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LaFayette – New Wave agreement to implement

lafayettePresident Pro Tem Greg Bartley informed the LaFayette Village Board Monday that he had signed and returned the contracts to New Wave Net. During their scheduled monthly board meeting, Bartley clarified to newer trustees the terms of the contracts.
New Wave is a wireless internet provider serving an area from Kewanee to Neponset to Bloomington. In order to expand their territory west, New Wave will be installing antennas onto the Village water tower utilizing powerful magnets, not welds, to secure them to the tower.

Bradford Village Pres. speaks to rumors

bradfordIn a follow-up to a News article last week concerning the transfer of the Bradford K9 unit from the control of Chief Dawn Dove to Village President Adam Wilson, Wilson has proffered several statements in a telephone conversation.

“Chief Dove has not been fired,” said Wilson, addressing rumors that are circulating around the county. He continued, “There have been no changes in employment at the Bradford Police Department.”

When asked by The News to elaborate, Wilson stated, “There have been personnel meetings among the Village board, but no action has been taken at the present time.” 

Cox headed to prison

policePaul Simon Cox, 41, recently of Toulon and formerly of Wyoming, has been sentenced by Circuit Judge Scott Shore to three one year consecutive terms in the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC).
In a plea deal with States Attorney James Owens, Cox pled guilty to charges of a May 18, 2012 domestic battery stemming from an incident involving his then wife Jodi Bauer-Cox. The couple has since divorced.
Cox also pled guilty to an August 5, 2012 violation of an order of protection when found in the presence of Bauer-Cox. Last September 22, the charge of driving on a revoked license while D.U.I., with associated accidental injury occurred.
Cox drove Bauer-Cox’s pick-up truck through the Casey’s in Toulon, where he drove into David Pyle’s vehicle with Pyle inside. The impact was so severe, it pushed Pyle’s car over a concrete barrier ledge injuring Pyle in the process.

Bradford K9 unit reassigned

bradfordBradford’s Village board has decided to reassign the K9 police unit of Officer Todd Marquez and his canine partner from Police Chief Dawn Dove to Village President Adam Wilson.
This action was voted upon and passed unanimously Saturday January 12 at the rescheduled monthly Village meeting. It took place after an Executive Session and the board reconvened in open meeting. No further details were released concerning the decision to make the Village President the K9 coordinator.
The Village board also passed and has implemented immediately a new water and sewer policy for Bradford residents.
The policy states that payment must be made by 4 p.m. on the same day as water is shut off, in order to have service restored. If payment is not received by 4 p.m., then service will be restored between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. the next business day after payment is received.

Mayor appoints fourth Toulon police chief in four years

toulonFor the fourth time in as many years, Toulon has a new Chief of Police. Mark Olszewski was appointed Monday by Mayor Rick Collins to replace Doug Richards as the newest City Police Chief.
The City council unanimously approved the appointment of Olszewski without discussion and solely upon Collins’ recommendation alone. Richards has been reassigned “as a patrolman who will do several shifts a week,” according to Collins.
“Doug just didn’t have the time to be Chief,” Collins stated. One day, was the last The News had knowledge of Richards actually working while Chief. “I talked with him and he understands,” Collins explained to the council.