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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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Jasper County, IN grow operation nets $54K

Jasper County, Indiana sheriff’s police report a $54,000 cash seizure following a traffic stop Tuesday.

It was an erratic driver that sparked a pullover of a vehicle. That led to the discovery of a large marijuana-growing operation that included 28 pounds of pot, 26 plants and the $54,000.

The Jasper County Sheriff’s deputy conducted a traffic stop on County Road 1100 North south of Wheatfield, Ind.

A car driven by 58-year-old Edward Born of Wheatfield was stopped for erratic driving.

The deputy noticed a smell of burnt marijuana as he got closer to the car. After further investigation the deputy found a large plastic baggie containing pot.

Born was then arrested on a possession charge. Additional information obtained by the deputy pointed toward Born having a larger amount of marijuana, which led to a search warrant being issued on Born’s home.

Indiana State Police (ISP) narcotics officers, Newton County Drug Task Force and the Wheatfield Marshal searched Born’s home on County Road 1125 North.

Inside investigators said they found 28 pounds of processed and bagged marijuana, an indoor grow operation that comprised 26 plants and $54,000 in U.S. currency.

Edward Born’s wife, 52-year-old Cheri, was also taken into custody for possession with intent to deal.

Authorities also seized numerous motorcycles and other motor vehicles.

The Borns are being held at the Jasper County Detention Center on charges of dealing marijuana, pending a bond hearing. The investigation is ongoing.

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Job Fair attracts hundreds at KCC

A busy scene at Wednesday's Kankakee Community College job fair.

Several students and others seeing employment filed thru lines and talked to local/area employers who had displays available.

Mary Posing, KCC's assistant dean of continuing education and career services, estimated 500 people already had been through the college's 19th annual spring job fair. Fifty-one employers were in attendance

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Grant Park Fire damages building

Grant Park fire officials were investigating the cause of a fire Thursday morning that damaged a maintenance building. There was no injury reported. 

A handful of area fire departments were dispatched around 8 am. Local firemen found flames shooting 30 feet into the air from the building in the 200-block of N. Stanley.

There was maintenance equipment, including a tractor in the building. The amount of damage was still being processed.

Firemen cautiously protected the flames from a neighboring lumberyard and a manufacturing center.

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KAMEG arrests 4 on drug, weapons charges

Four Kankakee men were arrested on a string of drug and weapons charges Wednesday following a police bust that resulted in two guns, heroin, crack and marijuana being seized.

Three of the men were ex-cons.

The Kankakee Area Metropolitan Enforcement Group (KAMEG), arrested 24-year-old Dewitt Holbrook; 29-year-old Marco Ewing; 22-year-old Ladarrell Riley and 21-year-old Ricky Jones. They were in a home in the 400 block of South Rosewood Avenue.

All four suspects were found inside a bathroom as they unsuccessfully attempted to flush nearly four grams of heroin and crack,


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