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Fire guts Watseka house

The state Fire Marshall is investigating a house fire in Watseka Tuesday afternoon that did significant damage.

Assistant Fire Chief Tim Ketchum reported damage to the basement and first floor at 815 South 4th Street.

Ketchum said the fire started in the side of the house, the age of the structure made it difficult for firefighters to get a handle on the flames, he said. It was a neighbor who spotted smoke coming from the dryer vent and chimney.

No injury was reported. The homeowner, Harold Longfellow, was not home at the time.

Mutual aid came from six departments, including Crescent City, Woodland, Martinton, Ashkum, Sheldon and Kentland, IN.

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Boil Order in Watseka

A water main break at Mulberry and Tenth Streets in Watseka finds a boil order in place until further notice. ERH Enterprises put the boil order in place while repairs got underway Tuesday afternoon.

The boil order effects those east of South 5th Street and west of Grant Street. Also south of Cherry Street and north of Porter Avenue.

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Bar patrons ‘not guilty’ in Momence rape trial

The two men accused of raping a Momence bartender in 2016 have been found not guilty.

A Kankakee County jury deliberated much of Monday afternoon before returning its verdict about 4:30 pm.

John A. "Adam" Harrison and Thomas J. Madison were tried as co-defendants, arguing that the sex was consensual during a night that began with four of their friends having dinner and drinks at a nearby restaurant. They then went to the Off the Vine bar where the alleged act took place at closing time.

A bartender testified that she was forced into a bathroom where the two defendants tried to engage in sex.

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Fatal crash kills Bourbonnais man

A Bourbonnais man, driving an antique Roadster, died Monday afternoon after losing control of his vehicle and overturning. It happened along South Schuyler Avenue in Kankakee.

Kankakee police report 71-year-old Darrel J. McClure was involved in the single-vehicle accident. Police say McClure was headed southbound, just north of River Road about 4:30 pm, when his 1932 Ford Roadster crossed the northbound lanes and crashed.

McClure was pronounced dead at the scene by Kankakee County Coroner Bob Gessner. An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday.

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Cissna Park man arrested after high-speed polcie chase

Iroquois County Sheriff's Police assisted Hoopeston Police Saturday in the arrest of 33-year-old Jacob Johnson of Cissna Park.  Johnson led Hoopeston officers on a chase from Vermilion County into Wellington at speeds exceeding 120 mph. Johnson eventually lost control and struck a garage at 416 E. 1st South Street.  

Sheriff's Police reported Johnson fled on foot but was taken into custody a few blocks from the accident scene.  Neigher Johnson nor a passenger were injured.

Cissna Park and Milford Polcie assisted in Wellington.  Johnson had lead Cissna Park Police in a similiar pursuit as hed fled from a traffic stop on Friday.  He had not yet been arrested in that incident.

Johnson is charged with aggravated fleeing & alluding, reckless conduct, speeding and disobeying stop signs.  He faces similiar charges in Vermilion County.

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