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Electrical overload cause of Morocco, IN fire

Fire officials in Morocco, IN have determined the cause of a fire that destroyed a Morocco home early Wednesday morning.

Fire Chief Corrie Myers reports investigators determined the fire at 301 W. Grove St. was electrical in origin. An overloaded power strip, one that was a multiple-plug type outlet was the cause.

No injury was reported.

It’s the second incident this year and third since May of 2015 in the town of Morocco, where overloaded electrical equipment was determined to be the cause of a house fire.

Officials urge homeowners to inspect power strips, avoid overloading plugs, unplug devices when not in use, never plug one power strip into another and never plug several power strips in consecutively.

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Kankakee man’s body pulled from river

An investigation continues after a 46-year-old man’s body was removed from the Kankakee River (Sunday). Michael Howard of Kankakee was pronounced dead at the scene at 2:25 pm.

Several emergency vehicles blocked traffic at River Street and South East Avenue. Initial reports indicated Howard was recovered from inside a vehicle that ran off South East Avenue and plunged into the water.

Details of the crash are still being pieced together. Kankakee County Coroner Bob Gessner said Howard was wearing a seatbelt. State Police said there was no sign the driver tried to stop before the crash.

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MSMF this weekend, 35 bands on stage

Downtown Kankakee is boasting its ‘shining star,’ the Merchant Street Music Fest today (Friday) and Saturday. Thirty-five different bands offer a variety of musical entertainment, food vendors and crafts and art displays.

94.1 WGFA is broadcasting ‘live’ to get the event underway. (WGFA’s Don Elliott will anchor the broadcast from 4 -6 pm).

The annual MSMF is at the newly-named Festival Square. The former Depot Park, surrounding the historic railroad depot. It’s the site for many community events.

Kankakee Mayor Nina Epstein says the square is a symbol of community, bringing people together.

The mayor credits past administrations for getting the MSMF concept moving forward and putting the community on the map in a positive way.

The mayor said Kankakee may not be a retail center anymore, but “we are an arts & entertainment district.”

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Kankakee, Vermilion County jobless rates improve

Kankakee, Vermilion County jobless rates improve
New numbers from the Illinois Department of Employment security show both Kankakee and Vermilion counties have continued improvements to their jobless rates.

Vermilion County’s unemployment rate of 7.1 percent for June was down from 7.3 percent in May.

Kankakee County’s number in June was 6.1%, down from 6.6% in June of 2015.

In Champaign County the unemployment rate rose slightly, climbing from 5.1 to 5.4 percent.

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Bourbonnais woman killed in I-80 crash after watching son's Little League game

A Bourbonnais woman is dead, killed in a traffic accident on I-80, after watching her son play Little League baseball.

37-year-old Jamie Leech was on her way back from Moline after watching her son play in a state Little League tournament. She died in a single-vehicle crash on Interstate 80 near LaSalle early Thursday morning.

Illinois State Police at Peru report Leech lost control and rolled her vehicle several times before landing in a ditch. It happened around 6:40 am.

Leech’s son is a member of Bradley-Bourbonnais American's All-Star squad that has been participating in the Little League 9-10 State Tournament.

The tournament games have been postponed indefinitely.

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