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Construction coming to US 52 in Benton County

A resurfacing project in Benton County will close a part of U.S. 52 through Fowler.

Work is scheduled to start Monday.

The road will be closed for resurfacing, curb work and patching.

That project should be finished in October.

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Milford man killed in Vermilion County crash

A 51-year-old Milford man died in a single-car crash early Saturday. Kevin Perkins was found unresponsive in his overturned car in northwestern Vermilion County.

Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup pronounced Perkins dead at 6:15 am at Carle Hospital in Urbana.

Illinois State Police at Pesotum report Perkins was southbound on Illinois 49, about five miles north of Armstrong, just after 4 a.m. when his car left the road.

Police said he overcorrected and went off the road again and into the opposite ditch. The car overturned and came to rest on its side.

Police said he was not wearing a seatbelt.

The death is being investigated by the Coroner’s office and state police.

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Livingston County bracing for heavy rains, flooding

Livingston County residents should prepare to batten down the hatches and expect quite a bit of the wet stuff this weekend. Multiple agencies, including the Illinois Emergency Management Agency, the National Weather Service and Pontiac’s own sewer department have issued warnings concerning the expected heavy rains.

Citing the United States Geological Survey website, Jacob Kinkade, superintendent of the wastewater plant, said Pontiac could be at a major flood stage beginning Sunday.

The NWS Lincoln office said that the heaviest rains were expected to hit Saturday night between I-55 and I-57, with some areas predicted to receive nearly seven inches of waterfall. Pontiac and its environs were pegged for 4.57 inches of rain.

With severe weather and flash flooding predicted for large portions of Illinois through the weekend, the IEMA encouraged people to stay aware of local forecasts and be prepared to act quickly if weather warnings are issued.

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Flood Warning for Vermilion River Sunday thru Wednesday …

..The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Warning for the following rivers in Illinois...Indiana... Vermilion River near Danville affecting Vermilion County in Illinois and Indana.

Heavy rain is expected for this weekend with rainfall totals of up to 3 to 5 inches.

This will cause waterways to rise along the Vermilion River into next week. You need to remain aware of river levels in your area and keep up with the latest forecast information. The National Weather Service issued a Flood Warning for The Vermilion River near Danville from Sunday morning until Wednesday afternoon.

Parts of east-central Illinois and west-central Indiana are ALSO under a Flash Flood Watch this weekend. Periods of heavy rainfall are expected that could lead to flash

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Attica Police report man arrested after bombs found inside van

A man was taken into custody and a portion of Attica, Indiana had to be evacuated Friday morning after police say they found bombs inside a van.

Attica Police Chief Bob Cole reports that 28-year-old Robert William Bandy II was arrested.

Police located two bombs in his van. And Bandy was also found wearing a bulletproof vest.

Bandy told authorities the explosives were for "personal protection."

Fountain County Dispatch received the first call around 10:15 am concerning the vehicle parked along Edgewood Drive, inside an apartment complex.

Cole says Bandy is on probation for multiple drug charges out of Montgomery County. That's what led to the van's location and its contents. Probation officers were apparently stopping in for a routine check on Bandy, when they located him and the vehicle.

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