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Pet dies in Rantoul fire

Firefighters from four departments battled 30 mph winds in Rantoul Sunday.  A house fire west of the city destroyed the home and killed the family dog.

Rantoul Fire answered the call just before 3 pm.  Fire Chief Ken Waters said the 20-30 mph winds didn't help as flames spread throughout the house and garage.  Damage estimates were over $200,000 which included the hosue and two vehicles.  A nearby shed was also damaged.

No people were injured, but the family dog was found dead under a bed.

Rantrol firemen received mutual aid from Gifford, Ludlow and Thomasboro fire departments.

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Polar Plunge at Lake Manteno raises $152,000+ for Special Olympics

The nippy weather Saturday didn’t keep supporters of the Special Olympics away. The annual polar plunge at Lake Manteno generated in excess of $152,000, according to sources.

More than 500 participants took a dip to benefit the Special Olympic fund.

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Police Locate/Arrest Suspect from 1980 Murder Case

On Wednesday, Coles County Investigators met with Bradley Police

Department in reference to locating and speaking to Thomas A. Small, a

suspect in the 1980 case in which a body was located at Air Tight Bridge

in rural Coles County, Illinois. The body was later identified through

DNA testing in 1992 as Diane Small. Small had been entered earlier that

year as a missing person in Bradley, Illinois.


On Thursday, Thomas A. Small was arrested and is currently in

custody in connection with his wife’s murder, Diane Small in 1980.

Charges are pending through the Kankakee States Attorneys Office and

Coles County State’s Attorney’s Office. Agencies assisting the Coles

County Sheriff’s Office in the arrest of Thomas Small were the Bradley

Police Department and the Kankakee County Sheriff’s Department.

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Evening Lane Closure on I-65 in Newton County

The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) reports there will be a nighttime lane closure on I-65 in Newton County, two miles north of State Road 10, near the Kankakee rest area. The closure will start at 6 p.m. tonight and will run through 6 a.m. tomorrow morning. During the project, the northbound right lane will be closed. Industrial & Environmental Services crews requested this closure to remove contaminated soil from a truck accident/spill and replace with fresh fill dirt.

Drivers in Northwest Indiana can find updates on the INDOT Facebook: www.Facebook.com/INDOTNorthwest

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Update Delphi Homicides: Reward Up to $96,000

The reward for information leading to the arrest of a suspect(s) in the murders of Delphi teenagers Liberty German and Abigail Williams has increased to $96,000. According to Indiana State Police, the increase is due to numerous donations from the public and businesses.

Police say there have been approximately 8,800 tips received via phone and email. Police have released a photo and audio of a man who they consider to be their primary suspect(s). Both the photo and audio were captured by German before her death. He is described as a white male, who was wearing blue jeans, a blue coat/jacket and a hoodie.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Delphi Murder Tip Line at 1-844-459-5786 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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