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Drunk driver injures construction zone worker

A traffic accident in a construction zone injured a worker in Kankakee County last (Thurs) night. And a driver is facing a DUI charge.

27-year-old Keon Singleton of Kankakee is jailed at the Jerome Combs Detention Center. He’s been arrested for Aggravated Driving under the Influence, Failure to Reduce Speed, and Obstructing Justice.

Authoriites said Singleton refused to take a breathalizer test.

Bradley Police report an unidentified construction worker was hit by a vehicle in the construction zone at Illinois Route 50 at 5000 N Road about 10:40 pm. The crash seriously injured the construction worker, who was taken to an area hospital.

Illinois State Police also had a Reconstruction Team at the scene.

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Watseka Police investigating stabbing incident

Watseka Police Chief Jeremy Douglas says a reported stabbing early today (Friday) is under investigation. But the responsible parties involved in the incident are not cooperating with the investigation.

The stabbing allegedly happened in the 400-block of E. Walnut Street at about 3:30 am. Officers responded to a 9-1-1 hang-up, locating a stabbing victim.

The man had been stabbed in the abdomen and was walking to the hospital, Douglas said. Reports indicated the man was to be transferred elsewhere. However, the un-identified man may have left IMH on his own after treatment.

Police reported a second victim had reportedly been struck with a bat in the back and arm.

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Red Cross: Blood, platelet donations needed in wake of Hurricane Florence

Thousands of lifesaving blood donations have gone uncollected due to drive cancellations forced by the hurricane, but patients still need critical medical care

 As the American Red Cross responds to Hurricane Florence, providing food, shelter and comfort to those affected, individuals outside the affected areas are urged to help by giving blood or platelets to care for patients in the storm’s path and across the country. People can also help by making a financial donation to support relief efforts.

Hurricane’s impact on blood and platelet donations
Hurricane Florence’s wrath left catastrophic damage behind and took a toll on blood and platelet donations. Nearly 200 Red Cross blood drives in the Southeast were forced to cancel, resulting in more than 5,200 uncollected blood and platelet donations.

“Natural disasters like hurricanes can disrupt blood drives and prevent donors from giving, but hospital patients still depend on lifesaving transfusions,” said Cliff Numark, senior vice president, Red Cross Blood Services. “There is an especially critical need for platelets to help cancer patients and type O blood donations for ongoing patient care and emergencies. Every donation can be a lifeline for patients.”

How to help
Donors of all blood types are urged to help restore hope to patients across the country by making an appointment today to give blood or platelets. Appointments can be made by using the Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

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NWS: Heat Advisory posted today

Cooler weather is approaching but a Heat Advisory has been issued for the immediate listening-area today (Thursday).

The National Weather Service says the highest heat index readings this afternoon will likely be around 105 degrees. {The heat index is how hot it feels when you factor the heat with the humidity}.

July heat will dominate the area with temperatures rising into the low and possibly mid 90s.

Health officials advise people to take precautions. Avoid long stays in the heat, plenty of water and check on neighbors.

Schools Early Dismissals ---

Donovan Unit #3 and Watseka Unit #9 schools are dismissing early again today due to the heat.

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Voters to decide Crescent-Iroquois 249 future

The Crescent-Iroquois #249 school district voters will get their say on whether to consolidate with the Watseka Unit 9 district. The referendum question will go before voters in the April 2019 Consolidated Election.

The C-I 249 Board of Education voted to place the question before voters.

It was a 5-2 vote (Monday). School board members felt the decision should be a district vote, not just seven board members.

Several meetings have stirred different thoughts. Many fear the community losing its identity. Others have stated they favor a consolidation rather than annexation.

The use of the Crescent City grade school building in the immediate future has been discussed by the Unit Nine Board. The classroom space in Crescent City could prove valuable should the Nettie Davis school in Watseka close. The Nettie Davis building has been the victim of too many floods in recent years.

Pro and con talk often times refers to class size and quality education. No one questions the quality of education offered, yet the lack of numbers (enrollment) will affect tax dollars.

Parents favor smaller class size with productive teacher vs student ratios.

Future committee meetings are expected to present more facts for voters to consider. The Regional School Superintendent will weigh-in after public hearings are scheduled. The state would then decide if the consolidation issue would appear on the ballot.

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