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Paxton Mayor: “change in leadership was needed”

An interim-police chief is in place at Paxton. And a search for a permanent replacement for fired-Police Chief Bob Bane will begin. Meanwhile---little is being said about reasons for Bane’s termination.

Mayor Bill Ingold said in a prepared statement at this week’s City Council meeting, “it was clear a change in leadership was needed.”

The Ford County Record reports Ingold stated that he made the decision to fire Bane “based on both personal information and the input of others.” Ingold said “I do not intend to publicly address the reasons behind my decision, as I never discuss personnel decisions in public.” The mayor added, “it was clear a change in leadership was needed.”

Bane had been Paxton police chief since 2006.

Former police captain Coy Cornett is serving as acting chief. The council voted 8-0 Tuesday night to concur with Ingold’s appointment of Cornett to the interim position.

The City Council was also in closed session (Tuesday) to discuss ‘imminent litigation.’

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Semi rollover crash in Newton County

A semi rolled over on State Road 114 near County Road 300 East in Newton County Thursday. Sheriff’s Police report a Mack semi left the road after the driver and witnesses heard a “pop” and the truck jolted to the right. The semi was hailing leachate from the nearby landfill. About 800 gallons spilled from the 6500 gallon tank.

The driver, 38-year-old Keven Griffin Jr of Gary, IN was treated for non-life threatening injuries. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

Anyone that may have witnessed the crash is encouraged to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 219-474-5661. Mutual aid was provided by Newton County EMS, Brook Fire Department, Newton County EMA and a private tow.

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Chief Seabert retires from Martinton Fire

Jim Seabert has traded his fire equipment in, electing now to use some fishing equipment. And –the change in habit suits him just fine, so far. He and his wife, Sue, are enjoying the fishing climate in Missouri.

Well-deserved retirement after 39 years on the Martinton Fire Department, many of those years serving as chief.
Thursday evening, a community gathering at the Martinton Fire Station welcomed Chief Seabert back home for a brief visit and a retirement party. But it was still an emotional event for a guy who devoted a lot of community time into emergency work and then a quick, quiet departure..........

"I knew it wouldn't be easy, so I did it quietly," Seabert said. "T think about the guys all the time, but not enough to put the fishing gear aside," he laughed.

Jeff Meyer is acting-chief now for Martinton Fire. Seabert is confident the department is in good hands. But his retirement seemed to happen quickly after he made the connection for the property he wanted in Missouri.

Equipment upgrades over the years is always a proud accomplishment in the fire business. But Seabert says it doesn’t happen without good, dedicated firemen and women; including the managing fire trustees.

Jim Seabert also talks about the fire family; neighboring departments who share the passion and dedication of answering the bell and giving back to the communities...

MABAS box-alarms have proven to be life-savers and that extra-support always needed, according to Chief Seabert, when talking about progress........

Family and community friends were on hand to congratulate the chief on his retirement. Neighboring fire, police, and EMS personnel were also present to shake hands and share stories.

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Martinton Day in the Park

Great weekend weather for some fun in the park. And that’s the order of business in Martinton.

The Martinton EMS/Fire Day in the park is tomorrow (Saturday September 16, 2017). That beautiful Martinton Village Park has all kinds of activities planned beginning at 7 am. The food pantry opens its doors for breakfast. It’s at the Parish Hall.

Softball games run all day, starting at 9 am. Tractor pull at noon. Chicken dinner will begin at 4:00 there is a limited amount so please purchase your ticket at the park.

Mahlah the comfort dog will make an appearance around 2:00. There are games for the kids through out the day. Bean bag tournament starting at 5:00. The band Rival will begin around 6:00. There’s raffles throughout the day and the final raffle prizes to be given away around 10:00 pm which includes a featured-toolbox.

Organizers of the Day in the Park extend a thank you to the community for the continue support of their fire and ambulance departments.

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Indiana: Traffic Stop Nets Numerous Drug Charges

A traffic stop on I-65 in White County, IN (Tuesday) led to numerous drug charges against the driver.

A stop for speeding and the trooper detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. After further investigation marijuana, Heroin, Cocaine and Fentanyl were found inside the vehicle. 32-year-old Frederick Smith of Chicago was arrested for possession of marijuana, heroin, cocaine and fentanyl.

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