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Flash Flood Warning issued after 3-5 inches of rain reported

Early morning thunder showers produced reports of up to 1.5 inches of rain in parts of western Iroquois County and sections of Livingston County today (Tuesday).

Then later, the National Weather Service issued a Flash Flood Warning for northern Vermilion County effective until 12:30 pm. Doppler radar indicated thunderstorms produced heavy rain across the warned area, which extended to I-74. Rainfall amounts of 3 to 5 inches have been estimated by radar since 7 am. north of Interstate 74 in the Royal and Potomac areas.

Additional thunderstorms further north have produced 2 to 3 inches of rain southwest of Hoopeston.

Flash flooding was expected for areas near Hoopeston, Rossville, Potomac, Fithian, Muncie and Oakwood. The flooding also pegged areas near Bismarck, Henning, Collison, Danville, and Alvin.

A Flood Advisory was also in effect for portions of East-Central Illinois. It included southwest Vermilion County and southeastern Champaign County.

Excessive runoff from heavy rainfall could cause flooding of small creeks and streams...as well as farm and country roads.

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Benton Central teacher under investigation

Benton Central High School teacher was placed on administrative leave Monday as Indiana State Police conduct an investigation.

Benton Community School Corporation Superintendent Gregg Hoover reports teacher and head baseball coach Tyler Rosenbarger has been relieved of his duties while the investigation continues.

Details about the investigation were not revealed. Indiana State Police have yet to confirm an investigation.

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Bond set at $75,000 for Danville pair after 4 pounds of pot found during traffic stop

Two Danville men remain jailed...with another man still on the run ... after police in Iroquois County found 4 pounds of suspected marijuana and $750 cash in their vehicle.

It was a traffic stop near Milford Sunday that led to the arrests of 30-year-old Terrance Liggins and 27-year-old Jeffery Lee. Iroquois County Sheriff's Police stopped the vehicle driven by Liggins on Route 1 near County Road 1050 North.

During the stop, the deputy noticed a strong odor of cannabis coming from the vehicle. Lee and an unidentified man were passengers.

After the deputy asked the trio to exit the vehicle, the unknown man handed a small plastic bag of suspected cannabis to the deputy. Moments later, he grabbed a brown paper bag with unknown contents from the front seat of the vehicle, then fled on foot.

The deputy remained with Liggins and Lee and radioed for assistance. Moments later, other deputies arrived to search for the man, who was unable to be located.
Meanwhile, a search of the vehicle led to police finding $750 in cash and four plastic bags, each containing 1 pound of suspected cannabis.

Lee and Liggins face a felony charge of manufacture/delivery of cannabis. Police report both men denied knowing the other man's identity. Police are following leads with the assistance of the Danville Police Department.

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Iroquois County traffic stop leads to two arrests

Two Danville men are jailed in Iroquois County, another is on the run after a traffic stop near Milford Sunday.

30-year-old Terrance Liggins and 27-year-old Jeffery Lee are charged with manufacture/delivery of cannabis. A third suspect fled from the stopped vehicle after Sheriff's deputies made a traffic stop on Illinois Route 1 at County road 1050 N. The stop was made due to a rear registration light not working.

The deputy, police reported, detected a strong odor of cannabis emitting from the vehicle. The occupants exited the vehicle with the unknown suspect handing a plastic bag of green leafy substance to the deputy. Then, that same male grabbed a brown paper bag with unknown contents from the front seat of the vehicle and fled, leaving Liggins and Lee behind.

Back-up officers arrived and assisted in a search for the fleeing subject. Police were unable to locate the unidentified male who fled. Liggins and Lee denied knowing the identity of the third individual inside the vehicle, driven by Liggins.

Iroquois County deputies are now working with Danville Police on leads to track down the fleeing suspect.

A search of the vehicle led to the finding of four individually- wrapped one-pound bags of a green leafy substance believed to be cannabis. Also seized was $750 in cash.

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State Fire Marshall investigating fires in Watseka, Hoopeston

A large tool shed was destroyed along with its contents Friday when fire broke out, north of Watseka. Several fire departments responded around the Noon hour. No injury was reported. The State Fire Marshall is investigating.

A passerby alerted 911 after observing the flames. The shed stood on the property of Jason Smith, just off Illinois Route 1 at 2327 North.

Watseka, Martinton, Ashkum, Beaverville, Concord, Danforth, Donovan and Crescent City fire all responded. IMH Ambulance was also on standby.


The State Fire Marshall is also investigating the cause of Friday afternoon's fire which heavily damaged a historic Hoopeston residence. The fire at the Dyer Mansion at 520 East Honeywell Avenue was discovered by a passing motorist, according to Hoopeston Police.
Hoopeston Firefighters called on units from Rossville, Wellington, East Lynn and Rankin Fire Departments to help extinguish the blaze.

No dollar amount on damage was reported.

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