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National Health Week is Next Week

April 3-9, 2017 is National Public Health Week. Join the Iroquois County Public Health Department (ICPHD) in celebrating and become part of a growing movement to create the healthiest nation in one generation. Each day of the week ICPHD is offering various services designed to help you focus on building a healthier you.

Monday - Make sure your immunizations are up-to-date.
Every year, tens of thousands of adults in the United States suffer serious health problems, are hospitalized, or even die from diseases that could have been prevented by vaccination. Stop by the Iroquois County Public Health Department and talk to one of our nurses about immunizations you may need. Our Senior Service Program will also be offering free pill organizers on April 3rd in honor of National Public Health Week.

Tuesday - Have your home tested for Radon.
Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers. Radon is an indoor air pollutant, which is a colorless and odorless radioactive gas that comes from naturally occurring uranium in our soil. The only way your family can know whether your home has an elevated level is to test for it. Stop by the Iroquois County Public Health Department and obtain your free test kit. ICPHD will also offer free water testing for your well on April 4th.

Wednesday - Women, protect yourself from HPV (human papillomavirus) and cervical cancer.
The Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program (IBCCP) provides free cervical cancer screenings, pelvic exams, diagnostic services, and referrals for uninsured and underinsured Illinois women 35 years and older, regardless of income. If you are an uninsured or underinsured woman between the ages of 35 and 64, please stop by the Iroquois County Public Health Department to get more information.

Thursday - Create a plan to stop smoking for good.
Quitting will help you live a longer, healthier life. Call the Illinois Tobacco Quitline at 1-800-QUIT-YES. Smokers are at greater risk for diseases that affect the heart and blood vessels (cardiovascular disease). Stop by the health department for a free blood pressure screening.

Friday - Develop healthy habits.
Eating balanced meals and exercising regularly can help protect your health long term. Over time, turn these actions into habits for your health. Start small - join the staff of the Iroquois County Public Health Department in a walk through Legion Park over our lunch hour. We will meet at 12:10 p.m. in the parking lot of the Iroquois Community Health and Social Service Center at 850 S 4th Street. After your walk, stop in at the health department for a free glucose test.

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DeAngelis: Aftermath of Tragedy Never Goes Away

The Bourbonnais Township Park District and Sorensen-Wilder and Associates held their Emergency Preparedness Leadership Conference yesterday.

Retired Columbine High School Principal Frank DeAngelis was the keynote speaker and said the aftermath of a tragedy never goes away.

DeAngelis says he is often asked when it all goes back to normal but he says it never does and they have to redefine what normal is. DeAngelis adds that is why he continues to speak on the importance of preparedness at events so he can warn people of the effects and that a tragedy can indeed happen to them.

DeAngelis was serving as principal when the mass shooting occurred at Columbine on April 20, 1999.

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Investigators Still Have Hope in Solving Delphi Murders

Six weeks into their case, investigators say there's still plenty of hope of catching the killer of two Delphi girls. Police said they've interviewed 300 suspects, but have yet to find the man who killed Libby German and Abby Williams.

Investigators say they are making progress in the case and they continue to work through the numerous tips they have received. Police have also reportedly started to scale back resources but that is due to the number of tips becoming more manageable and no longer needing the additional help.

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Update: Investigators Determine Cause of Morocco Fire

The Morocco Fire Department with the Indiana State Fire Marshal’s Office have completed a cause/origin investigation for the house fire at 304 East Grove Street, Morocco, IN on Tuesday.

Fire investigators determined the cause of Tuesday’s fire to be electrical in origin, stemming from a multi plug device plugged into an electrical wall outlet. The fire that started around 4:50 pm Tuesday began in a second story bedroom and extended into the attic and hallway before being extinguished by fire fighters.

A cat in the bedroom alerted the residents to the fire by scratching the bedroom door. Occupants were able to free the cat from the bedroom. Smoke detectors were present in the home, however were not in working condition. No one was injured as result of the fire.

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Indiana Man Killed in Police Action Shooting Following Chase

One man is dead after a police-action shooting early Tuesday in Indiana following a chase through multiple counties.

It started when Peter J. Doffin Jr, 36 of Lafayette, IN allegedly dragged his daughter from a Warren County home and took off around 4:30 a.m.

Police would then locate him in Tippecanoe County but the chase would continue before coming to an end near the White and Pulaski county lines when Doffin’s vehicle went into a ditch. Police report Doffin came out of the vehicle displaying a weapon and made threatening gestures towards the officers who then shot and killed him.

The daughter was uninjured. The investigation is ongoing.