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Essex, Pembroke fires alert responders Wednesday

An Essex family escaped from their burning home (Thursday) morning. Smoke detectors alerted the family at 2:45 am. Three people fled the house on Prairie Drive. The family's dog died in the fire.

Firemen found an attached garage to the bi-level home engulfed in flames when they arrived. The fire department reported heavy damage to the wall between the garage and house. The cause and a dollar amount on damage wasn't available.

Herscher, South Wilmington, Salina and Reddick fire departments and Riverside Ambulance assisted.

A structure fire in Pembroke Township (Wednesday) alerted several area departments, including St. Anne, Momence, Beaverville, Papineau and Aroma Park.

No injury was reported. Details haven't been available. The call directed responders to 6000S and 17000E in Kankakee County.

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CSX Railroad schedules crossing work in Vermilion County

CSX railroad crews plan to replace ties to improve crossings in northern parts of Vermilion County. The work tentatively will take place from around June 20 through July 1.

Similar to the announcement made by CSX in Iroquois County, crossings will be closed while the work is being done, and several roads may be closed at the same time.

Area crossings getting repairs include:

Hoopeston: Thompson Avenue, Main Street, Penn Street, Lincoln Street, Maple Street and Lovers' Lane.

Rossville: Hill Top Road, County Road 3650, Henderson Street and Benton Road.

Alvin: 1700 East Road, Mann's Chapel Road, Gilbert Street, Railroad Avenue, Shake Rag Road, Chicago Avenue, Spud Avenue and County Road 2550.

Danville: Newell Road.

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Toxicology tests reveal Kankakee crash victims were drunk

Three crash victims killed in a single-car crash last month on Route 45 in Kankakee were drunk. That word from the Kankakee County Coroner's office after toxicology tests were completed.

The driver, 25-year-old Lukas Frye of Milford, had a blood alcohol content of .29. That's over three times the legal limit of .08.

The reports also show the two passengers who died, 56-year-old Randy Gates, of Kankakee and 43-year-old Eddie Sarkozi of Iroquois, were also intoxicated. Gates had a blood alcohol content of .23. Sarkozi's toxicology report showed no signs of alcohol, but he had used cocaine.

A fourth passenger survived. His condition was not known.
The four men were southbound in a car on U.S. Route 45/52 near the 308 exit of Interstate 57 on May 23. The speeding car ran into a light pole.

Two of the men who died were pinned inside the vehicle. Frye was ejected from the car.

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Bourbonnais woman faces DUI after mishap in rural Clifton

Twenty-two year-old Alyssa Breckenridge will have to answer to drunken driving charges after running her vehicle thru a yard and into a corn field in Iroquois County.

Breckenridge was arrested by Iroquois County Sheriff's Police Wednesday. Police report the mishap occurred west of Route 45/52 at County road 3000N.

The woman was southbound on Route 45 when she negotiated a turn into a residential yard. She continued into a cornfield, attempted a U-turn in the field, then drove into a steep ditch embankment. She reported no injury. She did fail a field sobriety test.

Chebanse Township Fire and Riverside Ambulance personnel assisted police at the scene.

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Hopkins Park murder brings 20-year prison term

A 2014 Hopkins Park murder has landed a Pembroke Township man in prison for 20 years.

25-year-old Obededom Hammond of Pembroke Township was shot and killed October 16, 2014. 31-YEAR-OLD Lewis Ashley Jr. pleaded guilty to the murder. He was sentenced to the minimum 20-years.

Ashley was facing between 20 and 60 years if convicted of the murder. The state's attorney office said additional time could have been tacked for using a firearm to commit the crime.

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