25-year-old Zachary Robinson of Crescent City is free on bond facing a felony charge of theft. Robinson turned himself in at the Iroquois County Jail Friday. He was wanted on an Iroquois County warrant for theft over $10,000.
Robinson was arrested following an investigation conducted by the sheriff's office involving the theft of grain, corns and soybeans, from several victims between April and November of 2013. Police reports claim the grain was taken to a local grain elevator, where Robinson allegedly was collectively paid approximately $44,500.
"Everything you always wanted to know about the railroad but didn't know who to ask"
The Eastern Illinois Mutual Aid Association (MABAS 37) is hosting a Railroad Emergency Training Class, sponsored by Canadian National Railroad.
NO COST FOR THIS TRAINING
This training is for anyone in the emergency services that would be involved with response to a railroad emergency, FIRE - POLICE - EMS – ESDA - DISPATCHERS.
The first phase of the program will be classroom, and will last @ 3 hours, and will be in Crescent City, at the Community Building. The second phase of the training will last @ 7 hours, and will be hands on with CN personnel, and their "Training Train", this training will be at the Gilman "CN Railroad depot."
All personnel must sign in at Gilman Fire station on March 8th.
Attendance is REQUIRED for both phases of the program February 8th, 2014 Classroom Training – Crescent City Community Bld. –8A – Noon
Registration will open at 7:30. Doughnuts and Coffee provided.
March 8th, 2014 Hands on Training 8A - 4 PM
Registration will open at 7:00 am, Gilman Fire Station Lunch Provided NOON Saturday by EIMA at the Gilman Fire Station.
About the Program....
CN Railroad has a "Training Simulator" which consists of a Locomotive, and pressurized vessels. Anthony Ippolito, Dangerous Goods Officer, CN Network Operations, will instruct the class and have multiple other instructors for the hands on segment of the training. This is going to be a close up look at the locomotive, and all of the different types of liquid (haz-mat) transportation vessels. The Kankakee MABAS 7 Haz-Mat team is scheduled to attend both classes, to explain protocol, and operational procedures. Training day hopefully they are able to bring down their response team and equipment.
Street clothes for classroom segment, Firefighters need PPE's for training day.
Bringing all divisions of emergency services together for this training will help us to mitigate these types of emergencies in a timely and professional manner. Available spots for the training are limited, and pre-registration is a must.
Reservations can be made by contacting Danforth Chief Jason Brown at Email – or 815-383-4609.
Illinois 2013 weather was wetter, colder than normal
Officials said the first half of 2013 was the wettest on record in Illinois, but overall the year's precipitation was only a few inches above average.
State Climatologist Jim Angel said the statewide average precipitation last year was around 44 inches. That's around 3.6 inches above normal, with nearly 30 inches of that amount falling in the first half of 2013.
Looking at temperature, Angel said the statewide average last year was around 51 degrees. That's 1.4 degrees below normal.
FEMA denies aid to Illinois governments after tornadoes
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has denied a request for aid to local governments in Illinois after deadly tornadoes swept the state in November.
FEMA sent a letter on Thursday to the Illinois Emergency Management Agency saying that damage after the storms wasn't severe enough to warrant federal help. The storms left at least 7 people dead statewide and destroyed hundreds of homes and businesses.
Gov. Pat Quinn says the state will appeal the decision. He says he's ''disappointed'' in FEMA's decision, which affects Champaign, Douglas, Grundy, Massac, Tazewell, Vermilion, Washington, Wayne and Woodford counties.
The state is seeking to recover about $6 million in costs to local governments in the nine affected counties. The federal government has previously approved millions of dollars in aid for residents and businesses.
Joliet, Illinois – During the recent period of cold temperatures, significant ice has developed along most of the Kankakee River from the Kankakee area downstream to the Des Plaines River southwest of Channahon. With ice development comes the possibility of an ice jam that can cause flooding. Under some conditions, flooding can occur very rapidly.
To help reduce the potential for an ice jam, the Will County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) will begin utilizing the warm water siphon system which draws water from Exelon Corporation's Dresden Power Station cooling lake to melt some of the ice build-up currently on the river. The siphon will be activated for a two-week period.
Together with more moderate temperatures, the ice cover on the river is expected to deteriorate significantly during this period.
This is a period of changing river conditions. Even with the use of the siphon, an ice jam can develop quickly and cause flash flooding with little or no warning. Residents are urged to remain alert for flash flooding and to avoid venturing out onto the ice-covered river.