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Herscher school bus involved in accident

A Herscher school bus was involved in a minor accident today (Wed) on Illinois Route 113. One student was checked out for a minor injury and the driver of a car involved was treated at the scene.

Illinois State Police investigated just before 7:30 am at Warner Bridge Road in Kankakee County.

Police reported 19-year-old Keona Kelly of Gardner was blinded by the morning sun while eastbound. Her car crossed the centerline and hit the school bus, which had just loaded its first passenger. The student passenger nor the bus driver were injured. No charge was filed.

Kankakee County Sheriff’s Police and Limestone Fire assisted at the scene.

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Loda woman dies in crash in New York

FREMONT, N.Y. (AP) -- Authorities say a 69-year-old Loda woman was killed in a two-vehicle crash that occurred on a snow-covered western New York highway.

Killed was 69-year-old Sharon Thompson. She was a passenger in a vehicle driven by her husband when it rolled down an embankment. The Steuben County Sheriff's Office say 79-year-old Raymond Thompson of Loda was towing a U-Haul trailer Monday evening when he tried to change lanes on the eastbound side of Interstate 86. His vehicle hit a car near Hornell, about 60 miles south of Rochester.

Deputies say the trailer jackknifed, causing both the trailer and Thompson's vehicle to crash and overturn down an embankment.

Thompson was taken to the Hornell hospital, where he's being treated for head and rib injuries.

Thompson's wife, Sharon Thompson, was pinned in the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene.

Deputies say the crash was caused by the slippery roads and driver error.

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New appointees ‘no shows’ at 1st Ford-Iroquois Health meeting

WATSEKA --The Iroquois County Board Monday voted 13-2 to remove three members of the Ford-Iroquois Department of Public Health Board. Then, approved two of three replacements.

Later that morning, the newly-appointed members and Iroquois County Board Chairman Rod Copas were not present for a scheduled health board meeting.

The meeting, at the Gilman-Danforth Library, was cancelled for lack of a quorum.But it was also postponed when Edgar County Watchdogs.com spokesperson John Kraft pointed out the meeting wasn’t properly posted to meet the Open Meetings Act.

The action presented more drama in the ongoing story of alleged mis-spending by the Ford-Iroquois Health Department and an investigation to find answers.

State’s Attorney Jim Devine said (Mon) information regarding questionable spending habits will be looked into.

And County Board Chairman Rod Copas (Cope-us) said any findings may take some time. 

Copus referred to “ we're getting beat up in the public” --- pointing to WGFA News about the coverage of the recent events involving the spending concerns Copus has pointed out in the public health departments operations. Public health department supporters (like Larry Hasbargen) say the health department’s side of allegations leveled against it are finally being heard after weeks of printed attacks by Chairman Copas, with no chance to respond. Hasbargen told the County Board it's harassment, based on innuendos with no evidence of any wrongdoing.

The president of the F-I Public Health Board, Dr. Kevin Brucker, was quite miffed Monday, asking why, if this matter is so important, none of the Iroquois County appointees showed at the meeting at the Gilman Library ?Brucker questioned the motives of wanting to fix things and then not showing up ?

The Ford County reps of the Health Department were all present for the cancelled meeting.  Ford County Board Chairman Rick Bowen has repeatedly said he has no problem with the health department.    

Copas says it’s about open, honest and transparent government.

The Iroquois County Board voted 13-2 to remove Diane Clatterbuck, Jill Kaeb and Dr. Alexander Michalow from the health board.Two of the three were replaced.

Lauren Luecke  and Michelle Fairley were approved as new members.Copas said he ‘s still looking for that third appointee with a medical background.

Meanwhile---another angle in the drama is Edgarcountywatchdogs.com.It’s a government watchdog group from Paris (IL) that serves as an outlet for people to ask questions about what they perceive as wrongdoing.

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Two New Yorkers arrested for drugs in Iroquois County

36-year-old Jose Ortiz Molina and 25-year-old Jessica Diana appear in Iroquois Circuit Court today. The New York residents were jailed in Watseka Monday following their arrest by Gilman Police and Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police. Both were charged with Unlawful Possession of Cannabis with intent to deliver. Molina is also facing a charge of cannabis trafficking.

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Judge Extends Joliet Murders Gag Order to Kankakee County >

Will County Judge Gerald Kinney has expanded the gag order issued by the court in regards to a Joliet double murder in January.

Kankakee County is now included in the gag order. One of the suspects involved in the residential murders on Hickory Street in Joliet was arrested in Kankakee. Video involving the arrest was eventually released to the media. Judge Kinney has added all of Kankakee County to the existing gag order, first issued March 1st.

Eric Glover and Terrance Rankins were found murdered on January 10th.

Adam Landerman, Bethany McKee, Joshua Minor, and Alissa Massaro are all facing charges.  The next pre-trial hearing is set for March 27th.

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