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Peotone woman dies in Ford County crash

43-year-old Deanna Elward of Peotone was killed Wednesday morning in a single-vehicle crash in Ford County.

Illinois State Police reported her car was westbound on Route 24 at County Road 1775E just before 6:30. The vehicle left the road and overturned several times. The driver was ejected. The Ford County Coroner pronounced Elward dead at the scene.

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Kankakee juvenile faces felony charge for bomb threat

A bomb threat made November 10th to the Bradley Wal-Mart Store now finds a Kankakee juvenile facing a felony offense.

Several police agencies responded, forcing an evacuation of the store. Bradley Police said the juvenile admitted to the incident --- that was “just prank calling the police.”

The youth now faces a felony offense based on the false 9-1-1 call to police and the bomb threat.

Bradley Police received a 9-1-1 call from the unidentified subject who advised he was going to blow up the store. He allegedly told the Dispatch Center thwy would “blow up everyone who moves” and that they were in the bathroom and they had a gun. Admitting to the crime, the juvenile told detectives the threat was made from his cellphone.

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20-year sentence for murder plea

Judge Clark Erickson sentenced a Kankakee man to 20-years in prison (Tuesday). 32-year-old Edgar Watkins Jr. pleaded guilty as his bench trial was set to begin in Kankakee Circuit Court.

Watkins pleaded guilty to one count of felony first degree murder in connection with the shooting death of Johan Rowe. Rowe was killed in October of 2014.

Watkins could have received 51 years in prison had he been convicted of the original felony charges — two counts of first-degree murder and one count of being an armed habitual offender.

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Rock thrown from overpass, police seek suspects

Illinois State Police are trying to figure out who threw a rock the size of a bowling ball off an Interstate 55 overpass in Logan County early Monday morning, smashing through the roof of a vehicle just outside Atlanta and nearly hitting two people inside.

The rock weighed nearly 10 pounds.

Police issued a stern warning about the incident, saying punishment can include felony charges and jail time.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call State Police at (217) 786-6677.

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Dixon fire victims identified

Authorities have identified the victims of an early morning house fire in rural Dixon that left two adults and four children from one family dead.

The Ogle County Sheriff's Department identified the victims as 39-year-old Timothy Shaw, 37-year-old Melissa Shaw, 17-year-old Ethan Shaw, 15-year-old LeAnne Shaw, 12-year-old Hailey Shaw and 11-year-old Dylan Shaw.

Autopsies conducted Tuesday determined the victims died from smoke inhalation.

Ogle County Sheriff Brian VanVickle says the roof of the home collapsed and there wasn't much of the residence remaining after firefighters put out the blaze. Authorities say an initial investigation by the sheriff's department and the State Fire Marshal does not indicate foul play.

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