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Benton County identifies fatal crash victim

The victim in a fatal crash south of Fowler, Indiana last week has been identified as 19-year-old Ali Abdullah Aljarodi

He was originally from Saudi Arabia but moved to Arizona to attend school, according to the Coroner’s office.
Authorities reported Aljarodi was traveling through the area to visit with his girlfriend, who was also injured in the accident. Dacey Marji is in critical condition in an Indianapolis hospital.

Police said thei two collided with another car at the intersection of 300 South and South Meridian Road.

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Gunfire in Kankakee, no arrest, no injuries on W. Station Street

Kankakee Police detectives are investigating a shooting incident on W. Station Street Wednesday afternoon. Reports of up to a dozen shots rang out in the 300-block. No one was hit by the gunfire, but one person was hit by a car during the suspect’s get-away.
The search for the gunman continues.

Kankakee Police also reported a second shooting (Wednesday) on South Nelson Avenue.

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Health Caution: Heat index to top 100

Community leaders are urged to open cooling centers today (Thursday) and Friday as temperatures are expected to reach the low to md 90s. And the heat index could climb to 103.

Government buildings, churches, American Legion Homes could serve as local cooling centers. Citizens lacking air-conditioning are encouraged to seek places where they can escape from the heat.

In Paxton, the Emergency Response Services Center at 134 W. State Street, will be open as a cooling center Thursday and Friday from 12 Noon ‘til 6 pm. Officials say water will be available.

The National Weather Service reports heat and humidity will rise through Friday. The heat index will pose the threat of heat-related illnesses. Heat index values both days could to 102 degrees (Thursday) 105 on Friday.

{The heat index value is how hot it really feels when you factor temperatures with the humidity}.

Suggested precautions include limiting exposure to the heat. Postpone outdoor activity until temps cool down and drink plenty of water, even when you’re not thirsty.

The humid weather conditions also bring on the threat of scattered thunderstorms.

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National Night Out tonight, police step it up

It’s a nationwide effort – to bring police closer to the community. And police in departments in Kankakee, Bradley, Bourbonnais, Danville and Champaign will be involved.

National ‘Night Out’ finds several police agencies staging events to increase anti-crime awareness.

Perry Farm in Bourbonnais is hosting the Kankakee-area event. Bradley Police is the host. Several area departments will have representatives on hand.

Organizers say over 3,000 hot dogs will be served. The Silhouettes will be part of the entertainment. A fireworks show is included. There’s games for kids. It’s free and open to everyone.

It all starts at 4 pm.

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Paxton teen killed in crash; DUI charges pending against driver

A 19-year-old Paxton woman was killed in head-on collision early Monday. And a 25-year-old Paxton man is facing charges, which are likely to include drunken driving as a result of the crash in Ford County.

District 21 Illinois State Police are investigating. The matter’s been turned over the State’s Attorney’s office.

Thomas T. Hoekstra was the driver involved. A front-seat passenger in a second vehicle involved, Kourtni “Suzy” Eastman was killed.

The crash happened just past midnight.

Police report Hoekstra was southbound on U.S. Route 45 when his minivan crossed the center line and collided head-on with a northbound car. The crash killed Miss Eastman.

Police stated the crash occurred at the intersection of U.S. 45 and Ford County Road 200 North (Pit Road).
Suzy Eastman was one of four people in the northbound car. It was driven by 20-year-old Jaupone Noraseng of Rantoul. Two other passengers in the car were identified as 20-year-old Deacon Peck (Eastman’s finance) of Paxton, and 25-year-old Raymond Mattingly of Paxton.

Police reports indicated all five people involved in the crash, with the exception of the Eastman, were being treated for non-life threatening injuries at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.

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