A Milford man was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison in connection with the beating death of another man two years ago.
In Iroquois Circuit Court ... 54-yr-ol d Danny R. Murphy earlier pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter, a Class 3 felony. It was part of plea agreement negotiated with the Iroquois County State’s Attorney’s Office. Two counts of first-degree murder were dismissed.
Murphy allegedly caused fatal injuries to 48-year-old Milford resident David C. Garrett during an altercation at a Milford home on the evening of April 7, 2015. At the time, Murphy was on parole for robbery and false impersonation of a police officer.
An issue over ‘secondary employment’ is forcing Watseka Fire Chief Dave Mayotte to give up a job he loves. Mayotte has informed the City Council he is resigning as fire chief.
The issue is, Mayotte is a professional, career firefighter working with the Tri-State Fire Protection District in suburban Darien (IL). Union rules, according to a letter from the Tri-State District, prohibit members from having secondary employment in firefighting duties.
Mayotte’s argument before the Tri-State trustees was based on the premise that he’s not an active, ‘boots-on-the ground’ active firefighter for Watseka, but instead a chief in command situations. But the argument was declined, forcing Mayotte’s resignation in his Watseka position......
"I was planning on four more years; I'm not looking to leave...but sometimes your fulltime jobs dictates what you have to do," Mayotte said. "I don't agree what they're (Tri-State) doing. It's wrong and it's going to hurt a lot of volunteer fire districts in the state of Illinois. It's an issue of trying to fight 'city hall' and it's not worth it."
Mayotte has been with the Watseka fire department for 30 years, 16 as chief. The many, good experiences are often difficult to talk about. But Mayotte thanks the City Council, present and past administrations, and the neighboring, dedicated firemen who’ve made this all a family affair........
"This has been a fun job. I love helping the people of Watseka and the area..I've loved the relationships with area departments. I love being a firefighter," Mayotte added.
Mayotte plans to remain in an administrative position to assist in the transition to a new Watseka fire chief.
Newton County Sheriff’s Police responded to a crash involving two semis at US 41 and CR 950N, Lake Village Tuesday. A Pennsylvanis man ( Damir Zamonov ) turning northbound on US 41 from CR 950N. Police report the driver failed to yield the right of way to a northbound semi ( driven by Michael Stallman of Illinois).
Stallman was treated for minor injuries. Newton County EMS, Lake Township Fire Department, Indiana State Police assisted at the scene.
One man is accused of causing a crash last month in south suburban Beecher that killed a pregnant woman and her three young children. Will County prosecutors announced (Tuesday) 25-year-old Sean Woulfe has been charged with 16 counts of reckless homicide in the July 24th collision. Police say the suspect slammed his pickup into a vehicle, killing Lindsey Schmidt, six-year-old Owen, four-year-old Weston and one-year-old Kaleb. Investigators believe Woulfe was speeding and blew a stop sign at the time of the crash.
The Bradley-Bourbonnais Community High School district is mourning the loss of a former basketball standout. 19-year-old Zach Hollywood was found dead in his of-campus apartment at Ball State University. An investigation into his death is underway.