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MusicFest continues in downtown Kankakee

The Merchant Street MusicFest is bringing back memories again this year. And the downtown Kankakee event is attracting people from all over to hear the sounds that many grew up to – like the Ohio Players and the Fifth Dimension.

The two-day, popular annual event started yesterday (Friday) and continues with
more bands on stage today and tonight. 94.1 WGFA was on hand Friday for a "live" broadcast to get the fun underway.
Three stages feature acts from local musicians, regionally-known bands, and also national acts that headline each of the two days.

The Ohio Players are featured tonight (Sat). Friday night is was the Fifth Dimension. There's 35 acts in all on the Marchant Street Stage, the Hill Stage and the Platform Stage.

There is a $5 dollar admission fee.

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Two more suspects arrested in Watseka armed robbery

Watseka Police arrested two more Watseka men for an armed robbery last weekend.

20-year-old Cody Hartlep and 23-year-old Lawrence Hemp Jr. are jailed. Both are charged with aggravated robbery. Arrested earlier was Keenan Baker of Watseka.

The Watseka Police Department wrapped up a 5-day investigation of the armed robbery that occurred Saturday, July 18th at a local business. Police were called after a complaint of a man armed with a gun stole a night deposit from two employees of the business. Witnesses led police investigators to Hartlep and Hemp. Both were arrested Friday.

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I-65 crash victims identified I-65 pile-up Friday

The Tippecanoe County Coroner has confirmed five fatalities, Jill Buck, AJ Buck, and Branson Buck of Greenwood Indiana, Mikhail Yuryevich Stepanov, a post doctoral student at Purdue University, and Ruslan Pankiv of Lake Zurich Illinois.

All five victims died in the early-Friday morning crash near Lafayette, IN.

One person was treated and released from a hospital nearby.
Indiana State Police said a tanker was traveling too fast when it entered the construction zone near the State Road 43 exit. Sgt. Kim Riley said the tanker hit a car that was pushed into the embankment. The tanker then hit a minivan before rear ending another semi carrying frozen chicken. A fire then started and spread from the tanker to the minivan.

An alternate route was set up. Interstate traffic is flowing again.

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Anheuser-Busch Drinking Water Pickup For Watseka Residents

Anheuser-Busch canned drinking water has been sent to Watseka, IL in an effort to aide local residents after the county-wide flooding. The town has experienced major flooding and dozens of families have been evacuated from their homes.

The drinking water will be available for Watseka residents to pickup on Friday, July 24th between 12 and 8pm at the old Watseka Ford/Lincoln Dealership at 100 N. Jefferson Ave.

About Anheuser-Busch Disaster Relief Water ---

Anheuser-Busch has helped disaster victims since 1906, when Adolphus Busch donated funds to help San Francisco earthquake victims. When disasters strike, Anheuser-Busch and its distributor family are ready to be part of the recovery by providing a helping hand to our friends in their time of need.

Since 1988, Anheuser-Busch has packaged more than 72 million cans of fresh drinking water and donated it to emergency relief organizations following natural disasters.

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Illinois and Indiana fatal traffic crashes

Traffic fatalities reported in Livingston and Vermilion counties and in Tippecanoe County, Indiana.

Indiana State Police report five people were killed after a semi crash on Interstate 65 early this (Friday) morning.

Police said a tanker was traveling too fast when it entered the construction zone near the State Road 43 exit. The tanker hit a car that was pushed into the embankment. The tanker then hit a minivan before rear ending another semi carrying frozen chicken. A fire then started and spread from the tanker to the minivan.

State Police confirmed five fatalities with one of those being the driver of the tanker. A man, woman and child in the minivan were killed, as well as the driver of the car pushed into the embankment.

All of their identities are being withheld until families are notified.

The crash closed I-65 southbound at the State Road 43 exit. The northbound lanes re-opened around 6:30 am.
In Livingston County, the 30-year-old driver of an SUV was dead at the scene of a crash in Long Point Township. It was at 300 E Road. The victim's vehicle was hit by a northbound vehicle.

The crash is being investigated by Illinois State Police and the Coroner's office. An autopsy was ordered by Coroner Mike Burke.

And in Vermilion County, a two car crash Thursday morning killed a Ridge Farm woman. 60-year-old Amy Pipes was ejected from her vehicle when it collided head-on with a car driven by 20-year-old Shelby Smith of Catlin.

A state police reconstruction team is investigating. The crash happened on the Westville-Catlin Road at 7:15 am.

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