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Route 49 crash, man rescued from burning semi

The driver of a semi tractor trailer was rescued from the cab of his truck Monday, just before it was destroyed by fire near Potomac.

Illinois State Police report the truck left Illinois route 49, north of U.S. route 136. It appeared the driver veered off the north-bound route and struck a concrete ditch culvert. Police reported the semi became dislodged from the trailer. The driver was able to be pulled out by passer-bys.

The driver was taken to a Champaign hospital for treatment of injuries. His name was not immediately released. State police reported the proper use of the seat belt may have saved the man's life.

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Lockdown at GCMS High School, bullet found

There was a brief lockdown Monday at Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley High School. That was after a .22 caliber bullet was found before classes started yesterday morning.

The lockdown was a "precautionary measure" while local police investigated.

The Superintendent's office reported no issue resulting. The matter is being investigated.

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Two bicyclists hit by semi in Iroquois County

The setting sun blinded a semi driver Sunday afternoon in Iroquois County. Two bicyclists were struck by the semi truck sending an adult female and female juvenile to Hoopeston Community hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Sheriff's Police reported 54-year-old Rodney Schroeder of Milford told police the sun blinded him and he did not see the four approaching bicyclists. The accident occurred about five miles southwest of Milford on County Road 500 N.

The impact sent both females into a ditch. The adult was air-lifted to Carle Hospital in Urbana for treatment of a non-life threatening injury. The other girl was treated at Hoopeston hospital. Two other male bicyclists were not injured.

Schroeder was ticketed for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident. The incident is still under investigation.

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Manteno Police report abduction attempt

A 57-year-old man Manteno is under arrest facing charges for allegedly trying to lure four children to his home Saturday. Manteno Police report Norman Tibbs is alleged to have offered the children candy and pizza to come to his home.

Tibbs faces attempted child abduction and disorderly conduct charges. Police said Tibbs has no prior record.
The alleged attempted child abduction occurred in an alleyway just east of Illinois Route 50.

Police reports indicated a neighbor approached Tibbs and the children. He introduced himself and asked Tibbs if he was the children's father. Tibbs turned and walked the other way. Police caught up with him hours later at a bar.

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Weekend drowning in Kankakee River

Emergency crews were on the scene Sunday on the Kankakee River near Aroma Park, where a 14-year-old boy was an apparent drowning victim.

Several agencies were involved after an emergency dispatch was received about 2 pm.

Illinois State Police reported receiving the call near Aroma Park, learning a 14-year-old male was in the river with four other juveniles when he went under. Police reported the victim did not surface and a multi-agency water / dive team rescue started its search. The search and investigation continued until the body was recovered at 7 pm.

The incident is under investigation.

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Agencies Involved: ISP District 21, ISP Zone 3, IDNR, Kankakee County Coroner, Kankakee County Sheriff's Department, Kankakee PD, Aroma Park PD, St. Anne PD, Aroma Park FD, Kankakee FD, Manteno FD, Momence FD, Bradley FD, Limestone FD, Kentland IN FD.