Henry County Board sees K-9 demonstration

Staff Writer
Geneseo Republic
Henry County Courthouse

The Henry County Board Tuesday, Nov. 13, saw a K-9 presentation by Henry County Sheriff Deputies Glenn Hampton and Jorik, a 2-year-old Belgian Malinois who joined the department in October after a 14-hour flight.

Hampton began the two-part demonstration of Jorik's abilities by telling board members, "Keep your hands under the table, he's hungry."

Jorik understands only Dutch, and has been certified for narcotics work, tracking, and building searches. Hampton has trained Jorik as a passive-alert dog, meaning once he finds narcotics he will sit next to them and not scratch on the item.

Hampton hid a marijuana pipe inside a highlighter pen, then put the pen inside one of three suitcases. Jorik found the pipe in seconds, and sat quietly next to the case.

The second demonstration showed Jorik's ability to do an aggressive take-down when a deputy entered the courtroom wearing padding on one arm.

Hampton said Jorik has done school searches in several counties, including Stark, Henry and Rock Island.

The Purina Company will provide free food for the life of the dog, and veterinary services, excluding medicines and surgeries, will be provided free of charge.

Henry County State's Attorney Terry Patton and Sheriff Jim Padilla were both thanked for their support in bringing Jorik to the county.

Patton noted that Jorik was paid for from drug forfeiture funds.

"We take the profits from drug dealers and turn it against them," he said.

In other business:

•Retiring Circuit Clerk Deb Doss was honored for 24 years of service with a plaque presented by board chairman Tim Wells.

•Karen Urick noted that Public Aid payments from the state are five months behind, for a total of $561,965. No payment was received in October.

•Final cost for the Hillcrest Home renovation was $1,024,271. Additional charge orders totaled $25,813.49.

•Hillcrest is sponsoring an "Adopt A Resident" program for Christmas presents. Those interested in participating are asked to contact Urick or Hillcrest director Mary Bergren.

•The board unanimously approved a resolution to appropriate $1 million from the Motor Fuel Tax allotment for the maintenance on county or state highways.

•The board unanimously approved a budget resolution for the sheriff's department. Funds were moved around to cover overruns in FICA, IMRF and health insurance.

•The fiscal 2013 budget was approved 20-3, with members Rebekah McCaw, Marshall Jones and Jon Zahm voting no. The budget contains a $484,661 deficit.

•The board approved a tax levy ordinance with a 2.67 increase by a vote of 18-5. Voting no were Zahm, Jones, McCaw, Dennis Sullivan and Ted Sturtevant. The tax rate did not increase, but Zahm said property taxpayers would notice a rise of approximately $6 on their tax bills.

•Tom Montgomery was reappointed to the Henry County Building Board of Appeals.

•Gerald Franks was reappointed to the Henry County Planning Committee.

•Dr. David Modder was reappointed county animal control administrator, and Dr. Chris Ryan was reappointed county animal control assistant administrator.