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Iroquois County Board OK’s reducing 911 Board, withdraws from Ford-Iroquois LEPC

There was little fanfare and public input didn't matter. The Iroquois County Board, with five exceptions, gave the usual head nods and OK'd a committee report to reduce the size of the 911 Board and also to withdraw from the Ford-Iroquois Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC).

The 14-5 vote was directed by County Board Chairman Rod Copas to cut the membership of the 911 Board in half (12 to 6). Copas also sold his plan to withdraw from the 2-county LEPC, saying he believes Iroquois County can better manage planning for emergencies on its own.

Voting against the County Board's action were Dale Schultz, Jed Whitlow, Donna Crow, Susan Wynn Bence and Jean Hiles.

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Iroquois citizens tired of mean-spirited leadership

               Chairman's comments, accusations out of line ?

Public input just may be the best thing on the agenda for Tuesday's (10-14) Iroquois County Board meeting. The 9 o'clock meeting is the Administrative Center in Watseka.

A public outburst is what many believe is needed to put a stop to what several emergency responders say is a "crash & burn agenda."

Volunteer professionals serving on governing boards are expressing their disgust in being labeled as "incompetent, neglecting their duties, mismanaging their responsibilities."

That was the accusation from County Board Chairman Rod Copas about the former Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department. Now, it's the 9-1-1- Board under fire. Copas has pointed to "mismanagement" and 911 members "unwilling to work with the County Board.

Several members of the boards and emergency responders take exception with the accusation that they're neglectful or mismanaging their duties.

Some say it's impossible to work with someone with a "seek and destroy agenda."

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Human remains found on Fowler property

Police were combing a property site in Fowler, IN Saturday morning; a site neighbors report may have contained human remains.

Local law enforcement were searching the yard that belonged to the daughter of 68-year-old Nena Metoyer who was reported missing several weeks ago.

Authorities are not saying much, but neighbors said they discovered what are believed to be human remains.

Detectives aren't saying much about where the remains were found or if they're the remains of Metoyer.
Police said Metoyer came to Fowler from Florida in late August to take care of her daughter, 49-year-old Teresa Jarding, who had been suffering from medical issues. One neighbor said she's lived in the neighborhood for nearly three years and had never met Jarding or her family.

Jarding died from medical complications just shortly after Metoyer was reported missing.

As reported earlier, Fowler police believe this case is related to a missing person case from Chicago.
51-year-old Milan Lekich was reported missing two years ago from Chicago and police said is Jarding's ex-husband. Earlier this week, a dismembered body was found inside the garage of the home where Lekich last lived. Police have still not confirmed that it is in fact the body of Lekich.

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Monday morning fog followed by storms Monday night

A blanket of fog covered much of central-Illinois this (Mon) morning. A warm front brought the fog, which should lift by late-morning.

Showers and thunderstorms are likely through early Monday evening as a strong storm system approaches Central Illinois. Current indications suggest the potential for severe weather will exist late Monday afternoon and into the evening. The primary threat is damaging wind gusts, possibly as high as 60 miles per hour.

The storm system is expected to drop as much as 1.5 inches of rain on the area through Wednesday.
Occasional showers and thunderstorms are in Tuesday's forecast with a high of around 65 degrees. Cooler temperatures are likely Wednesday through the weekend, with highs only around 64 degrees.

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Samaritan-of-the-Year award to Riverside Auxiliary

The success of Riverside Hospital has a lot to do with volunteers. And the Riverside Auxiliary has been honored with the hospital's highest honor --- Samaritan-of-the-Year.

Riverside CEO Phil Kambic explained the Samaritan award is the Riverside Foundation's highest honor.

The Auxiliary has raised more than $4.5 million over the years.

The award was presented (Thursday evening) at a banquet at the Hilton Garden Inn.

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