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Sheldon House Fire alerts volunteer departments

Several volunteer fire departments were on alert today (Mon) for a house fire at 102 W. Cottage Avenue in Sheldon.

Sheldon firefighters immediately called for mutual aide from neighboring departments. Details have been unavailable this (Mon) afternoon.

Concord, Donovan, Stockland, Milford, Watseka and Martinton all answered the call.

 

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Mama Petunia dies

(Chicago, IL) --  A pregnant pit bull found Palm Sunday with burns to 25-percent of her body has died.  Mama Petunia passed away early Sunday morning.  Officials from "It's a Pittie" rescue say they are feeding the pups with a bottle and they should be adoptable in ten-weeks.

 

{from the Daily-Journal}

Mama Petunia, the burned and abused pit bull who found compassion once in the arms of local veterinarians and received an outpouring of affection from the community, died this morning, according to her Facebook page.

"At 5:15 am I crossed Rainbow Bridge (went home to be with the Lord). My heart stopped beating. The Doctors performed CPR and massaged my heart. My body was tired. My little body suffered major trauma and I stayed strong as long as I could," the post read.

The 3-year-old pit bull was brought in to the Animal Welfare Center in Monee on March 28 in critical shape and pregnant. She had gave birth to 10 puppies the next day, five stillborn.

But this week, she "had some setbacks," according to her first attending veterinarian Lynlee Wessels of the Animal Welfare Center. Those problems led to an emergency transfer to a specialty animal clinic in Aurora on Friday.

This morning, Petunia's Facebook page, which has more than 8,000 followers, read: "I felt the love that surrounded me and I got my babies to a safe place, I knew it was ok to let go. I am now free of pain and suffering and will be re-united with my 5 little ones that didn't make. Thank you for showing me love and compassion."

It's a Pittie rescue group in Peotone was the first to bring Petunia to the Monee clinic. Debbie Wilke, a volunteer and co-founder, said the group is tentatively planning a memorial event in her honor.

"I know she's only an animal but this has been devastating. We just want to do one more thing for her."

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Iroquois County Grand Jury Indictments

Two Watseka men and a Milford man were among nine defendants indicted by the Iroquois County grand jury this week.

32-year-old Lamont Berry of Milford faces charges for Unlawful Possession of a Debit Card. He allegedly used another person’s debit card for his own use. Berry was arrest5ed by Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police.

21-year-old Airon Hartlep of Watseka is facing charged for Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance and drug paraphernalia. He was arrested by Sheriff’s Police.

22-year-old Christopher Voss of Watseka was arrested by Watseka Police. Voss is charged with Unlawful Possession of Cannabis – with Intent to Deliver.

Also indicted was 26-year-old Michael Paulissen of Watseka. He’s charged by Sheriff’s Police with Residential Burglary and Theft. He allegedly entered a rural Ashkum home taking several items, which included cash and a Sentry Fire Box Safe.

 

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One Dead in Mini-van, Tractor, Pickup Wreck in Indiana

A 74-year-old man is dead after his car crashed with a farming tractor and another vehicle in Tippecanoe County, Indiana. It happened on State Road 25 Thursday night.

Investigators said Jack Kelsey of West Point was driving a minivan west on 25 when it hit a tractor pulling a disk ripper. It then veered into the eastbound lanes of 25, hitting a pickup truck.

Kelsey died Friday morning of his injuries from the crash.

The farm equipment driver was taken to IU Health Hospital in Lafayette. The pickup driver was uninjured.

Deputies said drugs and alcohol do not appear to have been a factor.

WGFA News reported Friday morning that a section of State Road 25 had been closed while a victim was airlifted from the scene.

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Lawsuits Talk Keeps Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department in the News

The attorney representing the Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department says he 'doesn't think we need any more lawsuits.' But Ron Boyer is not ruling out that possibility.

In fact, the personal assets of individual defendants named in any suit could come into play should litigation develop from the illegal ouster of health department board members OR allegations that are unfounded when it comes to business operations within the health department.

Boyer addressed the newly-seated Ford-Iroquois Health Department Board this week.

Boyer said "there was no basis for removing the past board members in the middle of their terms without establishing some type of misconduct or neglect of duty." That, Boyer said, was never done.

The Iroquois County Board last month (March 12) voted 13-2, with three members abstaining, to remove three of the Iroquois County four appointees.

County Board Chairman Rod Copas appointed himself to an "indefinite term" on the health board. The legality of that is also questioned by Boyer.

Lauren Luecke of Gilman and Michelle Fairley of Watseka were also seated.

Threats of lawsuit by both sides in the matter keep the issue festering.

The Ford-Iroquois Health Board has also threatened an Edgar County Watchdogs group with a lawsuit over what's termed "defamatory statements" about the health agency's operations and its employees.

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