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Kankakee County crash kills one, closes Route 17

A car and a semi-truck collided this (Tuesday) morning on Route 17 at the Hopkins Park curve, killing one man. The crash occurred around 4:30 am. The road was closed during the investigation.

Illinois State police reported the accident occurred at 500 N Road, where the state highway curves north towards Momence. The area is known as Kinney's Corner.

Momence Fire personnel were at the scene. The unidentified victim was the lone occupant in the car. The driver of the truck was not seriously injured.

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Mississippi men face illegal hunting charges in Iroquois County

Illinois Conservation Police were called in to investigate wildlife code violations in Iroquois County after three Mississippi men were stopped by sheriff's police. Deputies were dispatched to 2100 N and 2100 E Road Monday in regards to a call of possible illegal hunting.

The men were found in possession of several freshly-harvested wild turkeys. All three men were also charged with illegal transportation of alcohol. Conservation Police were also considering additional citations.

The suspects are identified as 27-year-old Justin Riddel and 19-year-old Braden McGlothin of French Camp, MS. and 20-year-old John Hall Jr. of Weir, MS.

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Former Joliet Diocese Bishop J. Peter Sartain delivering homily at Cardinal Francis George's Funeral

The former bishop of the Joliet Diocese is expected to deliver a message at the funeral of Cardinal Francis George Thursday. Before he died Friday morning, the former Archbishop of Chicago invited Seattle Archbishop J. Peter Sartain to deliver the homily at his funeral mass.

Sartain served as the leader of the Joliet Diocese from 2006 to 2010.

Services for Cardinal George begin today. Visitation runs today and Wednesday at Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago. The public is welcome. Thursday's funeral is limited to those with tickets.

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Dubble credits fire departments for communication response to downed 911 system

A long frustrating day in Iroquois County Monday finds the 9-1-1 system back up and operational today. And, the Internet is back online, enabling both telephone landlines and cellphones again.

AT&T work crews repaired a cut fiber-optic line along Route 1 near Papineau. The cut line took out service about 12:30 am Monday. Once the problem area was located, the repairs were made and service gradually returned by around 8:30 pm.

AT&T officials have not said whether the cut line was accidental or an act of vandalism. The service outage stretched into northwest Indiana.

Iroquois County 9-1-1 Coordinator Nita Dubble said up to 10 fire departments were able to man back-up call-boxes at their fire stations to handle incoming emergency calls and then relay those calls to the 9-1-1 center by radio communication.

It's not the first time such communications have broken down, so the back-up system finds key people knowing their roles.

"I can't say enough good things about their effort. It's what's so good about the first responders, we're a family and we work together as a team," Dubble said Monday afternoon as service was being restored. "The fire departments and the dispatchers got it done. I can't thank them enough."

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Police investigating “cloud file” of nude photos of Herscher high school students

Herscher Police are working with Herscher School District administrators investigating reports of several photos of high school girls found on a computer file. The photos, according to the Daily-Journal were discovered on a Google cloud storage-unit.
The Journal reported the digital drive required a password to access it, so it was not available to the public.

Police have not offered any further comment.

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