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Ford County jail inmate found hanging in cell

A Ford County jail inmate was in critical condition Monday at an Urbana hospital several hours after he was found hanging by the neck from a bed sheet in his cell.

Sheriff mark Doran stated in a news release, a correctional officer, while making a routine cell check at 10:28 a.m., found the unresponsive inmate, whose identity has not been released.

The officer was able to get the inmate down and CPR was immediately started by Ford County jail staff. Paramedics from Gibson Area Ambulance and a member of the Paxton Fire Department transported the inmate to Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.

The sheriff has called in the Illinois State Police to investigate the incident. The sheriff's office declined to disclose any further details.


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September winds down with Warm temps, but cooler weather greets October

The summer-like weather is here for another day or two, but after October arrives, temperatures will feel much more like fall.

Sunshine and a high of 84 today, and the final day of September will bring sunshine and a high near 74 degrees. The National Weather Service reports the first day of October will be warm, with sunshine and a high of 79 degrees, but showers and cooler temperatures will arrive Wednesday night and early Thursday morning. Rain will continue through much of the day Thursday, with a high near 75 degrees.

Friday will be much cooler with a high of only 66 degrees with sunny skies. Saturday will be 61 degrees and Sunday's high will only be around 67 degrees.


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Horse buggy – dump truck crash kills one, injures two

Sheriff's Police in Parke County, Indiana investigated a crash Friday that killed a man and injured two others. The crash involved an Amish horse buggy and a dump truck.

Police report the crash happened around 7 pm near Billie Creek Village on U.S. 36.

Officials at the scene reported the driver of the dump truck was blinded by the sun and hit the buggy. There were five passengers in the buggy when the accident happened.

Two of the passengers, including a young child, were airlifted to an Indianapolis hospital. Their conditions are not known. A male was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.

Officials also reported two horses were killed in the accident.


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Fowler, IN Police seek info in woman’s death

The Fowler Police Department is asking for the public's help in their investigation of a woman's death. The deceased woman's mother is missing. Her whereabouts, police say, could answer a lot of questions.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Fowler Police Department at 765-884-0080.

Police responded to a call last Wednesday asking authorities to check on the well-being of a 49-year-old woman and her 68-year-old mother at a residence on E. 5th Street. Officers were unable to contact anyone, but returned later that night to meet with family members.

Police report they determined a 49-year-old woman was inside and appeared to be in medical distress. Officers forced entry into the home and the woman was taken to a nearby hospital where she died from medical-related issues Thursday evening.

Indiana State Police joined the investigation. A search warrant was issued and the case is now considered a crime scene.

Authorities turned their focus on the missing 68-year-old mother, Nena Metoyer, of Dunedin, Florida, who had been staying with her daughter in Fowler since August 5th. She is described as being 5-feet 1-inch tall, 150 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes. They said she sometimes wears glasses.

Police said Metoyer's vehicle was still at the residence, but her whereabouts are unknown.


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Weekend Packed With Special Events

It is a busy weekend for special events in our area, and the weather is promising to cooperate.

WGFA Radio is "live" in St. Anne today. The St. Anne Pumpkin Festival includes a broadcast from 12 Noon 'til 2 pm. The Grand Parade is at 2:30 pm.

The Manteno Oktoberfest continues thru the weekend on Main Street in Manteno.

The Taste of Downtown Danville is being held featuring food, fun and entertainment.

The Vermilion County Civil War Days are today (Saturday) and Sunday at Kennekuk County Park.

In Goodland, Indiana --- It's Goodstock – Operation Restoring Hope Music Festival. Events today at Foster Park in Goodland include a community effort to raise money for the mary Klinker Veterans resource Center in Lafayette.


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