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Monticello, IN man faces charges after fake bomb call

A fake bomb threat near Remington, Indiana finds a Monticello in trouble.

Jasper County Sheriff's Police were called to an Advanced Auto Parts warehouse last week regarding a bomb threat. An evacuation was carried out after a threat was written out on an employee bathroom stall.

A search of the building revealed no explosive devices located within the warehouse area.

Investigators identified a suspect after viewing security footage of the area near the bathroom and interviewing employees.

The suspect, 37-year-old Kristopher Larson of Monticello, admitted to detectives that he was the person who had placed the bomb threat.

Larson was charged with intimidation and criminal mischief. He was arrested in White County and taken to the Jasper County Jail on a $25,000 bond.

Advanced Auto Parts estimated a loss of roughly $50,000 in wages due to the evacuation.

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Iroquois County Board ponders greater turbine setback

Wind turbines in Iroquois County might have to be located almost a full mile away from homes on property not being leased to a wind farm operator.

The Iroquois County Board's planning and zoning committee Friday will vote on whether to recommend the full board approve a proposal to increase the wind-turbine setback.

The full Board meets next Tuesday, July 9th at 9 am.

The proposal calls for the county's wind ordinance to be changed so that the setback between turbines and non-participating primary structures be increased from 1,500 feet to a distance that equals 12 times the rotar diameter.

That means the setback would range from 3,900 feet to 4,800 feet.

Another proposed change to the wind ordinance is that developers of wind farms would be required to prove shadow flicker will not affect non-participating landowners who live within one mile of a turbine. If the developer could not prove shadow flicker will not affect a home, then a waiver would be required from the affected person.

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George Ryan being released from federal custody

Former Governor George Ryan is being released from federal custody today. It's a day earlier before his original scheduled parole date.

The Daily-Journal reports Ryan's July 4th parole date was pushed forward because of the holiday.

The 79-year-old Ryan served more than five years in federal prison for corruption. He was allowed to return to his Kankakee home in January, but has been on home confinement.

Ryan was sentenced in 2006 to 6 and a-half years for corruption. He's considered a free man today. He's required only to report to a parole officer for the next year.

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Watseka to re-bid sewer project

The Watseka City Council plans to re-bid a storm project after two submitted bids came in well over the engineer's estimate for the work. The Council also plans to divide the project, seeking bids for underground infrastructure work and paving work, separately.

The engineer estimate is listed at $1,195,250. The project would separate sewer and sanitary lines along North 2nd Street to Oak Street. The work would also the downtown area from 2nd to 5th Streets.

The city has three other projects on the drawing board as well. Watseka's aging infrastructure continues to be an ongoing rebuilding process, while city leaders manage the finances.

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Gilman plans for sewer line replacement

Plans are in the works in the city of Gilman for a sanitary sewer line replacement. The engineering part of the project calls for replacing a 12-inch line dating back to the 1930s.

Mayor Rick Theesfeld reported the Maple Street bridge project is progressing. At least seven tiles will be replaced.

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