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Missing man turns up OK

Emergency responders in the Braidwood area Tuesday night, searching for a man reported missing. That man turned up about four laters later, safe and sound. No officials word on what triggered the search. Fire personnel and rescue boats were part of the search.

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Gilman farmer killed in farming accident

Emergency responders answered a call to a farming accident Tuesday evening. A Gilman-area famer died of injuries suffered in a combining accident.

Official details are yet to be released by officials, so the victim's name is not being released.

The man was operating a combine with his son along U-S Route 24. An attempt to un-clog the combine led to the accident when the machine kicked-back into its operation mode. Gilman Fire and ambulance personnel were on the scene.

The victim was air-lifted from Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka to Champaign County where he died.

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Mobile home fire in Manteno injures woman

Smoke inhalation sent a woman to the hospital Tuesday morning following a mobile home fire in Manteno.

Manteno Fire Chief Scott O'Brien reported
firefighters had the blaze out within minutes, but the trailer sustained heavy damage.

The cause of the fire was under investigation.

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Iroquois County Board wants working health department

A poll of Iroquois County Board members Tuesday indicated it may be time to cut ties with Ford County and dissolve the Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department.

No decision was made. But it's clear the year-long attempt by some Iroquois officials to get the health department back on track "has been frustrating."

The lack of cooperation between the Iroquois and Ford County Board to work together had one comment relating the situation to the same political problems going on in Washington, D.C.

Is there a way to find a resolution ? County Board Chairman Rod Copas tells WGFA News it's a tough question to answer because there are so many issues that have to be dealt with. He says we tried to have an open conversation. But we need a health department that works.

Copas and Ford County Board Chairman Rick Bowen have not agreed on a solution, even with former Health Department Administrator, Doug Corbett, out of the picture. Corbett's contract was bought out. He's been cut loose, as of October 1.

The lack of direction within the health department, Copas says, finds the employees in a hostile environment. The employees are suffering because "we've been unable to get it all together."

The poll of Iroquois County Board members has all agreeing, they want a health department that works. How to get there is the question. Can a new administrator get it done as a dual-county operation or maybe some new players in the negotiations ?

Copas said, " some have suggested maybe personalities have gotten in the way." He said under different leadership, maybe it would have been different, but the point is, he said, we as a county board are responsible to all the taxpayers.

We tried to address it quietly, but we've been met with resistance every time we tried to talk about it."

The Ford County Board meets for its October meeting next Monday night in Paxton.

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Hoopeston man accused of Child Porn

A weekend arrest finds a Hoopeston man charged with child pornography. 44-year-old James Lewis was arrested at his home. He's accused of inappropriate touching of a five-year-old girl. The girl's parents filed the complaint saying the man also took photos of the girl. Police said evidence was found at Lewis' home. Additional charges include threatening an officer and resisting arrest.

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