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Former Police Chief Admits Helicopter Scam

(Countryside, IL) -- The former president of the Illinois police chiefs association and former Kankakee County sheriff deputy has admitted misusing more than 250-thousand-dollars raised for a suburban-Chicago police helicopter program.

Fifty-six-year-old Timothy Swanson of Bourbonnais had started a nonprofit and raised the money from dozens of police departments for the purpose of equipping and flying helicopters across various police jurisdictions. The program was grounded, though, when state and federal officials began to question how Swanson was using the money he raised to finance a side business he operated and to pay personal bills. He'll be sentenced in May.

Swanson entered open pleas of guilty to two-counts of mail fraud, money laundering, two-counts of tax evasion and two-counts of filing a false tax return.

The ruling handed on in U-S Federal Court.

Swanson faces up to 20 years in prison for each count of mail fraud, five years for income tax evasion, and up to three years for each count of filing a false tax return.     {Metro News source}

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Sheriff Childress names new chief deputy in Livingston County

Livingston County's new sheriff has a new chief deputy. Lt. Earl Dutko has been named the chief deputy. Sheriff Tony Childress made the announcement.

Dutko, who began his career with the county as a jail dispatcher 24 years ago, has worked his way up through the ranks at the department.

"It was a surprise until the end," Dutko admitted. "I'm honored Sheriff Childress chose me for the position. I know he had good choices."

Dutko is currently is the commander of our investigations unit. Sheriff Childress said Dutko will continue there for awhile, even as chief deputy, because Childress said that's a unit that needs somebody that really knows the job and knows what's needed to bring investigations to a positive closure.

Sgt. John Mitchell and deputies Tom Hardyman and Brad DeMoss were recognized for 20, 20 and five years of service, respectively. They were given a certificate and a plaque.

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Congresswomen already eyeing Senate runs in 2016

The November election now behind us, and U-S Congresswomen are considering Senate runs in 2016.

Democrats Robin Kelly of Matteson, Tammy Duckworth of Hoffman Estates, Bill Foster of Naperville, and Cheri Bustos of East Moline are toying with the idea of challenging U-S Senator mark Kirk, who says he's running for re-election.

The congressional publication Roll Call says U.S. Representative Cheri Bustos (D-East Moline) is one name being thrown around to vie for U.S. Senate in 2016.

Bustos, though, says she doesn't yet know what she'll do. "I think it's very early. We just got done with a pretty tough campaign. My focus is on the 17th District of Illinois and just making sure that I serve the people here the best I possibly can," she said at an appearance in Galesburg.

Bustos says if it were to make sense for her to run, she'd do it, but she has no timeline.

U.S. Sen. Mark S. Kirk (R-Ill.) is the incumbent, and he says he's running for re-election, but national Democrats see him as vulnerable and the seat as a pickup opportunity.
Robin Kelly said Kirk's moderate stand on issues are questionable.

Also considering a run are U.S. Reps. Tammy Duckworth (D-Hoffman Estates) and Bill Foster (D-Naperville).

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Coroner’s Office Looking For Next of Kin in Natural Death Case

Newton County (Indiana) Coroner's Office investigators are seeking the public's help in locating family members of a 65-year-old Kentland (Indiana) man who died of natural causes last week in his Kentland apartment.

On Wednesday, January 21st at approximately 6:00 p.m., EMS and police officers responded to the Hillside Apartments, 204 N. 1st St. in Kentland for the report of a deceased male in apartment 207.
Coroner Scott McCord said investigators have identified the deceased male as Joseph O. Horn. It was determined that he died of natural causes.
Investigators have made numerous attempts to locate family members. They have not been able to locate anyone.

Joseph O. Horn is described as a white male, 6'4" tall, weighing 165 pounds, with brown hair and green eyes.

Coroner's Investigators are asking anyone who can provide information concerning Mr. Horn's family member(s) to call the Newton County Coroner's Office at (219) 285-2515.

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Rain & Snow in Central Illinois; Massive storm bears down out east

The National Weather Service is calling for a storm system moving across Illinois today (Sunday), bringing rain first, then mixing with snow.

Once turning to all snow, accumulations of about 2 inches, or more are likely in an area north of Interstate 74 by Sunday evening. Lighter accumulations are expected in other parts of the region.

Road crews have been prepping for the slushy and slick conditions.

Weather conditions here however, are nothing compared to what the weather services says will hit the northeast.
Coastal regions from New York to Boston are bracing for a whopper of a snowstorm that could bring up to 2 feet of snow.

NWS meteorologists say the storm will start edging into the region overnight Sunday then turn up the coast.
In New York City, the massive storm is expected to leave up to a foot of snow by Tuesday, followed by 8 inches or so more before Wednesday.

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