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Double fatality in head-on collision in Ford County

Two pickup trucks collided, killing both drivers in rural Ford County Tuesday afternoon.

77-year-old Jack D. Moody of Roberts was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash near Melvin.

The other driver (not related), was identified as 51-year-old Debra Moody of Fort Wayne, Indiana. She was pronounced dead at Carle Hospital in Urbana.

Illinois State Police released the information about the accident this (Wed) morning. The collision occurred at 4:46 Tuesday afternoon southwest of Melvin. It was near Illinois 54 and Ford County Road 1000 East.

State police report Jack Moody was northeasterly on Route 54 when his truck veered into the oncoming lane of traffic and hit a rear wheel of a trailer being towed by a semi-tractor driven by a 55-year-old man from Fort Wayne, Ind.

Moody's truck then collided head-on with Debra Moody's pickup truck, which was following the semi-tractor.The driver of the semi was not injured.

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Verdict Next Week In Joliet Double Homicide

(Joliet, IL) -- Attorneys delivered their closing arguments this morning in the bench trial of the third of four people accused in connection with the strangulation deaths of two men last year. Prosecutors say physical evidence and Joshua Miner's own words prove he strangled Terrance Rankins and Eric Glover at a house in Joliet in January, 2013. Authorities say the pair were lured there to be robbed, but prosecutors say they were killed when they resisted. Will County Judge Gerald Kinney says he'll deliver his verdict October 8th.               {Metro News}

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Pilot Hill wind farm moving forward

Iroquois and Kankakee County officials are welcoming outside support today for the official ground-breaking for the Pilot Hill wind farm. The project will include a 175-mega watt wind farm in parts of both Iroquois and Kankakee counties.

The ground-breaking is for phase one. The wind farm is expected to be operational by 2015. Microsoft has already purchased the energy output for the next 20 years. The energy generated will power Microsoft's new data center in Chicago.

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Allied Waste workers go back to work

Teamsters Local 731 workers have returned to their jobs. About two-dozen Allied Waste haulers were back at work (Tuesday) after walking off the job Friday in protest over wages.

Teamsters President Terry Hancock said the workers returned to their jobs, but without a new contract The workers will continue working under their four –year contract which expired January 31st.

Hancock said a negotiating session is planned for Friday.

Allied Waste is the hauler of garbage, recyclable material and yard waste for communities in Kankakee, Iroquois and Will counties.

The company and union have failed to come to an agreement on a new contract and wages. Currently, earning $22 per hour on average, the union is seeking a 45-percent wage hike. They are seeking an hourly wage of $32.

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Watseka teen had no alcohol, drugs in his system

         July crash killed Watseka man and injured 6-year-old

The 17-year-old Iroquois County juvenile involved in a fatal crash in July that killed a Watseka man will not face a drunk driving charge.

Toxicology reports confirm the 17-year-old driver was not under the influence of
alcohol or drugs when his car was involved in a rural crash that left 59-year-old Dave Senesac dead. Senesac's 6-year-old grandson was critically injured and continues to undergo extensive rehabilitation.

Iroquois County State's Attorney Jim Devine said the 17-year-old boy will only be charged with traffic offenses, including disobeying a stop sign and failure to yield.

Devine confirmed the toxicology results, by the Illinois State Police crime lab and another private company, that "there was no evidence of alcohol or any illegal substances in the boy's system."

Iroquois County Sheriff's police investigated the accident northwest of Watseka at 1600 E and 1900 N Roads. Police were unable to complete a field sobriety test at the scene because the juvenile was injured and transported to an area hospital. Hospital personnel completed a blood draw. Those toxicology results were returned last week.

Sheriff's police charged the juvenile with drunk driving. Devine said his office elected to hold off on filing charges until the toxicology tests were completed.

Devine said the 17-year-old is cleared of criminal charges, but his family still faces two civil lawsuits from Senesac's family for wrongful death.

The 6-year-old passenger in Senesac's pickup truck suffered extensive life-threatening injuries, which are may have lifelong consequences. Two lawsuits on file seek unspecified damages for providing for the medical care of the boy and the care of Senesac's widow, Terecia Senesac, of Watseka.

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