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Fatal crash: woman dead, child critical, one person still missing

White County, Indiana Sheriff's Police say a woman has died from her injuries and a child was still listed in critical condition Monday following a crash Sunday evening.

48-year-old Deborah Barkas of Monticello and a female child had to be were extricated from the vehicle. Both were taken to IU Health White Memorial Hospital.

Barkas was pronounced dead at the hospital. The child was airlifted to Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis.
The White County Sheriff's Office reports just before 8 pm a car traveling east on County Road 800 North collided with a truck that was heading south on State Road 16.

Deputies said the driver of the truck was not on scene and has yet to be located. White County Sheriff's deputies searched the area Sunday night with K-9 units.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the White County Sheriff's Office at 574-583-7103.

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Bridge Work closes Township Road 1950E

Township Road 1950 E...just north of the Iroquois River Bridge on the north edge of Watseka...will be closed this week while the Illinois Route 1 bridge work continues.

Township Road 1950 E is WGFA Radio Road. The closure daily from 6:30 am to 6:30 pm October 12 – 16th.

Motorists are urged to use extreme caution when traveling thru the construction zone. Flagmen and other construction workers will be busy while the bridge work continues.

The scheduled work is part of the $4,786,120.00 project awarded to Iroquois Paving Corporation. The intersection of Route 1 at the Township Road is being raised about 2-feet to transition for the new bridge. The overall project is scheduled for completion in 2016.

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Update: Paxton stand-off over, charges likely

Ford County Sheriff Mark Doran confirms a 14-hour standoff between police and an armed man in a Paxton house ended just after 7 am today (Friday). The only injury was to the suspect – two self-inflicted wounds that the sheriff said were not life-threatening.

Timothy Donley is the suspect who kept police at bay while he was inside a house on Eastview Drive in Paxton. Donley's wife was able to get outside the house after the episode first started about 4 pm Thursday. The wife told police her husband had made threats and was suicidal.

Paxton Police, Ford County Sheriff deputies, Gibson City officers and Illinois State Police, including a SWAT team, were held at bay last evening then overnight.

Sheriff Doran said the SWAT team did a great job maintaining what could have become a volatile situation. All surrounding homes were evacuated at the request of police. Those evacuated have since been allowed to return home.

Criminal charges are to be filed against Donley. He suffered wounds from bullets fired from his own gun. The man was taken by ambulance to Carle Hospital in Urbana.

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Paxton police stand-off comes to an end !

A standoff in Paxton is now over. The episode, which began Thursday afternoon, came to an end this morning. It all ended within the last hour.

Police reported a man barricaded himself inside a home on Eastview Drive around 4 o'clock yesterday (Thursday). Several neighbors reported it started as a domestic dispute. The unidentifed man's wife was able to get out of the house. The wife had told police her husband had made suicidal threats.

Authorities report the man was taken to the hospital with two self-inflicted gunshot wounds. The wounds were not life-threatening.

Police say, neighbors who were evacuated, are now free to return to their homes.

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Covered Bridge Festival in Parke County, IN begins Friday >

Thousands of visitors will make their way to Parke County, Indiana over the next two weeks for the popular Covered Bridge Festival. Officials say, in fact, in excess of one-million people will make their way to see the fall colors and 31 covered bridges.

The Parke County Covered Bridge Festival begins Friday and runs through Sunday October 18th.

If you are planning to visit Parke County, Administrative Assistant Kinsey Norman suggests you stop by the Visitor's Center east of the square in Rockville to pick-up maps and other information.

For more information on the Parke County, Indiana Covered Bridge Festival visit http://www.coveredbridges.com.

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