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Iroquois County sets special meeting date for 9-1-1

Iroquois County Sheriff Derek Hagen says the county’s emergency 9-1-1 system will be in good hands moving forward, after veteran Coordinator Nita Dubble retires.

The sheriff told the Judicial & Public Safety committee (Wed) “the 9-1-1 center will continue operations as usual.” He said the center is staffed with “experienced and qualified dispatchers” who are capable and knowledgeable.

Hagen added, Dubble’s expertise and years of experience will be missed.

Dubble ends a 30-plus year career in professional communications Friday. She’s not only coordinator of the 9-1-1 center, but also an experienced tele-communicator herself who provides training at the state level.

Assistant 9-1-1 coordinator Sandy Drake is expected to take on added responsibilities.

Sheriff Hagen, it’s been suggested, could be named interim-coordinator of the ETSB Board while a search gets underway for Dubble’s replacement.

A special 9-1-1 meeting has been called for Friday. The 10 am meeting is scheduled for the Highway Department.

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Iroquois 9-1-1 Board in need of leadership

The loss of Coordinator Nita Dubble’s experience in the emergency dispatch center may be compensated with professional and qualified tele-communicators. But the management level on the ETSB Board is in question.

Two experienced 9-1-1 professionals also resigned from the ETSB Board since Dubble’s announced retirement.

Ryan Brault and Vern Grohler stepped aside in the last week. Both were veterans in the emergency communications field. The absence of people in the know has other emergency responders wondering what’s next ?

Frustration has settled in with emergency responders... including fire & police personnel, EMS, and the public. Many have voiced concern and still asking ‘why all the experienced past-members of the 9-1-1 board were eliminated ?”

County Board actions in recent years eliminated experienced firemen and police officers from overseeing 9-1-1 operations. Now, emergency responders wait to see what steps are next in the best interests of public safety.

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Visitation and funeral for Schmidt family at Beecher

Supporters lined up in Beecher last night at the visitation for the Schmidt family ....29-yr-old Lyndsay Schmidt, her unborn child, and three sons died from injuries in a traffic crash last week. A funeral service is at 11 am today at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Crete.

There’s a fundraising account at the First Community Bank branches in Beecher and Peotone. Donations can go to the “Schmidt Family Memorial Fund.”

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Drug arrests in Watseka, four in custody

A two-day investigation of illegal drug sales and production of narcotics in Watseka led to four arrests.

The Watseka Police Enforcement Team, in cooperation with the Iroquois County Sheriff’s Department and State’s Attorney’s Office, carried out arrest warrants. All four were jailed in Watseka. The investigation continues.

30-year-old Octavio Alejandre, 41-year-old Patrick Laird, 39-year-old Tyson Gass and 34-year-old Crystal Cavazos were all taken into custody. All four are from Watseka.

Charges include possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia, unlawful meth conspiracy, possession of meth, and meth production. Gass was also wanted on warrants in Iroquois County and in Indiana. Cavazos was wanted on a warrant for delivery of a controlled substance.

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Riverside Medical Center Named to Becker's 100 Great Community Hospitals List

           ---  Riverside is recognized for playing a key role in the community   ---

For the sixth consecutive year, Riverside Medical Center has been named one of Becker's Hospital Review's 100 Great Community Hospitals.

According to Becker's, Riverside earned the honor, "for serving as a centerpiece for health and playing a key role in the community." Additionally, the hospitals included are recognized for clinical quality, operational excellence and economic impact in the surrounding area.

Becker's Hospital Review selected independent community hospitals as well as hospitals affiliated with large healthcare systems for inclusion based on analysis of key awards, rankings and certifications in addition to the hospital's reputation for leadership and innovation.

Riverside Medical Center is one of only five hospitals in Illinois to be named in the 2017 Great Community Hospitals list.

"Riverside is pleased to be selected as one of Becker's Great Community Hospitals for the sixth consecutive year," said Phil Kambic, President and CEO of Riverside Healthcare. "This recognition truly sets Riverside's doctors, nurses and staff apart as a leader in the community, and we're proud to offer the best care to our patients and their families."

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