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Cut Out & Save Watermain Flushing Prolram Mt. Pulaski Water Department will be flushing watermains on the following dates: WEATHER PERMITrlNG! Tuesday, April 16 & Wednesday, April 17 We will be flushing the system in the evening, from 10:00 pm. To 4:00 am. The Watermain flushing will cause the water to become cloudy. The water is safe to drink. The cloudiness will last approximately I day after each flushing. Laundry should be scheduled accordingly. Should you have any questions, please call City Hall at 7923222. Thank You, Mt. Pulaski Water Department ..... iiiill ......... !! i i 4 o D, > 1 ol tO O i-i o ./ Will your money retire before you do? Deron Powell CPCU, Agent Registered Representative Bus: 217-792-3373 Tol{ Free: 877-792-3371 The sooner you start investing, the more likely you are to reach your long-term goals. Ask me about State Farm Mutual Funds% Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there.* CALL ME TODAY. 00StateFarm o How Do They Do That? By Mike Lakin A Lincoln resident was arrested on a McLean County Warrant by MPPD - Chief Lynn Freer. Chief Freer was observing traffic and typed in the license number of the Lincoln resident's car. The computer immediately reported the resident was wanted on a McLean County Warrant for contempt of court for failure to pay child support and the cash- bond was for $720. While the Lincoln resident said he had paid the money owed i full, the confirmation stated the warrant was in effect.' Arrested, the driver was taken to the county jail and held for extradition to McLean County. How did Chief Freer do that? All he had was a" license number. When the license plate was run, the computer searches sev- eral databases. Every database that has information about that driver comes up on the computer screen to let an officer know about that particular driver. Within seconds Chief Freer knows the following... Is the driver legal? Vehicle VIN number. Is the driver revoked? Is the registration legal? Is the driver suspended? Improper title for vehicle? Vehicle registration. Driver's "driving history". Are there local, statewide, and/or national warrants on the driver? License plate sticker valid to that Vehicle? -" Each unique to one vehicle. With all that information avail- able and, if applicable, on the computer screen - Chief Freer knows if an arrest will be made as he returns to the driver. FYI -Chief Freer averages 20, O00 plate inquiries a year. In addition to running informa- tion when a traffic stop is made, Chief Freer also runs a license plate when a vehicle he's not seen before appears somewhere in town. He commented that he believes residents appreciate the department "keeping tabs" on vehicles that show in neighbor- hoods. Chief Freer said he also runs license plates on people he knows. A driver's status can change any- time and the Secretary of State updates a driver's computer file every second of the day. A driver can be valid one day, and the next that driving privilege can be taken away. Chief Freer also uses the com- puter to check if someone is using an invalid handicap placard. If needed, he can check a gun serial number. FBI has information on someone in town? It's already on the computer. INS has informa- tion on someone in town7 It's already on the computer. Due to the constant computer updates, the police department runs warrant searches multiple times a day. County - statewide orders of protection are updated multiple times a day. Stolen items, with serial numbers, are likewise updated multiple times a day. If needed, hazardous material plaques on railroad freight cars ands semi tracks are in a data- base.., just in case. Even boat ad airplane numbers can be accessed immediately. One thing that has changed is that police scanners are not much of a source for finding out what is going on. Practically nothing is "on the radio" today. Chief Freer said, for any offi- cer, the in-car-computer is a "parmer" with an extra set of eyes and a "vast knowledge" of people. Most important, accord- ing to Chief Freer, is that the information the in-car-computer provides is fact - regardless of what the person (subject-driver) says; He summarized the impor- tance of the in-car-computer as something that adds efficiency to an officer's job. It minimizes manpower because it limits calls to a county dispatcher. "It is something that an officer cannot work without", said Chief Freer. If someone comments to you that they were pulled over and they were surprised about what the police officer knew; just reply.., oh... really?