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Cissna Park family escapes house fire; officials urge safety measures

Fire officials are warning residents of fire hazards as the temperatures remain frigid. They say alternate heat sources like candles, fireplaces and portable heaters put people at risk as they try to stay warm. Overloaded electrical outlets often-times pose a greater risk of residential fires.

In Cissna Park Wednesday night, a single-family structure was gutted by flames that may have been electrical in nature. Cissna Park Fire Chief Joe Young reports the Tim Anderson family was forced to seek other housing after their home at 305 W. Church was damaged. No injury was reported.

Chief Young said the State Fire Marshall will investigate.

Approximately 30 firemen from Milford, Buckley, Loda and Rankin were at the scene from 10:30 pm ‘til 4 am today.
Fire officials also advise families to be prepared by having working smoke detectors, knowing multiple ways out of the home and having a family meeting place in case of emergency.

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Communities urged to open warming centers

The frigid temperature readings are expected to be around into the first week of the new year. And with that, community leaders are advised to make warming centers available for those in need. Public buildings, schools and churches can often serve as appropriate places where people can escape the cold.

Landlords are also advised adequate heating rules are in place for rental properties.

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ASHKUM – Captain Darryl Bogard announces the recent assignment of four new troopers to District 21
after graduating from the Illinois State Police Academy on Friday, December 22, 2017.

The four new troopers were members of Cadet Class 126 during their 25 weeks of training at the Academy. The new
officers will begin a 14 week Field Training Program and will be patrolling in Kankakee, Iroquois, and
Ford Counties.

Trooper Ronald W. Brooks received a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Southern Illinois University. Brooks served three years as a police officer/detective for the Murphysboro Police Department.

Trooper Zachary E. Brooks received a Bachelor’s Degree in Administration of Justice from Southern Illinois University. Brooks served three years as a police officer for the Murphysboro Police Department. Brooks also served two years as a conservation officer for the Kentucky
Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.

Trooper Blake A. Harsy received a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Governor’s State University. Harsy served five years as a police officer for the Carbondale Police Department.

Trooper Adam T. Markwell received a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice, Business Management from Southern Illinois University. Markwell served one year as a police officer for the St. Louis County Police Department.

"It is with great excitement that we welcome these new Troopers to District 21. We look forward to their
successful completion of the Field Training Program and anticipate their future contributions to District
21. Congratulations to you all," added Captain Bogard.

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Ford & Iroquois County under wind chill advisory for Wednesday morning

Ford and Iroquois counties have been added to the wind chill advisory for eat-central Illinois Wednesday morning. It's in effect from midnight to 11 am.

The National Weather Service had issued a wind chill advisory for DeWitt, Piatt, Champaign and Vermilion counties earlier.

Wind chills could get as low as 20 degrees below zero, leading to an increased risk of frost bite and hypothermia. If you have to be outside, wear plenty of warm clothing.

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Police seek help in finding missing Bloomington woman

Police are asking for the public’s help to locate a missing 53-year old woman, who is believed to have left Bloomington Christmas morning and did not show up for a family gathering in Tazewell County.

Police say Carmon Edwards of Bloomington may be suffering from a cognitive or memory decline. She was last seen about 11 o’clock Christmas morning driving a light gold or champagne-colored 2004 Mitsubishi Galant.

The vehicle’s registration number is 8219185.

Police say Edwards was apparently heading towards Pekin or Washington, in Tazewell County. Police say she is white, about five feet six inches tall, with hazel eyes and brown or reddish hair.

Police say Edwards was last seen wearing blue jeans and a dark blue coat.

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