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3-vehicle crash on I-57, passenger in car killed

One person is dead after two semi tractor-trailers and a car collided this (Wed) afternoon on southbound I-57 in Kankakee County. A front-seat passenger in the car was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the car was air-lifted to a Chicago hospital.

Illinois State Police report one of the semi’s and the car were slowing to stop in a construction zone when the second semi di not slow, running into the rear of the passenger car. The collision caused the car to run into the other semi.

Manteno, Bourbonnais, Bradley, and Peotone Fire Departments were on the scene along with Manteno and Bradley Police Departments and Riverside EMS.

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Shooting in Mattoon high school cafeteria

One person is in custody following a shooting at Mattoon High School this (Wednesday) morning. Police reports in Coles County say there was one shooter and one person was injured. The school remained closed this (Wed) afternoon as police continued to search the area.

Officials said the victim was hospitalized and in stable condition.

The School Resource Officers and school officials headed to the cafeteria just past 11:30 am where they heard shots fired. The suspect fired shots in the school cafeteria, before he was subdued and disarmed.

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Watseka looking at 5% water rate hike

Watseka residents are likely to see a 5% water rate increase. And it’s likely to happen by January 1, 2018.

The City Council Finance committee (Tuesday) also talked about perhaps considering a cost-of-living hike rather than the 5% increase to lighten the blow on taxpayers. But the need for building up a surplus is imminent.

Finance committee chairman Rick Elliott informed the aldermen/women there was a 5% rate increase last November, but that’s far from enough to get where the city needs to be for the future....

“The water & sewer fund has lost $136,000, due to the North Street water main project,” Elliott tells 94.1 WGFA News. “The residents have said they want to keep local control of the system. This would that to happen.”

A second 5% hike would be likely in 2019. The city remains under contract with ERH for another two years. Elliott said the 5% hike would generate about $100,000 per fiscal year.
The monies Elliott said, would, the city to explore other options.

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SHERIFF VANVLEET ANNOUNCES CREATION OF TIP LINE

Newton County Sheriff’s Police always welcome input from the public. Now, a new program finds Sheriff Tom VanVleet initiating a new tool to keep lines of communication open.

The sheriff says over the last couple years his department has been working to continue to improve our public communication. The response to the department’s Facebook, Twitter and the Mobile Patrol APP has been overwhelming, according to VanVleet.

To continue with these efforts, a TIP LINE has been added. Though the tip line is not monitored 24/7 and not for reporting active incidents, the sheriff hopes that it will prove to be an effective tool.

Anyone that has a tip on a crime, they can call 219-234-7014 and give their information. The caller can remain anonymous.

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Rankin police officer resigns before starting job

The Rankin village board is again without a police officer. A newly-hired part-time officer resigned before starting his new position. The Ford County “Record” reports Marvin Dobkins’ resignation was due to a timing issue and passing on other opportunities.

Dobkins, of Hoopeston, was expected to be able to start working in Rankin sometime in August. Rankin has been without a police officer of its own since August 2015, when Stewart Stafford left for a full-time job with Paxton police.

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