The Watseka Fire Department was alerted to a garage fire in the 500-block of E. Mulberry Street Thursday night. No injury was reported. The cause is being investigated, according to Fire Chief Dave Mayotte.
Mayotte reported the older, all-wood garage was engulfed in flames when firemen arrived just after 8 pm. There was heat damage to the rear of the house and a neighbor’s house.
Iroquois County’s recently-passed quarter-cent sales tax for the good of public safety apparently, isn’t good enough for the County Board.
Word has it, that the County Board may not put the tax in place....even though it was approved by voters.
Newly-elected Board Chairman John Shure is quoted in the Ford County Record ‘there’s concern about the tax hike’s impact on retailers.” He says a fact-finding mission is underway...with concern county residents will travel to neighboring counties with lower sales tax rates to do their shopping.
And sources tell WGFA News, Shure was recently asked about the possibility of the tax not being enacted by the county board and he said he ‘knew nothing about it.’
Once again, the public safety tax imposes a minute-tax on EVERYONE, not just local citizens. EVERYONE travelling thru Iroquois County, making purchases on the taxable items, contribute to public safety.
Certain foods, prescription medicines, and vehicles are exempt from the tax.
And once again, other counties with a public safety tax gain revenue from Iroquois County shoppers visiting them to support THEIR public safety needs. It’s a simple return the favor concept...it’s not an unbearable tax just on Iroquois County consumers.
The taxes generated from any individual is less than what you or me lose under our car seats or in the cushions of our sofa.
Far too often, the Iroquois County Board likes to create problems/issues that aren’t there. Some creative minds dig up controversy that doesn’t exist until some select-board members, or past members, decide to stir the pot. And – what they do is insult the intelligence of voters.
Maybe, just maybe, some of the newly-elected board members can get off on the right foot and pay attention to what they need to focus on ...INSTEAD OF FEEDING THE CANCER CELLS THAT HAVE INFESTED IROQUOIS COUNTY GOVERNMENT IN RECENT YEARS !
And just maybe, voters and business people who think in a common-sense mode can let their voices be heard and set the County Board on the right track for a change.
Newton County prosecutors intend to seek life without parole among new murder charges for two men accused of killing three people in Newton County in late August.
24-year-old Sebastian Wedding of Lake County, Indiana, and 24-year-old Derrick Cardosi of Sumava Resorts, Indiana, are each charged with three counts of murder, auto theft and theft.
The charges stem from the deaths of 39-year-old Kimberly Spears, 23-year-old Richard Thomas and 20-year-old Justin Babbs. All the victims were from Newton County.
All three victims died from multiple stab wounds, according to Newton County Coroner Scott McCord.
Prosecutors are now seeking additional charges of two counts of murder and life without parole.
Prosecutor Jeffrey Drinski listed three reasons they are seeking life: 1. The men committed murder while committing burglary. 2. The men committed murder while committing robbery. 3. The men committed murder while committing another murder.
Court documents state the men stole Thomas’ car, electronic games, an electronic tablet and Nike Air Jordan shoes.
Both men are being held in the Newton County Jail without bond.