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Former Cissna Park clerk sued for repayment of stolen funds

The Village of Cissna Park's former collector/bookkeeper is being sued for money stolen from the Iroquois County town.

60-year-old Rhonda Sue Siebert pleaded guilty in 2013 to a felony count of Theft. She was sentenced to a two-year prison term for the theft of nearly $100,000 over a six-year period.

Her sentence included her $10,000 bond money being awarded d to the village for restitution. Now, Cissna Park's insurance carrier is suing Siebert for the near-$100,000 she stole.

The Illinois Municipal League Risk Management Association filed the lawsuit in Iroquois County Circuit Court, seeks the repayment of $99,997 from Siebert. Records show the amount reflects both the amount Siebert stole and the amount the Risk Management Association paid as an insurance claim to the village.

The complaint states Siebert allegedly "has refused and continues to refuse" to repay the money.

Siebert served as village clerk from January 1993 and bookkeeper/collector for at least 15 years.

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Benton County school bus involved in crash

Twelve students were on a school bus in Benton County, IN Thursday when it was involved in a collision at a county road and U-S 41.

It happened just past 9 am when the students were heading to school after a two-hour delay. Indiana State Police reported the bus was on County Road 550 North attempting to cross U.S. 41, near Earl Park. Police said the bus failed to yield to a northbound car 41.

Two people in the car were injured when the vehicle slammed into the bus. The driver 74-year-old Cecil B. Smiley and his wife 67-year-old Michele Smiley, both of Attica, Ind., were taken to a Lafayette hospital and treated for minor injuries.
The Benton Central School Corporation bus was driven by 52-year-old Karletta Smith, of Oxford, Ind. She was ticketed for failure to yield.

Police reported some of the children suffered minor bumps and bruises.

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Mall fight results in five arrests

Bradley Police were called to the Northfield Square Mall Thursday afternoon where a fight between rival gangs broke out. Just a minor injury was reported, but five people are facing charges ranging from mob action and disorderly conduct to battery and criminal damage to property.

Bradley Police Chief Steve Coy assures the public and store-owners the mall is safe. Those involved, the chief said, are known gang members.

The attack started in the mall's food court when the former member and his girlfriend were confronted by the rival gang members, who started the fight.

Those arrested were identified as: 23-year-old Terrance Roundtree of Kankakee, 18-year-old Jordan Dixon of St. Anne, 22-yerar-old Ladonta Tucker of Kankakee,
25-year-old Jenna Simmons of St. Anne, and 25-year-old Brittany Morales-Pizano, was arrested on a warrant.

The incident remains under investigation.

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Show Choir Invitational at WCHS this weekend

One of Illinois' longest-running show choir competition events resumes this weekend in Iroquois County. The Watseka Show Choir Invitational is set for Friday night and Saturday at Watseka Community High School. The popular event is in its 37th year.

Junior high choirs perform Friday beginning at 5 pm. The high school teams share the stage beginning at 9:30 am Saturday.

Watseka Unit #9 Choir Director Jessica Fehland (Fay-land) says local students on stage include choirs from Manteno and El Paso.

The Watseka "Sensations" will perform along with the Glenn Raymond "Singers."

"The Sensations won 1st Place in their division at Danville High School, 2nd runner-up at Manteno and 2nd in division at El Paso too," Fehland said. "We've had a great year."

Watseka's Sensations also have an upcoming competition at Herscher this month. The group also performed recently at Center Grove High School in Indianapolis.

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Sheldon, Paxton men arrested for theft

Two separate cases finds a Sheldon man and a Paxton resident in trouble facing theft charges.

18-year-old Drey Watkins is jailed in Watseka. He's charged with Residential Burglary and Theft. Iroquois County Sheriff's Police arrested the Sheldon man on a warrant Wednesday.

Paxton Police reported the arrest of 29-year-old Joshua Wright. He's facing a felony Theft charge after allegedly pawning several electronic items left at his home by a friend. The police complaint stated Wright agreed to hold the items for a friend who was working out of town. Wright was accused of selling off the items at an Urbana pawn shop.

Wright is jailed in Ford County.

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