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Pontiac man identified among dead at a motel

A 22-year-old Pontiac man was identified Wednesday as one of two people found dead in a motel room Tuesday morning.

Tyler Friant was identified using fingerprints, according to Livingston County Coroner Mike Burke.

A male and a female were found dead in the Palamar motel. The identity of the female has not been released. A third person was hospitalized.

The third person was taken to the emergency room of OSF St. James John Albrecht Medical Center in Pontiac. Details and a condition report were not available.

Pontiac police are investigating with assistance by the state police crime scene services, Livingston County Sheriff's Office, Dwight police and members of the Livingston County Proactive Unit.

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Oakwood Bank Robbery investigated

Oakwood Police are working with Vermilion County Sheriff's Police looking into an armed robbery which occurred Wednesday afternoon at the United Community Bank in Oakwood.

Authorities were questioning details to determine if an earlier bank robbery is connected.

The First Midwest Bank in Downtown Danville was robbed last Monday, August 12th.

Investigators say it's unknown whether there was a getaway vehicle involved. There were no injuries in either robbery.

The suspect in Wednesday's incident at Oakwood was a white male in his late 30s or early 40s. He was about 5-9 with a stocky build, wearing a light-colored tank top, camouflage cargo pants, a ball cap and dark sunglasses.

Anyone who may have information that could help solve these crimes is asked to call Vermilion County Sheriff's Investigators or Danville Police. Citizens can leave information anonymously by calling Vermilion County Crime Stoppers at (217) 446-TIPS.

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School Safety: District Drills Required >

Illinois schools are now required to have a school shooting drill at least once a year.

It's a new law, enacted in response to the Connecticut shooting last year. Cops and paramedics will have to participate in the drill, but the students don't have to, and at first they probably won't, says Gerald Brookhart, the Peoria County regional superintendent of schools.

"Some of the superintendents ... thought that they might first do it with just the staff, and show the staff what they're supposed to do and how they're supposed to react, and then they wanted to make sure that the brought in a police official for one of those when the kids are there – but it's not mandatory," he said.

In addition to the drill and other security measures, Brookhart says schools are trying to create a safe environment in which no one will feel compelled to shoot anybody.

The law does not apply to colleges and universities, but sponsors say that could be a next step, since Northern Illinois University was the scene of a shooting spree in 2008. { IRN }

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Welcome rain, Crops need more rain, heat

This (Thursday) morning's rain shower brought .33 of an inch of much-needed moisture at the WGFA studio site, north of Watseka. Other volunteer rain gauge reporters checked in with .21 at L'Erable, .20 at Beaverville, Gilman and Kankakee. Watseka and areas to the south had up to .40 of an inch.

The Illinois corn and soybean crops could stand more rain and heat, the state office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service reported this week.

Last week was cooler and drier than normal, and those factors are starting to hurt crops.

"The dry conditions and cool temperatures are affecting grain development and delaying crop maturity progress," a release from the office said.

Crops in the state's eastern region — which includes Champaign-Urbana, Danville and Kankakee — are generally further along than crops in other parts of the state.

As of Sunday, 100 percent of soybeans in the eastern region were setting pods, compared with 76 percent statewide. Twenty-four percent of the corn in the eastern region had reached the dent stage, compared with only 14 percent statewide.

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Chamber gearing up for Business After Hours

The Watseka Area Chamber of Commerce is announcing its Fall kick-off for Business After Hours on Wednesday, September 4, 2013.

The event is from 5:30pm-7pm at Creekside Prairie & Community Center on Prairie Lane in Cissna Park.

All Chamber members, their employees, and guests are invited to come socialize and enjoy refreshments.

The After Hours kick-off plans a fun, exciting evening. The Watseka Area Chamber of Commerce has a "Mystery" announcement to make at the event.

Business After Hours is a program of the Watseka Area Chamber of Commerce, designed to provide networking opportunities for area businesses and organizations as well as to help promote the community through the success of its members. For more information about the Watseka Area Chamber of Commerce activities, contact Amanda at the Chamber office 815-432-2416.

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