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Hoopeston ‘Hometown Hero’ Fundraiser

Local businesses and organizations are teaming up to help local heroes – firemen and other emergency responders.

The 'Hometown Hero' fundraiser on Saturday, October 5th is planned at McFerren Park in Hoopeston. The focus is to raise funds to replace damaged fire equipment from the recent tire recycling fire.

J & R Tire Recycling went up in flames in August. Several area fire departments provided mutual aid; billowing black smoke consumed much of the community. The EPA continues to monitor clean-up efforts. And fire equipment was damaged by the smoke and hazardous effects.

Hoopeston Regional Health Center has stepped up to work with community leaders to spearhead the fundraiser. Regional Health Center spokesperson is Liz Silver says a lot of fire equipment has to be replaced ......

The October 5th fundraiser includes family fun and entertainment. It centers around McFerren Park.

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Traffic crash forces closure of Illinois Route 17

Emergency responders were called to Route 17, south of Momence where a two-vehicle collision forced the road to be closed this (Thurs) morning.

Initial reports had a car and a semi-trailer colliding on llinois Route 1/17) at 9500 E.

Fire personnel reported no hazardous materials involved. The road has been closed to traffic.

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PBL School bus, semi-trailer collision, no injury

The PBL school district is reporting no injuries this (Thurs) morning in a school bus – semi-trailer accident in Ford County.

Superintendent Cliff McClure reports there were four PBL students onboard the bus when it collided with the semi-trailer a little before 7 am. The collision occurred on Paxton's east side, at the intersection of Pells Street and Stockholm Road.

Traffic was being detoured.

Three of the four students were released to their parents. The other went to school.

The driver of the bus and semi-trailer remained at the scene while emergency personnel gathered.

The school district's automated parental-notification system made parents aware of the accident.

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Pontiac man charged with killing mother, brother

Livingston County State's attorney Seth Uphoff has released additional information concerning a shooting last month at a Pontiac motel.

A 27-year-old Pontiac man was charged Tuesday with killing his mother and brother Aug. 20 at the motel. It was a shooting incident that also left another person critically injured.

Cody Hetherington was charged with four counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of 57-year-old Jean Corrice and 22-year-old Tyler Friant.

Uphoff said in a prepared statement, "The charges stem from Hetherington's actions on August 20, 2013, and the discovery of the victims at the Palamar Hotel in Pontiac.

Hetherington would face a mandatory sentence of life in prison if convicted of first-degree murder.

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Accused-murderer Nibbe offered plea deal

The Ford County State's Attorney is offering accused murder Ryan Nibbe a chance to plead guilty to 2nd-degree murder for a beating death of another man outside a Gibson City apartment building.

State's Attorney Matt Fitton made the offer during a pretrial hearing in Paxton to dismiss two counts of felony battery in return for a guilty plea to second-degree murder.
No decision was made. The defense is reviewing evidence in the case.

The 34-year-old Nibbe of Gibson City, is charged in the death of 44-year-oldTimothy Robertson of Gibson City.
Nibbe was charged initially on August 2 with two counts of felony battery in connection with the July 28 altercation that led to the death of Robertson. After Robertson died August 5 from a head injury he received in the altercation, Fitton charged Nibbe with one count of second-degree murder.

An autopsy showed Robertson suffered a skull fracture as a result of a punch. The autopsy ruling on the cause of death was "complications from blunt force trauma."

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