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Fatal fire leaves 9 homeless in Rensselaer, IN

One person is dead and nine families are homeless after an apartment fire at the Parkview Apartment complex in Rensselaer, IN.

Thursday morning’s fire is believed to have started in the kitchen of one of the nine apartments in the building.
Investigators believe it started with a kitchen fire, and a lack of fire walls caused the flames to spread quickly — trapping some people inside.

The body of 63-year-old Mark Stokes was discovered several hours after fighting the fire.

An 8-year-boy was taken to Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis and a 58-year-old woman was taken to IU Health Arnett Hospital in Lafayette.

Nine families are trying to cope with the loss of their homes.

The American Red Cross is helping. Donations of food and clothing are being accepted.

The fire’s cause has been ruled accidental.

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KAMEG drug arrests in Watseka, Kankakee

Agents with the Kankakee Area Metropolitan Enforcement Group (KAMEG) seized 75 cultivated cannabis plants from a property site in Milford (Tuesday).

Agents executed a search warrant at 2013 E and 750 N Road were they located about 23 grams of suspected cannabis. Also seized was equipment used in the production of cannabis plants.

Arrested and charged with unlawful production of cannabis plants was 55-year-old Thomas Crook.

In Watseka, KAMEG agents executed a warrant at 510 E. Ash Street and located suspected cannabis. Watseka Police assisted in the arrests of 41-year-old Tompa Sears and 30-year-old Alisa McPherson. Both are charged with unlawful delivery of a controlled substance.

Three handguns and cannabis were seized from a residence at 378 S. 4th Avenue in Kankakee. 25-year-old Clarence Shipp faces 3-counts of unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon and possession of a stolen firearm.

KAMEG agents located a .22 caliber, .45 caliber and .38 caliber handguns. All were loaded. Also seized was suspected cannabis and drug paraphernalia. Kankakee police assisted the agents.

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Armed robberies reported in Manteno, Peotone, south suburbs

Several armed robberies have plagued at least a handful of Illinois communities, including Manteno and Peotone. Police report it’s believed the robbers stole a car in Chicago and drove as far south as Manteno, holding people up at gunpoint.

It all happened this week. The Daily-Journal reports four people were robbed in Manteno around 9 pm Tuesday. No one was injured.

Three suspects were in a 2014 Land Rover reported stolen in Chicago.

Manteno police said similar incidents have been reported in communities north of Manteno the past few days, including Peotone, Bolingbrook, Matteson and Hickory Hills.

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Fireman injured in downtown blaze in Kankakee

A former automobile dealership building went up in flames overnight in Kankakee. What was the old Key City Chevrolet dealership at Court Street and Chicago Avenue sustained damage. Un-official reports claim the roof and walls collapsed. Explosions were heard by onlookers.

The fire alerted Kankakee firemen about 2 am. One firefighter was treated for an injury.

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Barn fire destroys structure in Newton County

Brook, Indiana Fire Chief Kyle Conrad reports a barn fire (Tuesday) in Newton County was “suspicious.” Conrad says it was a a total loss. There was no injury.

The Brook Fire Department answered the call about 1 pm. Mutual aid came from Goodland, Morocco and Kentland.
Firefighters were at the scene about 2 and a-half hours. That was at 10827 S. State Road 55.

The farm is operated by Mark and Marcella Meyer of Brook. The barn remained standing but was a total loss.

Conrad ruled the cause as “undetermined but suspicious.”

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