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TEMPORARY VISITOR RESTRICTIONS IMPOSED AT IMH

Watseka, IL – Officials at Iroquois Memorial Hospital have announced that temporary visitor restrictions have been imposed during the flu season. IMH joins several other hospitals in central Illinois and Indiana with the restrictions.

"Our highest priority is the health of our patients and their families, our staff and the community," said Leslie Cottrell, IMH Nurse Lead. To help reduce the spread of flu, the following visitation restrictions are now in place:

• Visitors under 18 years old are not allowed to visit any unit
• A maximum of two individuals over the age of 18 are able to visit at any one time.
• Visitors with symptoms of upper respiratory infection should refrain from visiting. If visits must occur for patient well-being, visitors with symptoms will be required to wear a mask.
• Patients who are in isolation for flu treatment will be limited to receiving only those visitors who are essential for their emotional well-being and care.

To help reduce the spread of the flu, Iroquois Memorial Hospital all IMH employees have received the flu vaccination.

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23-year prison term for St. Anne man

A Kankakee County man will serve a 23-year prison term for repeated crack cocaine trafficking.

42-year-old Edward Dorsey Sr. of St. Anne was sentenced Monday to federal prison. Dorsey was also ordered to remain on supervised release for a period of eight years following completion of his prison sentence.

U.S. District Judge Colin S. Bruce sentenced Dorsey within the advisory federal sentencing guideline range after finding that Dorsey was a career offender with two prior felony drug trafficking convictions. In fact, at the time he committed these offenses, Dorsey had five prior felony drug convictions and was serving a three-year term of supervised release for a prior federal drug crime.

Dorsey admitted distributing more than 28 grams of crack cocaine on two occasions, Nov. 21 and Dec. 18, 2013, and also distributing crack cocaine on Dec. 10, 2013. At sentencing, the United States presented evidence that, during his drug trafficking activities, Dorsey threatened to shoot any law enforcement officers investigating him. Dorsey has been in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service since his arrest in this case.

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Grant Park crash closes Route 1

Two semis were involved in a head-on collision Monday night, shutting down Illinois Route 1 near Grant Park. The closure lasted about four hours.
Grant Park Fire was on the scene. No serious injury was reported.

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Loda Village Board Member Sentenced To Court Supervision

A Loda Village Board member has been placed on three months court supervision. 54-year-old John Zalaker pleaded guilty Monday to disorderly conduct in Iroquois County Court. He was also fined 50 dollars and was ordered to pay 367 dollars in court costs. Zalaker's criminal charge was in connection with a November 12th altercation that involved several others at Loda Village Hall. He's been a village trustee for nearly four years.

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Sheldon area shooting incident under investigation

A shooting in rural Sheldon Monday remains under investigation. An un-identified shooting victim was reported in stable condition at Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka.

No arrests have been made.

Iroquois County Sheriff's Police reported it was a confrontation between a homeowner and an individual who came to the property-site to retrieve what had been publicly advertised as free firewood.

Sheriff Derek Hagen said the shooting victim was asked to leave the property because the homeowner claimed the man wanting firewood was allegedly under the influence of alcohol and he didn't want the man on his property in that condition.

Hagen said the men started to leave, but then returned and the victim allegedly confronted the property owner in an aggressive manner even though he was advised that the property owner was armed.

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