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Veterans honored today; say ‘Thank You’ to a veteran

Today’s that special day to make sure we all say ‘Thank You’ to a veteran. Veterans Day 2016 finds several area programs being held by American Legions and other military agencies.

Illinois State Police Director Leo Schmitz, on behalf of all the men and women of the State Police, is saying thanks to veterans for their service to our country. The ISP encourages citizens of Illinois to show support this Veterans Day by attending Veterans Day events.

American Legion Post #23 will conduct a service at the Legion Home in Legion Park. It begins at 11 am.

Connie Scott will talk about her experiences in assisting veterans on the Honor Flight to view veterans memorials in Washington, D.C.

In Kankakee --- Local veteran Roger Bean is the guest speaker at a program at Governor Small State Park. The program begins at 10:15 am

Danville’s WWII Memorial is the site for a 10:30 program this morning.

The Village of Oakwood is dedicating two new markers to its war memorial to show appreciation to Veterans. The program begins at 10 am

The public is welcome at all the events.

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Cissna Park man identified as crash victim

A 54-year-old Cissna Park man was killed when his farm tractor collided with a large truck Wednesday in Iroquois County.

Vermilion County Coroner Peggy Johnson identified Mark S. Schmid. He was pronounced dead just after 4 pm at Carle Hoopeston Regional Hospital.

The other driver was 50-year-old Darrin Kregel of Crescent City. He was air-lifted to Carle Hospital in Urbana. Kregel was listed in stable condition.

The collision happened at the intersection of 300 North and 1300 East in rural Cissna Park. Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police reported Schmid was operating an Ag-Chem sprayer northbound on 1300E. Kregel was westbound on 330N driving a truck when they collided in the intersection.

The crash is under investigation. An autopsy was scheduled.

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Iroquois County: Youth pheasant hunt Saturday

Illinois youth ages 10 to 17 can take advantage of free pheasant hunt opportunities. The Department of Natural Resources extends an invite for the youth to attend several hunting venues at state facilities. The sites include Iroquois, Ford and Will counties.

The Iroquois County State Wildlife Area, near Beaverville, the Des Plaines State Fish and Wildlife Area, north of Wilmington; and Moraine View State Park, west of Gibson City all host the hunts which begin Saturday, November 12.

Additional opportunities are offered November 27 and December 31 at each of the sites.

Applications are available online at dnr.state.il.us. Check-in times begin at 7 am.

Each young participant must be accompanied by a non-hunting supervisory adult. And each hunter must have completed the DNR hunter education course in order to obtain a license.

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Fatal accident: one dead, one injured in Iroquois County

Emergency personnel in Iroquois County investigated a fatal crash involving farm equipment in rural Cissna Park Wednesday. One person is dead and another was air-lifted to Carle Hospital in Urbana

Sheriff's Police report the accident happened at County Road 300 North at the intersection of County Road 1300 East in Pigeon Grove Township.

Police report both vehicles had farm equipment attached when they collided.

Names of those involved have not been released.
One victim was pronounced dead at Hoopeston Hospital.

Cissna Park Fire and EMS responded. Iroquois County Sheriff's Police, Iroquois County Coroner and Vermilion County Coroner are currently investigating the accident.

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Two found dead in Lowell, Indiana

The Lake County, Indiana Coroner’s Office has identified two people found dead in their Lowell, Indiana home Tuesday morning. The case is being looked at as a possible murder-suicide.

James and Patricia Carlin were pronounced dead at 8:40 am. Both are 61-years-old. Both died from a gunshot wound. Further investigation continues.

The Coroner’s office is asking for help in locating family members. Anyone with information about these individuals is asked to call the Lake County coroner’s office at (219) 755-3265.

Lowell Police Chief Erik Matson said there is no threat to public safety.

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