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Hoopeston man arrested in fatal Danville shooting

A suspect is now in custody in connection with the fatal shooting of a Danville woman earlier this month.

32-year-old Johnnie Sampson of Hoopeston faces 4-counts of first-degree murder in connection with the shooting death of 30-year-old Mary Thompson.

The Vermilion County State’s Attorney’s Office and Public Safety Director Larry Thomason confirmed that Sampson is being held without bond.

Mary Thompson was found inside a car at a housing complex (at Clyman Lane and Fowler Avenue) when police arrived on the scene August 5th. She died the following evening at Carle Foundation Hospital.

Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup said Thompson died from a gunshot wound to the head.

‘’Working with the Hoopeston Police Department, U.S. Marshal’s Service and VMEG officers, Danville Detectives arrested Mr. Sampson in the 1200 block of Daisy Lane in Hoopeston,’’ said Thomason. ‘’There was no resistance with the arrest.’’

The investigation into the murder case continues and detectives have other persons of interest.

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Daily-Journal reporter Dennis Yohnka dies

Veteran reporter and Daily Journal columnist Dennis Yohnka died Monday following a brief hospitalization at Riverside Medical Center. He was 68.

Yohnka was a popular member of the D-J newsroom, often using his talents to touch home with human interest features that showcased individuals and communities. He spent decades working as a sportswriter, features writer, correspondent, education reporter and columnist. He also worked various jobs in public relations.

An award-winning journalist, Yohnka grew up in Chebanse. He graduated from Central High School in Clifton and Northern Illinois University in DeKalb.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Knapp Funeral Home, Clifton.

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Kankakee woman dies in Route 115 crash

Illinois State Police investigated a three-vehicle crash Monday that killed a woman and closed down Route 115. It happened at 10:14 am at 7000W Road in Kankakee County.

71-year-old Juanita Tincher of Kankakee died of injuries suffered in the 3-vehicle accident. Tincher died at Riverside Hospital.

Police reported a southbound passenger vehicle on 7000W Road failed to stop at a stop sign. 65-year-old Pankaj Modi of Oswego did not stop at the intersection, and was hit by Tincher’s westbound unit on Route 115. The collision also involved a third vehicle driven by a Buckley man.

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Iroquois County: juvenile arrested in Cissna Park, drug arrests of Kankakee men

A Cissna Park police officer was treated for a minor injury Friday after scuffling with a teenager. The 17-year-old teen was charged with aggravated battery to a peace officer. The officer was treated at Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka.

Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police report the Cissna Park officer was investigating a suspicious person near an alley on W. Blaine Street. The male juvenile actively resisted and fought with the officer until he was able to free himself and flee on foot.

Sheriff’s police and Milford Police provided back-up and located the youth who was taken into custody. The juvenile was being held at the Danville Juvenile Detention Center.

A traffic stop for speeding on Route 24 east of Gilman (Sunday) has two Kankakee men facing drug-related charges. 24-year-old Dejuanero Watson and 21-year-old Jarquae Williams are due in court. They were jailed in Watseka.

Iroquois County sheriff deputies found the men in possession of cannabis, prescription drugs and suspected-Ecstasy. Both suspects are charged with possession with intent to deliver.

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Flash Flood Watch issued for Illiana >

A threat of heavy rain across parts of East Central Illinois finds the National Weather Service issuing a Flash Flood Watch. The Watch is posted for parts of Iroquois, Vermilion, Champaign and other neighboring counties in East Central Illinois.

Meanwhile, there’s a Flash Flood Warning in place thru Thursday for portions of Indiana...including Vermillion, Warren, Parke and Vigo Counties.

Showers and thunderstorms could produce 2 to 4 inches of rain in Vermilion County, Illinois. The heaviest rainfall is likely in the southern part of the county according to the National Weather Service. The heavy rain will bring the potential for flash flooding.

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