EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. (KCNC/ABC News )– Investigators in Colorado are trying to determine whether a murder there may have ties to the Delphi double homicide.
Bicyclist Tim Watkins was shot to death on a Colorado trail two weeks ago. There is speculation the murder could be connected to the deaths of Libby German and Abby Williams in February. However, investigators haven't been specific on what makes them think so.
Furthermore, another incident near the same trail where Watkins was shot has led to an arrest, which may also be connected. Police say 31-year-old Daniel Nations is in custody for allegedly threatening several people with a hatchet.
Authorities will not say if Nations is a suspect in Watkins death, but there are new concerns about him. Nations is a convicted sex offender. He was arrested in Colorado while driving a vehicle with expired Indiana license plates.
Kankakee County is making national news, filing a lawsuit, in the battle with opioids. And the case is likely to generate more plaintiffs.
The law firm of Simmons Hanly Conroy filed a lawsuit (Tues) on behalf of the county which contends pharmaceutical companies and physicians have used aggressive and fraudulent marketing of prescription opioid painkillers, leading to a drug epidemic in the county and throughout the nation.
Simmons Hanly Conroy states in a news release, this lawsuit is focused on consumer protection and mass tort actions. The county is seeking damages for its claim that they say is ‘aggressive and fraudulent marketing of prescription-opioid painkillers. The county claims to spend millions of dollars to combat opioid use by consumers.
Kankakee County State’s Attorney Jim Rowe isn’t shy in saying local elected officials and taxpayers have been forced to shoulder the expensive fight.......
“We’ve decided it’s time to hold these defendants accountable for their misconduct,” Rowe said.
There are similar lawsuits filed in New York, Louisiana, Pennsylvania and Connecticut.
State Treasurers have also urged more drug companies to help fight opioid issues. The coalition of state treasurers, including Illinois, Pennsylvania, W. Virginia and California, have written letters to drug companies seeking greater accountability by the pharmaceutical firms in the wake of a spiraling opioid crisis.
Illinois State Treasurer Mike Frerichs stands behind the pressure being put on the drug companies...
“It’s about better education, more knowledge is needed,” Frerichs told 94.1 WGFA News. “These are about pills labeled non-addictive years ago and that’s not the case. These companies have to reform their practices.”
Kankakee County, on Monday, held the first of three public forums on the opioid and heroin crisis that’s led to 44 overdose deaths since December of 2016.
The Watseka City Council Tuesday night voted 7-0 to raise the water and sewer rates by 5%. The rate hike goes into effect January 1, 2018. The vote follows up on a finance committee recommendation last week to help erase a $136,000 deficit in the city's water & sewer fund.
Finance chairman Rick Elliott said the surplus in mionies will also open up other options for the the city to pursue in the future.
The city is under conctract with ERH Enterprises for water/sewer operations for two more years.
“Joyful Sounds of the Season,” the 2017 Iroquois County Christmas Cantata, will be presented this year by the Iroquois County Cantata Choir. The first rehearsal will take place at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8 and then again Tuesday, Oct. 10. Rehearsals for the musical will take place at 1 p.m. every Sunday at First Christian Church, 546 N. Sixth, Watseka. Anyone seventh grade through adult is invited to join this ecumenical county choir. Singers are asked to bring $15 to the first rehearsal, which will cover a portion of the cost of the spiraled notebook, listening CD and supplemental musical which will be used.
This year commemorates the 42nd year of the Iroquois County Christmas Cantata. Each year the cantata committee selects a worthy Iroquois County organization and presents a donation to the group following the cantata performances. This year’s recipent will be the Iroquois County Ramp Builders, who average building 50-60 ramps each year in Iroquois County. Volunteers construct the ramps at no cost and rely completely on donations.
Presentations of “Joyful Sounds of the Season” will be at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17; 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 21; and 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 22. All performances are at First Christian Church.
Tickets are free but must be reserved and information for this will be released at a later date.
Cantata directors and their contact numbers are: Jessica Fehland, 1-618-531-8961; Erik Parmenter, 815-432-4678; and Denise Kosik, 815-383-9702.
Harvest Daze – the weekend fundraising event hosted by the Iroquois County Historical Society – is knocking on the door. Next month’s event at the Old Courthouse Museum in Watseka has all kinds of activities planned. Harvest Daze is the non-profit organization’s major fundraiser of the year with proceeds helping with the upcoming heating bills, along with repairs, routine maintenance and updates to the 150-year-old Old Courthouse Museum.
Volunteers make it happen. If you’re interested in the events or how you can get involved, contact the Old Courthouse.
Kicking off the 38th annual event weekend is a Woodworth-style fish fry slated for 4-7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6. Carry-outs are available or you can enjoy your meal under the big tent on the grounds. Scarecrows need to be handcrafted and be able to withstand the elements of being outside.
The Iroquois County Genealogical Society will sponsor a pumpkin contest following the theme “It’s a Party.” The theme corresponds to the 50th anniversary of the ICHS and the 150th anniversary of Watseka as the seat of Iroquois County. It is also in recognition of the upcoming 50th anniversary of the ICGS in 2020 and the 2018 Bicentennial of Illinois
An opening ceremony takes place at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, conducted by American Legion Post 23 and VFW Post 7450. Both days, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., ham and beans will be available in the big tent next to the Red Barn. Vendors will be set up throughout the museum grounds Saturday and Sunday.
The 12th annual Cruise-In will take place on the south yard of the courthouse on Saturday. Sunday will feature the 14th Annual Antique Tractor Show.
The grand finale of Harvest Daze 2017 will be the fifth (and final) People’s Choice Talent Competition which takes place at 3:30 p.m. Sunday under the big tent. Entry deadline for this contest is Friday, Sept. 29, at 4 p.m.