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Ford County Board to hire a lawyer to dissolve health department, if necessary

The possible dissolution of the Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department pushed the Ford County Board to take action.

The County Board (Monday) voted unanimously to authorize Chairman Rick Bowen to enter into an agreement with an attorney who would handle any legal process of dissolving the two-county health department.

The attorney's help will only be necessary should either of the two county boards take the step to dissolve the health department.

A committee comprising members of both the Ford and Iroquois county boards agreed last month to send a recommendation to both boards, plus the bi-county board of health, to look into the advantages and any negatives of dissolving the health department. The six-member oversight committee expects both county boards and the health board to discuss the issue and make their own recommendations by mid-October.

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Martinton Firemen respond to garage fire

The cause of a garage fire in rural Martinton was under investigation today. The structure fire was reported at 10:40 Monday night. The call alerted a half-dozen departments to 2429 N and 2320 E Road in Iroquois County. Firemen were at the scene until 1 am today. No injury was reported.

Martinton Fire Chief Jim Seabert said his department found the structure fully-involved. Firemen were able to extinguish the flames before there was any damage a houe just a few feet from the garage.

Mutual aid was provided by firefighters from Donovan, Papineau, Beaverville, Concord, Watseka, St. Anne and IMH Ambulance personnel.

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Motorcyclist charged with DUI, no license in Momence bike crash

A group of motorcyclists riding near Momence Saturday resulted in a collision, sending three people to the hospital. One driver was arrested for DUI and for not having a proper operator's license.

State police investigated north of Momence on Route 1/17.

45-year-old Francine Gajewski of Glenwood hit the back of another bike. That driver of the second cycle was treated and released. A passenger was also injured.

Gajewski is charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, failure to reduce speed to avoid a crash and for not having motorcycle license, according to the police report.

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Manteno man arrested for lawn mower DUI on Route 50

State Police report the arrest of a Manteno man for operating a lawn tractor while under the influence of alcohol. 35-year-old Anthony Roulo was found stopped on Illinois Route 50 Sunday morning.

Police said the lawn tractor did not have working lights, and when the trooper smelled alcohol on Roulo's breath, he refused a field sobriety test. An open beer was also found the mower deck.
State Police reported the incident happened at ten-past midnight Sunday morning.

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Area’s 4th school bus accident, no injury in Kankakee

No one was injured when a car hit a Kankakee school Monday morning. Police report the bus was stopped at the railroad tracks on East Station Street. Kankakee Police reported only one student was on the bus when the crash happened at around 7:40 am.

The accident marked the fourth such incident, involving a school bus since the school year started.

School buses in Gilman (Iroquois West school district), Herscher (school district #2) and Paxton (PBL school district #10) have also been involved in crashes this month.

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