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National Fire Prevention Week continues...

Fire officials are urging safety while pushing fire prevention education during National Fire Prevention Week.  Several area fire departments are taking time to stress education.  School children are visiting fire departments to learn about fire safety.  Iroquois County's recent Camp 9-1-1 also promoted fire safety to 2nd and 3rd graders during its month-long educational program in September.

Local fire officials and the state Fire Marshall's Office say Fire Prevention week is a good time to check the batteries in smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. 

The Watseka Fire department is also continuing its effort to assist those homeowners who may have trouble financially in getting a smoke detector installed. Citizens can call the non-emergency phone number at 815-432-3848 to request a detector.  Fire department members will visit homes for a free installation.  The department simply asks for about 30 minutes of your time to visit about fire safety and make sure equipment is properly installed.

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St. John, IN crash kills recent Lowell High grad

A Lowell man died Wednesday in a single-vehicle rollover crash in St. John.

18-year-old Neko Romano was ejected from a pickup truck in the crash about 7 am on U.S. 231. He was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Lake County coroner's office.

Police said an investigation showed Romano was driving west on U.S. 231 when he traveled off the road on the south side. The truck then crossed the road and went off the north side before rolling over several times.

Investigators suspect speed and possibly foggy conditions contributed to the crash. The crash remains under investigation.

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Ten Iroquois County Board seats up for election in 2016

The petition filing period is underway for the March 2016 Primary Election in Illinois.  And 10 county board seats are up for election in Iroquois County.

Candidates for the county board and precinct committeeman and other elected offices have until the end of November to file their paper work.  The filing period is late November.

The County Board seats in District 1 up for election will include the seats of Keven Hansen and Dale Schultz, both of Clifton.

The available seats in District 2 include Jed Whitlow, Bret Schmid and Ernest Curtis of Gilman. 

District 3 seats coming due are Chalrie Ault of Cissna Park and Jean Hiles of Watseka.

Three seats in District 4 are alo up, including Adam Zumwalt of Sheldon and Donna Wasmer and Dan Joyce of Watseka.

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Former Kankakee County Board member, Pembroke Township Supervisor has probation revoked

Supervised release for former Kankakee County Board member and Pembroke Township Supervisor Larry Dean Gibbs was revoked at a hearing on Friday (Oct. 2, 2015), before Chief U.S. District Judge James E. Shadid in Peoria. The 54-year-old Gibbs was sentenced to serve nine months in federal prison after pleading guilty to violating terms of his supervised release.

Judge Shadid ordered that Gibbs report to the federal Bureau of Prisons on Nov. 2, 2015, to begin serving the sentence.

Gibbs was serving a one-year term of supervised release following completion of his prison sentence for filing a false income tax return when a petition to revoke his supervised release was filed on June 4, 2015. Gibbs was sentenced on May 8, 2013, to 18 months in federal prison and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $66,282 to the IRS, after pleading guilty to filing a false tax return for the 2005 tax year.

During the court hearing on Oct. 2, Gibbs admitted that he violated his supervised release when he traveled to Minnesota on May 22, 2015, without the prior permission of his probation officer, and that he failed to report that he had been arrested for various traffic violations in Woodbury, Minn.

On June 3, 2015, Gibbs filed a document in U.S. District Court in Urbana to advise the court that Larry Dean Gibbs was "deceased and cannot speak, or appear." The notice further stated that "further information must be referred to Minister Mulumbua Humraukn El Taikaem Bey, Executor." In a document filed in Kankakee County Circuit Court on Apr. 30, 2015, an order for Change of Name was entered by Judge Ronald Gerts to change Gibbs' name from Larry Dean Gibbs to Mulumbua Humraukn El, Taikaem Bey.

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Sheldon Township – Settlers Trail settle lawsuit

A 2013 lawsuit between Sheldon Township and the Settlers Trail Wind Farm in Iroquois County has been settled out of court. Both parties have stated 'they're satisfied' with the agreement.

The suit was asking for more than $1.8 million in damages, Sheldon Township alleging that the wind farm company failed to adequately restore township roads used to build the 94-turbine wind farm in 2011.

The defendant was E.On Climate & Renewables North America LLC, doing business as Settlers Trail Wind Farm LLC.

The lawsuit had claimed that the road-restoration work, which was required to be done by E.On as part of a "road upgrade and maintenance agreement," remained "deficient over an approximately five-mile radius." The agreement required E.On to repair all roads damaged during construction to their "preconstruction condition" or better, and the $1.8 million sought by the township reflected the cost for having the work done by a "third party."

Court records show a motion filed has "The parties have resolved all issues pending with this court."

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