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Truck driver killed in I-74 crash

Illinois State Police were investigating a crash early Saturday on Interstate 74 that took a life.

Vermilion County Coroner Peggy Johnson reported the accident was under investigation. The victims' name was being withheld pending notification of relatives.

A state snowplow driver notified state police after he reported seeing a vehicle crash on I-74 between St. Joseph and Ogden. That was shortly before 1 am Saturday.

State troopers found a semitrailer truck had gone off the right side of the road, ran into a line of trees and stopped partially submerged in a pond.

There were no passengers, state police said. The driver's name was not released pending notification of family.

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• Fairbury man gets five years in DOC

A Fairbury man was sentenced to five years in the Illinois Department of Corrections after a guilty plea for two Class 2 felony charges stemming from a 2012 standoff with police at his rural Fairbury home.

56-year-old Arnold Munz pled guilty to two counts of aggravated discharge of a firearm. Four other charges were dismissed, including aggravated discharge of a firearm toward a peace officer.

Another man testified that he was at twice by Munz.
The defense presented evidence from two doctors, one of which claimed Munz suffers from a seizure disorder. The testimony showed the seizures can lead to a state where Munz isn't able to remember events, which has been a claim of his since the incident.

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Gibson City man convicted of 2nd-degree murder

A Ford County jury took just a little over two-hours Thursday to convict a Gibson City man of second-degree murder and aggravated battery in the death of another man he punched last year in Gibson City.

The jury of seven men and five women reached a guilty verdict after the two-day trial for 34-year-old Ryan Nibbe. Nibbe was accused in the death of 44-year-old Timothy Robertson.

Nibbe testified, admitting punched Robertson twice during an incident July 28 at an apartment in Gibson City. A second punch caused Robertson to fall on the sidewalk, fracturing his skull, according to police reports.
Robertson died on Aug. 5, 2013, at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana.

Nibbe was acquitted of one count of aggravated battery pertaining to the incident inside the apartment.
The maximum sentence for second-degree murder is 20 years. The aggravated battery charge carries a maximum of 10 years.

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Racing legend Dick Potts dies

                                    National Dirt Late Model Hall-of-Fame inductee

Racing legend Dick Potts, of Morocco, passed away Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at St. Elizabeth East Hospital in Lafayette. And yes, it is finally revealed that Dick was 76 years old, as it was a running joke that Dick would not tell his age.

Richard R. "Dick" Potts was born in Goodland on November 3, 1937.  He was a lifelong resident of Newton County. Dick served his country for three years in the U.S. Air Force. He was a Son of the American Legion, a member of American Legion Post #29 of Rensselaer and a member of the Loyal Order of Moose.

Dick started racing in 1960, and #92 had 521 feature wins in his 51 years of racing. He raced at dirt tracks all over the area, as well traveling the country with racing circuits. He was the winningest driver at the Rensselaer Raceway. During his career he had 23 Track Championships, 33 Runner-up Championships, was 7-time Northern Indiana Clay Track Champion, 7-time Illiana Clay Track Champion, and 2-time Eastern Illinois Clay Track Champion. Dick was inducted into the National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame in 2006.

Friends are invited to visit with the family on Sunday, January 26, 2014 from 2-7:30 p.m. (CST) at Steinke Funeral Home of Rensselaer. A Celebration of Life service will be held at Steinke Funeral Home of Rensselaer on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. Cremation rights are in order. Private family services and interment at Russell Chapel Cemetery will be at a later date.  {courtesy of the Steinke Funeral Home}

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Governor Quinn Announces $347,000 for Bridge Replacement Project in Iroquois County

WATSEKA – Governor Pat Quinn today announced a capital investment of more than $347,000 to replace a bridge in Iroquois County, part of his Illinois Jobs Now! capital construction program. The project is part of Governor Quinn's agenda to create jobs and drive Illinois' economy forward.

"Our investment will make traveling in Iroquois County easier and easier," Governor Quinn said. "The project will also employ a number of construction workers, which will help the local economy."

A bridge carrying County Highway 15 over Pike Creek about 5.3 miles north of U.S. Route 24 will be replaced for $347,906 by Iroquois Paving Corporation of Watseka, the lower of two bidders. The project will be overseen by the Illinois Department of Transportation.

"I am very pleased to see that the work for this project will be done by a local contractor and will ensure that the funds will be kept in our area, bolstering our economy," State Representative Josh Harms (R-Watseka) said.

The project is part of Governor Quinn's $31 billion Illinois Jobs Now! program, which will support more than 439,000 jobs over six years. Illinois Jobs Now! is the largest capital construction program in Illinois history, and is one of the largest capital construction programs in the nation. {article submitted}

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