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Defense seeks delay in murder trial

A former Cullom woman charged with murder is seeking another delay in the start of her upcoming trial.

30-year-old Heather LaMie (Luh-ME), who now lives in Kankakee, is accused of killing her foster-child, four-year-old Kianna Rudisill. An autopsy revealed the girl died of non-accidental injuries.

In Ford County Circuit Court this week, the defense attorney representing LaMie again asked the court to delay a scheduled October 21 trial date. It's the second time the defense asked for a delay saying they need more time to review evidence.

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Possible link to Momence bank robbery

Two Lafayette, Indiana men arrested after a bank robbery in Urbana may be linked to a bank incident in Momence.

49-year-old Ronald Corban and 58-year-old Dennis Gallavin are believed to be responsible for several bank robberies in Ohio and Illinois.

Surveillance video from the Momence bank was reviewed. Investigators downstate were notified after the Momence video was posted on online. Urbana Police reported, when arrested on I-74 a few minutes after the bank robbery in Urbana this month, Corban was dressed in the same green shirt and safari-hat he was wearing allegedly in Momence.

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EMS Day at Martinton Park

A fundraiser to benefit ambulance services in Martinton is all set for Saturday (9/21).

The village's Emergency Medical Services (EMS) welcomes the public to "Martinton EMS Day" at the park.

The Air-Life Air Ambulance has a scheduled a landing at 5 pm (weather permitting).

Several activities are on the agenda, including a 5K Run/ Walk, a Car Show, Softball Tournament, and a Chicken Dinner serving from 5:30 'til 8 pm.

The day's activities begin at 8 am.

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FOIA violations cost F-I Health Department $1,000

The non-profit watchdog group known as Edgar County Watchdogs will be paid a little over $1,000 dollars in a settlement with the Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department. The matter is over a violation of the Freedom of Information Act.

The agreement settles two lawsuits filed by the watchdog group over the health agency's denial of requests for public records.

The settlement also acknowledges that two officials violated the Freedom of Information Act.

In Iroquois County Court (Thurs), Judge Ronald Gerts approved the settlement, and the lawsuits were dismissed. The lawsuits had been seeking a civil penalty of between $2,500 and $5,000 authorized by law.

Named as defendants in the suit were former health department administrator Doug Corbett and the department's FOIA Director Julie Clark.

The records Kirk Allen and John Kraft of the Edgar County Watchdogs had requested were provided after their lawsuits were filed. Clark and Corbett have not publicly acknowledged a FOIA violation, but the board of health has done so on their behalf.

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Payroll clerk charged with theft, $31,000 taken from Gibson City grain firm

50-year-old Carol McShane of Gifford (IL) faces a Class 2 felony charge of theft.

The former payroll clerk for Specialty Grains of Gibson City is charged with allegedly paying herself twice her wage on six occasions and making fraudulent wire transfers to an account in her name.

McShane allegedly stole more than $31,000 from the firm.
Ford County State's Attorney Matt Fitton filed the felony charge of theft of between $10,000 and $100,000.

Court documents show that McShane allegedly paid herself twice her wage for a two-week period six different times....totalling over $11.000.

McShane also allegedly sent unauthorized wire transfers of over $19,800 from Specialty Grains into an account in her name in Mount Vernon.

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