Repeat D.U.I. Offender Arrested In Macon 

  On August 17 at approximately 4:05 pm, the Macon County Sheriff’s Office received a call in regards to a single motor vehicle crash at the intersection of W. Cole St.  and Wiles St. in Macon.  
While deputies were responding to the scene witnesses to the crash reported the driver was attempting to leave the scene but had become stuck in a ditch.  Other witnesses also reported the truck was traveling at a high rate of speed westbound on Cole St. prior to the crash.
Upon arrival, deputies found a 1996 Chevy pickup truck had crashed into a power pole on the west side of the intersection.  Evidence on scene confirmed prior witness statements that the truck was traveling at a high rate of speed westbound on Cole St. prior to the crash.  Witnesses on scene advised as the driver was attempting to free the truck from the ditch, they were able to trick the driver into exiting the truck, at which point one witness was able to get into the truck, turn off the engine and take possession of the keys so the driver could not flee prior to our arrival.
Upon completion of the investigation, the driver, a 45-year-old Macon resident was taken into custody for driving under the influence of alcohol.  
Deputies discovered the driver had a revoked driver’s license from a previous D.U.I. conviction and also did not have insurance on the truck.  Upon further investigation it was determined the driver had at least 3 prior convictions for D.U.I.
The driver was taken into custody and booked into the Macon County Jail on preliminary charges of D.U.I.; D.U.I. w/ B.A.C. over 0.08;  Driving on a Revoked License, No Valid Insurance, Failure to Display Registration, Failure to Reduce Speed to Avoid an Accident and Felony Aggravated D.U.I.  He is currently in jail without bond pending a bond hearing Aug. 18 for the Aggravated D.U.I. charge.

Manar secures funding to keep
local homeless shelter open

  For the second year in a row, Decatur’s Oasis Day Center, a homeless shelter providing mental health services to 2,200 local residents, will remain open and in full operation because of a $300,000 state grant from the Illinois Department of Human Services secured with help from State Senator Andy Manar (D–Bunker Hill). 
“The Oasis Day Center is vital to the community of Decatur,” Manar said. “It helps people who are suffering from real problems find shelter and the help they need to rebuild their lives. This continued grant demonstrates that Illinois’ state government is investing in our downstate communities – not just Chicago.”
In the spring of 2013, the center learned that federal budget cuts meant the loss of its main source of funding. Unless the $300,000 per year could be replaced, the center would have had no choice but to close its doors. Concerned about the impact such a loss would have on the community, area leaders including Mayor Mike McElroy and staff and board members from the Oasis Day Center approached Manar for assistance in keeping the center open utilizing possible state support.
Manar quickly communicated the need for funding to state officials and to the governor and his staff to convince them that Decatur’s homeless center should be a top priority. This year, Manar followed up to make sure the center would continue to receive the funding it needs.
"I'm glad the senator has once again stepped forward to keep this vital community resource open and available for those who unfortunately find themselves in need of this service. I want to personally thank the senator,” said Mayor Mike McElroy. “This continues to be a quality of life issue and we are grateful for his continued assistance."
"It is important to me that we provide a basic safety net for those in need," said State Rep. Sue Scherer, D-Decatur. "The Oasis Day Center provides extensive services for both physical and mental needs, places a value on the lives of area homeless and provides a path to better health and future opportunities."
Open 365 days each year with seven full-time staff, the Oasis Day Center provides homeless people, including those suffering from substance abuse and mental illness, a safe place to meet their basic needs while linking them to services in the community.

Ag Meat And Poultry Inspectors Discover Unsanitary Conditions
In Illinois Food Plant; Findings Result In Revocation Of The Company’s License

A Greene County food processing plant cited for repeated violations of the Illinois Meat and Poultry Inspection Act has had its license revoked. 
Parks Locker Service of Greenfield, Ill., was ordered to close following a July 16 administrative hearing at the Illinois Department of Agriculture building in Springfield.
The administrative law judge presiding in the case issued the revocation order after listening to testimony that department meat and poultry inspectors found 136 violations in the facility from March 24 to June 17 of this year and management was either unwilling or unable to correct the problems. 
The violations largely were for unsanitary conditions that endanger public safety.  They included instances where inspectors documented water dripping onto meat rails, rust on meat hooks, peeling paint on walls and ceilings in places where meat was stored or processed and holes in floors, walls and doors.    
The judge's ruling takes effect immediately and orders Parks Locker Service to cease "any and all processing and sale of meat or poultry products."  The plant has the right to appeal the decision. 
The Bureau of Meat and Poultry Inspection is responsible for administration of the Illinois Meat and Poultry Inspection Act, which regulates the wholesomeness, labeling and advertising of meat and poultry products.  Inspections cover all aspects of intrastate slaughter and processing, from ante mortem inspection to the distribution of products to retailers.  Currently, the bureau inspects 243 establishments statewide. 
or to: Decatur Tribune, 
P. O. Box 1490, 
Decatur, IL 62525-1490.

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