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Watseka woman's death ruled accidental

DANVILLE -- Autopsy results in the death of Amanda Walters-Pentecost are complete. Vermilion County Coroner Peggy Johnson states in a press release that toxicology results show the Watseka woman had a non-fatal dose of methamphetamine in her system.

It also showed no evidence of injury and her death was the result of exposure. The coroner said the death was ruled "accidental."


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Dropped cigarette triggered fiery crash on I-57 at Buckley

An Illinois State Police report states the driver of a semi dropped his cigarette, causing him to hit a guardrail and led to the two-semi crash near Buckley Monday night.

The crash closed I-57 between Onarga and Paxton for about five hours. The drivers of the semis were treated and released.

Charges are pending against one of the drivers, 56-year-old Ricky Hall of Cleveland, TN. The other driver was identified as 55-year-old David Horosz of Amherst, Ohio.

The police report stated Hall’s freightliner was southbound. So was the semi-trailer driven by Horosz. When Hall dropped his cigarette, he was trying to retrieve it when he hit the guardrail. The rig ran off the road, came back onto the roadway, overturned and then hit the other semi. One vehicle started on fire and ignited the other unit.

Buckley, Loda and Onarga fire answered the call. Onarga and Gilman Police, State Police and the Illinois Department of Transportation also assisted.


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Will County crash kills 4 Teens

Will County authorities confirm four Wilmington teenagers died Monday night in a traffic accident.  The teens ranged in age from 14-17.

The accident scene was discovered this morning southeast of Wilmington at the Forked Creek Bridge in Wesley Township.

Sheriff's Police report two boys and two girls were in a car found submerged in a swollen creek.  Motorist found the car west of Warner Bridge Road.

Autopsies are planned.

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County Board’s meet in regular session today

The proposed re-appointments of three of the four Iroquois County representatives who serve the Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department is a hot topic on today’s agenda for the Iroquois County Board meeting.

The meeting is at the Administrative Center in Watseka at 9 am.

The Policy & Procedure committee voted last week to send the matter to the full Board today. County Board Chairman Rod Copas called for the current members of the Health Board to resign or be replaced.

Board of Health members say “there’s been nothing done wrong and they won’t resign..”

Other Board of Health members are calling for the Iroquois County Board members to account for their own actions.

Kankakee County Board considers hike in Hotel-Motel Tax



Vermilion County Board tonight is expected to consider two bids for a new roof on the Vermilion County Courthouse.


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I-57 Crash Injures Two near Buckley

IROQUOIS COUNTY – Illinois State Police report both lanes of I-57 at Buckley are open after a fiery crash last evening closed both lanes of traffic.

Two people were taken to the hospital following the crash about 6:30 pm in the southbound lanes.

Two semis crashed on the interstate. One of those vehicles rolled over and caught on fire. Fire officials say the explosion was the vehicles’ tires and tomato jars.

The Buckley Fire Department is on scene. Fire Chief Tyler Ecker reported mutual aid was provided by Onarga and Gilman Fire. I-DOT closed both lanes for about five-hours between Onarga and Paxton. And ambulance personnel from Buckley, Gibson City and Riverside were on the scene.

A detour had motorists directed to Route 45, 54 and Route 9.

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