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Update: Fairmount fire victims identified

Vermilion County Coroner Peggy Johnson has released the names of the two victims who died in the explosion and fire at Fairmount Tuesday.

The two bodies were recovered from the ruins of the home along 1333 North Road, south of Fithian. 77-year-old Delores Sapp lived at the residence. 64-year-old Floyd Walton of Fairmount was also a victim.

Johnson says they died from blunt force trauma due to the blast from the explosion before the flames engulfed the house. The Illinois State Fire Marshal is looking into the cause of the house explosion.

Fairmount Fire Chief Dave Ferber said firefighters found debris spread over a wide area, but most of the home had collapsed into the basement. Firefighters from a dozen departments answered the call. Chief Ferber expects a lengthy, drawn-out investigation.

The Vermilion County Sheriff’s department was also investigating.

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2nd arrest made in Newton County’s triple murder case

Newton County, Indiana Sheriff Tom VanVleet has announced a second arrest was made in the investigation of Sunday’s triple murder in Sumava Resorts.

24-year-old Derrick Thomas Cardosi of Sumava Resorts was arrested early Wednesday morning by sheriff’s police and the Indiana State Police. Cardosi and Sebastian Wedding of Cedar Lake are both jailed in Kentland.

A planned murder is being investigated. Cardosi is charged with assisting a criminal and conspiracy to commit murder. Cardosi was arrested at his residence at 12:30 am.

The victims, who all lived at the residence where the murder happened, were discovered Sunday night around 8 pm. The victims were identified as 39-year-old Kimberly Spears, 20-year-old Justin Babbs and 23-year-old Richard Thomas.

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2nd installment of taxes due in Kankakee, Ford, Iroquois counties

Property owners in Kankakee County should note that your second installment of 2015 taxes are due today (Thursday). Ford County residents are reminded your taxes are due Friday (September 2). Iroquois County’s second installment are due by September 13th.

Payments may be made by visiting the respective treasurer’s offices, using the designated drop boxes, or visiting any bank in the respective counties. Payments are also accepted by mail if postmarked no later than the due date.

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Labor Day events include festivities in Herscher, Hoopeston

Labor Day traditions continue this weekend in area communities.  Herscher and Hoopeston offer festivities.

The 96th Labor Day Celebration at Herscher includes one of the largest parades.  Monday's parade steps off at 10:30 in the morning.  World War II veterans will serve as grand marshals.  The three-day event runs from noon September 3 thru September 5 at 8 pm.

In Hoopeston, the National Sweet Corn Festival & Pageant is set for the weekend.  It's the 73rd  Sweet Corn Festival, beginning Thursday.  A pro rodeo is a new event this year. Most events are centerd at McFerren Park.

Hoopeston's Grand Parade is Saturday morning at 10:30.

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Shootout at the Louis Joliet Mall

Two suspects are in custody after a shooting Tuesday evening outside the Louis Joliet Mall. Gunfire was exchanged between U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents and the suspects who were under investigation.

Police reported no officers or civilians were injured in the shooting. One of the suspects, 31-year-old Adan Godinez of Morris, was struck in the leg. He was taken to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Another individual, 43-year-old Fernando Godinez of Cicero was arrested and taken into custody.

A witness reported between 20 and 30 shots were fired during the shootout.

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