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Update: Route 1 crash victims identified

An Iroquois County woman and a Hoopeston man were killed in a two-vehicle collision Wednesday in Vermilion County.

Coroner’s offices in Champaign and Vermilion counties have released the names of the two victims who died in the Route 1 crash.

Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup said 59-year-old Denise L. Ried of Wellington died of injuries at Carle Hospital in Urbana. She was airlifted from the scene and died at 8:16 p.m. Wednesday.

Ried’s mini-van was hit head-on by a pickup truck near County Road 3870N.

Vermilion County Coroner Jane McFadden says the driver of a pickup truck who was pronounced dead at the scene is 52-year-old Warren W. Harms of Hoopeston.

Illinois State Police reported Harms was attempting to pass another vehicle on Route 1 when his truck collided head-on with Ried’s minivan. The accident happened about 6:20 pm. The mishap remains under investigation.

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Free Food Distributed Saturday in Hoopeston

The Eastern Illinois Foodbank is partnering with the John Cadle Foundation in hosting a free food give-away Saturday in Hoopeston. The food distribution is at the Civic Center at McFerren Park. It begins at 10 am.

All Vermilion County residents needing food are welcome to attend the event. There are qualifying requirements. To be eligible, a household must have an income at or below 185% of the federal poverty level; that’s at about $3,746 for a family of four.

Local companies or organizations are invited to contribute toward a one day food distribution. The cost to partner with the Foodbank for a distribution is $3,000.

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Snow likely 5 to 9 inches expected…Iroquois, Ford, Livingston, Kankakee, Grundy counties

More than five inches of snow has fallen in several area east-central Illinois counties since Sunday and more is on the way.

Just under six inches was recorded at WGFA/WIBK Radio in Watseka. Grundy County Emergency Management Agency said .7 inches fell Sunday, 3.3 inches on Monday and 1.5 inches followed. Livingston County checked in with 8-10 inches at Cornell.

Another Winter Storm Watch begins this evening (Thursday) and continues until Friday night. Separate reports from the NWS has official weather observers calling for between 5 to 9 more inches.


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Newton County jury finds Newton County man guilty of murder

In Newton County Superior Court (Wednesday), a jury returned a guilty verdict for murder against Derrick Cardosi. He was on trial for the 2016 murders of three people at a Sumava Resort home.

Cardosi was on trial for the murders and theft and auto theft.

The guilty verdict was for deaths of Justin Babbs, Kimberly Spears and Richard Thomas. The three victims were stabbed to death in August of 2016.

Cardosi’s co-defendant, Sebastian Wedding, pleaded guilty to two counts of murder. Wedding is now serving a 55-year prison sentence.

Prosecutors introduced DNA evidence, including samples of blood that were found in the home. Blood that was found on Cardosi's clothing came back positive for all three murder victims.

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Two drivers killed in Route One crash

A head-on collision along Illinois Route 1 near Rossville Wednesday evening left both driver dead. The names of the victims haven’t been released pending notification of relatives.

Illinois State Police reported a pick-up truck driven by a 52-year-old man crossed the center line for some unknown reason. The truck struck a minivan being operated by a 59-year-old woman.

Police stated the man driving the pick-up was pronounced dead on the scene. The woman driving the minivan was airlifted and also died at an area hospital.

The crash remains under investigation. It happened about 6:20 pm between Rossvile and Hoopeston at 3870 East Road.

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