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Father of kids who drowned In Kankakee River Is charged

The father of two young boys who drowned in the Kankakee River in northwest Indiana(Tuesday)is now facing charges.

Eric Patillo was charged (Thursday) with two counts of neglect of a dependent resulting in death. Authorities say four-year-old Levi Patillo and two-year-old Evan Patillo died after they were pulled from the water in the LaSalle Fish and Wildlife Area, near the Newton-Lake County line. Patillo admitted to using heroin that morning and tested positive for opiates and THC.

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Grant Park (IL) man crashes into Cedar Lake, IN gas station building

Cedar Lake, Indiana Police investigated a crash involving a 71-year-old man from Grant Park, Illinois. Thursday’s incident, around 11:15 am, has police reviewing video to determine how it happened.

Robert Pilkin, of Grant Park was taken to a local hospital with minor injuries after the crash at U.S. 41 and West 133rd Avenue, according to Cedar Lake police.

Officers found Pilkin had crashed an SUV into the front of the gas station building.

The building sustained extensive damage. The propane tanks were not damaged, and there were no leaks because of the crash. The area was evacuated as a precaution.

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Clifton man dies in Iroquois County traffic crash

A collision between a pickup truck and a semi-tractor trailer late Wednesday killed 24-year-old Mason Knorr of Clifton.

Knorr was pronounced dead at the scene after his westbound pickup ran into a northbound tractor-trailer at a rural intersection west of Clifton. Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police and the Coroner investigated at 2950 N and 700 E Road. It happened just before 11:30 pm.

Police reported both vehicles left the road. The semi driver was treated at Riverside Hospital in Kankakee.

The crash is under investigation.

Chebanse Township and Ashkum Fire answered the call, along with Riverside EMS.

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Ashkum Homecoming this weekend

The 53rd Annual Ashkum Homecoming is Saturday and Sunday.  The Ashkum Lions Club sponsors the event.  

It's two days of local fun, featuring food, free entertainment for adults and children and a beer garden. The Lions fish fry, food stand and antique tractor ride is part of the festivities.

94.1 WGFA will broadcast live Sunday from 12 Noon 'til 1 pm.

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WCHS Academic & Athletic Inspiration Award winners announced for 2018

The Watseka Community High School’s Inspiration Award Committees are announcing the 2018 recipients. Recognition is planned during the high school homecoming next month.

Academic Inspiration Award
• Jonathan Spenn (Class of 2000)
• Ginger Reynolds (Class of 1988)

Athletic Inspiration Award
• Jacob Spenn (Class of 1995)
• 1996 Girls Volleyball Team

The Inspiration Award recipients will be honored during the WCHS Homecoming and Alumni Banquet weekend on September 14-15, 2018.

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