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Copper thieves subject of investigation in Iroquois County

It's happened twice now in recent weeks. Iroquois County's emergency 9-1-1 service was taken out of service by copper thieves, cutting and stealing fiber-optic lines.

It happened again early Friday morning. The Donovan 4-8-6 telephone exchange was out of service until the Frontier phone company crews could make repairs. A line was cut around 2:30 am.

Last month, much of Iroquois County went without phones and access to 9-1-1 service for about 20 hours when thieves cut into a fiber-optic line near Papineau. That also started at 2:30 am.

AT&T repair crews were forced to make repairs in the earlier incident. Neither Frontier nor AT&T officials have addressed the matter openly.

Local Iroquois County officials, including emergency responders are expressing concern about the issue. The cut lines and elimination of service have far-reaching effects, other than just the local phone service.

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Donovan 9-1-1 service re-stored, copper thieves cut line ?

The 9-1-1 service in the Donovan exchange of Iroquois County has been re-stored. Now, the matter is stirring up further investigation.

The Frontier and AT&T phone companies have not made statements about reasons for the interruption of phone service. But it's not any fault of equipment in the 9-1-1 center.

The 9-1-1 service was interrupted early today (Friday) when a service-line was cut. It happened about 2:30 am, the same time when 9-1-1 service was taken out a few weeks ago in the Papineau area. That incident was also the result of a cut line at around 2:30 am. The reason for both, it's believed, was copper thieves.

It's the second time now in recent weeks, emergency communications in Iroquois County taken out of service by criminals. Thieves stealing copper by cutting lines; thus taking out emergency service.

The Donovan 486 exchange was affected today. Last month, it was most of Iroquois County without 9-1-1 when a copper line was cut and stolen.

The Frontier Phone Company is expected to have a temporary fix by about Noon today. The source of the problem wasn't immediately disclosed, but Frontier work crews said the 486 exchange was disabled early this morning.

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9-1-1 out of service in Donovan area

The 9-1-1 service is un-available in the Donovan 486 exchange area in Iroquois County. Those people in the 486 exchange in need of 911 can still use their cellphones for 911 service.

The Frontier Phone Company is expected to have a temporary fix by about Noon today. The source of the problem wasn't immediately disclosed, but Frontier work crews said the 486 exchange was disabled early this morning.

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Underage youth arrested for drinking at coach’s home

The Benton County School Corporation in Indiana is looking into an incident where minors were arrested for drinking at the home of the school's softball coach.

Coach Jeff Best was not arrested, but the underage minors were. The prosecutor's office is also reviewing the case.
The Tippecanoe County Sheriff's Department responded to a call Saturday night. It was the same day as Benton Central school prom. Other details were not disclosed.

The Benton Central Community School Superintendent's Office is aware of the situation.

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Adult book store incident leads to guilty plea

Iroquois County Circuit Judge Gordon Lustfeldt sentenced a Champaign man (Thursday) to probation and fined him $750 dollars for an incident at an adult book store in Buckley.

36-year-old Paul Zindars pleaded guilty to a Class 3 felony of aggravated battery. He was arrested in 2012 for detaining a female employee at the store, just off I-57, and for fondling the woman. Iroquois County State's Attorney Jim Devine worked out an agreement allowing for the dismissal of two other felony charges.

The charges of criminal sexual abuse and unlawful restraint were dismissed.

Zindars was sentenced to a 30 month probation period.

In the same incident, Zindars faced a fleeing and alluding charge in Ford County after leading police on a high-speed chase on I-57 after he fled from the store in Buckley.

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