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Iroquois County forensic audit findings may be directed to State’s Attorney

The true findings of a forensic audit of computers in the former Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department are very likely to become open for public review, despite preliminary findings only referring to code numbers as to which employee's computers were reviewed.

Decatur-based Garrett Discovery Incorporated was paid $5,650 to examine health department computers for evidence of misuse. A September report to the Board's policy & procedure committee identified alleged misuse and also showed anti-forensic software was used by some in an attempt to delete the computer's history.

Andrew Garrett's report only used code numbers and did not disclose which employee's computers were examined. Garrett alluded to privacy in regards to not identifying the employees' computer.

Illinois' Freedom of Information Act opens the door to the fact that taxpayers dollars paid for the audit, and the privacy issue won't protect employees the audit may not have targeted.

Some board members have pointed out an initial examination of just five computers, by the past County Board, targeted specific past employees while ignoring other alleged wrong-doers. Now, the examination of 18 computers may be revealing embarrassing information against other employees not targeted in the probe.

Meanwhile – Iroquois County State's Attorney Jim Devine has repeatedly said 'poor office management does not dictate what can be prosecuted as a crime.'

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Manteno crash leaves 3 in critical condition

A two-vehicle crash Sunday afternoon on 9000N Road west of Manteno critically injured three people.

A semi carrying supplies for a pipeline project collided with an SUV at 5000W Road around 2 pm.

All three people were in critical condition and had to be extricated from their vehicles, including a man and a woman in the SUV.

Manteno Fire Chief Scott O'Brien said the semi was flipped upside down. O'Brien reported a ComEd crew arrived within 15 minutes to cut the power to a pole that was snapped and hanging over the truck.

Emergency personnel from WIlmington, Bourbonnais and Peotone assisted Manteno.

According to O'Brien, it was the second two-vehicle accident at the intersection in 24 hours.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

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Bradley officer injured, dragged during traffic stop

Kankakee County law enforcement officials were searching for a couple that fled from the scene of a routine traffic stop Saturday afternoon. In the process, the officer was dragged several feet before falling from the moving car.

Sgt. Philip Trudeau suffered a fractured elbow and cuts and bruises.

The suspect is 21-year-old Aaron J. Harris was wanted on a gun charge in DeKalb County. Harris' pregnant girlfriend, Tenesha McCrary, is also wanted on an outstanding DeKalb County warrant.

Several police agencies joined in a high-speed chase that carried over into Pembroke Township. Police reported Harris ditched the vehicle and escaped along with McCrary.

Police later found the vehicle.

The officer pulled Harris over for a simple seatbelt violation along North Kinzie Avenue around 2:30 pm Saturday.

Anyone with information is asked to call Bradley police (815-933-3315).

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Motorcyclist dies in Newton County crash

A Newton County, Indiana died Sunday after his motorcycle collided with a deer.

45-year-old Carl Rutledge was southbound on County Road 400 W when he hit a deer and was thrown from his motorcycle. Newton County Sheriff deputies investigated about 9 am.

The victim was found unresponsive and was not wearing a helmet.

Rutledge was taken to Riverside Hospital where he later died from his injuries.

Police said the route was shut down just north of CR 275 S until around 11 am.

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Harvest Daze this weekend in Watseka

VFW Post #7450 and American Legion Post # 23 will perform the flag raising ceremony this (Sat) morning to open the 36th Annual Harvest Daze in Watseka. The 9 am event is at the Old Courthouse.

Harvest Daze is the main attraction that raises funds for the Old Courthouse Museum and the Iroquois County Historical Society.

Several vendors have set up shop at the courthouse lawn. Food, entertainment, a bake sale, car and tractor displays, and a scarecrow contest are part of the fun. There's also the People's Choice Talent Competition Sunday afternoon.

Saturday and Sunday hours are 9 am – 4 pm. The Talent Show begins at 4:30 pm Sunday.

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