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Two weekend deaths investigated in Iroquois County

Emergency responders in Iroquois County are looking into the deaths of two men found along the Union Pacific Railroad tracks, near Goodwine.

Saturday's apparent train-vehicle collision leaves questions as to what happened and why. The victims are identified as 27-year-old Jason Mercier of Crescent City and 23-year-old Spencer Mead of Milford.

It was just past 8 am Saturday when officials aboard a U-P train discovered the remains of a person lying on the railroad tracks near a crossing at 650 N and 1800 E.

Identification found at the scene led authorities to I.D. the man as Jason Mercier. How and why he was at that crossing is unknown.

An Iroquois County Sheriff deputy located Mercier's truck tangled up in brush and downed trees on property at 650N, just off the roadway at 1900E. Found dead at the scene of the truck was Spencer Mead.

Police report evidence at the scene indicates Mead may have been trying to free himself from the vehicle and got tangled up between the vehicle and some fallen trees and was unable to free himself from that position.

Agencies involved in the investigation include the Sheriff's Office, Cissna Park Fire, the Iroquois County Coroner's office and the Union Pacific Railroad.

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St. Anne woman arrested on felony charges

Illinois State Police arrested a St. Anne woman Friday on charges stemming from a May 15th (2016) fatal crash in Kankakee County that killed a 15-year-old Reddick teen.

33-year-old Carmella Larson was indicted (Thursday) on two counts Aggravated Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol. The crash on Route 17 resulted in the death of the teenager. The indictment includes 4-counts of Aggravated DUI - causing great bodily harm. The teen's 16-year-old brother, who was driving, was also injured when Larson failed to yield at a T-intersection on county road 19,000 W.

Larson was arrested on a warrant Friday morning. Her bond is set at $250,000.

A passenger in Larson's vehicle was also injured.

The investigation was completed with cooperation from the Kankakee County State's Attorney's Office and the Kankakee County Coroner's Office.

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Governor to tour tornado damage in Pontiac

Cleanup continues for residents and businesses in Livingston County and other communities after the severe weather ripped thru north-central Illinois Wednesday night.  The National Weather Service cinfirms there were nine tornadoes that touched down.  The worst area hit was Pontiac. 

Governor Bruce Rauner will visit with citizens and first responders at business site on Route 116 and I-55 in Pontiac today (Friday).

Pontiac, Ottawa, Marseilles, Seneca and Earlville weree among the areas damaged.  Rauner said he's receiving regular updates from state officials concerning damage assessments and cleanup.  The govenor said he and his wife are thnking of those injured or sustained property damage.

Meanwhile-- Senator jason Barickman said his office is providing help for storm victims.  He encourages anyone in need of assistance from the stomr to contact his Bloomington office at 309-661-2788.

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Feeder calves killed in I-57 truck crash

Officials reported 17 of 93 feeder calves died in a semi crash Thursday morning near Rantoul. A semi-trailer tractor carrying the calves to Iowa overturned on an Interstate 57 exit ramp.

The 17 animals either died or had to euthanized. A livestock procurement manger said most died on impact.

State Police said the driver failed to negotiate a curve. The truck driver and his pet dog were able to crawl out of the cab. The driver was cited for failure to reduce speed.
Firefighters from Rantoul and Thomasboro responded to the scene. Water was sprayed on the trapped calves to keep them cool in the hot June weather.

A University of Illinois Veterinary Medicine staff member was on the scene and euthanized the animals that suffered significant injuries.

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Meth lab discovered in Watseka, two arrested

Watseka Police located an active Meth lab (Thursday). Acting on a tip of a possible meth lab at an E. Walnut Street location, police investigated, then obtained a search warrant and found met-making materials, hypodermic needles and drug paraphernalia.

29-year-old Thyrl Fisk and 28-year-old Marisa Fisk, both Watseka residents, are charged with possession of methamphetamine, participating in meth manufacturing, possession of meth precursors and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Police say more arrests are expected.

The case was carried out by the Watseka Enforcement Team in cooperation with the Iroquois County Sheriff's Office and the Iroquois County State's Attorney's office.

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