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New Year’s crash claims 18-year-old’s life

A Will County teenager has died of injuries suffered in a New Year's Day crash in Kankakee County.

18-year-old Derek Bryant of Crete died Thursday night at an Oak Lawn hospital. He was involved in a single-vehicle crash on Illinois Route 50 near Manteno at 6000N Road.

Bryant died of multiple injuries and his death was ruled an accident, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office. Bryant had been air-lifted to Advocate Christ Medical Center.

Four other people were taken to Kankakee hospitals.

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Indiana State Fair Queen crowned

Punkin Vine Queen, Kimberly Carcamo, named Miss Congeniality


The 57th Miss Indiana State Fair Queen was crowned Sunday at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum in Indianapolis.

18-year-old Madeline "Mady" Hayden of Hendricks County, earned the title. She's the first woman from Hendricks County to be named queen.

Hayden was chosen from 85 contestants, each representing their home county.

Hayden is a freshman at Purdue University, where she's studying speech language and hearing sciences.

Miss Kimberly Carcamo from Newton County was crowned Miss Congeniality.

This year's first runner-up went to Miss Johnson County, Alexandra Abney. Second runner-up was Miss LaPorte County, Melissa Smoker. Third runner-up went to Miss Gibson County, Jacinda Thompson, and fourth runner-up was Jessie Earhart, Miss Huntington County.

Tippecanoe County's Riley Mineart was also among the finalists.

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Hoopeston man suffers fatal crash injuries

A Hoopeston man died from injuries he received in a single-vehicle accident east of Rossville Friday night.

22-year-old Christopher Page died in the emergency room of Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.

Police reported Page had been driving on East Attica Road outside Rossville about 8 pm when his vehicle left the road for unknown reasons. He was thrown out of the vehicle.

The Vermilion County Sheriff's Office and Champaign County Coroner's office are investigating the crash.

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Riverside Hospital records area’s first newborn of 2015

A Plainfield (IL) couple are the proud parents of the area's first newborn for 2015.

Lori-Beth and Jeffrey Trump are the parents of Lorelai Emerson Trump (Laura-lie). She was born at 1:39 am January 1st at Riverside Hospital in Kankakee.

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Hoopeston man arrested on drug charges

A Hoopeston man was jailed in Champaign County Wednesday. 34-year-old Kareem Marshall had bond set at $10,000 following his arrest Tuesday on drug charges. Marshall was charged with felony unlawful possession with the intent to deliver cannabis.

According to a police report, Marshall was with his girlfriend at a motel. The motel clerk called police when she smelled marijuana on Marshall. The room was in Marshall's girlfriend's name. And Marshall himself had but a single duffel bag.

While waiting at the motel to talk to Marshall, a motel employee alerted the officers that Marshall was leaving out the room window with his duffel bag.

Police found Marshall hiding behind an electrical box with the duffel bag on the ground. The bag was open, with some of the contents scattered on the ground nearby. Next to the duffel bag was a trash can where police found three vacuum-sealed bundles of a green, leafy substance, an empty vacuum-sealed bag, a zip-lock vacuum sealer and a digital scale.

When police arrested Marshall, they found $683 cash.

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