A house fire in Watseka Sunday evening destroyed a structure and displaced four people.
Fire Chief Dave Mayotte reported the fire appeared to have started in the kitchen near the stove, but the cause is still under investigation. A neighbor alerted authorities when smoke and fire was showing from the rear of the house at 115 S. Sheridan Avenue.
No one was home at the time. Watseka fire answered the call at 5:51 pm. Mutual aid came from a MABAS box alarm. Firemen from Woodland, Crescent City, Milford and IMH Ambulance.
The American Red Cross was notified to assist two adults and two children who lived at the single-story house. Mayotte declared the house and contents a total loss.
Ashkum, IL- Illinois State Police District 21 covering Kankakee, Iroquois and Ford Counties are reminding drivers to take precautions as they travel.
The Illinois State Police are advising motorist to be cautious while traveling today. Hazardous travel conditions with drifting snow and ice is expected. Interstate 57 is currently experiencing light to moderate snow with patches of snow and ice throughout Kankakee, Iroquois and Ford Counties. Secondary roads are also snow covered and icy.
Motorists are advised to be cautious while driving near and around snow plows. Motorist should also be cautious, slow down, and move over for emergency vehicles assisting motorists on the roadways.
The Illinois State Police are asking drivers to monitor changing weather conditions, limit their travels, and be prepared to allow plenty of time to reach your destination. Drivers are also encouraged to put extra water, food, and warm clothing their vehicle. Please contact your nearest police department if you vehicle becomes disabled or involved in a crash.
A Winter Weather Advisory is again in effect for east-central Illinois from 6 am. until 6 pm (CST) Monday, February 17th.
The National Weather Service is warning that travel is expected to become more hazardous, conditions will worsen as light freezing rain or snow in the morning possibly becomes mixed with sleet in the afternoon.
Snow and ice accumulation is forecast to range from one to three inches and also 3-6 inches. The ice accumulation is expected to be less than a tenth of an inch, but it could cause treacherous traveling conditions. Motorists should remember to slow down and allow plenty of extra time to reach their destination.
Iroquois and Ford counties and Benton County in west-central Indiana finds the Winter Weather Advisory calling for three to six inches of snow...with isolated higher amounts possible. The advisory extends north to the Chicagoland area.
Snow is expected to fall rather heavily at times in those areas, with snowfall rates possibly reaching an inch or more per hour. Snow could briefly mix with sleet or freezing rain well south of the Kankakee River on Monday morning, leading to some ice-covered roads.
The NWS reports travel through Chicago O'Hare and Midway Airports could also be impacted.
A Winter Weather Advisory for snow and ice means that periods of snow and ice will cause primarily travel difficulties. Be prepared for ice or snow-covered roadways and possibly limited visibilities, and use caution while driving.
Manteno couple arrested for filing a false police report
ASHKUM – Illinois State Police arrested a Manteno couple in connection with an alleged hit and run crash in December.
Patrick J. and Kimberley J. Sweetie, both 38, are charged with one count each of filing a false police report, a Class 4 Felony.
On Dec. 24, 2013, the Sweeties called 9-1-1 and told authorities they were northbound on Routes 45/52, just south of 10000N in Kankakee County and claimed their vehicle was struck by another vehicle which then fled. They gave authorities a license plate number and description of the alleged offending vehicle.
During the investigation, it was determined the reported offending vehicle and its owner were not involved in alleged crash.
A distracted driver rolled her vehicle Wednesday on I-57, shutting down the interstate for hour. Illinois State Police cited Ashley Staley of Brookfield (IL) for improper lane usage and failure to wear a seatbelt.
A passenger in the car, Matthew Staley, was ejected from the car. Both were taken by ambulance to Riverside Hospital. Police reported the injuries were not serious.
The car was northbound in Kankakee County just after 5 pm. The driver said she became distracted, over-corrected, then ran into the median where the car rolled once than flipped end-over-end.