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Traffic congestion likely with sewer upgrade project

Motorists in the Bradley-Kankakee area can expect a traffic slow-down for the remainder of the week. A sewer upgrade project on North Street in Bradley ... between Fulton and Euclid streets...will find Tyson Engineering heading up the work. Delays are likely. Please pay attention to flagmen.

North Schuyler Avenue in Kankakee is also affected by the expansion project. That's from Brookmont Blvd to Chestnut Street.

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RIP: Iroquois County emergency response family loses two firefighting veterans

Two veteran members of Iroquois County's firefighters family died, leaving a void and mourning friends.

Long-time Wellington Fire Chief Ross Butzow died at his home Tuesday. And a 60-year volunteer fireman for Crescent City, Glenn Scheiwe, died Monday.

Both men carried the torch for emergency responders for many years. Both were community leaders.

Ross Butzow died in his sleep at his Wellington. He was 76. Ross was Wellington-Greer Fire Protection District Chief for 27 years. He was Wellington-Greer firefighter for 44 years. Prior to his years as chief he served as assistant-chief and training officer. He also had served on the Wellington Village Board.

The Anderson Funeral Home at Hoopeston is handling arrangements. www.andersonfuneralhome.com

Eight-one year-old Glenn Scheiwe passed away Monday at Presence St. Mary's Hospital in Kankakee. He was 81. www.knappfuneralhome.com

Glenn Scheiwe was a Crescent City volunteer fireman for over 60 years. He was a founding member of the Crescent City EMS and a founding member of the Crescent City Little League.

Both men were active members of the Eastern Illinois Mutual Aid Fire Association and MABAS (Mutual Aid Box Alarm System).

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Involuntary manslaughter: Beating death in Watseka brings new charges

A Watseka man is now charged with involuntary manslaughter in connection with the beating death of a Chebanse man.

21-year-old Gregory Eisermann was in Iroquois Circuit Court Tuesday. The State's Attorney's office upgraded the charge against Eisermann following last week's death of 55-year-old Gary Guenette. Guenette died of a severe head injury inflicted during an altercation outside a Watseka bar May 9th.

Eisermann was jailed initially for aggravated battery and possession of a controlled substance. His $100,000 bond was reduced (Tuesday) to $10,000.

Watseka Police reported it was an altercation outside a bar that led to Guenette's injury and the arrest of Eisermann. Police found Guenette unresponsive in a Walnut Street parking lot. He was transferred with life-threatening injuries to Carle Hospital in Urbana.

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Brody Adams wins WGFA’s 50th Iroquois County Spelling Contest

Cissna Park 6th-grader Brody Adams is the 2016 Iroquois County Spelling Champ. Brody is an anniversary winner – the 50th WGFA 5th - 6th Grade Spelling Bee winner.

And he gets it done on Friday the 13th ! Brody's forever lucky day !!

Brody bested the field of 20 contestants to earn the championship trophy. The Cissna Park Unit #6 school district can boast of having the top speller this year.

As to listened in on 94.1 WGFA with pronouncer Don Elliott, Brody gets it done after 2nd place finisher Kaylee Brosseau stumbled on the word "aviator.

Brody then correctly spelled aviator and followed that by spelling the word nervous --- to win the bee.

Kaylee Brosseau and two other students from the Unit #4 Nash Middle School finished in the top five.

Tyler Balthazor and Jonah Hendrickson were respective 4th and 5th place spellers. And 6th grader Robyn McIntyre of Iroquois West finished in 3rd place.

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Kankakee County crash kills 15-year-old

A two-car accident Sunday night killed a 15-year-old Reddick boy and injured his brother and another driver in Kankakee County.

Illinois State Police report the crash happened just before 10 pm on Route 17 at County road 19000 W. Alcohol is believed to have been a factor.

Kameron Allison is identified as the victim, according to the Kankakee County Coroner's office. The boy was a passenger in a car driven by his 16-year-old brother. The un-identified brother was air-lifted to a Chicago area hospital.

Kameron Allison was pronounced dead at the scene.
Gessner said both brothers, students at Herscher High School, were wearing seat belts.

Police report the brothers were westbound on Illinois Route 17 on their way home when a car driven southbound by a 33-year-old St. Anne woman ran the stop sign at 19000 W.

She was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol. Additional charges are being reviewed.

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