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Champaign Fire leads to Murder Charge

Champaign Police say a man has been arrested on murder charges in connection with a fatal fire Friday at an apartment complex. Thirty-one year old Terry Brownlee of Champaign faces murder charges for the death of a female who died in the fire.

The Champaign County Coroner says the name of the victim is being withheld pending an autopsy on Saturday and positive identification.  
Brownlee had been staying at the apartment in the 400-block of South State. The female who died did not stay there. Police say the suspect and victim knew each other.  

Champaign firefighters discovered the victim after responding to the fire shortly after 6 am.

The State Fire Marshal is assisting in the investigation into the tragedy. Ther was no other injury. Two other apartments in the complex were affected. Residents in all but those two of the apartments were allowed to return to their apartments.

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Danville Homicide Under Investigation

Danville Police are investigating a Saturday morning shooting death. Details were being pieced together over the weekend, but Vermilion County Coroner Peggy Johnson has released the identity of a man who died in the shooting on the city’s northeast side.

26-year-old Jamaal Sampson of Danville was pronounced dead just before 6 am at Presence United Samaritans Medical Center. An autopsy performed (Saturday) revealed Sampson died as the result of a single gunshot wound.

Police were called to a residence in the 1500 block of East Fairchild around 5 am. The victim was found lying on the ground.

No one was in custody Saturday night and no other persons reported being hurt.

CrimeStoppers is seeking any information about the incident. Call 217 446-TIPS.

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Illinois State Police TRAFFIC CRASH ALERT

Improper Passing was Cause of Crash

A collision between a pickup truck and a semi near Grant Park closed a section of Illinois Route 1 for a while Friday morning. Illinois State Police investigated at the Kankakee-Will County line just before 9 am. One of the drivers was ticketed for Improper Passing and Failure to Reduce Speed.

Police reported Jose Menchaca (Men-cock-uh) of Chicago was operating a Mack semi southbound and attempted to pass a southbound pickup that making a turn onto County Road 12000 N. The collision pushed the pickup into a ditch. The pickup driver, 44-year-old Refugio Castaneda of Grant Park, was not injured. The semi lost control and overturned. Driver Menchaca was treated for a minor injury. He was also cited by state police.

Grant Park Fire, Kankakee County Sheriff’s Police, and the Department of Transportation assisted at the scene.

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Flood Advisory continues for Sugar Creek

1013 AM CDT FRI APR 12 2013

 

THE FLOOD ADVISORY CONTINUES FOR THE SUGAR CREEK AT MILFORD

UNTIL SAT MORNING.

AT 900 AM FRI THE STAGE WAS 15.0 FEET.

* ACTION STAGE IS 15.0 FEET.

* FLOOD STAGE IS 18.0 FEET.

* FORECAST.THE RIVER WILL RISE TO NEAR 15.2 FEET BY THIS EVENING.

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Fountain County, IN man drowns in creek

A heart attack and drowning were contributing factors in the death of a Covington, Indiana man this week. A cause of death investigation was conducted after 59-year-old Keith Summers was found face down in a creek just south of Veedersburg Wednesday.

According to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Summers had left to go fishing at Coal Creek sometime Wednesday afternoon. His brother Joe became worried when Keith had not returned for several hours because of the heavy rains that day.

Keith’s car was discovered at the Coal Creek covered bridge in southwestern Fountain County. His body was found floating 100 yards downstream of the bridge.

A Tippecanoe County Coroner's Office autopsy was conducted on Summers ruling his death as an accident. The primary cause of death was ruled a heart attack with drowning as a contributing factor.

Investigators say it is unclear how Summers ended up in the creek.

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