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Overworked jail guards raise safety concerns in Kankakee

Kankakee County’s continuing problem of trying to balance the budget is posing another issue, and the matter may lead to a union grievance.

Correctional officers at the Jerome Combs Detention Center have raised the concern of working too many hours. That raises red flags about safety.

The Daily-Journal reports too many hours and safety concerns are the result of budget cuts due to the county’s financial troubles. Now -- the County Board’s efforts to get a handle on the budget dilemma may be derailed.

Sheriff Mike Downey informed the county board finance committee this week that the jail guard’s union is protesting the cuts made to staff. The cuts have resulted in tired officers working double shifts, posing safety concern.

Downey reported some officers are working 16-hour days. The sheriff says there’s just 93 active guards on the payroll. There were 125 officers before the layoffs.

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Sheriff Hagen says Iroquois County needs squad cars replaced

Patrol cars have aged in Iroquois County...some more than 10 years-old and with over 200,000 miles. It’s reached the breaking point, according to Sheriff Derek Hagen.

Hagen told the Finance committee (Thursday) he refrained from asking for car replacements over the last handful of years due to the budget talks. Replacing cars, he said, are now a priority.

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Indiana man facing drugs, weapon charges

Rantoul police report an Indiana man who stopped to read a map at a Rantoul gas station is now facing felony charges – after weapons and drugs were found in his vehicle.

24-year-old Joshua Wozniak of Michigan City (IN) was arrested for aggravated unlawful use of weapons, possession of a controlled substance, possession of cannabis, DUI, and possession of weapons without a FOID card.

An officer approached Wozniak’s vehicle to see if he needed help when he was observed reading a map, just off I-57 Thursday morning.

The smell of alcohol prompted more questions and a search. Wozniak admitted having cannabis and smoking materials in his car, then a loaded .38 caliber handgun and rounds of ammunition were found in the car’s console.

He has a court date next month.

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Fatal accident on U.S. 421 in White County, IN

The White County Sheriff’s Office reports one person is dead after a crash between a pick-up and a semi on U.S. 421 Thursday.

The crash happened around 3:20 pm, just north of Monon.
41-year-old Aaron Jachim of Star City was the victim.

Sheriff Pat Shafer said a medical helicopter was brought in, but authorities say Jachim died at the scene.
Jachim was headed south in the pick-up when he hit a north-bound semi.

The driver of the semi was not injured.

U.S. 421 was closed for about 4 hours while deputies investigated the crash.

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Indiana traffic stop leads to 20 pounds of spice

A traffic stop by Indiana State Police uncovered 20 pounds of spice and led to one arrest. Police say the investigation continues.

A vehicle was stopped Wednesday just before 3:45 pm on State Road 18.

32-year-old Toby Gregory of Brookston was stopped for speeding. State police report an “odor of drugs” was coming from the vehicle.

The trooper determined suspicious criminal activity and a search revealed about 20 pounds of spice inside the vehicle.

Gregory was arrested and taken to the White County Jail. He has been charged with dealing synthetic marijuana, possession of paraphernalia, possession of synthetic drugs.

94.1 WGFA.