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Newton County crash kills Brook man

A Brook, Indiana man died Thursday afternoon after his pickup truck drove off State Road 16 and hit a tree.

63-year-old Larry Strole drove off the roadway on the south side of the road. Newton County Sheriff’s officers found Strole unconscious in the vehicle. He died later at Jasper County Hospital in Rensselaer..

The initial investigation indicates Strole was westbound when his pickup truck left the road, struck a guardrail and utility pole and came to rest against a tree.

Brook and Goodland Fire departments and Newton County Ambulance personnel assisted at the scene.

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State Police Announce Roadside Safety Checks

Ashkum, IL – The Illinois State Police (ISP), District 21, will conduct a Roadside Safety Check (RSC) in Kankakee County during the Fourth weekend in April, according to Captain Bridget Bertrand.

The ISP has zero tolerance for impaired driving in Illinois. Officers working this detail will be watchful for drivers who are operating vehicles in an unsafe manner, driving with a suspended or revoked driver’s license, transporting open alcoholic beverages, or Driving Under the Influence (DUI).

Alcohol and drug impairment is a significant factor in nearly 40 percent of all fatal motor vehicle crashes in Illinois. RSCs are designed to keep our roads safe by taking dangerous DUI offenders off the road. This project is funded through the Illinois Department of Transportation, Division of Traffic Safety.

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Champaign Fire leads to Murder Charge

Champaign Police say a man has been arrested on murder charges in connection with a fatal fire Friday at an apartment complex. Thirty-one year old Terry Brownlee of Champaign faces murder charges for the death of a female who died in the fire.

The Champaign County Coroner says the name of the victim is being withheld pending an autopsy on Saturday and positive identification.  
Brownlee had been staying at the apartment in the 400-block of South State. The female who died did not stay there. Police say the suspect and victim knew each other.  

Champaign firefighters discovered the victim after responding to the fire shortly after 6 am.

The State Fire Marshal is assisting in the investigation into the tragedy. Ther was no other injury. Two other apartments in the complex were affected. Residents in all but those two of the apartments were allowed to return to their apartments.

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Danville Homicide Under Investigation

Danville Police are investigating a Saturday morning shooting death. Details were being pieced together over the weekend, but Vermilion County Coroner Peggy Johnson has released the identity of a man who died in the shooting on the city’s northeast side.

26-year-old Jamaal Sampson of Danville was pronounced dead just before 6 am at Presence United Samaritans Medical Center. An autopsy performed (Saturday) revealed Sampson died as the result of a single gunshot wound.

Police were called to a residence in the 1500 block of East Fairchild around 5 am. The victim was found lying on the ground.

No one was in custody Saturday night and no other persons reported being hurt.

CrimeStoppers is seeking any information about the incident. Call 217 446-TIPS.

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Illinois State Police TRAFFIC CRASH ALERT

Improper Passing was Cause of Crash

A collision between a pickup truck and a semi near Grant Park closed a section of Illinois Route 1 for a while Friday morning. Illinois State Police investigated at the Kankakee-Will County line just before 9 am. One of the drivers was ticketed for Improper Passing and Failure to Reduce Speed.

Police reported Jose Menchaca (Men-cock-uh) of Chicago was operating a Mack semi southbound and attempted to pass a southbound pickup that making a turn onto County Road 12000 N. The collision pushed the pickup into a ditch. The pickup driver, 44-year-old Refugio Castaneda of Grant Park, was not injured. The semi lost control and overturned. Driver Menchaca was treated for a minor injury. He was also cited by state police.

Grant Park Fire, Kankakee County Sheriff’s Police, and the Department of Transportation assisted at the scene.

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