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2 Barn Fires Possible Arson Cases in Iroquois County

LODA —The State Fire Marshall is investigating two barn fires near Loda.. Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police and the Loda Fire Protection District report the barns were just a quarter mile apart from each other on County Road 300 N.  The Loda Fire District answered the call shortly after 8 pm Wednesday.  Firemen found the barns fully engulfed.

The property owner, Eric Kaeb, was not home at the time the fires started on his farm.  A neighbor reported one of the fires.  The other fire was reported minutes later by a passerby.

Loda firefighters received mutual aide help from Buckley, Paxton, and Cissna Park.  Firefighters remained on scene until about 1 a.m.

Both barns were destroyed, according to Loda Fire Chief Harold Ecker.  The cause and origin of the fires remains undetermined.

Meanwhile…Iroquois County Crimestoppers offers a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction. Tips can be made anonymously to Crimestoppers by calling 815-432-7463 or calling Starkey at 815-432-6992.

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Prepare for Winter Elements Today....

Winter Weather Advisory
Statement as of 3:52 AM January 20, 2012

...Winter Weather Advisory in effect from 9 am this morning to midnight  tonight...

Timing...snow will develop during the mid to late morning hours
and continue through this afternoon...then ending tonight. The
heaviest snowfall will occur this afternoon.

Accumulations...snowfall totals of 3 to 6 inches can be
expected with locally heavier totals possible.  Hazards...snow could fall rather heavily at times resulting in reduced visibilities and snowfall rates of a half inch to inch per hour at times.

* Impacts...accumulating snow will cause significantly increased
  travel times...resulting in a particularly treacherous commute
  this afternoon. In addition...very cold temperatures in the
  teens will make salt less effective making it harder for Road
  crews to keep roads clear of snow and ice. The snow will also
  result in significant disruptions to air travel as well.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

A Winter Weather Advisory for snow means that periods of snow will cause primarily travel difficulties. Be prepared for snow covered roads and limited visibilities...and use caution while driving.

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Snow Accumulation, Wind Pose Travel Issues

Nowcast as of 9:00 am January 19, 2012

Through 1100 am CST...light to moderate snow will continue to fall across portions of Illinois and Indiana with visibilities dropping to less than a mile at times and untreated or lightly traveled roadways becoming snow covered. Accumulation rates of a quarter to half an inch are possible at times with the heaviest snow falling across a corridor from Ottawa Illinois to Fowler Indiana.

At the National Weather Service in Romeoville, meteorologist Gino Izzi tells WGFA's Carl Gerdovich the snowfall is expected to continue through the afternoon hours today (Thurs), then tonight colder temps and winds settle in locally.  Another fast-moving front Friday may bring more snow and sleet adding to travel problems.  The brunt of the Friday snow is forecast for the Chicago-land area and northwest Indiana, but Izzi said areas here--along the state border--could get hit Friday too.

Motorists need to prepare for slow commutes and colder temps.


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Milford, Oakwood Awarded Grant Monies

The towns of Milford and Oakwood are in line to benefit from some Illinois Community Development Assistance Grants.  Governor Pat Quinn says nearly $19-million dollars in federal funding will address infrastructure needs in 59 small and rural communities.

Milford will get $350-thousand dollars for a new storm water system.

Oakwood is receiving a $264-thousand dollar grant for a water main replacement project.

The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity administers Illinois’ CDAP program, providing federal funding for a variety of community-based projects. The program is known nationally as the Community Development Block Grant program.



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Manteno Man Arrested in Child Sex Sting

A Manteno man was arrested in Georgia Wednesday after he allegedly drove nearly 700 miles to have sex with a minor.

According to the Daily-Journal, 66-yr-old Michael A. Isacson was arrested by FBI agents when he went to an undisclosed public place where he thought he’d be meeting up with an 11-year-old girl.

The investigation began after Isacson’s online conversations were tracked to the “GIRL” who was actually an FBI agent.


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