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Leon Mondy escapes prison time, gets 3 years probation for embezzlement

Former Pembroke Township Supervisor Leon Eddie Mondy was sentenced to three years probation after pleading guilty last year to stealing more than $63,000 from the township.

The 36-year-old from rural St. Anne will have to pay back more than $66, 400 in restitution. Prosecutors said Mondy withdrew just over $63,000 from the township accounts and gambled much of the money away.

A federal judge in Peoria handed down the sentence.
Court records show Mondy made the illegal withdrawals while serving as township supervisor between August 2012 and May 2013.

The federal charges alleged that Mondy withdrew money from an insurance fund, the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund, water debt fund, community center fund and the senior nutrition fund. One of the withdrawals, $3,114 in cash, was made from a PNC Bank branch in Franklin, N.C., and withdrawn from Pembroke Township's accounts here.

Mondy was appointed supervisor in May 2012, after former supervisor Larry Gibbs resigned and later pleaded guilty to income tax evasion. Mondy, a township trustee for 4 1/2 years, was appointed by other trustees.

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Former Police Chief Admits Helicopter Scam

(Countryside, IL) -- The former president of the Illinois police chiefs association and former Kankakee County sheriff deputy has admitted misusing more than 250-thousand-dollars raised for a suburban-Chicago police helicopter program.

Fifty-six-year-old Timothy Swanson of Bourbonnais had started a nonprofit and raised the money from dozens of police departments for the purpose of equipping and flying helicopters across various police jurisdictions. The program was grounded, though, when state and federal officials began to question how Swanson was using the money he raised to finance a side business he operated and to pay personal bills. He'll be sentenced in May.

Swanson entered open pleas of guilty to two-counts of mail fraud, money laundering, two-counts of tax evasion and two-counts of filing a false tax return.

The ruling handed on in U-S Federal Court.

Swanson faces up to 20 years in prison for each count of mail fraud, five years for income tax evasion, and up to three years for each count of filing a false tax return.     {Metro News source}

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Sheriff Childress names new chief deputy in Livingston County

Livingston County's new sheriff has a new chief deputy. Lt. Earl Dutko has been named the chief deputy. Sheriff Tony Childress made the announcement.

Dutko, who began his career with the county as a jail dispatcher 24 years ago, has worked his way up through the ranks at the department.

"It was a surprise until the end," Dutko admitted. "I'm honored Sheriff Childress chose me for the position. I know he had good choices."

Dutko is currently is the commander of our investigations unit. Sheriff Childress said Dutko will continue there for awhile, even as chief deputy, because Childress said that's a unit that needs somebody that really knows the job and knows what's needed to bring investigations to a positive closure.

Sgt. John Mitchell and deputies Tom Hardyman and Brad DeMoss were recognized for 20, 20 and five years of service, respectively. They were given a certificate and a plaque.

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Congresswomen already eyeing Senate runs in 2016

The November election now behind us, and U-S Congresswomen are considering Senate runs in 2016.

Democrats Robin Kelly of Matteson, Tammy Duckworth of Hoffman Estates, Bill Foster of Naperville, and Cheri Bustos of East Moline are toying with the idea of challenging U-S Senator mark Kirk, who says he's running for re-election.

The congressional publication Roll Call says U.S. Representative Cheri Bustos (D-East Moline) is one name being thrown around to vie for U.S. Senate in 2016.

Bustos, though, says she doesn't yet know what she'll do. "I think it's very early. We just got done with a pretty tough campaign. My focus is on the 17th District of Illinois and just making sure that I serve the people here the best I possibly can," she said at an appearance in Galesburg.

Bustos says if it were to make sense for her to run, she'd do it, but she has no timeline.

U.S. Sen. Mark S. Kirk (R-Ill.) is the incumbent, and he says he's running for re-election, but national Democrats see him as vulnerable and the seat as a pickup opportunity.
Robin Kelly said Kirk's moderate stand on issues are questionable.

Also considering a run are U.S. Reps. Tammy Duckworth (D-Hoffman Estates) and Bill Foster (D-Naperville).

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Coroner’s Office Looking For Next of Kin in Natural Death Case

Newton County (Indiana) Coroner's Office investigators are seeking the public's help in locating family members of a 65-year-old Kentland (Indiana) man who died of natural causes last week in his Kentland apartment.

On Wednesday, January 21st at approximately 6:00 p.m., EMS and police officers responded to the Hillside Apartments, 204 N. 1st St. in Kentland for the report of a deceased male in apartment 207.
Coroner Scott McCord said investigators have identified the deceased male as Joseph O. Horn. It was determined that he died of natural causes.
Investigators have made numerous attempts to locate family members. They have not been able to locate anyone.

Joseph O. Horn is described as a white male, 6'4" tall, weighing 165 pounds, with brown hair and green eyes.

Coroner's Investigators are asking anyone who can provide information concerning Mr. Horn's family member(s) to call the Newton County Coroner's Office at (219) 285-2515.

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