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Road construction projects resume

The summer season officially ended with the Labor Day weekend, but several summer road construction projects continue.  Included is the Illinois Route 1 bridge replacement north of Watseka.  Traffic flow is limited to a single lane, controlled by a signal light. 

Construction work on Route 52 and Route 1 in Iroquois County is scheduled to begin next week on September 14th.

In Kankakee County, construction is getting started on I-57 at the  County Road 6000 interchange. 

Railroad repair work is also beginning today (Monday) on West Station Street at the Canadian National Railroad crossing.  The crossing will be closed for the next week while crews replace the grade-crossing.  Work is expected to be completed by September 15th.

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Labor Day Parade accidents, injuries reported

Authorities in Westville reported a vehicle which apparently went out of control along the Labor Day Parade route left several pedestrians hurt. It happened downtown at the intersection of State and Main Streets.
Thousands had gathered to watch the parade. Police said an eastbound vehicle went out of control, running into a section of the crowd. Nine people were brought to a Danville hospital for treatment. The injured include 5 adults and 4 children. None of the injuries were life-threatening.
Fire and ambulance personnel who were also at the front of the parade responded to aid the injured.

Hoopeston Parade mishap

An unidentified female was treated for an injury when she was run over by a vehicle as the Hoopeston parade was about to get started Saturday. The driver of one of the parade entries...A 1932 Roadster...exited the vehicle while waiting for the parade to step off. A pedestrian stepped behind the vehicle to get her picture taken when the Roadster rolled backwards. The female was knocked to the ground and rolled over.

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Careful this Holiday Weekend, Police watching

Motorists need to pay attention. Law enforcement will be out in force over the holiday weekend cracking down on impaired drivers. State Police, county and municipal police are teaming up with IDOT with patrols. The purpose of the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign is to deter drunk drivers and prevent deadly accidents.

Last year, 16-people in Illinois were killed in traffic crashes during the Labor Day weekend.

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Benton County: No suspect, no victim – no crime

Indiana State Police have wrapped up an investigation into a Benton Central teacher and the head baseball coach.

Sgt. Kim Riley of the state police said (Thursday) "there's no suspect, no victim. Therefore, there's no crime."

Rosenbarger had been under investigation by state police, but they have determined there are no allegations against him.

Benton Community School Corporation Superintendent Gregg Hoover (Monday) said the district placed Tyler Rosenbarger on administrative leave.

The school has not yet received the information from state police or the prosecutor's office. Hoover said Rosenbarger remains on administrative leave.

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Johnson to retire as Vermilion County Coroner

Vermilion County Coroner Peggy Johnson has announced her plan to retire when her current term is up in November of 2016.

She has served the position since being appointed in 1999. Johnson will have served four terms when she retires.

In a prepared statement (Thursday), Johnson states 'after careful consideration and many heartfelt talks with family, I am officially announcing my plans to retire after her term is up.' She extends thanks to family, especially her husband, for the support over the years. She also thanks the citizens of Vermilion County for the support and honor of serving as Coroner.

Peggy Johnson started working in the Coroner's Office in 1993 as Chief Deputy. She was appointed in 1999 when Lyle Irvin retired. She won the 2000 election and served since.

At least two other candidates have already announced plans to seek the office.

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