Livingston County Coroner Danny Watson reports a rural Pontiac man was killed in a two-vehicle accident on Route 47 in Union Township. The family is yet to be notified so the name of the victim is unavailable. Emergency crews responded last Thursday morning to Route 47 and 23-hundred N. Road. A car and a semi collided. The mishap is under investigation.
Illinois State Police investigated a 2-vehicle crash Saturday night that left an 18-year-old dead. Meoria Avant was a passenger in a car that crossed the centerline of Route 1 in Kankakee County. The car collided head-on with a pickup truck. It happened just before 9 pm at County Road 5700 S. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the truck, 20-year-old Jamal Armstrong of Country Club Hills, was reported in critical condition. The pickup driver refused treatment.
Nearly two-dozen fire departments from at least four MABAS divisions helped battle a massive fire Friday at Vanfab Inc. at Union Hill. Fire swept through a 7,000 square foot fabricating facility, destroying the building and offices. No one was injured. Thirty-two employees evacuated safely.
Officials believe a spark from a crane triggered the blaze that sent flames and billowing smoke into the sky. Some onlookers reported hearing explosions. The building destroyed occupied an entire block in the small, Kankakee County community. The original building was erected in 1896. The company plans to rebuild.
A new report from the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority found police departments and sheriff’s offices have seen a spike in meth arrests. Their numbers show meth arrests tripled between 2010 and 2017. White men younger than 40 are most likely to be arrested for meth in rural Illinois.
A police pursuit in Fairbury resulted in a man eventually turning himself in to authorities. The suspect wasn’t identified after an incident at a local gas station Saturday night. Fairbury Police answered a call to the Circle K gas station for an unknown problem. A man had injured himself braking out a windshield.
Fairbury Police Chief Robert McCormick stated in a news release the man took off running when information was being gathered about the incident. The officer ordered the subject to stop several times, according to McCormick. Then, a taser was used on the subject.
The male subject was able to remove the taser prongs and kept running. He ran again when tased a second time. Police were unable to initially locate the man who later turned himself in to Pontiac Police.
Departments assisting Fairbury Police came from Chatsworth, Chenoa, Colfax, Pontiac and Livingston County, along with the Livingston County Sheriff K-9 Unit. Fairbury Fire also helped at the scene.