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Iroquois County i-57 crash kills 1, 3 injured

ASHKUM --  An Illinois State Police reconstruction team is investigating a fatal crash on I-57 in Iroquois County.  One person is dead, three others, including two children, are injured. 

Preliminary reports indicated a car was rear-ended by a mini-van in the southbound lanes just past 8 am.  Ashkum, Gilman, Danforth and Chebanse Township fire were at the scene, along with Iroquois Memorial Hospital and Riverside ambulance personnel and the Iroquois County Coroner.

Coroner Bill Cheatum pronounced one driver dead at the scene.  Two critically injured children were air-lifted and another adult passenger was seriously injured.

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Brett Barragree Memorial Education Fund >

The late Brett Barragree's name will live on amongst the family and friends of the Watseka Area Firefighters Association.

A $500 dollar start-up fund will help the 'Brett Barragree Memorial Education Fund' assist others in pursuing their education in emergency firefighting/paramedic fields.

Brett died this last year of cancer. He was an active member of the emergency response families, a members of the Watseka and Woodland fire departments and the IMH and Riverside Ambulance teams. He was also a Coast Guard veteran, devoted to emergency services and helping others.

Brett's dad, Ken Barragree, and Brett's son, Cameron, were on hand at the fire department annual banquet Saturday. They presented the $500 donation to start the Memorial Fund in Brett's name.

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Former Watseka Fire Chief Walt Romine remembered; Fire Training facility named in his honor

The Watseka Fire Department and the Watseka Area Firefighters Association held its annual recognition banquet this past weekend. Past and present members of the firefighting family were recognized.

Former Bradley Fire Chief Steve Wilder was the featured speaker.

Family members of the late Walt "Bud" Romine were on hand for a special honor. The firefighting training facility, on the west edge of Watseka, on Route 24, has been named the 'Chief "Bud" Romine Training Facility.'

Walt Romine was a long-time member of the Watseka Fire department, including a stint as chief. He was also a lifetime member of the Eastern Illinois Mutual Fire Aid Association.

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PBL, Dwight, Reed Custer, Wilmington cheerleaders among best in IHSA state meet

Illinois' state cheerleading competition was held this past weekend in Bloomington-Normal. Area high school teams earned their way into the finals Saturday.

Wilmington won the Small School Division title with just under 87%. Dwight finished 5th in the Small school Division, and Reed Custer 8th.

Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School cheerleaders were in their seventh appearance in the IHSA state meet preliminaries over the past eight years. PBL finished 11th in the Small School Division.

Fithian-Oakwood was also in the finals.

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Onarga man arrested after police chase in January

A police chase through three counties last month led to the arrest of 44-year-old Jeffery Condon. Condon was arrested Friday by Iroquois County Sheriff's Police. Condon surrendered himself at the jail. He's free after posting bond. Charges include fleeing and alluding police and felony driving on a revoked driver's license.

The investigation, police said, presented evidence of Condon operating a pickup truck January 9th that led deputies into Kankakee, Livingston and Ford counties before authorities lost sight of the vehicle near Kempton. The truck, which was believed at the time to have been stolen, was later found parked at an Onarga residence.

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