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Fire officials advise public to be alert for brush fires

The dry, warmer weather, coupled with windy conditions has fire department officials asking the public to be aware of the potential of brush fires. Rural departments have been busy with field fires the last several days in Iroquois, Kankakee and Vermilion counties. Fires have also been reported in Newton, Jasper and Carroll counties in Indiana.

A home was destroyed after a trash fire got out of control in Carroll County, IN.

It happened Monday afternoon on County Road 600 South.
Burlington firefighters said a trash fire got out of control. By the time they arrived, it had already spread to the second floor of the house.

All of the residents and their pets made it out safely.

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Milford house gutted by fire

A working smoke detector and the family dog get credit for alerting a family about a house fire early Sunday.

A family of four is homeless following the blaze that started on a lower level then worked its way upstairs. A husband and wife managed to escape the flames. Two teens were not at home at the time.

Milford Fire Chief Frank Hines reported the house, at 1133 N and 1800 E Road, was heavily damaged. The cause may have been an overloaded electrical outlet.

Mutual aid was provided by firemen from Cissna Park, Crescent Iroquois, Stockland and Woodland.

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Unusual road kill found in Indiana

Department of Natural Resource officials were quite surprised when they came across a very unusual road kill in White County, Indiana Friday.

Officers with the DNR found an armadillo on the Washington Street Bridge in Monticello. They said there are a few reports of armadillos in southern Indiana each year, but this is the first they've seen so far north.

Officers believe the animal may have crawled into the engine compartment of a semi, and hitched a ride from somewhere down south, where armadillos are a bit more common.

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Threatening Letter Sent To Former Will County Sheriff

The Will County Sheriff's office is on alert after a threat was placed against former Sheriff Paul Kaupas. Media reports stated a letter was sent threatening to harm him and his family. Authorities say they are taking the matter very seriously. Kaupas served as sheriff for 12-years before retiring last December.     {Metro News}

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Murder-suicide victims identified in Iroquois County

Authorities in Iroquois County say a Danforth man and his wife, both found shot to death early Thursday morning, are now identified as 35-year-old Christopher Johnson and 34-year-old Hillary Johnson.

County Coroner Bill Cheatum said the couple was found at their home on South Madison Street in the small Iroquois County community.

Cheatum said an autopsy completed (Thursday) confirms a murder-suicide. He said family members confirmed the couple was having marital problems.

Sheriff's Police reported no witnesses to the shootings. But neighbors reported the couple was arguing about 11 pm the night before. A Sheriff deputy and Gilman Police discovered the scene about 7 am after responding to a 'welfare check.' A car was found running outside the house overnight.

A handgun was found near the bodies.

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