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Labor Day events underway... Pontiac's Threshermen's Reunion cancelled

Annual Labor Day weekend events have started in area towns, including Herscher, Hoopeston and Earl Park, Indiana. 

Herscher's annual parade is set for Monday (September 5) at 10:30 am.  The 3-day event includes other activities running Saturday thru Monday night.  It's the 96th Labor Day Celebration.

The 73rd National Sweet Corn Festival and Pageant at Hoopeston runs thru the weekend. The Sweetcorn Festival is sponsored by the Hoopeston jaycees.  The Grand parade is 10:30 Saturday morning.

Young women from 27 states will be participating in the Sweetheart Pageant at the Hoopeston Civic Center. Preliminary competition is at 6 pm Saturday.  The Finals are at 6 pm Sunday. 

Labor Day parades and activities are also scheduled in Westville, Bloomington and Lowell, Indiana.

The Earl Park Fall Festival in Benton County, IN also started Friday and runs thru the weekend.  The Grand Parade is 2 pm Monday.

In Livingston County... the popular Threshermen's Reunion at Pontiac is cancelled due to wet grounds.  The parade is still scheduled for Sunday afternoon.

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KAMEG finds $11M pot-grow operation; plants seized, suspect arrested

A 24-year-old California man is under arrest after KAMEG agents uncovered a pot-growing operation in rural Kankakee. Erick Garcia-Magana was arrested for unlawful production of more than 200 cannabis plants, discovered Tuesday afternoon.

KAMEG agents observed Garcia-Magana near the outdoor cannabis-growing operation. It was along a wooded creek line near county roads 1000 North and 4000 East.

Agents seized 4,431 cannabis plants from a 16,000-square-foot area. The estimated value of the plants was listed at $11-million. Agents also seized equipment used in the outdoor production of cannabis plants.

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Update: Fairmount fire victims identified

Vermilion County Coroner Peggy Johnson has released the names of the two victims who died in the explosion and fire at Fairmount Tuesday.

The two bodies were recovered from the ruins of the home along 1333 North Road, south of Fithian. 77-year-old Delores Sapp lived at the residence. 64-year-old Floyd Walton of Fairmount was also a victim.

Johnson says they died from blunt force trauma due to the blast from the explosion before the flames engulfed the house. The Illinois State Fire Marshal is looking into the cause of the house explosion.

Fairmount Fire Chief Dave Ferber said firefighters found debris spread over a wide area, but most of the home had collapsed into the basement. Firefighters from a dozen departments answered the call. Chief Ferber expects a lengthy, drawn-out investigation.

The Vermilion County Sheriff’s department was also investigating.

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2nd arrest made in Newton County’s triple murder case

Newton County, Indiana Sheriff Tom VanVleet has announced a second arrest was made in the investigation of Sunday’s triple murder in Sumava Resorts.

24-year-old Derrick Thomas Cardosi of Sumava Resorts was arrested early Wednesday morning by sheriff’s police and the Indiana State Police. Cardosi and Sebastian Wedding of Cedar Lake are both jailed in Kentland.

A planned murder is being investigated. Cardosi is charged with assisting a criminal and conspiracy to commit murder. Cardosi was arrested at his residence at 12:30 am.

The victims, who all lived at the residence where the murder happened, were discovered Sunday night around 8 pm. The victims were identified as 39-year-old Kimberly Spears, 20-year-old Justin Babbs and 23-year-old Richard Thomas.

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2nd installment of taxes due in Kankakee, Ford, Iroquois counties

Property owners in Kankakee County should note that your second installment of 2015 taxes are due today (Thursday). Ford County residents are reminded your taxes are due Friday (September 2). Iroquois County’s second installment are due by September 13th.

Payments may be made by visiting the respective treasurer’s offices, using the designated drop boxes, or visiting any bank in the respective counties. Payments are also accepted by mail if postmarked no later than the due date.

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