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Iroquois County flood help still available

The City of Watseka's flood debris pickup ended yesterday (Friday). But those who still have items to be picked up can contact City Hall this next week – if there's still debris to be thrown away.

The snowfall this week may have inconvenienced some people, so Public Works crews will make make an effort to complete any details this coming week, according to Mayor Bob Harwood.

Damage assessments are still being collected too. Property owners with water damage, who maybe didn't yet submit information, can contact with the Emergency Management Agency office at 815-432-6997.

The damage assessments are needed in the attempt to apply for federal assistance.

Clean-up kits are also still available from the Iroquois County Long Term Recovery Committee. And the Recovery Committee welcomes any donations to help flood victims.

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Missouri man killed in hit & run in Jasper County, IN

State Police in Indiana say a Missouri man was killed in a hit & run crash this (Friday) morning on I-65 in Jasper County. 58-year-old Mark Tobiasz of St. Charles, MO was identified as the victim. He was found along the shoulder, near the State Road 114/Rensselaer exit.

The incident happened around 5:30 am at mile-marker 208. Police said they received a call of someone walking along I-65. But before troopers could arrive, they received two more calls of someone on the ground beside the interstate.
The victim was pronounced dead at the scene by the Jasper County Coroner's Office.

Troopers also found an abandoned vehicle nearby that belonged to the victim. It appeared he ran out of gas. State police believe, based off parts recovered at the scene, that a Kenworth or Freightliner semi hit Tobiasz.

Anyone with any information is urged to contact the Indiana State Police at 219-696-6242.

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UPDATE: Kankakee County crash kills 1, injures 2

An autopsy is planned today (Friday) to continue the investigation of a Thursday afternoon crash on Route 115 at Kankakee County Road 3000W that left a woman dead, and two others injured.

30-year-old Kimberly Shelton died at the scene. An infant boy was taken to Riverside Hospital. The driver of an SUV involved in the crash was air-lifted to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.

Illinois State Police report the SUV, driven by 32-year-old Christopher McCray of Kankakee, was eastbound and ran off the road, hitting a utility pole. It happened just past 3:30 pm.

Kankakee County Coroner Bob Gessner pronounced Kimberly Shelton dead at the scene.

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Kankakee County: Rt. 115 crash kills 1, injures 2

A Thursday afternoon crash on Route 115 at Kankakee County Road 3000W left one person dead and two others injured. An infant was among the injured.

Illinois State Police report an SUV carrying two adults and a 9-month-old infant ran off the road, hitting a utility pole. It happened just past 3:30 pm.

Kankakee County Coroner Bob Gessner pronounced 30-year-old Kimberly Shelton dead at the scene.

A male driver, who was responsive, was airlifted to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn. The infant was taken to Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee.

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Two die in Homer house fire

An early-morning house fire in Homer (IL) Thursday killed two men and seriously injured a husband and wife.
The victims are identified as 25-year-old Ricky Tester and 41-year-old Zach Highfill.

Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup said they were living in the single-story house at 307 W. Crittenden Street with Tester's younger brother and his wife.

Homer Fire Chief Don Happ reported the call for help came about 3:25 am. Tim Hester and his wife, Aubrey (Tester) ran across the street to a neighbor's house, waking them to call for help.

Fire Chief Happ lives a few houses away. He was first on the scene. Some 30 firefighters from Homer, Ogden-Royal, St. Joseph-Stanton and Sidney, were on the scene.

Firefighters had the blaze under control in about an hour.

Ricky Tester was found near the front door. Mr. Highfill was found in the bathtub.

Initial thoughts are that the tragedy may have been caused by fire left burning in the fireplace. Happ said the Illinois State Fire Marshal's office is investigating.

Chief Happ said it's unknown if they had a smoke detector.

The chief said one dog died in the fire and two others survived.

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