A Watseka man is facing 3-counts of possession of child pornography after his arrest early Thursday. 52-yr-old Earl Norris is in custody and may may face more charges, according to Iroquois County State's Attorney Jim Devine.
A two-month investigation by Watseka Police, the Will County State's Attorney's office and Illinois Attorney General led to the Norris arrest. A search warrant was issued at a residence after Illinois' only electronic sniffing dog --Cache -- discovered the illegal downloading of child porn in the Watseka area.
Gilman Police have issued a missing person report for 15-year-old Diamond Kohl. The teen may be with 20-year-old Bailey Caldwell, a white male. Anyone knowing of their whereabouts is asked to call Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police at 815-432-4918.
Diamond Kohl was last seen by her mother on Friday, July 28. She is approx. 5-2, 135 pounds, brown hair (that may be colored), brown eyes, and a light complexion. Diamond was carrying a big blue duffle bag. He family says she may be in the Chicago area and may have traveled into Michigan.
Bailey Caldwell is a 20-year-old male, white...5-5, 120 pounds, brown hair, brown eyes and light complexion. There was no known vehicle description.
There’s been differences of opinions over the years, but professionalism is what emergency response is all about. And in Iroquois County, respect is part of the family of those who answer the calls.
The matriarch of that family is Nita Dubble – who’s carried the torch for so many emergency responders over a 38-year career. The 9-1-1 coordinator steps aside today (Friday) – retirement has come calling. But Nita is quick to recognize and say how proud she is of the ‘heart’ of the emergency response family that makes it all work .......
Sheriff Derek Hagen will assume the 9-1-1 coordinator’s post on an interim basis. Dubble’s assistant Sandy Drake will assume additional responsibilities. And the professional, dedicated dispatchers will carry on. Sheriff Hagen says the radio operators are all ‘experienced and qualified.” He says though, Dubble’s expertise and knowledge of the people under that emergency umbrella ‘will be missed.’
Nita Dubble transitioned from the State’s Attorney’s office to the radio room at the sheriff’s office, then took on the added role of a then-struggling 9-1-1 system trying to get off the ground......
Dubble’s priorities came into play in 2012 when a tornado hit her home. But she was quick to get to the 9-1-1 Center, first, to tend to the county’s needs before focusing on her own situation at home. Getting the county’s 9-1-1 system online was a Nita priority that came to be.
Now, Next Generation 9-1-1 is the newest technology that Iroquois County is ready for; and the knowledge of the ETSB Board is a must.........
Iroquois County Sheriff Derek Hagen says the county’s emergency 9-1-1 system will be in good hands moving forward, after veteran Coordinator Nita Dubble retires.
The sheriff told the Judicial & Public Safety committee (Wed) “the 9-1-1 center will continue operations as usual.” He said the center is staffed with “experienced and qualified dispatchers” who are capable and knowledgeable.
Hagen added, Dubble’s expertise and years of experience will be missed.
Dubble ends a 30-plus year career in professional communications Friday. She’s not only coordinator of the 9-1-1 center, but also an experienced tele-communicator herself who provides training at the state level.
Assistant 9-1-1 coordinator Sandy Drake is expected to take on added responsibilities.
Sheriff Hagen, it’s been suggested, could be named interim-coordinator of the ETSB Board while a search gets underway for Dubble’s replacement.
A special 9-1-1 meeting has been called for Friday. The 10 am meeting is scheduled for the Highway Department.
The loss of Coordinator Nita Dubble’s experience in the emergency dispatch center may be compensated with professional and qualified tele-communicators. But the management level on the ETSB Board is in question.
Two experienced 9-1-1 professionals also resigned from the ETSB Board since Dubble’s announced retirement.
Ryan Brault and Vern Grohler stepped aside in the last week. Both were veterans in the emergency communications field. The absence of people in the know has other emergency responders wondering what’s next ?
Frustration has settled in with emergency responders... including fire & police personnel, EMS, and the public. Many have voiced concern and still asking ‘why all the experienced past-members of the 9-1-1 board were eliminated ?”
County Board actions in recent years eliminated experienced firemen and police officers from overseeing 9-1-1 operations. Now, emergency responders wait to see what steps are next in the best interests of public safety.