SIDNEY

Ex-Fremont County landfill manager gets probation for theft

A former manager of the Fremont County landfill in southwest Iowa has been given probation after pleading guilty in a deal with prosecutors.

Court records say 32-year-old Dusty VanRenan pleaded guilty Monday to theft after prosecutors dismissed a charge of ongoing criminal conduct. He was sentenced to two years of probation and given a deferred judgment. Under a deferred judgment, records of his convictions in the case will be expunged if he completes the terms of his probation.

A $750 civil penalty against him was suspended.

A state auditor's investigation says VanRenan used a country truck to haul pallets he sold for recycling in Council Bluffs. The auditors say the nearly $5,500 paid for the pallets wasn't turned over to the county account.

CEDAR FALLS

Authorities say ATV crash fatally injured Iowa boy, 8

Authorities say the crash of an all-terrain vehicle has fatally injured its 8-year-old driver in central Iowa.

The accident occurred Tuesday morning on a farm near Cedar Falls. The Grundy County Sheriff's Office says the ATV went over a retaining wall and flipped.

The Sheriff's Office said the driver died later at Sartori Memorial Hospital in Cedar Falls. He was identified as Micah Jones, who lived in Cedar Falls.

Eight-year-old Cedar Falls resident Charlie Stewart also was in the ATV. He was taken to a Waterloo hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

The crash is being investigated.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill.

Agency inspecting all rides at Illinois State Fair

Illinois officials are conducting routine inspections of all rides at the 2017 state fair to ensure they are safe to operate.

The Illinois Department of Labor's Amusement Ride and Attraction Safety Division is inspecting more than 65 rides at the fairgrounds in Springfield. The department says no ride will be allowed to run if it doesn't pass the inspection.

The fair began Thursday and runs through Aug. 20.

Acting Director Joe Beyer says inspectors also will be making unannounced safety checks throughout the fair.

The department is encouraging fairgoers to follow safety rules and instructions from ride attendants. That includes following minimum height and weight restrictions and using required safety equipment such as lap bars, harnesses and seat belts.

MATTOON, Ill.

71-year-old GE Lighting factory in Mattoon to close today

A central Illinois General Electric Lighting plant that once employed as many as 1,800 people is closing this week.

The 71-year-old factory will permanently close at the end of the day today. GE Lighting spokeswoman Alicia Gauer said 133 employees remain on the job at the plant. She said 36 of them will remain for various lengths of time to clean, disconnect equipment and prepare the plant for possible future use. Gauer said GE expects that to take three to four months.

GE Lighting previously has said it closed the plant because it was operating at 60 percent below capacity and "volume was down dramatically."

GE said 38 percent of Mattoon workers are eligible for retirement benefits. The rest will receive severance pay, retraining and other benefits.