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Fatal traffic crashes in Kankakee, Livingston, Champaign counties

A Louisiana woman died in a single-vehicle rollover crash Thursday evening on I-57 in Kankakee County.

44-year-old Mia Robinson was a passenger in a van driven by 44-year-old McKinley Jenkins of Harvey (IL). Illinois State Police report the driver’s been charged with DUI. Jenkins is also charged with improper lane usage and failure to reduce speed to avoid the accident.

Jenkins was treated for minor injuries.

Police said the accident happened just before 7 pm in the southbound lane of the Interstate near exit 308. The driver lost control, left the road and overturned in a ditch.

In Livingston County --- a Streator woman is dead following a Thursday afternoon crash on Route 17, about a mile west of Route 23. The woman wasn’t identified.

Coroner Danny Watson reports the 22-year-old woman ran into a guard rail. She died about an hour later at a Peoria hospital.

The accident is under investigation by State Police and the Sheriff’s department.

In Champaign County --- a 10-year-old girl died in a multi-car pile-up that closed I-57 for several hours. The girl was a passenger in a vehicle driven by a Mattoon woman. Her cart was rear-ended by another car, pushing her car into a semi tractor-trailer. Police said the vehicles were travelling slowly at the time.

The Champaign County Coroner and sheriff’s department are investigating along with a state police reconstruction team.

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150th Birhtday bashes in Watseka, Chatsworth

Sesquicentennial celebrations are set fopr this weekend in Chatsworth and Watseka.  Opening ceremonies are today (Thursday) in both communiites. 

Several published news articles highlight the rich history of the early beginnings in each of the towns in Livingston and Iroquois counties.  Activities are planned at different sites in the two counties. Maps are available showing visitzors where many of the events are being held.

Watseka's opening ceremony is at 6:3 pm today at Lakeview Park/City Hall on Briana Drive. 

Chatsworth has several events on the agenda including a parade, carnival, car show, hot air balloon launches and trolley tours.

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Hydrant flushing for ERH, Aqua officials

The city of Gilman is busy this week with fire hydrant maintenance. ERH Enterprises has work crews flushing fire hydrants. Local residents may experience discolored water while the system flushes itself out. The work continues thru week’s end.

Aqua Illinois Water Company is also conducting a system-wide hydrant flushing and maintenance program Thursday (6/8). Aqua Illinois serves several east-central Illinois communities, including several in Vermilion County.

The company’s Vermilion Division reports nearly 19-hundred fire hydrants will be flushed and inspected to ensure proper operation. It is expected that it will take about four weeks to complete the inspection of all hydrants in the region.

Decreased water pressure and temporary water discoloration may be routine during the process.

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Special Olympics Torch Run

Illinois State Police and other law enforcement officials are helping to carry the torch for Special Olympics. The annual torch run passes thru Kankakee County today (Wed) on its way to the opening ceremony of the competition in Normal.

The event kicks off Friday in Normal. The Torch Run will make its way on Route 45 at Manteno Road around 1 pm. There will be a police escort.

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Melvin woman faces home invasion charge

A Melvin woman is charged with two felony counts of home invasion for allegedly entering a home armed with a gun, and threatening to shoot a resident.

38-year-old Tenisha Watson was jailed in Ford County on a $50,000 bond.

Watson is alleged to have entered the residence of Valentina Sanchez-Gutierrez in Melvin


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