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Iroquois County Testing Emergency Sirens May 1st

          --National Severe Weather Preparedness Week April 22 – 28


WATSEKA---Iroquois County officials plan a double test of community emergency sirens on Tuesday, May 1st. 

The testing will be in conjunction with the state of Illinois’ regular monthly test on the second Tuesday of the month at 10 AM.

“Due to recent frequency program changes mandated by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC),  some minor glitches created a few non-working systems.  So, we just want to double-check our alert system,” said 9-1-1 Coordinator Nita Dubble.

FCC mandates required all radio communication frequencies to be narrow-banded.  The weather alert sirens also operate on a radio frequency. The upcoming test, Dubble said, will make sure all the community sirens  have been narrow-banded properly and are working.

The May 1st state of Illinois test will be conducted at 10 AM.  A localized Iroquois County test will follow at 10:15 AM.

Local officials are urged to make sure their alert systems are working.  Each community, whether it’s the village or fire district, is responsible for maintenance of the emergency siren.

Meanwhile, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and Iroquois County Emergency Services and Disaster Agency (ESDA) is joining with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for the first National Severe Weather Preparedness Week April 22-28. Federal, state and local agencies across the nation encourage people to know their severe weather risks, take action to be prepared and set an example for others.

National Severe Weather Preparedness Week coincides with the one year anniversary of the deadly tornado outbreak in the central and southern states.  Just one month later, Joplin, Missouri was devastated by a tornado.  In 2011, there was more than 1,000 weather-related fatalities and more than 8,000 injuries.

Iroquois County ESDA Coordinator Carl Gerdovich joins with IEMA and the Illinois Emergency Services Management Association (IESMA) in promoting the use of weather alert radios.   Several emergency management agency offices have distributed weather alert radios in their jurisdictions.

Information about severe weather preparedness is available at www.Ready.Illimnois.gov  and at www.iqesda.gov   FEMA’s website also has info or on the NOAA website at www.noaa.gov/wrn


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Illinois registry of convicted murderers tops 500

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- An Illinois state registry for first-degree murder convicts has topped 500 people.

The (Bloomington) Pantagraph reports convicts who have completed their sentences and been released are on the registry, which was created by a new law that went into effect in January.

The database is similar to the sex offender registry. It includes names, addresses, employment places, schools attended and photos for offenders for up to 10 years after their release from prison.

The legislation was called "Andrea's Law" after Andrea Will, an Eastern Illinois University student killed in 1998 by her former boyfriend, who was released from prison in 2010.

Her mother, Patricia Rosenberg, said the website would allow people to know whether a convicted murderer is living nearby.


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NWS says Severe Weather Possible Today

— Listening to a weather radio is probably a good idea today.  Threatening weather is possible.

The National Weather Service (NWS) reports T-storms, gusty winds and hail are in the forecast for parts of the Midwest 

Thunderstorms are possible late this afternoon and tonight and could bring large hail and gusty winds.

Temperatures are expected in the mid to high 70s, but they will cool to the mid 60s by Thursday. A chance of rain and storms continues through Saturday.


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Limestone Township Shooting Nets Arrest

Kankakee County Sheriff’s Police have announced an arrest in last Monday's shooting death of 32-year-old Tawayne Sharp.

27-year-old Corey Gardner of Kankakee was arrested early Saturday morning when he turned himself into the sheriff’s department late Friday night. Ken McCabe, chief deputy of the Sheriff's Department said Gardner appeared before a Kankakee County Circuit Court judge Saturday morning and was charged with first-degree murder. 

Kankakee County State’s Attorney Jamie Boyd said said the investigation continues.

A motive for the shooting hasn't been revealed. Sharp was found shot to death early Monday in his car west of Kankakee at the intersection of 4500W and 2000S roads in Limestone Township.

Police spent much of Friday searching for Gardner. Police said the search was called off when numerous officers, three dog units and a helicopter crew were unsuccessful in locating Gardner.

The Daily-Journal reported Manteno police attempted to stop Gardner’s vehicle just after midnight Friday morning, but he fled town, turned off his car lights and crashed off 2250W Road into a branch of Rock Creek about four miles west of the village.

He fled on foot into the early morning hours. Two passengers in Gardner’s vehicle were apprehended at the scene — Kimberly L. Nowlan-McCue, 33, and Bruce Skalon, 28, both of rural Kankakee. McCabe said the pair would be charged with obstructing and resisting police and possibly harboring a fugitive.

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Kankakee State Park: Lewd Acts Net Arrest

KANKAKEE --  Illinois State Police arrested a Peotone man Tuesday after he committed a lewd act in the Kankakee State Park.

Sixty-year-old Ronald C. Noble was jailed at the Jerome Combs Detention Center on a charge of public indecency.

 A trooper was patrolling the park Tuesday morning when he observed Noble outside of his vehicle performing a lewd act. He immediately was taken into custody.

Noble is the eighth man to be arrested for either public indecency or insulting battery at the park since April 1. Illinois State Police District 21 and Zone 3 Investigations, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources Conservation Police and the Kankakee County State’s Attorney’s Office have combined efforts to address the ongoing problem.


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