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Manteno man apparent drowning victim in Iroquois River

                                       Party turns into tragedy

A 23-year-old Manteno man's body was recovered from the Iroquois River at Iroquois Sunday afternoon. The un-identified man was an apparent drowning victim. Iroquois County Coroner Bill Cheatum, who pronounced the victim dead, said an autopsy will be completed today.

Concord-Iroquois Fire Chief Dave Faupel said it appeared a Saturday night party near the Route 52 bridge at Iroquois County involved some public intoxication. Sheriff's Police are investigating.

The Concord Fire Department received the call around midnight Saturday. Emergency personnel from Beaver Township Fire at Donovan, Sheldon, Watseka and Kentland, IN were all at the scene. Firemen walked the river bank while Ashkum, Watseka and Kentland rescue boats worked the waterway from the east side of Route 52.

Faupel said a two-hour search was called off about 2:30 am. The search resumed at 6 am Sunday. Ashkum Fire, Watseka and Aroma Park rescue boats again worked the fast-flowing river.

Sonar equipment from the Department of Natural Resources located the body around 4:30 Sunday afternoon 350 feet downstream toward the west, according to Chief Faupel. The MABAS 41 Dive team from Hudson (IL) retrieved the victim's body.

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T-storms likely in Monday forecast

The NWS reports strong thunderstorms will make Monday morning a bit trying. Early morning storms could redevelop again during the late afternoon. The temp is likely to reach 88 with a heat index near 98.


There is a moderate risk for severe thunderstorms late Monday afternoon through the evening hours. The NWS says there's a potential for damaging winds, isolated tornadoes and a lower threat of large hail.


Scattered thunderstorms are expected in central-Illinois the rest of the morning. At times, heavy rainfall may redevelop. Things will quiet down before the chance of storms re-developing later in the day.


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No murder charge in death of homeless man’s killing

                   Murder rap dropped against reported-suspect


Kankakee Police on Friday announced a murder charge against a homeless man in the death of another homeless man had been dropped.


A 27-year-old man, considered a suspect in the beating death of 46-year-old Walter Baker, has been cleared in the investigation. Police reported erroneously that Mario Martinez-Castillo was charged in the murder. Castillo is now being held for a possible immigration violation.


Walter Baker's body was found behind a dumpster along Brookmont Boulevard. Police reported he was an apparent beating victim.


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Lake Village, IN woman dies of accident injuries

A 51-year-old Lake Village, IN woman died Tuesday of injuries suffered in a crash with a semi in Newton County, IN. Tammy Ann Rendant paased away at Riverside Hospital, a day after he pickup truck was hit by an eastbound tractor-trailer at State Road 10 and State Road 55.

Sheriff's Police reported the accident happened just after 3:30 pm Monday. A Texas truck driver, 54-year-old Larry Jeffers, failed to stop at an eastbound intersection. The semi hit the driver's side of the Rendant pickup. Police said the pickup had the right-of-way.

The semi continued and hit another car driven by 24-year-old Telisha Howard of Lake Village. No other serious injury was reported.

State police and the Sheriff's Department are still investigating the crash.

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Kankakee River closed due to flooding

High water is posing a risk so the Illinois Department of Conservation has closed the Kankakee River. Dangerous conditions on the water will restrict boating and other activities until further notice.

Flooding warnings remain in place along the Kankakee and Iroquois Rivers. Excessive rains have brought more than 5 inches of rain in recent days.

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