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Sheriff Hagen says “not interested” in absorbing Watseka Police duties

Iroquois County Sheriff Derek Hagen says his priority is police protection for the unincorporated areas of the county, and there’s no interest…on his part…in providing for the city of Watseka……

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Any such arrangement, Hagen said, has to show both parties benefitting.  There doesn’t appear to be a scenario that does that.  And to make everyone involved happy would be a long, labor-intensive process.  

Sheriff Hagen also said the city police and county sheriff’s department work well together, each providing back-up to each other when necessary.

The sheriff was asked to meet with the city officials in mid-July to talk about the possibility of combining forces  The sheriff said then, he wanted an open meeting with nothing kept under wraps, so all concerned would know what’s going on……..

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Hagen’s comments were presented to the county board’s Judicial & Public Safety committee Wednesday.

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ABC Disposal Owner Indicted by Feds

URBANA --- The owner of a Kankakee County business is under federal indictment for allegedly filing false tax returns.  A federal grand jury (Wednesday) returned an indictment against Joseph Deno.

The owner of ABC Disposal is accused of filing false tax returns for the years 2005 thru 2010.  The feds say that was at a cost of $700,000.  Deno’s also accused of restructuring cash withdrawls to near $10,000 to avoid detection by auditors.

If convicted, Deno could be looking at 15 years for filing false tax returns and an additional 10 years for money laundering.

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Bourbonnais Woman and 3 Others Injured in Iroquois County Crash

ASHKUM --  A Bourbonnais woman was seriously injured in a two-vehicle crash in Iroquois County.  It happened late last month on Route 45 at County Road 3100.

25-year-old Lateeka Davidson was southbound on Route 45/52 just after 2 in the morning on July 29th.

Illinois State Police report the car she was driving swerved into the northbound lane, colliding with a northbound pick-up truck driven by 28-year-old Arellano Mancilla of Bolingbrook.  Police report Mancilla tried to avoid the oncoming Davidson car.

Riverside Ambulance responded to the scene, along with State Police.  Davidson was taken to Riverside Hospital with serious injuries.  Mancilla and three passengers in the pickup were treated for minor injuries at Provena St. Mary’s Hospital.


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Rollover Accident Injures Two in Ford County

ASHKUM --   District 21 Illinois State Police report two people were treated for minor injuries Tuesday after their car rolled over east of Paxton on Illinois Route 9.

The single-vehicle accident occurred at 2:30 p.m. at the intersection with Ford County Road 2550 East.

Police report Judith Reed of  Normal was eastbound Illinois 9 when her vehicle veered off the road.  Reed then overcorrected, causing the vehicle to strike a guardrail and overturn..

Reed and her passenger, Carol Feltenberger of Kokomo, Ind., were transported to Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.  They were treated for minor injuries.

State police reported no ticket was issued.


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Tobacco Free Campus Program at DACC

The President of Danville Area Community College says a new tobacco-free policy on campus is off to a good start.  Alice Jacobs says it not only creates a healthier environment, but also a safer one.

Dr. Jacobs says nearly all of the administrators at Danville Area Community College are considered greeters.  So if they spot someone using tobacco products they will explain the new policy to those individuals. The DACC Administration has been preparing for the tobacco-free change for the past 18 months.

President Jacobs adds the policy will allow for a cleaner campus. In a survey completed by 350 students in a cross-section of classes on the DACC campus last Fall, over 45-percent of respondents said they strongly agreed with efforts to make the campus tobacco free.  Nearly 30-percent said they somewhat agreed.  And over 85-percent of the students responding to the poll said they strongly or somewhat agreed with the statement: ‘‘Daily exposure to even small amounts of second hand smoke is a serious health risk.’’

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