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Watseka Fire Chief stepping aside after 16 years

An issue over ‘secondary employment’ is forcing Watseka Fire Chief Dave Mayotte to give up a job he loves. Mayotte has informed the City Council he is resigning as fire chief.

The issue is, Mayotte is a professional, career firefighter working with the Tri-State Fire Protection District in suburban Darien (IL). Union rules, according to a letter from the Tri-State District, prohibit members from having secondary employment in firefighting duties.

Mayotte’s argument before the Tri-State trustees was based on the premise that he’s not an active, ‘boots-on-the ground’ active firefighter for Watseka, but instead a chief in command situations. But the argument was declined, forcing Mayotte’s resignation in his Watseka position......

"I was planning on four more years; I'm not looking to leave...but sometimes your fulltime jobs dictates what you have to do," Mayotte said.  "I don't agree what they're (Tri-State) doing.  It's wrong and it's going to hurt a lot of volunteer fire districts in the state of Illinois.  It's an issue of trying to fight 'city hall' and it's not worth it."

Mayotte has been with the Watseka fire department for 30 years, 16 as chief. The many, good experiences are often difficult to talk about. But Mayotte thanks the City Council, present and past administrations, and the neighboring, dedicated firemen who’ve made this all a family affair........

"This has been a fun job.  I love helping the people of Watseka and the area..I've loved the relationships with area departments.  I love being a firefighter," Mayotte added.

Mayotte plans to remain in an administrative position to assist in the transition to a new Watseka fire chief.


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Lake Village, IN crash injures driver

Newton County Sheriff’s Police responded to a crash involving two semis at US 41 and CR 950N, Lake Village Tuesday. A Pennsylvanis man ( Damir Zamonov ) turning northbound on US 41 from CR 950N. Police report the driver failed to yield the right of way to a northbound semi ( driven by Michael Stallman of Illinois).

Stallman was treated for minor injuries. Newton County EMS, Lake Township Fire Department, Indiana State Police assisted at the scene.

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Reckless homicide charges in Beecher crash that killed family

One man is accused of causing a crash last month in south suburban Beecher that killed a pregnant woman and her three young children. Will County prosecutors announced (Tuesday) 25-year-old Sean Woulfe has been charged with 16 counts of reckless homicide in the July 24th collision. Police say the suspect slammed his pickup into a vehicle, killing Lindsey Schmidt, six-year-old Owen, four-year-old Weston and one-year-old Kaleb. Investigators believe Woulfe was speeding and blew a stop sign at the time of the crash.

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Former BBCHS athlete dies

The Bradley-Bourbonnais Community High School district is mourning the loss of a former basketball standout. 19-year-old Zach Hollywood was found dead in his of-campus apartment at Ball State University. An investigation into his death is underway.

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Rain prompts flooding, evacuations in Boswell, IN

Benton County Emergency Management Agency reports some evacuations due to heavy rain and flooding in Boswell. Sections of Boswell were under water and several roads were barricaded.

A travel advisory was in place. EMA Director John Field was expecting the travel restrictions to be lifted today (Wed).
Reports of eight inches of rain fell in recent days. There were some evacuations. Some homes were completely surrounded by flood waters, forcing some people to take boats to safety.
Some people were taken to the Boswell-Grant Township Volunteer Fire Department. Residents are advised to remain cautious.

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