Illinois Bureaucrat Tries to Fix Ticket, Mistakenly Faxes Request to Newspaper

by

comment
People fax the darndest things.
  • People fax the darndest things.
Whoops! The Belleville News-Democrat has a funny story that landed right in its lap -- almost literally.

The paper recently received a fax from Joann Reed, the records clerk at the St. Clair County Sheriff's Department, that was supposed to go to Centreville village attorney Carmen Durso. Instead it ended up being faxed to the newspaper.

The fax included a copy of a speeding ticket on which Reed had scribbled "Dismiss it" and "The guy is the son of one of our deputies."

So, the paper called Reed. She confessed to trying to change the ticket but said she wasn't doing it for the son of a sheriff's deputy. It was just for a hard-luck college kid who needed help.

The paper found that, no, the person on the ticket was actually the son of a sheriff deputy. Sheriff Mearl Justus says he'll investigate Reed's action.

Tags

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Riverfront Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Riverfront Times Club for as little as $5 a month.