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Baier Funeral Home in Watseka to operate Crematory; first in Iroquois County >

WATSEKA --- Pending EPA approval, the Baier Funeral Home in Watseka will soon be the first funeral home business in Iroquois County to operate its own on-site crematory.

The Watseka City Council Tuesday night approved a special-use permit allowing the local funeral home to provide a business service that owner Roy Baier says finds growing numbers of families turning to…….

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Construction for the operation is expected to be completed in about two weeks.

Baier said he purchased a refurbished crematory-burner from a Kankakee funeral home.  Baier funeral home’s location at 2nd and Oak Street in Watseka has 7,000 square feet of garage space available, so the crematory business won’t be pressed for space.

Members of the city’s Planning Commission did their homework, investigating such an operation in Kankakee.  They found no problems with the operation.  Baier said at least three other employees in his business will be trained to run the equipment. 


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Weather Rocks WGFA-listening area

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Heavy rain, hail and reports of funnel clouds prompted severe weather Watches & Warnings Friday in the Illiana area.  There were no injuries reported.  Several reports of funnel cloud sitings resulted in emergency weather alert sirens sounding in Iroquois County.

No damage has been reported.  The public reported funnels aloft near Lake Iroquois, near Route 45/52 and near Danforth.

Ford, Iroquois and Kankakee counties were under Severe T-Storm Warnings until about 7 pm.  The National Weather Service also issued Watches / Warnings in parts of Champaign and Vermilion counties.

 Multiple reports indicate that one person is dead and two others injured after a deadly tornado demolished a Southern Illinois home.  The tornado ripped through Opdyke this (fri) afternoon.  State officials say it appears the storm didn't leave too much physical damage.  The situation is being handled on a local level and no state aid has been requested yet. 


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Ameren Customers Affected by Power Outage

A power outage left several Ameren customers in the dark in Iroquois County Friday.  Ameren spokesman Leigh Morris told WGFA News a utility pole burned and the top of the pole fell.  Why the pole burned wasn’t known, but about 1,680 customers were without electrical service for a little over an hour.

The pole, about a half-mile south of Watseka, was replaced later in the day.  The power was out from about 9:15 am until just before 10:30 am.

Ameren customers in parts of Watseka, Sheldon, Iroquois, Donovan, Beaverville and Martinton were affected.


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Kankakee Police Investigate 3 Shootings

Three people were injured in separate shootings in Kankakee.  The city police investigative unit reports a man suffered a leg injury when a shot was fired on S. Rosewood Avenue.  Another person was injured by gunfire in the 600-block of S. Lincoln Avenue.  And more shots reported on Poplar Avenue.

Police are investigating about any connection and motives.

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Police Standoff, Fairbury Man in Custody

--A Fairbury man faces a charge of reckless discharge of a weapon after he allegedly fired at police in rural Livingston County.

Arnold Munz was taken into custody Thursday night. No injury was reported during the standoff.  Munz faces preliminary charges of reckless discharge of a firearm, possession of a firearm with no firearm owner's ID card, criminal damage to property and aggravated assault with a firearm, according to a statement issued by the Livingston County Sheriff's Office.

Police were called to county roads 2000 East and 9567 North for a possible drunk driver who had driven through a yard. A few minutes later, the vehicle returned and the driver fired at the people who had called police.

Police said Munz returned to his residence where he fired at deputies and the county Proactive Unit. Officers surrounded the house and deputies used a public-address system to call Munz, who did not respond.

Officers entered the home at 10:24 p.m. and Munz was taken into custody without incident.

Pontiac police and canine units, Southeast Livingston County Ambulance Service, Fairbury police and Illinois State Police were all involved.


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