

A suspect is now in custody in connection with the fatal shooting of a Danville woman earlier this month.

32-year-old Johnnie Sampson of Hoopeston faces 4-counts of first-degree murder in connection with the shooting death of 30-year-old Mary Thompson.

The Vermilion County State’s Attorney’s Office and Public Safety Director Larry Thomason confirmed that Sampson is being held without bond.

Mary Thompson was found inside a car at a housing complex (at Clyman Lane and Fowler Avenue) when police arrived on the scene August 5th. She died the following evening at Carle Foundation Hospital.

Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup said Thompson died from a gunshot wound to the head.

‘’Working with the Hoopeston Police Department, U.S. Marshal’s Service and VMEG officers, Danville Detectives arrested Mr. Sampson in the 1200 block of Daisy Lane in Hoopeston,’’ said Thomason. ‘’There was no resistance with the arrest.’’

The investigation into the murder case continues and detectives have other persons of interest.

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Daily-Journal reporter Dennis Yohnka dies

Veteran reporter and Daily Journal columnist Dennis Yohnka died Monday following a brief hospitalization at Riverside Medical Center. He was 68.

Yohnka was a popular member of the D-J newsroom, often using his talents to touch home with human interest features that showcased individuals and communities. He spent decades working as a sportswriter, features writer, correspondent, education reporter and columnist. He also worked various jobs in public relations.

An award-winning journalist, Yohnka grew up in Chebanse. He graduated from Central High School in Clifton and Northern Illinois University in DeKalb.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Knapp Funeral Home, Clifton.

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