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National Agriculture Week (Ford & Iroquois)

Area farmers and the Ford-Iroquois Farm Bureau are celebrating National Agriculture Week. The spring planting season is drawing near. And as farmers prep their equipment, motorists are reminded that slow-moving farm equipment will soon be traveling along area roads.

Last year farmers in Ford and Iroquois counties bounced back from the 2012 drought by producing 86.7 million bushels of corn. They also raised 17.9 million bushels of soybeans. And the corn grown during 2013 represented an 81-percent increase over the drought-stricken crop in 2012.

Ninety-four percent of the farms in Illinois are family-owned, and passed from generation to generation. In Ford and Iroquois Counties, the Farm Bureau reports over 357 farms have been recognized as Centennial or Sesquicentennial Farms – meaning they have been owned by the same family for more than 100 or 150 years.

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Livingston County crash kills Odell man

An Interstate 55 crash south of Dwight Tuesday morning killed 33-year-old Jeffery Legner of Odell.

Livingston County Coroner Mike Burke said the one-vehicle crash happened just past 5 am. Legner was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident at 5:08 a.m. by Deputy Coroner David Murphy.

State police reported Legner was northbound on I-55 when his pickup truck lost control on the slick highway and overturned in the median. State Police reported there was a fresh layer of snow on may roadways. Dwight Fire Department and emergency medical services responded.

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Ohio man dies in Indiana I-65 crash

A three vehicle crash on Interstate 65 in Jasper County, Indiana Tuesday claimed the life of a 41-year-old man from Fairfield, Ohio.

The victim was identified as Zaza Eristavi (Air-is-TAH-VEE).

State Police at Lowell reported a semi pulling a rail container was stopped in the right lane of I-65 north, about 6 miles south of the Rensselaer exit. The truck was stopped due to a crash further ahead. The semi was hit in the rear.

A pickup pulling a trailer loaded with three vehicles driven by the victim (Zaza Eristavi) was northbound in the right lane when he failed to slow down and hit the back of the second semi trailer.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene by the Jasper County Coroner.

The other two drivers involved were not injured.
The northbound lanes of I-65 were closed from 6:30 am until around 12:15 p.m.

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Pets rescued from Monticello, IN house fire

The cause of a house fire in Monticello, Indiana last night (Tues) is under investigation. No one was hurt. Fire officials reported no one was home when the fire broke out. Two pets were rescued.


Firefighters determined the fire was located in the attic and cut a hole in the roof to help put it out. A neighbor called 9-1-1.


Monticello Fire Assistant Chief Robert Hickman said crews were able to limit the fire damage to the attic and one bedroom. Two cats were rescued.


Firefighters are calling the fire "accidental."


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Railroad thieves tracked down by police

Lake County, Indiana police have arrested seven people and are pursuing a dozen more for looting $2.8 million in valuables from the CSX railroad.


A Monday press conference revealed the result of an eight-month investigation.


The sheriff's office accused the group of thieves of pilfering $2.5 million in pharmaceuticals, 18 automobiles and two motorcycles valued at $291,000, in addition to computers and televisions. The group then allegedly sold the items.


Police said the suspects, from Gary and Hammond, face charges including possession of stolen and retagged vehicles, possessing a stolen firearm, auto theft and resisting law enforcement.


Police said the thefts were from rail yards where train cars are temporarily parked in Northwest Indiana and one in Bedford Park, Ill., just southwest of Chicago.


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