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Fire Victim identified in fatal Benton County Blaze

A Benton County woman is dead after a house fire Tuesday afternoon. Benton County Sheriff Butch Pritchett identified 63-year-old Linda Spicer as the victim.

The emergency call came in shortly before 1 p.m. on State Road 71, south of Kentland.

Earl park firemen answered the emergency call to find the house engulfed. Investigators believe it began in the area of the garage but the cause is unknown.

The state fire marshal's office is investigating.

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Drowning in Braidwood Lake

A Maywood (IL) man drowned Monday evening in Braidwood Lake. It was an apparent fishing accident,

65-year-old Charles Johnson was pronounced dead at 9:45 pm Monday at Riverside Medical Center.

It’s believed he fell from a boat after he stood up.

Kankakee County Coroner Bob Gessner said people in another boat retrieved Johnson from the water and administered CPR. But he was pronounced dead when he reached the hospital.

Braidwood Lake, owned by Commonwealth Edison, is part of the Mazonia State Fish and Wildlife Area in Grundy County.

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Benton County woman dies in fire

A Benton County, Indiana woman died after a house fire Tuesday afternoon.

The victim’s identity is being withheld at this time.

The emergency call came just before 1 o’clock. The location was on State Road 71, south of Kentland.

Earl Park firemen answered the call. The state fire marshal's office is investigating.

Investigators believe it began in the area of the garage but the cause is unknown.

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Teens injured in Iroquois County rollover

Five teenagers, including a 16-year-old driver were injured Monday evening in a single-vehicle rollover accident.

Iroquois County Sheriff's Police investigated at 2100 E and 2100 N Road.

The injured were taken to Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka.  Two were air-lifted to Carle Hospital in Urbana for treatment of injuries.

The 16-year-old driver was cited for Failure to Reduce Speed.  Sher was also ticketed for Violation of Illinois' Restricted Driving Permit, that's the Graduated Driver Law limiting the number of passengers to one for a young driver.

IMH and Martinton Ambulance and Watseka Fire responded to the call.


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Aldermanic, Trustee races popular in April 9th Election

Contested aldermanic or trustee races appear on next Tuesday’s ballots in eight cities/villages in Iroquois County.

The Consolidated Election is April 9th. Early Voting is underway. Contact your County Clerk’s Office for any needed information.

In the Village of Woodland, no less than seven candidates are on the ballot for three available trustee seats.

Five candidates are after three trustee seats in the Village of Clifton.

In Buckley, four announced-candidates seek three seats for a 4-year term. There’s also three Buckley hopefuls after two available seats for a 2-year term.

Ashkum and Loda has three trustee seats available with four names on the ballots on each town.

Aldermanic races are contested in Gilman and Watseka. Wards 1, 2 and 3 have challengers chasing the incumbents IN Gilman. Watseka’s Ward 1 finds a 2-person race.


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