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Three Hurt In Vermilion County Shooting

(Rankin, IL) -- Three people are in the hospital following a shooting in rural Vermilion County. Authorities say a man last night went to the home where the parents of his estranged wife lived. He reportedly beat and shot the woman's father and held the mother hostage until his wife came to the house. The woman showed up with her boyfriend, who was then shot by the husband. He then fled to his Rankin home, where he turned the gun on himself as law enforcement was approaching.

Sheriff Pat Hartshorn hasn't released any names of those involved. The investigation continues. Some neighbors said the suspect and his wife had been having marital problems.

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“Safe House” fundraiser in Gilman-Onarga gets help from Harlem Clowns

Showboat Robinson Fabulous Harlem Clowns perform this weekend in Onarga to benefit the Garage in Gilman Youth Community Center.

A 7 pm basketball game Saturday at the Middle School in Onarga features the Iroquois West Teachers and Community Leaders vs the Harlem Clowns. Advance tickets are available.

Ray Smith tells 94.1 WGFA listeners the proceeds will help with the Garage in Gilman Youth Community Center on N. Central Avenue........

The Safe House Youth Center is all about the pledge to encourage kids to avoid drugs & alcohol, stay in school, and just stay out of trouble.

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Indiana intersection getting safety improvements

Recent traffic fatalities at what's considered a dangerous intersection in White County, Indiana has improvements on the schedule for transportation leaders.

The intersection at U.S. Route 24 and County Road 300 E will be improved with new signage and repainting of stop bars on the roadway. The work will be completed by month's end.

State Sen. Brandt Hershman announced (Wednesday) the work will be underway soon. Hershman said "though car accidents at this intersection are declining, the two recent fatalities at U.S. 24 and 300 East highlight the need for additional safety features."

Hershman added he was pleased the Indiana Department of Transportation has recognized the need.

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Cissna Park, Watseka advance to Sectional Finals in V-ball; Grant Park’s undefeated season ends

The Warriors and Timberwolves were winners in Sectional volleyball action Tuesday. Watseka was a straight-set winner over Chicago Catalyst-Maria at the 2A Bishop McNamara finals. Cissna Park defeated Stewardson-Strasburg at the 1A Sectional at Decatur Lutheran.

The Lady Dragons of Grant Park not as fortunate. Their undefeated season came to an end with a two-set loss to Kewanee-Wethersfield at Streator-Woodland. The Dragons went into the Sectional with a 32-0 mark.

Coach Josh Landon's Timberwolves used an 8-0 run midway thru the first set to propel to a 25-20 win. Cissna Park won the send set 29-27.

Anna Kaeb had a double-double with a team-high 15 digs and 27 assists. Addison Stoller recoded 11 kills while Sam Hasselbring and Karli Boyle each had six kills.

The 30-5-1 T'wolves advance to the finals Thursday against Blue Ridge. The Knights were 25-20, 25-13 winners over Chrisman.

Watseka coach Krista Pufahl says her team has hit its stride. "We're playing our best, right now," Pufahl said after her Warriors won in a rout over Catalyst-Maria 25-5 and 25-7.

McKensie Hagen had 10 kills and four aces. Katie Kidwell and Kenzie Crabtree each had five kills. Emily Bunting added 18 assists.

Watseka will meet Wilmington in the championship Thursday at McNamara.

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Kankakee Police Sergeants get new contract

There's a new four-year agreement in place for Sergeants in the Kankakee police department. The City Council (Monday) approved a contract.

Mayor Nina Epstein is pleased with the four-year deal, saying it leaves some breathing room between for the next round of negotiations.

The new contracts gives the Sergeants raises of one-percent this year, 1 and a quarter percent in 2016, and then 2% the next two years after that.

(94.1 WGFA)