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Iroquois County traffic stop leads to two arrests

Two Danville men are jailed in Iroquois County, another is on the run after a traffic stop near Milford Sunday.

30-year-old Terrance Liggins and 27-year-old Jeffery Lee are charged with manufacture/delivery of cannabis. A third suspect fled from the stopped vehicle after Sheriff's deputies made a traffic stop on Illinois Route 1 at County road 1050 N. The stop was made due to a rear registration light not working.

The deputy, police reported, detected a strong odor of cannabis emitting from the vehicle. The occupants exited the vehicle with the unknown suspect handing a plastic bag of green leafy substance to the deputy. Then, that same male grabbed a brown paper bag with unknown contents from the front seat of the vehicle and fled, leaving Liggins and Lee behind.

Back-up officers arrived and assisted in a search for the fleeing subject. Police were unable to locate the unidentified male who fled. Liggins and Lee denied knowing the identity of the third individual inside the vehicle, driven by Liggins.

Iroquois County deputies are now working with Danville Police on leads to track down the fleeing suspect.

A search of the vehicle led to the finding of four individually- wrapped one-pound bags of a green leafy substance believed to be cannabis. Also seized was $750 in cash.

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State Fire Marshall investigating fires in Watseka, Hoopeston

A large tool shed was destroyed along with its contents Friday when fire broke out, north of Watseka. Several fire departments responded around the Noon hour. No injury was reported. The State Fire Marshall is investigating.

A passerby alerted 911 after observing the flames. The shed stood on the property of Jason Smith, just off Illinois Route 1 at 2327 North.

Watseka, Martinton, Ashkum, Beaverville, Concord, Danforth, Donovan and Crescent City fire all responded. IMH Ambulance was also on standby.


The State Fire Marshall is also investigating the cause of Friday afternoon's fire which heavily damaged a historic Hoopeston residence. The fire at the Dyer Mansion at 520 East Honeywell Avenue was discovered by a passing motorist, according to Hoopeston Police.
Hoopeston Firefighters called on units from Rossville, Wellington, East Lynn and Rankin Fire Departments to help extinguish the blaze.

No dollar amount on damage was reported.

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Road work begins on St. George Road in Kankakee County and U S 52 in Manhattan

Railroad crossing work on St. George Road is underway in Kankakee County. The crossing improvement will continue for 7-10 days, according to officials.

The Illinois Department of Transportation has announced that a resurfacing project on U S 52 between Gougar Road and Second Street in Manhattan will mess up traffic flow starting today (Monday). This will require intermittent lane closures, and the project should be complete by mid-October.

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Tippecanoe County agencies assisting ISP during I-65 detour

Law enforcement agencies now have what they call unlimited funds to step up patrols along the Interstate 65 North detour.

Local officials say the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute has given them the green light to use grant money from Operation Pullover to pay for increased patrols.

Lafayette, West Lafayette, Purdue University police as well as the Tippecanoe County Sheriff's Office are all participating.

The hope is the additional funds will help them handle the influx of traffic.

A spokesperson said he hopes they can limit reckless driving along the I-65 detour.

The increased patrols are expected to last until construction on the I-65 bridge over the Wildcat Creek is complete.

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Illinois fires Coach Tim Beckman

The University of Illinois has terminated head Football Coach Tim Beckman over how he treated injured student athletes.

Athletic Director Mike Thomas made the decision after he reviewed a preliminary report suggesting Beckman deterred the reporting of injuries of players, and that they keep playing despite injury.

"The findings the external reviewer shared in the briefing gave me enough information to take action, and I have done that," says Thomas.

Thomas says the timing is bad given the first football game is next Friday, but he says that didn't matter.

"The health and well-being of students is our top triority," says Thomas. "This decision was based on the health of our student athletes.

Thomas says players were mostly quiet upon learning that Beckman had been fired. Beckman will not receive the remaining $3.1 million on his contract, nor will he receive a $743,000 buyout.

Offensive coordinator Bill Cubit will take over. He's expected to be a candidate for the permanent job.               {IRN)

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