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Weather Advisory: Iroquois & Ford counties...

Special Weather Statement issued July 04 at 3:57PM CDT until July 06 at 7:00PM CDT by NWS Chicago

...SIGNIFICANT WEATHER ADVISORY FOR LIVINGSTON...FORD AND IROQUOIS COUNTIES UNTIL 445 PM CDT...

At 353 PM CDT, Doppler radar indicated scattered thunderstorms developing over portions of central and southern Livingston and Ford counties, and western Iroquois county. The strongest storm was just south of Saunemin...drifting south at 5 to 10 mph. These storms will continue to affect portions of the area this afternoon...with the strongest storms capable of producing wind gusts in excess of 40 mph...small hail and torrential rainfall.

Locations impacted include... Pontiac, Watseka, Paxton, Fairbury, Gibson City, Piper City, Claytonville, Gilman, Clifton, Gridley, Onarga, Forrest, Chatsworth, Flanagan, Cissna Park, Ashkum, Buckley, Cullom, Gibson and Crescent City. Including the following interstates... I-55 between mile markers 188 and 207. I-57 between mile markers 258 and 300.

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Red Cross Blood Drive in Watseka

The American Red Cross is holding a blood drive Wednesday, July 5, at the First United Methodist Church on S. 4th Street. Watseka. Wednesday’s event will run from 12 Noon ‘til 5 pm.

Walk ins are welcome.

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Update: Triple fatality victims identified in Indiana crash

Three Momence men are identified as the victims of a triple fatality in Newton County Friday morning.

Newton County, IN sheriff’s police continue to investigate the crash which took the lives of 44-year-old Jeffery Markel, 41-year-old Steven Markel and 27-year-old Nathaniel Conner. All three were in a pickup truck that slammed into the rear of a semi tractor-trailer.

The accident happened about 2:15 am on State Road 10, west of U.S. 41. Police said the eastbound semi was slowing to yield at the intersection when it was rear-ended by the pickup.

The semi driver wasn’t injured.

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Chebanse teenager sentenced to probation for fatal hit-and-run

A Chebanse teen charged with leaving the scene of a fatal hit-and-run accident will serve probation until he’s 21. The now 17-year-old boy pleaded guilty in Kankakee Court for the May 2016 incident which left 36-year-old Aaron Sorensen dead.

The now 17-year-old boy, who is not being named because he is being charged as a juvenile, pleaded guilty. He is on probation until he is 21, had his license revoked, must do community service and pay court costs.

Sorensen, who was from Kankakee, was riding a skateboard in the 1600 block of South Schuyler Avenue when he was hit. Sorensen was coming from his home on South Fourth Avenue at 10:15 pm.

An anonymous tip led investigators to the juvenile’s parents' home in Chebanse. The youth was arrested three days later.

State's Attorney Jim Rowe said his office asked the judge to sentence the boy to state juvenile detention until he was 21. Rowe said “this was the judge’s ruling; we did not agree to a plea bargain.”

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Online sale goes bad, Kankakee man killed

University Park Police are seeking information concerning the shooting death of a Kankakee man in what authorities are calling an online sale that went bad.

31-year-old Kevin Jarrett died of a gunshot wound after he was allegedly robbed Thursday night. Jarrett was shot, according to police reports, in University Park in an apparent online sale gone bad.

University Park Police say Jarrett and another person arrived by car in the 800 block of White Oak Lane at 10:45 pm. to meet a buyer to complete a sale arranged on the website letgo.com,

Police said they were met by three men who robbed them and shot Jarrett. Jarrett's companion drove away, but stopped a couple of blocks away at Burnham Drive. Jarrett later died.
A witness reported seeing three black men wearing all black, with one described as a juvenile wearing his hair in an Afro.

Anyone with information on the shooting are asked to go to the University Park Department, or call 708-235-4803.

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