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Iroquois County crowns new Fair Queen >

Twenty-year-old Kymber Nakearts of Clifton is the new fair queen in Iroquois County. She was crowned Wednesday night to open the 2013 fair at Crescent City.

The daughter of Kim and Pam Nakaerts, Kymber was the judges’ selection among a field of five candidates.

Kymber is a 2011 graduate of Central High School at Clifton and 2013 Kankakee Community College grad. She’ll attend Illinois State University and major in Agri-Business.

First runner-up and Miss Congeniality was Kendra Marquis of Donovan. Second runner-up was Taylor Redeker of Crescent City.

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Kankakee shooters found guilty, face life in prison

Prosecutors said an unarmed man was shot when the Wade cousins were out looking for revenge.

A Kankakee County jury agreed, finding Jerrell and Jonathan Wade guilty of the attempted murder of another Kankakee man.


The jury took about two hours before finding the Wades guilty of all charges.

They face 31 years to life in prison. A sentencing date is yet to set.

The defense tried to present a case that 26-year-oldJerrell Wade was acting in self-defense when he shot 25-year-old Gregory Dismuke. The March 8th shooting took place outside a barber shop.

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Chain-reaction crash kills woman near Wilmington

A 68-year-old female was killed late Wednesday afternoon in a six-vehicle, chain-reaction crash on Interstate 55 near Wilmington.

Illinois State police report the crash happened about 4:30 pm north of North River Road, in a construction area where traffic had slowed.

A semi truck ran into the vehicle ahead of it, causing a chain-reaction collision that involved a total of three semi trucks and three cars.

The female driver of the first passenger vehicle that was struck was pronounced dead at the scene.

The northbound lanes of I-55 were closed for almost five hours as police investigated.

The Will County Coroner’s office was holding information pending family notification.

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Five young men face charges in school break-in >

Felony theft and burglary charges have been filed against Piper City teenagers for their roles in a school break-in IN Piper City. All are charged with felonies for allegedly breaking into Tri-Point Junior High School and stealing computers and other related equipment.

All five face charges of burglary, theft and criminal damage to state-supported property. The break-in occurred this month at the Tri-Point Junior High School in Piper City.

The suspects include 18-year-old Edward R. King, 18-year-old Colin Movern, 19-year-old Pedro Ramirez; 18-year-old Jeremiah Woodworth, and 20-year-old Nicholas Raimondo.

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Indiana residents upset, voice concerns about irrigation

Benton County residents are reporting more problems with wells and blame the irrigation practices of a nearby farmer.

Neighbors claim a farmer irrigating his fields on County Road 600 East, just north of Templeton, is the reason. It’s less than a mile from where a number of wells have gone dry.

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will be investigating today (Wed).

The farmer in question reportedly told the DNR he’s not responsible for dry wells.

He says with the Otterbein water tower empty for repainting, it's possible last Tuesday's house fire is to blame or perhaps a fertilizer company in town.
    
However the Oxford fire chief says firefighters have drawn water from Templeton before and never had a problem.

Hot, dry conditions have triggered the kind of concern in other areas too.

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