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Watseka approves dispatch contract

          Most all Iroquois County emergency agencies onboard

The Watseka City Council has inked the bottom line, approving its part of the contract with the Iroquois County ETSB Board for emergency dispatch service.

The action Tuesday night follows suit with other municipal government boards in Iroquois County and fire districts in their respective approval of the agreements they've had with the ETSB for years.

Iroquois Memorial Hospital, Riverside Medical Center, and respective community ambulance services have also signed new ETSB contracts.

The Watseka Council's share of the dispatch contract with ETSB is for $163,382. Watseka also made good on some past missed payments, delayed over the confusion caused in recent months by the Iroquois County Board's maneuvering to try to take control of the 9-1-1 operations.

Mayor Bob Harwood said the council had actually informally approved the contract last month.

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Sheldon shooter will not be charged

It was a justifiable act of self-defense and a Sheldon property owner who shot another man Monday will not face charges.

Iroquois County State's Attorney Jim Devine said 68-year-old Thomas Salustro gave Michael Williams ample advance warning to leave his property and that he had a gun.

The 61-year-old Williams left the property but returned in a hostile mood, according to Devine. Williams also allegedly went toward Salustro to the point Salustro felt the need to defend himself.

Devine said the evidence was gathered by Iroquois County Sheriff's Police and both Salustro and a man with Williams provided similar accounts of what happened.

Williams was in stable condition at IMH in Watseka. He was shot in the stomach and underwent surgery. It was confirmed Williams' blood-alcohol content was 3 x the legal limit.

Iroquois County Sheriff Derek Hagen said Williams and Darrin Lambert had gone to Salustro's property to retrieve free firewood, but Salustro asked the men to leave because Williams was drunk.

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Onarga man sentenced to 18 years for sexual abuse of two girls

In Iroquois Circuit Court, an Onarga man was handed an 18-year prison term for sexually abusing two girls several years ago. The girls testified they were just eight-years-old when the abuse started.

47-year-old Jose Ramon Villanueva Jr. was found guilty of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child, criminal sexual assault, and criminal sexual abuse. All are felony counts.

Villanueva was facing a 45-year prison term. Judge Gordon Lustfeldt handed down the sentence.

The abuse, according to the now-adult victims, started several years ago. Villanueva was arrested in June. State's Attorney Jim Devine said the victims disclosed the abuse to their family in 2006, but Villanueva denied their claims so they were not believed.

Devine said "as the girls grew older and matured, they gained confidence and reported it to our local sexual assault services." The now 23 and 17-year-old victims contacted police.

The 23-year-old victim said the abuse started in 1999, when she was about 8 years old, and continued until she graduated from high school in 2010. The younger now 17-year-old victim had a similar story saing Villanueva abused her over the course of a year when she was 8 years old.

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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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