OSHA cites Kankakee facility for health violations
KANKAKEE, Ill. (AP) -- A Johnson Controls facility in Kankakee has been cited for five health violations involving workers and asbestos.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has proposed fines totaling more than $59,000.
OSHA says the company failed to required workers to wear appropriate respirators and use protective clothing, among other violations. The agency inspected the work site after receiving a complaint about alleged hazards.
Johnson Controls Inc. is an auto parts and building equipment maker based in Milwaukee.
The company has 15 business days to comply or request an informal conference with OSHA's area director. The company also could contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
Federal law requires employers to provide safe and healthful workplaces for their employees.
On Monday, August 13, 2012, at approximately 6:50 p.m., Howard Johnson, Jr., age 19, of 241 S. Evergreen Ave., Kankakee, Illinois delivered 17 bags of crack cocaine during a KAMEG investigation. Johnson was subsequently arrested by KAMEG agents in the 200 block of S. Greenwood Avenue in Kankakee following a short foot chase. Johnson, a current Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) Parolee, was detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center on the charges of Delivery of a Controlled Substance within 1000 feet of a Church, Resisting/Obstructing a Peace Officer, and Obstructing Justice. Johnson was on parole for a previous drug conviction. Johnson’s parolee status was revoked and he remains detained with a $250,000 bond for the most recent offense and no bond for the IDOC parole violation warrant.
On Tuesday, August 14, 2012, at approximately 9:08 p.m., KAMEG agents arrested Yeshua A. Banks, a 22 year-old male, of 152 S. Greenwood Avenue, Kankakee, Illinois for Unlawful Delivery of a Controlled Substance-Within 1000 feet of a Place of Worship. During a KAMEG investigation, Banks delivered 1.5 grams of crack cocaine. Banks, an Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) Parolee, was incarcerated at the Jerome Combs Detention Center on a $150,000 bond for the delivery charge. Banks had a previous attempted robbery conviction. His parole status was revoked and he will remain in-custody as determined by IDOC.
On Wednesday, August 15, 2012, at approximately 10:25 p.m., KAMEG agents served a search warrant at 357 N. Myrtle Ave., Kankakee, Illinois following a citizen’s complaint about drug sales. While there agents seized nine bags of cannabis packaged for sale, a digital scale, and packaging material. Agents arrested Angelo J. Ervin, age 31, of that address. He was charged with Possession of Cannabis with the Intent to Deliver, 10-30 grams. Ervin will appear before a judge today to determine his bond.
On Thursday, August 16, 2012, at approximately 6:57 p.m., KAMEG agents arrested Terrence G. O’Malley, age 60, of 2200 E. Court St., Apartment 1105, Kankakee, IL. O’Malley delivered three Methadone pills, a Schedule II opiate commonly used for drug addiction detoxification, during a drug investigation. O’Malley was arrested. A subsequent search of his apartment yielded sixteen additional Methodone pills. O’Malley was incarcerated at the Jerome Combs Detention Center where he is awaiting his initial court appearance to determine his bond for the charge of Unlawful Delivery of a Controlled Substance within 1000 Feet of a School.
— Strong storms in Illiana ahead of a cold front and could bring damaging winds and hail this afternoon.
A first round of the storm moved across central-Illinois just before 9 a.m., turning the sky black. According to the National Weather Service, the storm could bring penny-sized hail and winds around 40-50 mph.
This afternoon weather activity could create storms and bring damaging winds in excess of 60 mph winds and large hail — quarter-size or greater.
Tonight’s low is expected to be 55 degrees. Friday is forecast to be sunny and 76 degrees.
An increase in employees health insurance is adding to budget struggles in Iroquois County. The County Board’s Finance committee has scheduled yet another special budget hearing August 30th to wrestle with money issues. The FY 2013, it appears, is $388,000 in the red.
Budget cuts in the neighborhood of 7.5 percent are needed to pull numbers together. Current revenues are listed at $4,648,000 dollars.
Finance Director Anita Speckman reported Tuesday the county needs more revenues. She said the employees health insurance is expected to increase 15-20 percent.
Department heads have met with the budget leaders a few times since mid-July. A few departments have requested pay increases.
JOLIET, Ill. (AP) -- Lawyers for Drew Peterson have withdrawn a motion for a mistrial, allowing the former Illinois police officer's murder trial to go ahead.
The defense attorneys' move (THIS MORNING) follows several blunders by prosecutors seeking to prove that the 58-year-old Peterson killed his third wife, Kathleen Savio, in 2004. He's also a suspect in the 2007 disappearance of his fourth wife, Stacy Peterson, but never has been charged in her case.
Peterson told the judge today (Wednesday) he does not want a mistrial.
Judge Edward Burmila admonished prosecutors Tuesday for violating his order not to discuss whether Savio asked for an order of protection against Peterson. Peterson’s attorneys called the prosecution’s actions unfair and asked for a mistrial.
The prosecutor who mentioned the order apologized to the judge.