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Fatal crash in Kankakee County Friday morning

One person is dead and three others injured in a two-vehicle crash this (Friday) morning northwest of Chebanse. Details are not yet available.

The accident happened about 6 am at Kankakee County Roads 6000 S and 4000 W. The three injured were occupants of the second vehicle involved.

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Braidwood drug arrests, 14 defendants in custody

Fourteen defendants are in custody following a narcotic sweep in Braidwood Thursday. Braidwood Police rounded up the individuals who are all charged with dealing cocaine and heroin. Police also discovered and dismantled a crystal meth lab.

This was a 3-month drug investigation. Braidwood Police Chief Nick Ficarello said officers from several agencies swept the area Thursday morning.

The investigation involved the Wilmington, Channahon and Elwood Police Police, Will County and Grundy County Sheriff’s Departments, the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration and the Metro Area Narcotics Squad.

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Former addict addresses Watseka community about hope

It’s all about not pointing a finger, but instead finding solutions, and talking about the problem.

That word (Wed) from Tim Ryan, a recovered heroin addict who now delivers words of wisdom to individuals, families, students and community leaders about the drive to rehabilitate and find solutions to community drug problems.

Ryan told a gathering at WCHS “it’s about a caring attitude, not pointing fingers and finding workable solutions.” He said too often, people pretend there’s not a problem and blame others.

He also says the judicial system needs to know and understand addiction is a disease --- putting people in jail doesn’t help the situation. Community leaders need to expose the problem and find a solution.

Ryan is a well-traveled recovered addict. He was in Iroquois County as a sponsored guest of the Iroquois County health dept, the Iroquois Mental Health Center and the Iroquois County Coalition for Change.

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GREAT SHAKEOUT set for Thursday in Illinois

With a couple of earthquake faults cradling Illinois' southern region,the state’s emergency management agency says it’s important to know what to do if an earthquake breaks out.

At 10:19 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 19, the Great Shakeout is scheduled to take place. That’s when Illinois Emergency Management Agency Communications Manager Patti Thompson said people should practice the basics: drop, cover and hold.

“You should drop down to the ground,” Thompson said, “so that it doesn't shake you and you fall and hurt yourself. Take cover under some heavy piece of furniture like a table or a desk and then cover the back of your head and neck with your arms.”

Thompson said with the New Madrid fault and the Wabash Valley fault along the state’s southern region, earthquakes are a real threat.

“The New Madrid Seismic Zone is the more well known [fault],” Thompson said. Earthquakes there in the early 19th century were among the strongest
earthquakes in the U.S.

“But we’ve actually felt more activity in recent years out of the Wabash Valley Seismic Zone, which is on the southeastern side of the state,” she said.

University of Illinois Civil Engineering Professor Dan Abrams said there’s a low probability of earthquakes, but “when it does happen, it could be a big one.”

The Wabash Valley fault "is an extension of the New Madrid,” Abrams said. “We have had earthquakes there. It’s probably a less magnitude but more frequency. That’s still alive and kicking. We should be aware of that.”

Gas and pipelines could be impacted by an earthquake, and the damages could be even more severe than in California, he said.

“We should be cognisant of the risk, which would spread across a much greater area,” Abrams said.

Thompson said the Great Shakeout drill isn’t just good for local residents, but for those who are looking to travel.

“We have people in Illinois that travel all throughout the United States and around the world,” Thompson said. “And as you’ve seen,there have been some very major and very deadly earthquakes that have happened, most recently in Mexico.”

Thompson said what you shouldn't do if the ground starts to shake is to try running away, or run outside. That’s where you could encounter falling debris from buildings impacted by the shaking. If there ever were a severe earthquake, Thompson said IEMA is ready to work with emergency responders around the state in the recovery

There are more than 2.6 million registered participants for the central region of the U.S. More than 52.8 million people have registered worldwide.

For more information and to register for the Great Shakeout drill,visit Shakeout.org.

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UPDATE: Police chase ends in Tippecanoe County; driver and girl identified

Police in Indiana have a Wisconsin man in custody following a multistate pursuit that ended on Interstate 65 in Tippecanoe County today (Wednesday).

30-year-old Kenneth Brown of Milwaukee (Wis) abducted his two-year-old daughter, then stole a vehicle. The girl was identified as 2-year-old Kendra Faith Brown.

Kenneth Brown was pulled over in Decatur, Illinois, around 11 p.m for a traffic violation unrelated to the alleged abduction. He then drove off and fled from police.

Brown allegedly drove to a Watseka (Illinois) Walmart. There, Police say he told a woman that he had abducted a child and stolen a vehicle. The woman called police.

Brown left Watseka headed east on State Road 24 toward Indiana. That’s when an Iroquois County dispatch alerted Kentland and Newton County authorities. Brown refused to stop for the Indiana police at Route 24 and SR 71. He headed south on I-65 into Lafayette before he was finally stopped by a police roadblock.

Kenneth Brown allegedly held a knife to his daughter's neck before eventually being subdued with a stun gun.

Kendra Brown was taken to a Lafayette hospital. Police say she is OK.

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