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Update: Triple fatality victims identified in Indiana crash

Three Momence men are identified as the victims of a triple fatality in Newton County Friday morning.

Newton County, IN sheriff’s police continue to investigate the crash which took the lives of 44-year-old Jeffery Markel, 41-year-old Steven Markel and 27-year-old Nathaniel Conner. All three were in a pickup truck that slammed into the rear of a semi tractor-trailer.

The accident happened about 2:15 am on State Road 10, west of U.S. 41. Police said the eastbound semi was slowing to yield at the intersection when it was rear-ended by the pickup.

The semi driver wasn’t injured.

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Chebanse teenager sentenced to probation for fatal hit-and-run

A Chebanse teen charged with leaving the scene of a fatal hit-and-run accident will serve probation until he’s 21. The now 17-year-old boy pleaded guilty in Kankakee Court for the May 2016 incident which left 36-year-old Aaron Sorensen dead.

The now 17-year-old boy, who is not being named because he is being charged as a juvenile, pleaded guilty. He is on probation until he is 21, had his license revoked, must do community service and pay court costs.

Sorensen, who was from Kankakee, was riding a skateboard in the 1600 block of South Schuyler Avenue when he was hit. Sorensen was coming from his home on South Fourth Avenue at 10:15 pm.

An anonymous tip led investigators to the juvenile’s parents' home in Chebanse. The youth was arrested three days later.

State's Attorney Jim Rowe said his office asked the judge to sentence the boy to state juvenile detention until he was 21. Rowe said “this was the judge’s ruling; we did not agree to a plea bargain.”

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Online sale goes bad, Kankakee man killed

University Park Police are seeking information concerning the shooting death of a Kankakee man in what authorities are calling an online sale that went bad.

31-year-old Kevin Jarrett died of a gunshot wound after he was allegedly robbed Thursday night. Jarrett was shot, according to police reports, in University Park in an apparent online sale gone bad.

University Park Police say Jarrett and another person arrived by car in the 800 block of White Oak Lane at 10:45 pm. to meet a buyer to complete a sale arranged on the website letgo.com,

Police said they were met by three men who robbed them and shot Jarrett. Jarrett's companion drove away, but stopped a couple of blocks away at Burnham Drive. Jarrett later died.
A witness reported seeing three black men wearing all black, with one described as a juvenile wearing his hair in an Afro.

Anyone with information on the shooting are asked to go to the University Park Department, or call 708-235-4803.

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Triple fatality in Newton County, IN >

Three people are dead following a two-vehicle collision early today (Friday) in Indiana. It happened on State Road 10, west of U.S. 41. Indiana State Police and sheriff’s police were at the scene at about 2:15 am.

An eastbound semi tractor-trailer semi was slowing at the intersection when it was rear-ended by a pickup truck. Three people in the pickup were killed. The semi driver wasn’t injured.

Details are yet to be released.

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Tollways to see 8 million vehicles over holiday weekend

The extended Fourth of July weekend is expected to be one of the busiest periods of the year on Illinois' tollway with nearly 8 million vehicles on the system.

The Illinois Tollway says in a Wednesday statement that the heaviest travel day should be Friday. Around 2 million vehicles are expected on the road then. That compares to an average day when around 1.6 million vehicles use the tollway.

The Illinois Tollway operates nearly 300 miles of roadways in 12 counties in northern Illinois. The agency also reminds drivers it's illegal to use hand-held devices when driving in Illinois.

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