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Iroquois County continues to make negative news; everybody’s watching…

-- Animal Control harassment & mistreatment allegations stir controversy --

Iroquois County has a knack of making news in the most-negative way. And so many others are watching the drama continue.

WGFA News has received four inquiring calls since Tuesday evening, including three other news sources. And – there’s no sign of ending anytime soon......

" I've heard from so many people about this corruption and bullying. I have legal help lined up," Jamie Fanning told reporters after the latest meeting.

Fired-Animal Control Warden Jamie Fanning, who says her cry of harassment and mistreated animals have been ignored and pushed aside. The allegation, she said, led to her dismissal.

Tuesday’s Tax Committee meeting stirred more questions, few answers, and many hard feelings and bad-will.

Perhaps the biggest issue is disagreement whether Fanning was a county employee or a hired-contractor ?

County Board Chairman John Shure addressed the committee about last month’s Tax meeting, presenting documentation about the animal control position – saying there’s misinformation and incorrect statements.

Shure said his documents show the warden is an independent contractor and not an employee.

Because Fanning was not a county employee, county officials including Tax Committee Chairman Marvin Stichnoth said the county doesn’t have to investigate her claim of harassment.
That didn’t go over well ......

Board member Sherry Johnson and other Fanning supporters say everyone deserves justice in harassment claims.

State's Attorney Jim Devine said it appears to be a “he said, she said situation.”

Devine explained department heads determine job performance, not the tax committee.

As for harassment, the county is not required to investigate a contracted-employee complaint ? ..........

Meanwhile – the state department of agriculture is investigating Iroquois Count Animal Control for operating without a license, which the county has since applied for.

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"UPDATE” -- Five Vehicle Crash Claims Two Lives

Tippecanoe County--The names of the deceased from the five vehicle crash have been identified as Marvin L. Rea, 49 of Gary, IN the driver and Kelli Nicole Bradley, 34 also from Gary the passenger. They were in a car crushed between a semi and a box truck. Families have been notified.

Indiana State Police reported at approximately 3:20 pm Tuesday, a chain reaction pile-up occured on I-65. The domino-effect crash happened in the southbound lanes near the 172 MM. The interstate traffic was closed for several hours during the investigation.

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Downstate Republican senator: Illinois should legalize marijuana

State Senator Jason Barickman says he is ready to support legal, recreational marijuana if the law is written correctly.

That means only selling to adults, making sure to protect people's other rights, and making sure the hundreds of millions of dollars that marijuana sales could bring into the state are used properly.

Barickman said he's ready to vote yes, but not to co-sponsor the plan.

Barickman says he expects other Republicans to also endorse marijuana, and he hopes Governor Bruce Rauner changes his mind.

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"Gain It Back" food drive to benefit Martinton Pantry

The Watseka Park District is hosting a food drive today (Wed) to replenish the Martinton Food Pantry, hit by thieves last week. The park district is teaming up with Iroquois Federal to collect non-perishable food items.  The food will be shipped to the Martinton Pantry.

94.1 WGFA's Don Elliott took the morning show on the road today to encourage volunteers to donate food.  The morning show broadcast 'live' from the park district from 6 - 9 am.  Food is beiunbg collected all day long, thru the close of business at 5 pm. 

The pantry was victimized by vandals last week.  Over 1,000 pounds of food was stolen or ruined.

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2 dead in I-65 crash

The express lane of southbound Interstate 65 was closed near State Road 26 (Tuesday) due to multiple crashes. The Tippecanoe County Coroner was contacted.

Police say at around 3:20 pm a crash occurred near exit 169 on Interstate 65. Traffic was backed up. Shortly after, a car hauler was headed towards exit 172. The backed-up traffic wasn’t seen and the driver failed to slow down in time and crashed into a barricade. The car hauler then smashed into a car which then smashed into the back of a semi.

A domino effect then occurred when a box truck and then another semi both crashed into the car resulting in a pileup.
Indiana State Police confirmed two deaths. Emergency crews were at the scene trying to remove the occupants from the vehicles involved. Southbound I-65 traffic was messed for hours.

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