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Fatal car crash in Newton County, IN

An 18-year-old Morocco, Indiana motorist was killed this week in a single-car crash.
Jeremy Simoneau (Sim-uh-NO) was pronounced dead at the scene Wednesday.

Newton County Sheriff's Police reported the victim's car was northbound on County Road 150E at a high rate of speed when it crossed over State Road 114 and left the roadway. The vehicle went airborne before running into a grove of trees. Alcohol has not been determined as a factor in the crash.

The Newton County Coroner's office, State Police, Iroquois Township Fire and Newton County Ambulance personnel were all one the scene.

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Rutherford talks to Iroquois County GOP Women’s Club

Dan Rutherford has traveled many roads in a long Illinois political career. And, he's learned a few things along the way.

The soon-to-be former State Treasurer told the Iroquois County Republican Women's Club (Thursday) the Republican Party needs to learn how to adapt to changing times.

The mean attitude the Republican and democrats have toward each other just shows how divided everyone seems to be, in Washington and Springfield," Rutherford told WGFA News. He said the Republican Party has been the recipient of the negative image.

The bitterness and mean-spirited demeanor of so many people, these days, Rutherford points out, is inside the party ranks too.

Rutherford said it's his opinion the issues of gay rights, guns, or abortion should not dictate who's a good Republican or a bad Republican. Until that happens, he says, sadly the party is going to be the minority.

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Ebola Hotline Number Unveiled

The Illinois Department of Public Health has a new hotline for people who have questions about Ebola. State officials say someone will be on hand 24-hours-a-day to answer questions like how to avoid getting Ebola. Operators will also be able to tell you how the virus is spread and provide details on who's at risk of getting infected. The hotline number is 800-889-3931.

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Bat bite triggers outrage in Iroquois County case

The daughter of an 86-year-old woman bitten by a bat expressed her disgust as to how the case was handled by officials.

Barbara Pfingsten told the Iroquois County Board she's not happy in that the 'ball was dropped," and her mother had to undergo a series of rabies shots because county animal control didn't inform the family that test results of the bat in question came back negative.

Pfingsten said neither Animal Control nor the Iroquois County Health Department provided any answers. The Health Department claimed it wasn't contacted.

The State testing lab in Springfield reports it did receive a bat for testing from Iroquois County. The results were mailed to Iroquois County because there was no working fax in the Iroquois County health department office.

Pfingsten questioned why she had never heard from anyone in the health department about the matter ?

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KANKAKEE MAN SENTENCED TO 10 YEARS IN PRISON FOR PLOTTING MURDER-FOR-HIRE OF EX-WIFE

33-year-old Joshua Bisping has been ordered to serve 10 years in federal prison for engaging in a murder-for-hire plot against his ex-wife.


U.S. District Judge Harold Baker sentenced Bisping to the statutory maximum sentence and ordered that Bisping remain on supervised release for three years following his release from prison. Bisping was also ordered to have no direct contact with the victim.

Bisping pled guilty earlier this year to use of interstate commerce facilities in commission of a murder-for-hire plot. One year earlier, in late May 2013, Bisping attempted to hire an individual to kill his ex-wife. The individual introduced Bisping to an undercover ATF agent posing as a hit man. Following the meeting, Bisping met in person with the undercover agent on at least three occasions which were video and audio recorded. During the meetings, Bisping discussed paying the undercover agent $5,000 to murder his ex-wife and to make it look like a robbery gone bad.


Bisping and the agent discussed Bisping's obtaining a picture of his ex-wife for the agent, establishing an alibi for the time of the murder, and, if questioned by police, Bisping's denial of any knowledge of the murder-for-hire plot. After one meeting, Bisping and the agent drove by the ex-wife's residence so the agent would know where she lived.

Bisping was arrested in early June 2013, and has remained in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service since his arrest.

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