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Separate Iroquois County crashes leave two men dead

                             Chebanse mishap victim dies; Gilman man killed Wednesday morning

A 47-year-old Gilman motorist was killed Wednesday morning in a single-vehicle crash. Gary Schroeder was pronounced dead at the scene in Douglas Township. His car hit a bridge abutment, according to Iroquois County Coroner Bill Cheatum.

Cheatum said the accident happended about 8 am. The victim was southbound on 850 E Road when he lost control then hit the bridge at 1670 N in rural Gilman.

Sheriff's Police investigated. An autopsy was scheduled.

Kankakee County Coroner Bob Gessner reported the 18-year-old man severely injured in a Route 45 crash near Chebanse Road Tuesday has died. Ross Bissaillon ( Biss-sale-on) of Bourbonnais died early Wednesday at Riverside Hospital in Kankakee. He suffered injuries in a head-on collision near Iroquois County Road 3300 N at 2:30 pm Tuesday.

State Police reported Bissaillon was northbound in the southbound lane of Route 45 passing other vehicles when ran head-on into a southbound pickup truck driven by Hugo Perez of Gilman.

Police reported Bassaillon was ticketed for improper passing while Perez was charged with driving without a license.

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Schwer church fire most likely electrical in nature

The fire that destroyed the historic church at Schwer in Iroquois County Monday is believed to have been an electrical problem, and most likely an issue with the church organ.

Officials looking over the ruins Tuesday said parishioners attending a funeral that morning heard a popping noise in the church's bell tower, but didn't think much about it until they were exiting the church and saw the flames. There were also reports of hearing a glitch and loss of power to the organ for a moment.

Plans are to rebuild St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, northwest of Milford. The church was first established in 1975.

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Flu Clinics cancelled in Watseka, Gibson City

The Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department has run out of flu vaccine and has canceled its remaining two walk-in vaccination clinics as a result.

Officials said many people were getting the vaccine from pharmacies instead.

According to Dee Ann Schippert, community and school health coordinator for the agency, there are no plans to order more vaccine, and any decision to do so will be made by the board of health.

Schippert said. "We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused."

Persons who have not yet received the seasonal flu vaccine and wish to do so may contact their health care provider or local pharmacy.

The canceled public flu clinics include the Wednesday, October 23rd clinic at the ARC of Iroquois County in Watseka and the Thursday, October 24th clinic at the American Lutheran Church in Gibson City in Ford County.

In the meantime, Schippert encourages residents to use common precautions to reduce their risk of getting the flu.

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DePatis sentenced to 8 years for Meth production

50-year-old Doug Depatis of Watseka was sentenced to eight years in state prison for manufacturing methamphetamine.

Iroquois County Judge Gordon Lustfeldt sentenced Depatis Tuesday for participation in meth manufacturing and sentenced him to four years in prison, to be served concurrently, for unlawful use of property.

Depatis, who had previously been to prison for manufacturing meth and aggravated battery, had faced a sentence ranging from four and 15 years.

A jury found Doug Depatis guilty in August of participation in meth manufacturing, unlawful possession of a meth precursor, unlawful possession of meth-manufacturing materials, unlawful use of property and unlawful possession of meth waste.

Three police officers testified at trial saying they found met making materials at DePatis' residence when a search warrant was executed.

Also arrested was 38-year-old Josh Huff of Watseka.
Huff pleaded guilty to participation in meth manufacturing for an agreed six months in the county jail and four years of probation.

Depatis' case was prosecuted by Assistant State's Attorney Alexander O'Brien. Public defender Dale Strough represented Depatis.

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Two drivers injured in head-on crash on Route 45

Illinois State Police report two people were sent to area hospitals after a head-on crash on Route 45/52 in Iroquois County.

An 18-year-old Bourbonnais motorist, Ross Bissaillon (Biss – sale-on), was passing vehicles while northbound. He was in the southbound lane when his car hit a southbound pickup driven by 35-year-old Hugo Perez of Gilman. The collision happened at county road 3300 N.

Charges were filed against Bissaillon for Improper Passing. Perez was arrested for driving without a license.

A semi tractor-trailer was also involved, according to police reports. Bissaillon's vehicle hit the trailer of Gary Beggs of Momence. Beggs was not injured.

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