Funeral arrangements are being made in Kankakee for a Watseka man and his wife found dead in their home early Sunday. Watseka Police and the Iroquois County Coroner’s Office are calling it a murder-suicide.
Coroner Bill Cheatum said the family of 74-year-old Jose Damia (Duh-ME-uh) and 68-year-old Victoria Damia has been notified.
Watseka Polcie investigated just before 4 am after a male subject...believed to have been Jose Damia...called 9-1-1 requesting an ambulance because he was experiencing chest pains. At the scene, IMH ambulance personnel found Damia dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Police were then called to the scene and found a deceased female inside the residence. Victoria Damia had been shot while she laid in bed.
Police say a 4-year-old northwestern Indiana boy has fatally shot himself after finding a gun at a babysitter's house.
Lake County Sheriff's Police report Eric Cole of Wheatfield (IN) located a handgun in a case under a bed in the bedroom of the Crown Point home Saturday morning. The boy was able to open the case and handled the firearm, firing a single round that struck him.
Bob Reed was removed from his District 6 seat due to a violation of election law. In a court ruling (Friday), Reed is said to have failed to file a required statement of economic interest. There was a deadline to have paperwork on file.
Reed also made news with a DUI arrest. Records also show he failed to appear in court for a small claims case.
A special meeting of the Iroquois County Board 9-1-1 (Friday) seated Sheriff Derek Hagen as interim 911 Coordinator. Hagen will temporarily serve while the Emergency Telephone Service Board (ETSB) advertises for a permanent replacement of long-time coordinator Nita Dubble. Dubble retired effective Friday.
Hagen told a limited number of ETSB board members despite the absence of Nita Dubble, emergency operations are in good hands. He complimented the experience of assistant 9-1-1 coordinator Sandy Drake and the experienced tele-communicators. Hagen said he’ll rely on their knowledge in maintaining a smooth transition.
There was question about whether the special meeting met quorum requirements, in that, just three of six members were present ? Two of the three voting on Hagen’s appointment are themselves new members of the 911 board, appointed just recently by County Board Chairman John Shure.
Joel Moore and Warren Weber, both active in fire and EMS, fill vacancies after sudden resignations from Ryan Brault and Vern Grohler. There is still one seat to fill on the 6-person board.
County board member Chad McGinnis questioned if the special meeting was legal in that, just three members were in attendance ? Despite the concern-raised, new board members Moore and Warren made the motions to appoint Hagen. The meeting was chaired by Charlie Alt.
County Board member Sherry Johnson also pointed out, that had such a questionable meeting with lack of a quorum been called while former coordinator Dubble was serving, this same group of people would be throwing a fit, calling it illegal. Johnson said it’s more of the same, “you’re starting off on a bad foot.”
A Watseka man is facing 3-counts of possession of child pornography after his arrest early Thursday. 52-yr-old Earl Norris is in custody and may may face more charges, according to Iroquois County State's Attorney Jim Devine.
A two-month investigation by Watseka Police, the Will County State's Attorney's office and Illinois Attorney General led to the Norris arrest. A search warrant was issued at a residence after Illinois' only electronic sniffing dog --Cache -- discovered the illegal downloading of child porn in the Watseka area.