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Illinois updates tire storage rules after 2013 Hoopeston fire

The Illinois Pollution Control Board has issued new rules about how to handle used tires.

State officials said the rules will apply to operators of tire disposal and storage sites and facilities that retread, stamp and die-cut tires. The rules are meant to protect from tire fires and breeding of disease-carrying mosquitoes from standing water in tires.

The rules will require operators to change the way they store used tires both indoors and outdoors. The rules also will give emergency responders easier access to tire piles in case there's a fire or other emergency.

It was a June 2013 tire fire near Hoopeston that had everyone's attention on the need for stronger regulations.

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Power outages investigated in NW Indiana

Several power outages reported in White County area leaves more than 700 customers without power Wednesday night.
The outage began around 10:30 pm as reported by a NIPSCO spokesperson.

The NIPSCO website reported a total of four outages in the Monticello area affecting 739 residents and one power outage around Chalmers affecting another 19 customers. As of late Wednesday, they were not sure of the cause of the outages.

NIPSCO ask customers to check the NIPSCO website for updates on power restoration.

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Livingston County confirms 2 West Nile cases

The Livingston County Health Department is confirming two residents have tested positive for West Nile virus. It brings to 57 the number of Illinoisans who have had confirmed cases of the potentially deadly disease this year.

"We have had two positive West Nile cases in Livingston County," MaLinda Hillman, Livingston County Health Department administrator said Wednesday. Both received medical treatment.

Statewide, five of the 57 people with confirmed cases of West Nile have died.

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Lake Village man arrested after police pursuit

A police pursuit in Newton County, Indiana finds a Lake Village (IN) man facing charges. Brian Clark was apprehended (last Friday) after fleeing from an officer during a traffic stop for speeding.

Police report the vehicle failed to stop and the officer was engaged in a short vehicle pursuit. The vehicle pursuit ended when the suspect bailed from his moving vehicle and ran on foot. The vehicle struck a tree and stopped. The Officer gave chase on foot. The suspect was hiding in a wooded area and apprehended by K9 Deputy Hoaks and his partner Razor.

The Newton County Sheriff's Department was assisted by the Jasper County Sheriff's Department and the Indiana State Police.

Clark was taken into custody, charged with OWI and resisting law enforcement.

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Fatal collision on SR 18 in White County

One person was killed after a car collides with a semi in White County, Indiana Tuesday. The victim hasn't been identified.

Sheriff's Police report it happened around 5:45 pm at State Road 18 and Springboro Road. Investigators believe a car pulled out in front of a semi that was westbound on SR 18.

The driver of the car was killed in the collision. The semi was driven by 71-year-old Charles Beehler of Walton. He was not injured.

A State Police reconstruction team was assisting in the investigation.

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