Several dozen fire departments from Kankakee, Iroquois, Will and Newton County, Indiana battled field fires Monday in Pembroke Township. Volunteers were busy much of the day in eastern Kankakee County where dry fields sparked the fires in several locations. No injuries were reported.
The Kyle Lottinville family of Sheldon was recognized as the 2016 Farm Conservation Family award winner by the Iroquois County Soil & Water Conservation District.
The honor came Monday night at the SWCD annual award banquet. Kyle, his wife, Sue, and daughter Krista were on hand for the recognition.
The Lottinville family farms ground in Sheldon, Concord and Stockland townships.
Kyle is a third-generation farmer. Over the years, the Lottinville best management practices have included conservation tillage, no-till practices, and the installation and maintenance of various conservation practices.
A 19-year-old Danville woman is now identified as the person whose body was recovered from Lake Vermilion over the weekend. Vermilion County Coroner Jane McFadden said (Monday) the victim is 19-year-old La’Bresha Lillard.
The Vermilion County Sheriff’s Department’s Underwater Search and Rescue Team found Lillard’s body in a car that was submerged in the lake. No foul play is suspected in the death.
McFadden says an autopsy is scheduled Tuesday. The Coroner says her office and the sheriff’s department are continuing their investigation into the death.
The National Weather Service is calling it a “record-breaking” heat wave in Illinois. More than a dozen cities set records for new Hi temperature readings over the weekend. Sunday’s temperatures set records from the Quad Cities to Effingham.
NWS observations at 94.1 WGFA set a new record high Friday at 68, breaking a 1961 record of 53. Saturday – Sunday readings of 68 tied the 1930 readings.
Forecasters say there's a chance more records could fall by Wednesday.
Meanwhile – citizens in downstate Illinois woke up to a foggy Monday morning. A Dense Fog Advisory was in place until 10 am.
The Benton School Corporation in Indiana operated on a 2-hour delay this morning.
Family and friends said their final goodbyes Sunday to Libby German and Abby Williams. The teens’bodies were found last Tuesday a day after they went missing in rural Delphi.
Libby German’s funeral was at Delphi United Methodist Church. Williams’ funeral was a private family service.
The latest information in the homicide investigation was released earlier Sunday. Indiana State Police say the man from the photo released Wednesday is now a “main suspect” in the two teenager’s deaths.
Investigators are urging the public to contact police with tips about the person. If you know anything about the man seen in that photo, call any of three listed numbers.
• Delphi Murder Tip Line: 844-459-5786 • Indiana State Police: 765-567-2125 • Carroll County Sheriff’s Office: 765-564-2413