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‘Scams’ reported, Iroquois County residents cautioned

Mail scams have Iroquois County residents being warned again. Sheriff's Police want to make people aware following a couple of reports from the Ashkum area.

A mailed letter informs people they've won a cash prize, lottery or sweepstakes. The letter is usually accompanied by a check which the resident is told to deposit into their personal account. The would-be victim is also told to send a portion of that money from the check – either by mail or western union – to cover the 'Taxes" on the "winnings."

However...the checks have proven to be fraudulent. Then, the bank will receive notice that the check is a fraud and it's the resident's responsibility to repay the bank for the money withdrawn from the account.

Authorities advise you --- Don't become a victim !

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Fowler man faces child porn charges

A Fowler, Indiana man is jailed and facing child porn charges. Indiana State Police report 65-year-old Thomas Harman is in the Benton County jail having been arrested for nine counts of possession of child pornography.

A tip from the National Center for Exploited Children led state police to arrest Harman for allegedly receiving child pornography via the internet.

State police obtained a search warrant on Tuesday, July 21 and collected evidence at Harman's home. ISP said the Fowler Police Department arrested Harman without incident.

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Martinton structure burns

A 2-story abandoned tavern fire in Martinton has several fire departments on the scene today (Fri). The fire at 109 Main Street alerted firemen around 9:30 am.

No injuries are reported.

The fire apparently originated from a burning garage behind the abandoned tavern. Water supply has been an issue. Several area Iroquois County departments answered the MABAS 37 box-alarm. St. Anne and Aroma Park Fire also responded.

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Kankakee County losing more jobs, BASF laying off 50 workers

There's more dismal news coming out of Kankakee on the job-front. The BASF Corporation, formerly known as Cognis, is announcing 50 employees are being laid off.

It was announced earlier that the Bunge Corporation would be leaving its location on Route 50 in Bourbonnais Township, laying off or relocating 210 employees.

BASF on Kensington Avenue in Kankakee announced (Thursday) 50 of its 220 employees will be laid off. The company is cutting about one-fourth of its production. BASF specializes in the chemistry ingredients of soaps and detergents and other pharmaceuticals.

A company spokesman said BASF will work with those affected. There will be efforts to place some workers into different jobs in the plant. The company will continue production of products used for the nutrition and health care chemical divisions.

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Iroquois County Board seeks to ‘curb’ public comment at meetings

The public comment segment of Iroquois County Board meetings may have some new guidelines in place, if approved by the full county board.

The Board is trying to address what has become, at times, lengthy public comment sessions. A proposed policy put together and discussed by the Policy & Procedure committee ensures citizens an opportunity to address the board and present views that concern Iroquois County, while also helping to move meetings along efficiently.

Limiting comments to 5 minutes is suggested, but the chairman is allowed to offer more time if necessary. The proposal calls for a 30-minute time limit for the public comment segment of the agenda. But again, the chairman may allow more time if warranted.

The Board encourages the comments to focus on topics related to the board meeting agenda.

Citizens having already addressed the board on a specific issue within the prior two months may be denied to make public comment on that issue again.

State's Attorney Jim Devine, earlier criticized what appeared to limit the public from involvement. Not all issues are matters the board wants to talk/hear about, he said, but that doesn't mean the public should be denied from commenting or presenting views.

Board members are not obligated to respond to any public comments or questions.

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