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Ohio man dies in Indiana I-65 crash

A three vehicle crash on Interstate 65 in Jasper County, Indiana Tuesday claimed the life of a 41-year-old man from Fairfield, Ohio.

The victim was identified as Zaza Eristavi (Air-is-TAH-VEE).

State Police at Lowell reported a semi pulling a rail container was stopped in the right lane of I-65 north, about 6 miles south of the Rensselaer exit. The truck was stopped due to a crash further ahead. The semi was hit in the rear.

A pickup pulling a trailer loaded with three vehicles driven by the victim (Zaza Eristavi) was northbound in the right lane when he failed to slow down and hit the back of the second semi trailer.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene by the Jasper County Coroner.

The other two drivers involved were not injured.
The northbound lanes of I-65 were closed from 6:30 am until around 12:15 p.m.

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Pets rescued from Monticello, IN house fire

The cause of a house fire in Monticello, Indiana last night (Tues) is under investigation. No one was hurt. Fire officials reported no one was home when the fire broke out. Two pets were rescued.

Firefighters determined the fire was located in the attic and cut a hole in the roof to help put it out. A neighbor called 9-1-1.

Monticello Fire Assistant Chief Robert Hickman said crews were able to limit the fire damage to the attic and one bedroom. Two cats were rescued.

Firefighters are calling the fire "accidental."

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Railroad thieves tracked down by police

Lake County, Indiana police have arrested seven people and are pursuing a dozen more for looting $2.8 million in valuables from the CSX railroad.

A Monday press conference revealed the result of an eight-month investigation.

The sheriff's office accused the group of thieves of pilfering $2.5 million in pharmaceuticals, 18 automobiles and two motorcycles valued at $291,000, in addition to computers and televisions. The group then allegedly sold the items.

Police said the suspects, from Gary and Hammond, face charges including possession of stolen and retagged vehicles, possessing a stolen firearm, auto theft and resisting law enforcement.

Police said the thefts were from rail yards where train cars are temporarily parked in Northwest Indiana and one in Bedford Park, Ill., just southwest of Chicago.

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Kankakee County United Way needs help

The annual dinner meeting of the Kankakee County United Way is Thursday evening. And the organization needs help in meeting its 2014 campaign goal of $850,000.

Tickets are still available for the meeting at the Hilton Garden Inn.

United Way Director Nick Allen said the campaign drive helps 45 different programs within 23 organizations in the county. For more info, call 815-932-7476.

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100-year-old Kankakee home destroyed by fire

Kankakee fire officials say it was a space heater that caused the Monday night fire that destroyed a 100-year-old house on E. Court Street in Kankakee.

Damage is listed at $110,000. Two people were displaced from the blaze which closed the 1000-block of Court Street for emergency vehicles.

A Mutual Aid Box Alarm System alerted firemen from Bradley, Bourbonnais, Aroma Park and Limestone just before 10 pm. Firefighters were at the scene until 1:30 Tuesday morning.

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