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Flood warning in effect for Kankakee River at Shelby, IN

Flood advisories for Momence, Wilmington

The Kankakee River at Shelby was under a flood warning until further notice Monday due to weekend rains and melting snow.
The National Weather Service said the river was at 10.2 feet at 6:45 a.m. Monday morning. Flood stage is 9 feet.

Minor flooding was occurring Monday morning and only minor flooding was forecast.

The river is expected to rise slightly to a crest of 10.3 feet by midnight Tuesday, but the National Weather Service warned ice jams were also possible. Ice jams can cause rapid fluctuations in river levels.

At 10 feet, the Kankakee River at Shelby can cause flooding that impacts local and county roads. Wildwood Estates and Sumava Resorts experience minor flooding as well.

The NWS has Flood Advisories on the Kankakee River at Momence and Wilmington. The Wilmington site is until Tuesday morning. The advisory at Momence is until Wednesday evening.

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Riverside Welcomes Neurology Nurse Practitioner

                              Jessica Kellett, NP-C Joining Riverside Neurology Specialists

KANKAKEE, IL (January 13, 2014) – Riverside Medical Center is proud to announce the addition of Jessica Kellett, NP, who will see adult neurology patients with the Riverside Medical Group Neurology Specialists.

"I believe in delivering healthcare that is compassionate, holistic and patient-centered. Health promotion and disease prevention are equally as important as the treatment of the disease," said Kellett. "I encourage my patients to make lifestyle choices that will help them achieve happy, healthy lives, to the fullest extent possible for them.

Kellett earned a Bachelor of Science in psychology from Illinois State University. She also earned both her Bachelor and Master of Science in nursing from Rush University in Chicago. She is a member of the Illinois Society for Advanced Practice Nursing, American Association of Nurse Practitioners, the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses and Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honors Society.

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Kankakee River flood warning issued

The Kankakee County Emergency Management Agency is on standby status for potential Kankakee River flooding.

The action came when the National Weather Service at Chicago issued a flood warning for the river at Momence at 9:45 am Friday, according to EMA Director Dave Zinanni. NWS also issued a warning for the Shelby, Ind., area, about 20 miles upstream from Momence.

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Burglary, DUI, and Grooming arrests made over the weekend by area police

A 33-year-old Hoopeston man is free on bond after appearing in Iroquois Circuit Court Friday. Jacob Pentecost turned himself in at the county jail. He was wanted on a warrant for failure to appear for burglary. No other details about the burglary charge were released.

Sheriff's deputies returned from the Kankakee County Jail was 21-year-old Brenden Noel of Kankakee. Noel was wanted on a warrant for grooming. Further details were not disclosed.

Gilman Police on Saturday arrested 32-year-old Stephanie VonDrehle of Onarga. She was wanted on a Ford County warrant for failure to appear on a DUI charge.

Watseka Police reported the arrests of 50-year-old Alexander davis and 34-year-old Bridget David, both of Hoopeston, for retail theft. Police were called to the Big R store for two shoplifters.

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A military icon, Danville’s Harold “Sparky” Songer dies

Danville's Harold "Sparky" Songer has died. A former Prisoner of War, who served in WWII, the Korean Conflict and Vietnam, Songer died Sunday at the VA Medical Center in Indianapolis.

Songer also helped lead efforts to build the World War II, Korean-Vietnam, and Women's War Memorials in Danville. And it was Songer and a group of other local Veterans who turned the former Carnegie Library in Downtown Danville into the Vermilion County War Museum.

Songer became a Prisoner of War during World War II. In 2004, Songer was honored by the Illinois General Assembly after being chosen to receive the Studs Terkel Humanities Service Award. The award was for Songer's efforts which led to the opening of the Vermilion County War Museum on Veteran's Day in 1999.

In April of 2011, Songer received national attention when he decided to fly the American Flags upside down in front of the War Museum and at the local war monuments. Songer said at the time that he was not doing it out of disrespect – but rather to alert others that our nation is in distress.

Songer spent a big part of his life serving our nation, but had also donated thousands of hours in bringing some of Danville's war memorials and the Vermilion County War Museum to reality.

Funeral arrangements were not immediately released.

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