An Indiana woman reported missing over the weekend has been found safe in Kentucky. Authorities say 51-year-old Beatrice Field of Jasper, IN was found safe after Illinois State Police responded to an abandoned car at the Limestone Rest Area near Pontiac (IL). The car had been abandoned since May 29th. Field was identified on rest area surveillance video leaving her car.
A weekend fire destroyed an old grade school building in Rankin. The 3-story brick building in the 200-block of N. Johnson Street alerted area fire departments about 4 am Saturday. The cause wasn’t immediately known. No injuries were reported.
Firefighters from Rankin, Hoopeston and Cissna Park answered the call. The Illinois State Fire Marshall is investigating. The run-down building had been targeted for clean-up by the Rankin Village Board and the Vermilion County Public Health Department. Residents and village officials had concerns about public safety. The building’s owner had been fined after he was found guilty of a village ordinance violation concerning the condition of the building.
Floodwater mosquitoes typically do not carry disease
The months of rain and flooding have created conditions ripe for floodwater mosquitoes (Aedes vexans). Fortunately, floodwater mosquitoes, often called nuisance mosquitoes, are not known to carry disease.
“It is important to protect yourself from insect bites, even if they are not known to cause disease,” said Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike. “While the mosquitoes that carry West Nile virus prefer hot, dry conditions, even the mosquitoes that flourish in cooler, wet weather bring the potential for infection if you scratch a bite and create a wound. Taking some simple precautions can help keep you healthy.”
Many counties in Illinois are currently experiencing flooding conditions. Water that stands in flooded areas for more than 10 days has the potential to produce large numbers of floodwater mosquitoes. Floodwater mosquitoes can travel up to 10 miles from where they breed.
If we start to see drier weather with higher temperatures as we head into summer, we will start to see more mosquitoes, often referred to as house mosquitoes (Culex pipiens), that can carry West Nile virus. Nine counties have already reported mosquitoes or birds that have tested positive for West Nile virus. House mosquitoes breed in stagnant water, like street catch basins, ditches, empty flower pots, tires, and any container that holds water that is not changed weekly. In stagnant water, house mosquitoes can multiply rapidly.
To help Fight the Bite:
- Avoid being outdoors when house mosquitoes are most active, between dusk and dawn - Wear socks, shoes, pants, and a light-colored, long-sleeved shirt. - Apply an EPA-registered insect repellent that contains DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or IR 3535 according to label instructions. - Ensure doors and windows have tight-fitting screens and keep doors and windows closed at night.
Dwight Police report two Bloomington men are facing charges for an armed robbery at a Casey's General Store early Wednesday. 30-year-old Lawrence Lloyd and 21-year-old Kurtis Bowling are jailed in Pontiac. Police said the men entered the store at 1:30 am Wednesday armed with a long, black rifle. They fled with cash and cigarettes and other items. No one as injured.
New Illinois law allows schools to offer kids bus rides around gang territory
Schools across the state of Illinois will now have the option to put kids on the school bus so they don't have to walk through gang territory. >>>
The law actually went into effect last November, but the Illinois State Board of Education is just now telling schools how it will work.
Under the plan, schools will work with parents and local police departments to map blocks where school kids shouldn't walk. Then, ISBE's Tim Imler says the district would figure out how to get those kids on a school bus.
Schools usually have kids who live within a mile and a half of their school walk. But this law would have the state reimburse local schools that want to bus kids through bad neighborhoods.
ISBE expects to see some schools take advantage of the new law next school year.