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The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • Watchful citizens credited for arrests

  • Watchful residents of the city were credited by Eldorado Police Chief Shannon Deuel during Tuesday's Eldorado City Council meeting for helping stop two recent crime sprees in the city.
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  • Watchful residents of the city were credited by Eldorado Police Chief Shannon Deuel during Tuesday's Eldorado City Council meeting for helping stop two recent crime sprees in the city.
    One of those was a series of break-ins of businesses along U.S. Route 45 Saturday morning. A citizen spotted suspicious activity at Medicap Pharmacy and called police. Officer Clint Hooper responded and arrested Jedidiah Oliver, 19, Louisville.
    Officer Greg McKinney arrested a man accused of several incidents of property damage.
    "In both cases neighbors were watching out and called us in time to catch them," Deuel said.
    He asked the community to remain vigilant in notifying police of suspicious activity rapidly.
    Mayor Rocky James said residents are reporting getting calls from companies offering what they claim to be cheaper electrical rates. The city offers a cheaper electrical rate than was previously offered through an aggregation company which the voters approved in the spring election. James said of the phone calls if a resident provides the caller with a customer identity number the company can switch the customer's electrical provider. James said one resident had his electrical company switched and found out he now is paying 7 percent higher than before.
    "We want citizens to call down (to city hall) to check it out and make sure they can get a lower rate," he said.
    Some companies may truly offer a better deal and residents are free to select any company they want.
    "I'm not saying you can't find a better deal. We can't and we checked around," James said.
    During the meeting:
    Council approved a road block for Oct. 4, 2014, for the Lions Club Candy Day.
    Approved the bid of Stan Carpenter Paint of $685 to paint the Community Center and Eldorado Police Department.
    Commissioner Jim Morris said the Williams and Associates asset insurance is up 2 percent and worker's compensation is up 12 percent for a total of $135,000 — an increase of $7,700 over the previous year.
    Council approved year end compensation of $200 per full time employee and $100 for part-time, paid-per-call firefighters and auxiliary police officers for a total of $8,600.
    Council approved Jeff Kotner for the Saline County Industrial Development Board.
    Council agreed to take bids on city-owned properties once the City Attorney C. Mart Watson has the paperwork ready.
    "A couple of people seemed real interested so we'd like to be able to get rid of these properties," James said.
    James thanked the firefighters for treating the kids during Trunk-or-Treat night.

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