The demise of family values bothers now-retired Judge Gordon Lustfeldt. He says accountability, or lack of it, is a growing issue that troubles society.
Judge Lustfeldt was on the bench for the last time Friday. He took time to thank voters for their support over the years. The peoples' confidence, he said, is always important and appreciated. Lustfeldt was re-elected six times over the years.
"It's time," he said. "It's the right decision for me and my family."
As rewarding as serving the public can be, Lustfeldt also reflects on troubling cases he had to hear...like abuse of children. Family matters, he said, need to be a priority again. People need to take responsibility.
Lustfeldt began his law career as an assistant state's attorney. He was in private practice before a successful run for Iroquois County State's Attorney. From there, he was appointed to the bench and served until his retirement Friday.
A graduate of EIU, Lustfeldt then attended the U of I Law School.
Three rural Watseka residents were jailed Friday after authorities executed search warrants during a narcotics investigation.
Iroquois County Sheriff's Police, assisted by Watseka Police, made the arrests at two different locations.
45-year-old John Ulaszek is being held at the county jail. on a $20,000 bond. He's charged with Unlawful Delivery and Possession of Cannabis with Intent to Deliver. The investigation involved purchases of cannabis from Ulaszek at his residence.
36-year-old Jeremy Kraud and 28-year-old Amber Neff were released having posted 10% of their $5,000 bonds. The narcotics investigation targeted the distribution of cannabis from their home. Both were arrested without incident Thursday.
Kraud and Neff face charges of Unlawful Delivery and Possession of Cannabis.
Officials in Kankakee and Vermilion County are teaming up with the federal Drug Enforcement Administration to collect those unwanted or used prescription medicines you may have around your homes.
(Saturday) is 'Drug Take-Back Day. '
Any expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs can be dropped off – no questions asked. Sheriff's deputies will be on hand to accept the drugs. The service is free and anonymous and will take place from 10 am until 2 pm. Drop-off sites are at Northfield Square Mall in Bradley and the Vermilion County Courthouse in Danville.
Forty high school students and staff escaped injury Thursday morning when their bus went up in flames in Iroquois County. No one was hurt when the Peoria Charter bus on its way to Chicago for a field trip smelled of smoke, then went up in flames. The bus driver had pulled off I-57 at Gilman. Everyone evacuated before the bus was engulfed in flames.
Fire personnel arrived within three-minutes of a 9-1-1 call placed by a teacher on the bus. The bus driver had parked the bus on the Gilman exit ramp after students in the rear of the vehicle alerted him of the strong smell of smoke. A passing semi-truck driver used a fire extinguisher to help douse the flames. The bus was charred.
A replacement bus arrived to take the group to Chicago. The equipment malfunction is under investigation.