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Nitric acid spill triggers I-65 detour

JASPER COUNTY, Ind. – Indiana State Police are asking drivers to avoid Interstate 65 in Jasper County because of a crash involving nitric acid.

As of 11:30 p.m. Monday, troopers were asking drivers to avoid the north and southbound lanes of I-65 about three miles south of the Roselawn exit.

Troopers said a semi tanker with nitric acid rolled over and was leaking. The leak required a detour of traffic. Troopers are not sure how long that detour will be in effect.

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Job Fair Wednesday at DACC

Danville Community College is hosting a Career Connections Job Fair Wednesday. The 2014 event is April 16 from 9 am to 1 pm in the Mary Miller Gymnasium.

The public is invited to meet area employers who are recruiting for part-time and full-time positions. Learn about the local job market and the responsibilities and requirements needed in various positions. Visitors should dress for an interview.

Representatives from several Illinois universities will also be on hand to discuss university transfer options.

The Job Fair is sponsored by DACC's Career & Employment Services Center.

For more information, or to schedule a booth, call DACC Career & Employment Services Center, 217-443-8597.

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Bourbonnais man beaten at tavern brawl

Kankakee Police are investigating a fight outside a Kankakee tavern that's left a man with serious head injuries. The early-Saturday morning brawl happened at the City Tavern in Kankakee.

Aaron McLain of Bourbonnais is in intensive-care at Riverside Hospital. Family members on Facebook, state McLain suffered severe head injuries in a beating that witnesses captured on video. The Facebook posting is assisting police in the investigation.

Police are not saying if they have leads or suspects in the case.

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15-year-old now charged as adult with murder

A one-million dollar bond was set Friday in Kankakee for 15-year-old Omar Keys. The Kankakee teen was charged as an adult for first-degree murder in a carjacking incident that left his alleged accomplice dead.
18-year-old Cleophus Reed was shot and killed when he and Keys allegedly took the carjacking victim back to his home in Sun River Terrace looking for money.

Police said the early morning carjacking and robbery attempt began around 1:30 Wednesday morning in Kankakee. Reed and Keys allegedly forced their way into the victim's vehicle. Armed with a handgun, the suspects drove the victim to a nearby ATM.

Unable to take any money out of the machine, the victim was then taken to his home. Prosecutors stated the victim was able to pull a shotgun from underneath a piece of furniture. Reed fired but was shot several times in the chest and head.

Authorities said the 15-year-old Keys, who was unharmed, fled but was caught about eight hours later at his home in Kankakee. Keys allegedly told police he never had possession of any gun.

Under state law, a defendant can be charged with murder even if he wasn't the gunman.

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Donovan man found dead after domestic problem

A domestic disturbance report in Donovan led to the discovery of a 32-year-old man found dead Thursday evening. Iroquois County Sheriff's police responded to a reported domestic disturbance at 504 E. 2nd Street. There, police found Jeremy L. Smith unresponsive.

Little information has been released. The sheriff's office said no arrests have been made and called the investigation "ongoing."

A statement released late Friday afternoon stated deputies went to a home on East Second Street where they found Jeremy L. Smith "unresponsive." Smith was later pronounced dead at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee.

The Kankakee County Coroner's office is also investigating the death.

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