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  Local, State and Federal Agencies Partner to Reduce Rail Crossing Fatalities

ASHKUM — Illinois State Police District 21 is partnering with local, state and federal agencies to promote vehicle and pedestrian safety around railroad tracks and trains during Rail Safety Week, September 24 through September 30.

To promote rail safety awareness and education, Illinois State Police District 21 has planned enforcement details throughout the week at various railroad grade crossings. Drivers and pedestrians who disobey the laws associated with railroad grade crossings and railroad property will be cited. In addition, police officers will be distributing literature to the public that contains information on how to be safe around trains and train tracks.

When crossing railroad tracks, motorists must always obey the law and be aware of your surroundings. Please remember, it against the law to stop your vehicle on the railroad tracks and anywhere within the highway-rail grade crossing. Highway-rail grade crossings are typically marked by white stop lines located on the pavement in advance of the crossing, and if not marked by white stop lines, the highway-rail grade crossing extends from protective gate arm to protective gate arm.

According to Illinois Operation Lifesaver, more than 67 percent of all rail-related collisions occur at crossings with active warning devices (flashing lights, gates, and ringing bells).

During 2016 there were 120 railroad crossing collisions in Illinois involving motor vehicles. These collisions resulted in 43 injuries and 22 fatalities. In addition, there were 39 trespassing incidents on railroad property which resulted in 17 injuries and 22 fatalities. Illinois is ranked 2nd in the nation in grade crossing fatalities and 7th in the nation in railroad trespassing fatalities.

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Danville man faces weapons charge

24-yr-old Terrance Morris remains jailed in Iroquois County. Bond was set Friday at $10,000 for the Danville man. He was arrested Friday morning by Iroquois County Sheriff’s deputies on a traffic stop for speeding. An odor of burnt cannabis led to a vehicle search and police found a handgun in a backpack. Morris then fled to a cornfield. Hoopeston Police assisted deputies in getting Morris to surrender.

Charges include Resisting a Police Officer, Unlawful Possession of a Weapon by a Felon, and defacing the I.D. on the weapon.

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Newton County Sheriff’s Department makes arrests in 4 month theft investigation…

Two Demotte, IN suspects are facing theft charges after their arrests on warrant for a September 7th theft from a Newton County business. Court papers show the theft case involved Urban Forest Products LLC of Brook, IN.

The investigation reveals during a 5 year tenure at Urban Forest Products LLC , Ruth Osby (Hisick) had fraudulently transferred $513, 023.25 into 3 banking accounts under her name and that of her husband Jason Hisick.

Arrest warrants were issued for Osby and Hisick by the Newton Superior Court. The Jasper County Sheriff’s Department assisted with the warrants.

Ruth Osby was charged with Corrupt Business Influence, 27 counts of Synthetic Identity Deception and Theft. Her bond was set at $1-million dollars, then reduced to $250,000.

Jason Hisick was charged with Conspiracy to commit theft and posted a $3500.00 cash bond.

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State Fire Marshal Congratulates 8 Illinois Fire Departments on 2016 Life Safety Achievement Award

                                    Bourbonnais Fire Protection District honored

"We're pleased to be notified again to received the award.  We do a lot of community education in our community. Our focus is always to educate at schools, with senior citizens, the at-risk community, about fire safety" ......     Ed St. Louis, Bourbonnais Fire District Chief

The Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal (OSFM) is proud to announce that eight fire departments from Illinois have been recognized with the 2016 Life Safety Achievement Award.

The National Association of State Fire Marshals Fire Research and Education Foundation and Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company recognize fire departments that recorded zero fire deaths in residential structures or a ten percent reduction of fire deaths from the previous year. Other qualifications include having an active fire prevention program and commitment to reducing the number of house fires in the community.

“Fire prevention is our number one priority,” said Illinois State Fire Marshal Matt Perez. “Whether that’s educating our kids on fire safety or responding rapidly to a house fire, our fire departments are ensuring the safety and well-being of all Illinoisans. I commend the eight departments recognized for their hard and courageous work.”

For 2016, 110 fire departments from 31 states received the honor. The eight Illinois fire departments are:
• Alsip Fire Department
• Bourbonnais Fire Protection District
• Countryside Fire Protection District
• Effingham Fire Department
• Gurnee Fire Rescue
• Henry Fire Protection District
• River Forest Fire Department
• Wheeling Fire Department

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Semi driver killed in crash on Route 17

Two semi tractor-trailers crashed Thursday on Route 17 near Grant Park, killing one of the drivers. The accident happened at 12:40 pm at North Bull Creek Road (17170E Road).

{Kankakee County has recorded two fatalities in as many days}

Illinois State Police District 21 at Ashkum identified the driver who died as 26-year-old Jose Cardenas of Bridgeview (IL). He was dead at the scene, according to the Kankakee County Coroner’s office.

Police report the driver of an eastbound semi on Illinois 17 crossed the center line and collided with a westbound semi. The victim was in the westbound unit. The other driver was transported to Riverside Medical Center with injuries.

Update: Wednesday's I-57 crash >

A second person has died from injuries in a 3-vehicle crash on I-57 near Manteno Wednesday.

24-year-old Michelle Crowe of Boca Raton, FLA died from her injuries. She was a passenger in a car sandwiched between two semi’s in a construction zone. The woman had been air-lifted from the scene. She died at Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn.

26-year-old Jake Jake Hemrick of Tampa, Fa., was killed in the crash. Hemrick was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the car is hospitalized at Presence St. Mary’s in Kankakee.

Two truck drivers were treated for injuries. One of the driver’s was ticketed for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

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