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Inmate escape at Kankakee County Detention Center

Sherriff's Police in Kankakee County are investigating an inmate escape from the Jerome Combs Detention Center. It happened at around 3 am this (Wed) morning when the inmate overpowered a correctional officer, took the officer's keys and uniform then stole the officer's vehicle.

The inmate is 23-year-old Kamron Taylor, who should be considered armed and dangerous. Taylor is a black male, 5-9, 170 pounds. He was recently convicted of murder and was awaiting sentencing.

Authorities report Taylor may be in the stolen vehicle, a 2012 Brown Chevy Equinox with an Illinois registration P 5 0 6 6 6 0.

Anyone observing Taylor or the vehicle should call 9-1-1.

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Braidwood Nuclear Plant idled for Scheduled Work

Operators removed Braidwood Nuclear Power Station Unit One from service early Monday morning for a planned refueling outage. While the unit is offline, technicians will be replacing nearly one-third of the reactor's fuel, as well as performing thousands of inspections and maintenance activities to keep the unit running safely and effectively for another two years.

Refueling outages usually happen every 18 months, with the work being completed by more than 12-hundred supplemental workers and 800 permanent employees.

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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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