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Iroquois 911 Coordinator stumps for public safety tax >

Iroquois County voters are urged to learn about the value of a public safety tax and how the money generated from a proposed quarter-cent tax will enhance the good of the county.

Voters November 8 are being asked to support a quarter-cent tax on just certain items. It’s the fourth attempt for such a tax that would generate monies for additional sheriff deputies, squad cars, sheriff department and 9-1-1 equipment and partial funding for emergency dispatchers.

9-1-1 Coordinator Nita Dubble took the educational message to the Chebanse Township Fire officials in Clifton and the Watseka City Council (Tuesday evening).

New and improved communication equipment upgrades, Dubble says, is being pushed. That’s reason for the need to vote in favor of the minimal tax, to raise monies for upgrades to communications.

A successful referendum would raise just over $400,000 per year.

Dubble told the Watseka officials the city would benefit...
“Watseka could save $40,000 a year on the amount the city provides for its share of the joint dispatch,” Dubble told the city council. “Additional police patrol would develop in and outside the city limits,” she added.

Watseka Mayor Bob Harwood and aldermen pledged their support for the public safety tax.

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Watseka Police advise citizens to lock up their vehicles, 2 juveniles accused of break-ins

One 14-year-old is in custody, another juvenile is on the run after Watseka Police say the two were caught breaking into cars at the Iroquois Memorial Hospital parking lot.

Police responded to IMH Sunday afternoon concernign a report of two juveniles burglarizing cars.  The two suspects ran east where they disappeared in a corn field near Watseka High School.  Police and other agencies surrounded the corn field.  A 14-year-old juvenile was apprehended as he exited a field.  He was charged with burglary to a vehicle, theft and obstructing justice.  A second juvenile is still on the run.  

Watseka Police Chief Jeramy Douglas reminds citizens to keep their vehicles locked, don't leave keys in the vehicles and remove valuables when parking your vehicle.

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Olivet Nazarene University reports record enrollment

This fall, Olivet Nazarene University reports the highest enrollment in the University’s 109-year history, highlighting a significant increase in graduate students and a record number of students living in housing on the main campus in Bourbonnais, Illinois.

Olivet’s historically strong trend continues for enrollment of freshmen and transfer students. Of the total 4,953 students enrolled, nearly 2,900 are undergraduates, and 2,359 of the undergrads live on campus.

“Students from across the country and around the world continue to arrive on Olivet’s campus each fall, even as enrollment is decreasing at many universities, and some are even closing their doors,” said Susan Wolff, dean of undergraduate enrollment. “Students and their families consistently value Olivet’s quality academics and career preparation in a Christian environment.”

In Olivet’s School of Graduate and Continuing Studies, enrollment tops 2,000, representing an increase of more than 21 percent over the past five years.

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Weapons charges against 3 Kankakee County men

Federal weapons charges have been filed against three men, two from Kankakee and another from Bradley. Indictments were returned in U.S. District Court in Urbana.

28-year-old Brandon Shoffner, 24-year-old Zaire Virgen, and 31-year-old Maurice Terrell of Bradley, were arrested in Kankakee by Project Safe Neighborhood task force agents.
All three have previous records. And all three are in the custody of the U.S. Marshalls service.

If convicted, the three face up to 10 years in prison.

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Manteno man shot, police seek Indiana man in domestic dispute

A weekend shooting in Manteno has authorities looking for an Indiana man. The suspect allegedly shot a Manteno man six times early Saturday morning at a Main Street apartment.

Police call it an “isolated incident, not related to the Oktoberfest celebration in the community.”
Investigators say it was domestic incident, “concerning a woman."

An arrest warrant has been issued for 28-year-old Robert Williams of East Chicago, Ind. Charges against him are likely to be aggravated battery with a firearm.

The injured man was shot six times. He was listed in critical condition. Police reported the injured victim was returning to the apartment he shares with his girlfriend when he was accosted by another man in the kitchen.

Anyone with information are asked to call the Manteno Police Department at 815-929-4801.

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