Watseka Fire Department was dispatched for a garage fire at 650 East Locust on Sunday. Upon arrival, firefighters found the detached garage at the corner of the house fully involved. The fire spread to the attic space in the corner of the house above a bedroom. Firefighters were able to contain the fire in that corner of the house. The resident was working on a motorcycle in the garage when the flames appeared. No injuries were reported.
A plane crash in Warren County, Indiana has claimed one life. The pilot of the plane has been identified as George P. Irick Jr, 68 of Congerville, IL. Sunday around 10:15 a.m., Indiana State Police Helicopter located a plane reported late Saturday evening as missing and presumed downed in the area of Warren County’s CR 575 south and SR 263 near West Lebanon. The pilot was the lone occupant. The investigation is ongoing.
Three individuals face drug charges after a traffic stop in Dwight . The Dwight Narcotics Unit arrested 25-year-old Josh Newell and 21-year-old Sarah Hansen, both of Dwight. Both were wanted on Livingston County warrants. Also arrested with them was 40-yr-old Dwayne Askew of Chicago.
Several traffic violations occurred, leading to the stop (Wednesday). A K-9 dog with the Livingston County Sheriff’s Department was called to the scene and detected the smell of drugs.
Thirty bags of crack cocaine, drug paraphernalia, US currency, and several Xanax pills were allegedly found in the vehicle.
All three individuals were charged with Class 4 felonies of two-counts of unlawful possession of a controlled substance. All three individuals remain in the Livingston County Jail.
A $247,000 bill in the lap of Iroquois County is likely to grow even more following the County Board’s vote (Thursday) to appeal an arbitrator’s ruling to pay union 9-1-1 employees.
After months and years of failed contract negotiations between the two sides for a new 3-year contract, an arbitrator ruled in favor of the 9-1-1 dispatchers.
They’ll be paid over $247,000 in back-pay – retroactive wages dating back to 2015. At least six veteran dispatchers are owed in the neighborhood of $30,000.
Unhappy with the result, the County Board added to its expense with a special meeting and now, future court costs to petition the circuit court to take another look.
The Board voted 12-5 following closed session at its special meeting (Thurs) to challenge the arbitrator’s ruling. The County Board attorney, David Hibben, will prepare the petition to ask the court to intervene.
A handful of board members frown at the additional legal costs pending from failed contract negotiations. The 9-1-1 dispatchers unionized after failing to get acceptable wage hikes from the county.
The five votes against pursuing an appeal came from Kevin Bohlmann, Kevin Coughenour, Larry Hasbargen, Sherry Johnson and Vince LaMie.
The appeal is supported by: Charles Alt, Lybe Behrends, Donna Crow, Ernie Curtis, Chad McGinnis, Michael McTaggart, Barb Offill, Dan Pursley, Marvin Stichnoth, Jed Whitlow and Board Chairman John Shure.
Kankakee County Board Chairman Andy Wheeler says “there’s a long way to go,” but the county is at least on track to improving its bottom line.
A $2.5 million dollar loan from local banking institutions was approved by the Finance committee (Wed). The loan will help the county get to the next tax distribution date. They money will assure payrolls are met.
Wheeler said there are some expenses that have to be met, but the focus must be to get that bottom line right and restore some reserve cash.
Wheeler said there’s a $4 million deficit... and by year’s end here in 2018 that deficit may be about $2.5 or $3 million. Progress is being made, Wheeler said, but there’s still 3-4 years of hard work to make things more right.
Wheeler said the financial advisors agree, the county is on the right path.