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First Farmers Financial Corporation Announces Agreement to Acquire Three Illinois Banks

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: October 01, 2014
  • city: First Farmers Financial Corporation Announces Agreement to Acquire Three Illinois Banks

First Farmers Financial Corporation, holding company of First Farmers Bank & Trust, announced today that they have entered into Agreements and Plans of Merger to acquire 100% of the stock of three community banks in Illinois.

Under the terms of the agreements, First Farmers Bank & Trust will acquire Community Bank, Hoopeston, Illinois, United Community Bank, Oakwood, IL and First National Bank of Chrisman, Chrisman, IL, from their respective holding companies.  Each bank will be merged into First Farmers Bank & Trust as part of the transactions.  First Farmers Bank & Trust is a regional leader in agricultural and community banking in the Midwest.  At June 30, 2014, First Farmers had $1.2 billion in assets and operated 27 community bank branches in Indiana and Illinois.  The combined assets of the banks are currently $165 million and the transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2015, subject to regulatory approval and other customary conditions.

Community Bank operates two locations in Hoopeston, IL. “First Farmers’ expertise in Ag lending and their strength in communities very similar to ours will bring a new depth of offering and expertise to our customers.”  Bill Nicholls. President.

Illinois State Police Fatal Traffic Incident

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: October 01, 2014
  • city: Illinois State Police Fatal Traffic Incident

The Illinois State Police District 21 responded to a crash on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at 4:46 p.m. on IL 54 at 1000 East in Ford County.  The accident involved three vehicles, a 1986 Ford Pickup, a 2000 Peterbilt Truck Trailer and a 2009 Dodge Pickup.

The Ford pickup, driven by Jack D. Moody, 77 Roberts was traveling northeast on IL 54 near 1000E Road.  The Truck Tractor pulling a 2012 Home-made semi-trailer, (not loaded), driven by a 55 year old male from Fort Wayne, IN was traveling southwest on IL 54 near 1000E Road.  The Dodge pickup, driven by Debra Lowe, 51 Fort Wayne, IN was traveling southwest on IL 54 behind the truck tractor semi-trailer.  The Ford pickup crossed over the center line into the path of the truck tractor-semi trailer.  The Ford pickup struck the driver’s side of the semi-trailer and continued on into the lane of the Dodge pickup, striking the Dodge pickup head-on.  The driver of the Ford pickup was pronounced dead on-scene by the Ford County Coroner.  The driver of the Dodge pickup was transported to the hospital and she was later pronounced dead.

District 21 DUI Arrests

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: October 01, 2014
  • city: District 21 DUI Arrests

ASHKUM, IL- Illinois State Police (ISP) District 21 is reporting the arrest of; Juan Molina-Delacruz, 34, of Watseka; Frederick C. Nagel, 39, of Peotone; and Robert J. Perez III, 25, of Kankakee all for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol. 

On September 24, 2014, at approximately 7:47 P.M., an Illinois State Trooper was dispatched to a single vehicle crash on IL 1 at 2980 North Road.  The trooper arrived on scene and spoke with the driver, Juan Molina-Delacruz. Molina-Delacruz admitted to consuming alcoholic beverages.  Molina-Delacruz was transported to a local hospital with injuries.  While at the hospital the trooper had Molina-Delacruz perform two of the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests which he failed.  Molina-Delacruz was charged with Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and issued citations for driving while license revoked, improper lane usage, cell phone use while driving and operating an uninsured motor vehicle.

On September 28, 2014, at approximately 2:03 A.M., an Illinois State Trooper was on patrol on Route 50 at 11000 North Road in Kankakee County.  The trooper observed a vehicle cross the center line several times.  The trooper stopped the vehicle and spoke with the driver, Frederick Nagel.  Based on the trooper’s observations, the trooper had Nagel perform the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests which he failed.  Nagel was placed under arrest and transported to the Kankakee County Jail for processing.  Nagel was charged with Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and issued citations for improper lane usage, speeding and operating an uninsured motor vehicle.

On October 1, 2014, at approximately 2:22 A.M., an Illinois State Trooper was dispatched to a single vehicle crash on IL 17 at Pipeline Road.  The trooper arrived on scene and spoke with the driver, Robert Perez III.  Based on the trooper’s observations, the trooper had Perez perform the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests which he failed.  Perez was placed under arrest and transported to the Kankakee County Jail for processing.  Perez was charged with Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and issued a citation for improper lane usage. 

Little Lorraine Theatre presents double feature this week

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: October 01, 2014
  • city: Little Lorraine Theatre presents double feature this week

The Little Lorraine Theatre presents Transformers:  Age of Extinction this weekend.  Friday night at 7 p.m., Saturday at 3:30 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. and Sunday at 4:30 p.m.  Join them for a special feature on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. for REDEEMED, a pureflix movie.  Suggested Donation:  Adults $5 Children (16 or under) $2

Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: October 01, 2014
  • city: Iroquois County Sheriff's Police Report

News Release
October 1, 2014

9-30 Sheriff’s Police arrested Richard D. Moody, 57 Ashkum.  He was wanted on an Iroquois County warrant for failure to appear on the charge of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  Moody was taken to the Iroquois County Jail where he remains in lieu of bond

9-28 Gilman Police arrested Jeffrey S. Silsbee, 43 Ashkum.  He was charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and No Valid FOID Card.  Silsbee was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he later posted bond and was released

9-28 Sheriff’s Police investigated a single vehicle accident.  According to the police reports, Shane St. John, 25 Paxton was traveling southbound on 160 E Rd when he failed to yield the right of way to Kenneth R. Waters, 63 Rantoul as the two vehicles entered the intersection.  No injuries were reported and damages were estimated at more than $1500.  St. John was cited for Failure to Yield at an intersection.

Hoopeston Police Department Report

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: October 01, 2014
  • city: Hoopeston Police Department Report

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Fire Call H14-5190
Date & Time: September 30, 2014 5:21am
Location: 200 Blk E Wyman
Arrested: Cannon, Skylar W (M) of Hoopeston (22)
Details: HPD requested the Hoopeston Fire Department to respond after finding an illegal burn.  Mr. Cannon was found to the person responsible for the fire and was cited by HPD under City Ordinance of Illegal burning of non authorized materials.  Subject was processed and released on Notice to Appear for Hoopeston City Court. 

Hit and Run Traffic Accident (Solved) H14-5163
Date & Time: September 29, 2014 12:15am
Solved Date: September 30, 2014   9:30 am
Location: Young/Fifth St
Unit #1: 2012 Ford Focus (unknown driver)
Unit #2: 2003 Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by Lucas Saldana
Details: Unit #1 was traveling northbound on Fifth St and crashed into Unit #2 which
was traveling west on Young.  Unit #1 fled the scene but was later located.
Unit #1 was unoccupied.  Both vehicles were towed from scene and were
insured.
Arrested: Vogel, Kelley R (M) of Hoopeston (34) Unit 1 driver
Updated Details: After investigations, interviews conducted, the arrestee was charged with
the following tickets:  Failure to Report an Accident, Failure to Yield at
Intersection,  Drivers License Expired Less than Two (2) Years.  Subject
came to HPD for processing and released on Notice to Appear at Vermilion
County Courthouse. 

 

Fire Call
Time & Date:  September 30, 2014   11:15 am
Location:   1300 block S. Dixie Hwy
Details: At the above time and date, HFD was requested to respond to a ditch fire located
just South ¼ mile of the City Slab.  Fire was extinguished and all units cleared
no report of damage


Criminal Damage To Vehicle H14-5200 Welch
Date & Time: September 30, 2014   2:30pm
Location: Wyman Terrace Apartments
Complainant: 49 year old Hoopeston woman
Details: Complainant advised unknown subject(s) keyed her vehicle

Tuesday
September 30, 2014
Continued

 

Warrant Arrest H14-5207 Welch
Date & Time: September 30, 2014   5:51pm
Location: 800 blk S Sixth av
Arrested: Jonathan W Merrill (63) of Indiana
Details: Subject was taken into custody on outstanding Benton County Indiana
warrant # 56C01-9303-DR-10.  He was taken into custody and
transported to HPD where he was later transported to PSB where
he was going to await Indiana extradtion.

 

Domestic Battery H14-5150 Steeples
Date & Time: September 28, 2014   7:15pm
Location: 600 blk E Young
Complainant: 30 year old Hoopeston woman
Arrested: Kayla R Petty (20) of Hoopeston
Details: Subject came to HPD on 9/30/14 to speak to officers about an altercation she had
with a family member on the above date and time at the above location.
After giving her side of the story she was arrested and transported to PSB
to see a judge.

 

Farmers take advantage of warm, dry weather

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: September 30, 2014
  • city: Farmers take advantage of warm, dry weather

Farmers had plenty of time to work in the fields this past week according to the weekly crop report.  Warm, dry weather conditions helped move along harvest progress according to state crop statistician Mark Schleusener.

68% of soybeans are dropping leaves and 7% of the crop has been harvested.  78% of the soybean crop is rated in good to excellent condition.  As for other crops, 10% of sorghum has been harvested and 2% of winter wheat has been planted.  14% of the corn has been harvested and 83% of the crop is rated in good to excellent condition.

Inmate found hanging in cell in Ford County Jail

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: September 30, 2014
  • city: Inmate found hanging in cell in Ford County Jail

In Paxton, an inmate at the Ford County Jail was rushed to an Urbana hospital after he was found Monday morning hanging by the neck from a bed sheet in his cell.  The inmate, whose identity has not been released, remained in Carle Foundation Hospital’s critical care unit as of 2 p.m. Monday, Sheriff Mark Doran said in a news release.

The inmate was unresponsive when a correctional officer found him hanging from the neck during a routine cell check at 10:28 a.m., Doran said.  The office was able to get the inmate down, and Ford County staff members immediately started CPR.  Paramedics from Gibson Area Ambulance Service and a member of the Paxton Fire Department arrived at the jail and transported the inmate to the hospital.  State police were called in by Doran to investigate the incident.

Hoopeston Police Department Report

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: September 30, 2014
  • city: Hoopeston Police Department Report

Monday, September 29, 2014

Hit and Run Traffic Accident H14-5163
Date & Time: September 29, 2014 12:15am
Location: Young/Fifth St
Unit #1: 2012 Ford Focus (unknown driver)
Unit #2: 2003 Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by Lucas Saldana
Details: Unit #1 was traveling northbound on Fifth St and crashed into Unit #2 which
was traveling west on Young.  Unit #1 fled the scene but was later located.
Unit #1 was unoccupied.  Both vehicles were towed from scene and were
insured.


Found Radio
Time & Date:  September 27, 2014   8am
Location: Sixth St & McCracken Ave
Details:    Found in the street at the above listed date, Black Motorola handheld Radio owner of
the radio may come to Hoopeston Police Department to claim. 


Warrant Arrest H14-5167   V14-9703
Time & Date:   September 29, 2014   08:20am
Location: 800 Wyman Ave Hoopeston
Arrested: Hubbard, Christine M (F) of Hoopeston (52)
Details: At the above time and date, female was located on a Vermilion County Warrant
13TR5270 FTA Driving While License Suspended,  Bond $3000 10% plus $75
Subject was unable to posted the required bond, Vermilion County Sheriff transported her to Public Safety Building Danville in lieu of bond. 

Flu Shot Clinic in Hoopeston

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: September 29, 2014
  • city: Flu Shot Clinic in Hoopeston

Carle HRHC will have a flu shot cliniat at Charlotte Ann Russell Medical Center from 8 am to 3 pm on September 29th.  Flu shots will be available for those six months and older.  No appointment is necessary.

Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: September 29, 2014
  • city: Iroquois County Sheriff's Police Report

NEWS RELEASE
September 28, 2014

9-28 Milford Police arrested two male juveniles, in connection with multiple thefts which occurred on September 26th.  According to police reports, Milford Police and Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police responded to a call for service Friday evening at the Milford High School regarding several thefts of property from inside the school.  After hours of investigation and follow ups, Milford Police with the assistance of the Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police and Watseka Police Department an arrest was made of a 17 year old male juvenile and 15 year old male juvenile both from Milford in connection with the crime.  The 15 year old was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where a Juvenile Probation Officer was contacted upon arrival.  He was charged with burglary from a school, theft and possession of drug paraphernalia and later turned over to the custody of a parent.  The 17 year old juvenile was charged with burglary from a school, theft and illegal use of a credit card of another.  He was later transported to the Danville Juvenile Detention Center where he remains awaiting a court appearance on Monday, September 29th.  The incident remains under investigation.

9-19 Sheriff’s Police investigated a two vehicle accident on North Central St. near East Second St. in Gilman.  According to the reports, a vehicle driven by Kari M. Clark, 22 Gilman was backing from her parking spot on N Central street in an attempt to proceed south bound and another vehicle driven by Marla Beredlos, 62 Kankakee was traveling south on N Central St. at that same location.  Clark was unable to view Beredlos oncoming vehicle as she backed into the path of Beredlos vehicle and struck it on the front passenger side.  No injuries were reported and no citations were issued.  Damages from the accident were greater than $1500

9-27 Sheriff’s Police investigated a single vehicle vs deer accident on St. Rt. 45 near Co. Rd. 400N.  According to the reports, a vehicle driven by Korbyn E. Gray, 18 Gilman was traveling north on Rt. 45 just north of Co Rd 400N when a deer ran into the path of his vehicle and he was unable to avoid striking it resulting in damages greater than $1500.  No injuries were reported and no citations were issued

Hoopeston Police Department Weekend Report

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: September 29, 2014
  • city: Hoopeston Police Department Weekend Report

Friday, September 26th - Sunday, September 28th

Friday, September 26, 2014

Disobeying Police H14-5116 Kelnhofer
Date & Time: September 26, 2014 12:47am
Location: 306 E. Main Uptown Saloon
Arrested: Angela Miller (30) of Hoopeston
Details: Ms. Miller was arrested for Disobeying Police after refusing to leave the bar
when police asked her to several times.  She was taken to HPD, processed and
released on a notice to appear in city court.


Fire Call
Date & Time: September 26, 2014   10:23pm
Location: Wyman/Market
Details: HFD and Ameren responded to the strong smell of natural gas in the area. 

Saturday, September 27, 2014


Criminal Trespass To Property H14-5139 Dewitt
Date & Time: September 27, 2014   4:04pm
Location: 300 blk E Elm
Complainant:Hoopeston male
Arrested: Efrain Flores (19) of Hoopeston
Details: Subject was arrested after being on the above property after he was told
not to return.  He was transported to HPD where he was booked and later
transported to PSB for arraignment with a judge.

Sunday, September 28, 2014


Disobeying Police Officer H14-5155 Cade
Date & Time: September 28, 2014   1:45pm
Location: 800 blk E Wyman
Arrested: Patricia J McCarthy (56) of Hoopeston
Details: During a police investigation, suspect was taken into custody after she
was told numerous times to stop interrupting officer.  She was
transported to HPD where she was issued NTA in Hoopeston City court.

Warrant Arrest H14-5154   V14-9676 Cade
Date & Time: September 28, 2014   12:51pm
Location: 1000 blk E Thompson
Arrested: Kurtis J Simpson (29) of Hoopeston
Details: Subject was taken into custody on an outstanding Champaign County
warrant 14CF678 for Driving While Revoked and Driving Under Influence.
He was transported to PSB to await extradition by Champaign County.

Criminal Damage To Property H14-5153 Dewitt
Date & Time: September 28, 2014   12:32pm
Location: 700 blk Wilson
Complainant: 36 year old Hoopeston woman
Details: At above date and time complainant advised someone keyed her
vehicle while parked at the above address.


Aggravated Assault H14-5157 Showers
Date & Time: September 28, 2014 4:51pm
Location: 700 blk Wilson Av
Complainant: (46) of Hoopeston
Arrested: Todd Davis (48) of Hoopeston
Details: HPD was called to a domestic call at the above location.  Mr. Davis was
arrested after threatening to harm the complainant.  He was brought to HPD,
processed and then later released after posting $150 and given a court
date.

Criminal Damage to Property, Attempted Burglary H14-5162 Morgan
Date & Time: September 28, 2014 10:42pm
Location: 500 E Penn St
Complainant: (19) Hoopeston female
Details: Complainant contacted HPD advising that an unknown person(s) had pulled
a window screen back and attempted to make entry into the residence. 

23rd Annual Harvest of Talents at Milford Christian Church this Saturday

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: September 25, 2014
  • city: 23rd Annual Harvest of Talents at Milford Christian Church this Saturday

Join them Saturday, September 27th for the 23rd Annual Harvest of Talents for World Hunger at the Milford Christian Church.  The doors open at 8:00 am, crafts go on sale, breakfast from 8 am until 10 am 9 am - 11 am carnival games for kids and 11 am - 1 pm vegetable soup and sandwiches.  1:00 pm is the auction-special items to be auctioned off by Bill Decker, Craig Lee and Jon Mowrey.

Taste of Downtown Danville

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: September 25, 2014
  • city: Taste of Downtown Danville

Join them in Downtown Danville for the Taste of Downtown Danville this weekend.  Live entertainment and food all weekend.  For more information go to downtowndanville.com

Hoopeston Police Department Report

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: September 24, 2014
  • city: Hoopeston Police Department Report

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Traffic Accident (PD) H14-5080
Time & Date:  September 23, 2014 4:09 pm
Location: Parking Lot of Hoopeston Foods   215 W Washington St
Unit 1: 1997 Jeep Carryall, driven by Jessica J Layton (F) of Hoopeston (38)
Unit 2: 2012 Ford CV driven by Joanne M Gress (F) of Hoopeston (58)
Details: At the above time and date, HPD was requested to respond to the above location
investigate and report on an accident that occurred on the parking lot of the
Company listed above.  Unit 1 at fault, both units insured, no injuries reported at
the time of call. 

Hoopeston Police Department Report

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: September 23, 2014
  • city: Hoopeston Police Department Report

Monday, September 22, 2014

Disorderly Conduct (City Ordinance) H14-5062 Steeples
Date & Time: September 22, 2014   5:46pm
Location: Parkview Court
Complainant: (32) Hoopeston female
Arrested: Michael Baker (33) Hoopeston male
Details: Mr. Baker was arrested after he went into an apartment at Parkview Court yelling
and screaming at the residents.  He was charged with city ordinance violation of
Breach of Peach Constituting Disorderly Conduct.  He was taken to HPD, processed
and released with a notice to appear in city court.

Hoopeston Police Department Weekend Report

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: September 22, 2014
  • city: Hoopeston Police Department Weekend Report

Friday, September 19th - Sunday, September 21st

Friday, September 19, 2014


Fire Call
Time & Date: September 19, 2014 12:04pm
Location: Teasdale Foods 215 W Washington St
Details: HFD was dispatched to an activated Water Flow Alarm at the facility.  Upon further
investigation it was determined to be a false alarm.  No fire


Criminal Damage To Auto H12-5012 Showers
Date & Time: September 19, 2014   6:26pm
Location: 824 E Wyman
Complainant: 54 year old Hoopeston woman
Details: Complainant advised unknown person(s) damaged her vehicle while
parked at the above location

 

Retail Theft (Delayed Entry) H12-4977 Showers
Date & Time: September 17, 2014   3:27pm
Location: IGA 1030 W chestnut
Arrested: Thomas P Hildebrand (60) of Fontana
Details: Subject was taken into custody after leaving the store without paying for items.
He was transported to HPD where he was released after posting bond.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

City Ordinance/Open Container of Alcohol in Public Place   H14-5022     Steeples
Date & Time: September 20, 2014   1:32pm
Location: 1030 W Chestnut
Arrested: Shannon N Acosta (36) of Hoopeston
Details: Police responded to above for welfare check of children in the parking lot.
Upon arrival officer located the described vehicle and children who were
with the arrested subject.  Upon approaching woman, officers
noticed an open container of alcohol in the front seat
of vehicle that she and the children were sitting in.  She was taken into
custody and transported to HPD along with children.  Children were released
to a relative and Acosta was held and later released with a Notice To Appear
in city court.

Sunday, September 21, 2014


Fire Call
Time & Date:  September 21, 2014   11:20 am
Location: 800 block N. Third St
Details: At the above time and date, resident called in and stated that they had a fire in
a wall but it was out but needed the HFD to respond and check it out .  No injuries
or damage reported at the time of the call. 


Domestic Battery H14-5038 V14-9441 Welch
Date & Time: September 21, 2014 4:58pm
Location: 800 Blk E Seminary
Complainant: (56) Hoopeston male
Arrested: Shenoa Webb (23) of Hoopeston
Details: HPD officers were called to the above location for a domestic disturbance.  Ms.
Webb was arrested and charged with Domestic Battery.  She was brought to
Hoopeston Police Station to be processed and later transported to the PSB
to await arraignment.

 

Danville Mall will lose another base store, Sears in early December

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: September 18, 2014
  • city: Danville Mall will lose another base store, Sears in early December

According to the Commercial News, The Sears store in Danville Mall and Sears Auto Center in Danville will close to the public in early December stated by Sears Corporate Communications Director Howard Riefs in an email.

Until then, the store will remain open for customers.  The store will begin its liquidation sale on September 26th according to Rief.  The Sears store has been in Danville since 1928, it was formerly located downtown on North Vermilion Street.  Sears did plan to close the store in Danville in 1989, but instead moved its operations to the Village Mall.

Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: September 18, 2014
  • city: Iroquois County Sheriff's Police Report

NEWS RELEASE
September 18, 2014

Milford Police arrested Pamela S. Kitchens, 56 of Hoopeston.  She was charged with Possession of Methamphetamines,Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Operation of Motor Vehicle with Plates Suspended for Mandatory Insurance Violation.  Kitchens was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where she remains in lieu of bond

Iroquois County Board Supports a proposed Medical Marijuana Cultivation Center north of Cissna Park

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: September 16, 2014
  • city: Iroquois County Board Supports a proposed Medical Marijuana Cultivation Center north of Cissna Park

The Iroquois County Board is throwing its support behind a proposed medical marijuana cultivation center north of Cissna Park.  Last week, Chairman Rod Copas wrote a letter of support for the project and the county’s zoning administrator signed a form to be submitted to the state that says the facility would comply with local zoning rules.  Both actions were approved by the board at the request of Medical Pharms LLC, which is applying for a permit throught the Illinois Department of Agriculture to grow and cultivate medical marajuana in Ash Grove Township, about 6 miles north of Cissna Park.  The proposed address of the facility is 1128 N 1200 East Road.

Medical Pharms LLC was formed back in August by rural Cissna Park resident Jeremy Seggebruch and rural Paxton resident Garrett Bruns.

Milford FFA hold Farm Safety Events

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: September 16, 2014
  • city: Milford FFA hold Farm Safety Events

The Milford FFA Chapter will hold Farm Safety Events this week.  Co-Presidents, Austin Woodby and Rowdy Murray, Vice-President, Andrew Rice, Treasurer Alex Portwood and Mediator Wade Fox filled WHPO in on all their planned activities.
Keep it tuned to WHPO for a full report.

Public Invited to Hoopeston Community Alliance meeting Wednesday night

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: September 16, 2014
  • city: Public Invited to Hoopeston Community Alliance meeting Wednesday night

The Hoopeston Community Alliance will hold a meeting for all the citizens of Hoopeston, according to Mayor Bill Crusinberry, at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 17th at the Hoopeston American Legion.

At the meeting, residents will be asked to become a part of the alliance and work together to build Hoopeston’s future.  Attendees will be asked to complete a volunteer questionnaire answering questions such as how much time they are willing to dedicate to working on projects in seven different areas, including:  Amenities, led by Jim Richards and Marta Pierce, Business Retention/Attraction, led by Dick Read and Alex Houmes, Community Image, led by Bill Goodwine and Valarie Hinkle, Education, led by Dr. Alice Jacobs and Dave Keitzman of DACC and Hank Hornbeck and Larry Maynard of Hoopeston Area Schools, Housing led by Randy Carter, Infrastructure led by Mayor Bill Crusinberry and Services led by Harry Brockus and Cody Moore.  For more information about the Hoopeston Community Alliance or Wednesday nights meeting contact the Hoopeston City Hall 217.283.5833.

Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: September 16, 2014
  • city: Iroquois County Sheriff's Police Report

News Release
September 16, 2014

9-14 Sheriff’s Police arrested William R. Johnson, 22 Gibson City.  He was wanted on an Iroquois County warrant charging him with failure to appear on a prior burglary charge.  Johnson was aware of his active warrant and turned himself in at the Iroquois County Jail and posted the required bond and was released

9-15 Sheriff’s Police returned from Kankakee County Jail with Jamarlon Walker, 18 Bourbonnais.  He was wanted on an Iroquois County warrant charging him with failure to appear on a prior possession of cannabis charge.  Walker was transported to the Iroquois County Jail and posted the required bond the following day and was released

9-15 Sheriff’s Police arrested Karissa M. Raila, 19 Willowbrook, IL.  According to police reports, Deputies conducted a traffic stop on Raila’s vehicle near Watseka for a taillight violation.  The Deputy detected an odor of cannabis emitting from the vechile and a search of Raila’s vehicle and peron ensued.  The search resulted in the finding of several, small bags of a controlled substance believed to be heroin, several items of drug paraphernalia and an undisclosed amount of marijuana.  Raila was placed into custody and transported to the Iroquois County Jail where she posted the required bond and was released the following day

Hoopeston Police Department Report

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: September 16, 2014
  • city: Hoopeston Police Department Report

Monday, September 15, 2014

Disobeying Police (City Citation) H14-4948
Date & Time: September 15, 2014 12:43pm
Location: 800 blk E Seminary
Arrested: Vicki Ford (57) of Hoopeston
Details: HPD officers were called to the above location for a domestic disturbance.  Ms.
Ford was arrested for Disobeying Police.  She was taken to Hoopeston Police
Dept, processed and released with a notice to appear in city court.

Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: September 15, 2014
  • city: Iroquois County Sheriff's Police Report

NEWS RELEASE
September 14, 2014

Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police and the Watseka Enforcement Team arrested Misty R. Kaufman, 35 of Watseka following the execution of a search warrant at 599 E. Mulberry St. in Watseka.  The search warrant, which was executed following an undercover narcotics operation that targeted the sale of heroin from the residence, resulted in the seizure of heroin, crack cocaine and U.S. Currency.  Ms Kaufman was taken into custody and transported to the Iroquois County Jail, where she was charged with Unlawful Delivery of a controlled substance, Possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver (heroin) and possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver (crack cocaine).  Jennifer L. Pederson, 34 Watseka, who was living in the basement of the residence, was also arrested and charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  Ms. Pederson was released after posting the required bond, while Ms. Kaufman remains in custody awaiting a court appearance.

Hoopeston Police Department Report

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: September 13, 2014
  • city: Hoopeston Police Department Report

Tuesday, September 9 - September 12, 2014

Tuesday, September 09, 2014


Warrant Arrest H14-4854   V14-9024 Showers
Date & Time: September 9, 2014   5:56pm
Location: 301 W Main
Arrested: Justin R Plecker (31) of Hoopeston
Details: Subject turned himself in at HPD on outstanding Vermilion County warrant
13TR02147   Failure To Appear/Traffic.  He was extradited to Vermilion
County jail in lieu of bond.

Reckless Driving, Criminal Damage to Property, Possession of Cannabis, Possession of
Drug Paraphernalia H14-4861 Linares
Date & Time: September 9, 2014 8:57pm
Location: 400 Blk W Maple
Complainant: (27) Hoopeston female
Arrested: Sonya Sanford (35) of Hoopeston
Details: At above time and date, the complainant contacted HPD in reference to Ms. Sanford
smoking cannabis, driving through a yard, and running over a bike.  Subject was
located and arrested.  She was taken to HPD, processed and released on a
traffic citation and notice to appear in court.

Driving While License Revoked, Operating Uninsured Vehicle   H14-4863 Kelnhofer
Date & Time: September 9, 2014 10:38pm
Location: 100 blk W Main
Arrested: Rafael Resendez (29) of Hoopeston
Details: Mr. Resendez was arrested during a traffic stop after a computer check revealed
that he had a revoked driver’s license.  Subject was brought to HPD, processed
and released after posting $150 bond.  He was given 2 traffic citations.

Disorderly Conduct (City Ordinance) H14-4864 Kruse
Date & Time: September 9, 2014 11:28pm
Location: 700 blk S 1st Ave
Complainant: (58) Hoopeston female
Arrested: Trinidad Hernandez (41) Hoopeston male
Details: Mr. Hernandez was arrested after a noise complaint was called into HPD.  He was
taken to HPD, processed and released with a notice to appear in city court.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014


Fire Call
Date & Time: September 10, 2014     7:45pm
Location: 400 blk S Second Ave
Details: HFD responded for smell of electric burning and smoke inside residence.

 


Stolen Bicycle H14-4882
Date: September 10, 2014  
Location: 500 blk W Lincoln
Details: Yellow and Blue girls bike was stolen.  Bike has basket on front and
back of bike.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

 

Disorderly Conduct (City Ordinance) H14-4894 Linares
Date & Time: September 11, 2014 9:00pm
Location: 700 Blk S 6th Av
Complainant: (44) Hoopeston male
Arrested: Mark Hewitt (43) of Hoopeston
Details: Mr. Hewitt was arrested after harassing and calling the complainant names.  He was
brought to HPD, processed and released on a notice to appear in city court.

Possession of Cannabis (City Ordinance) H14-4896 Kelnhofer
Date & Time: September 11, 2014 11:26pm
Location: Route 1/Route 9
Arrested: Kirk Van Noord (26) of Batavia, IL
Details: While on a traffic stop, HPD officers found cannabis in Mr. Van Noord’s vehicle.
Subject was arrested and taken to HPD.  He was processed and released with
a notice to appear in city court.
Friday, September 12, 2014


Bicycle Recovered
Date & Time: September 12, 2014 11:45am
Location: 700 block S. First Ave
Details: The yellow and blue girl’s bike that was reported stolen from the 500 block of
W. Lincoln on September 10, 2014 was recovered and returned to owner.

 


Residential Burglary H14-4905
Date & Time: September 12, 2014     7:50pm
Location: 700 blk S Sixth Ave
Complainant: 28 year old Hoopeston female
Details: Caller came home to find someone entered her residence and removed
DVD player, jewelry, and medication.

 

“Zoning” main topic at Tuesday’s Vermilion County Board Meeting

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: September 08, 2014
  • city: "Zoning" main topic at Tuesday's Vermilion County Board Meeting

The Vermilion County Board will meet on Tuesday, September 9th and the main topic will be zoning.  More information to come after meeting.

KAMEG make drug arrest in Rantoul

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: September 08, 2014
  • city: KAMEG make drug arrest in Rantoul

On Thursday, September 4, 2014 at approximately 8:08 p.m., KAMEG agents, with the assistance of the Rantoul Police Department, executed a search warrant at 1130 N. Century Blvd., Rantoul, IL.

During the search, agents located approximately 891.7 grams of cannabis, drug packaging materials, currency and drug paraphernalia.  Brian P. Macdonald, 30 of 2054 County Roadj3000 North, Rantoul was arrested for manufacture/delivery of cannabis (500-2000 grams) and for possession of drug paraphernalia.  Macdonald was transported and detained at the Champaign County Correctional Center.

Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report Accident

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: September 08, 2014
  • city: Iroquois County Sheriff's Police Report Accident

News Release
September 8, 2014

On September 7, 2014 Sheriff’s Police investigated a semi-trailer vs bicyclist accident that occurred on Co. Rd. 500N near Co. Rd. 1900E.  According to the reports, an International Semi-truck and loaded trailer, driven by Rodney B. Schroeder, 54 Milford, was traveling west on Co. Rd. 500 N just east of Co. Rd. 1900E.  Schroeder was approaching a group of four bicyclists who were traveling west at the same location.  Schroeder failed to observe the bicyclists as he was blinded by the setting sun on the west horizon.  He struck two of the four bicyclists who were riding on the north side of the roadway with his front, passenger side bumper and headlight.  The impact of the Semi-truck caused both bicyclists, one adult female and one female juvenile to be ejected off their bicycles into the north ditch.  the adult female was transported to Hoopeston Hospital and later air-lifted to Carle Hospital in Champaign and treated for non-life threatening injuries.  The female juvenile was transported to Hoopeston Hospital and treated and released.  Both were transported by Milford EMS, Wellington-Greer EMS and Hoopeston EMS.
Schroeder was issued a citation for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.  The accident is still under investigation by Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police.

Hoopeston Police Department Weekend Report

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: September 08, 2014
  • city: Hoopeston Police Department Report Weekend Report

Saturday, September 6, 2014
Sunday, September 7, 2014

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Criminal Damage to Property (City Ordinance) H14-4793
Date & Time: September 6, 2014 3:50am
Location: 500 blk N Eighth Av
Complainant: 39 year old Hoopeston female
Arrested: Ralph M. Plecker II (44) of Hoopeston
Details: HPD officers were called out to the above address to the report of damage
to the window of the complainant’s vehicle.  Mr. Plecker was arrested for city
ordinance violation and taken to the police station.  Subject was processed
and later released with a notice to appear in city court.

Criminal Damage to Property H14-4794
Date & Time: September 6, 2014 9:05am
Location: 1200 block Daisy Lane
Victim: 20 year old Rossville man
Details: Unknown subject(s) slashed two tires on the victim’s vehicle while it was parked
at the above location.

 


Traffic Accident H14-4810
Date & Time: September 6, 2014 10:15pm
Location: 500 blk E Main St
Unit #1: 1998 Chrysler Van driven by Stacy Watson (32) of Hoopeston
Unit #2: (Parked) 1998 Dodge Van owned by Manuel Tovar of Hoopeston
Details: Unit #1 was traveling westbound in the 500 block of E Main St when the driver
swerved to the right and struck Unit #2, which was parked along the street.  Unit #1
then left the roadway and came to a stop in a yard.  The driver of Unit #1 was taken to Hoopeston Hospital via ambulance.  Driver of Unit #1, Watson, was given citations for DUI, Operating Uninsured Motor Vehicle, No Valid Driver’s License, Illegal Transportation of Alcohol, and Failure to Reduce Speed.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Fire Call
Date & Time: September 7, 2014 12:33pm
Location: Centennial Manor Housing Complex 426 E Honeywell Ave
Details: HFD was dispatched to the complex for an activated fire alarm.  Was determined
to have been caused by burned food in one of the apartments.  No reported injuries.

 

Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse (Arrest) H14-4628   V14-8951
Date & Time:    September 7, 2014   8:20pm
Location: 800 block E Chestnut St Hoopeston
Arrested:   Layton, Alfred R. (M) of Hoopeston (42)
Details: At the above time and date, the arrestee was taken into custody and brought
to HPD following an investigation into the above charge.  Male was processed
then transported to PSB Danville to await hearing before a Judge for bond.

 

 

Governor Quinn announces 27.6 Million for Construction Projects in Eastern Illinois

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: September 05, 2014
  • city: Governor Quinn announces 27.6 Million for Construction Projects in Eastern Illinois

Governor Pat Quinn announced capital investments of more than $27.6 million for construction projects in Ford and Vermilion Counties.  The investments will create jobs and improve the state’s infrastructure.

Funded by his Illinois Jobs Now! construction program, the projects are part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to create jobs and drive Illinois’ economy forward.

USDA Designates Vermilion County in Illinois as a Primary Natural Disaster Area

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: September 05, 2014
  • city: USDA Designates Vermilion County in Illinois as a Primary Natural Disaster Area

On September 4, 2014 the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated Vermilion County in Illinois as a primary natural disaster area due to damages and losses caused by a hail storm that occurred on May 21, 2014.  Farmers and ranchers in Champaign, Douglas, Edgar, Ford and Iroquois counties in Illinois and Benton, Vermilion and Warren counties in Indiana also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous.

For more information or to view FSA news releases they are available on FSA’s website www.fsa.usda.gov via the “Newsroom” link.

Hoopeston Police Department Report

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: September 05, 2014
  • city: Hoopeston Police Department Report

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Found Keys
Date: September 4, 2014
Details: Set of keys was found at Girls Softball Field on East Mcneil.  Owner may claim
at HPD.


Vehicle Accident H14-4769 Welch
Date & Time: September 4, 2014   8:26pm
Location: 100 blk W Main
Unit #1: 2003 White Grand Am driven by Charlotte Akins (38) of Minier
Unit #2: 2000 Ford Mustang driven by Ashante Martinez (21) of Rossville
Details: Unit #1 struck Unit #2 in the rear as Unit #2 slowed to cross railroad tracks
Driver of Unit 1 cited for Failure To Reduce Speed to Avoid Accident
Driver of Unit 2 cited for Operating Uninsured Vehicle.

 

Hoopeston City Council News

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: September 04, 2014
  • city: Hoopeston City Council News

Hoopeston aldermen met on Tuesday, but the regular board meeting scheduled didn’t take place because the meetings’ agenda wasn’t made public within 48 hours required by law.

No votes could be taken, but aldermen did announce that vehicles no longer needed will be sold by bid.  Aldermen Bill McElhaney reported that the sand filter which has been updated, is expected to be operational on Tuesday.  Aldermen Joe Fell announced that Joel Bird is the new Fire Chief.  Aldermen Nancy Stipp said the Historical Society approved a metal roof for the Floral Hill Chapel.

Illinois State Police investigate body found

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: September 03, 2014
  • city: Illinois State Police investigate body found

ISP ALERT

The Following Preliminary Information is Being Released by Illinois State Police
District 21


WHAT: Body Found at Kankakee River State Park

WHERE: Kankakee River State Park (Kankakee County) off of Illinois Route 113 (Hunting Area 5)

WHEN: Tuesday, September, 2, 2014, 3:22 p.m.

SUBJECT: Unknown at this time

PRELIMINARY: A hunter observed a body in hunting area 5 of the Kankakee River State Park.  Illinois State Police (ISP), Kankakee County Deputies, and Limestone paramedics responded and located a deceased male body approximately one mile northwest of hunting area 5.  ISP Zone 3 Investigations, ISP Crime Scene and Kankakee County Coroner’s Office are currently on scene to conduct the death investigation.


All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law

Illinois State Police investigate fatal crash

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: September 03, 2014
  • city: Illinois State Police investigate fatal crash

ISP TRAFFIC CRASH ALERT

The Following Preliminary Information is Being Released by Illinois State Police
District 21


WHAT: Fatal Crash

WHERE: IL Route 9 at 1600 East (Ford County)

WHEN: Sunday, August 31, 2014, 3:46 a.m.

VEHICLES: Unit One:  2002 Chrysler

DRIVERS: Unit One:  Adam C. Masterson, 39, Thawville

CAUSE: Improper Lane Usage

PRELIMINARY: Preliminary Investigative details indicate unit one was traveling west on IL Route 9 at 1600 East Road.  Unit one ran off the roadway striking a culvert.  Unit one became airborne and when landing stuck a tree.  Driver of unit one was pronounced dead at the scene.


All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Illinois State Police report drowning

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: September 03, 2014
  • city: Illinois State Police report drowning

ISP ALERT

The Following Preliminary Information is Being Released by Illinois State Police
District 21


WHAT: Drowning

WHERE: Kankakee River near Aroma Park, Kankakee County

WHEN: Sunday, August 31, 2014, 2:00 p.m.

NAME: Jaden Irby, 15, Chicago Heights

PRELIMINARY: The Illinois State Police were dispatched to a drowning victim in the Kankakee River near Aroma Park at approximately 2:00pm.  Upon arrival, Troopers learned that a 15 year old male was in the river with four other juveniles when he went under.  The victim did not surface and a multi-agency water/dive team rescue had started their search.  The search and investigation continued until the body was recovered at 7:00pm.  This incident is currently under investigation. 

Agencies Involved: ISP District 21, ISP Zone 3, IDNR, Kankakee County Coroner, Kankakee County Sheriff’s Department, Kankakee PD, Aroma Park PD, St. Anne PD, Aroma Park FD, Kankakee FD, Manteno FD, Momence FD, Bradley FD, Limestone FD, Kentland IN FD.

All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

 

KAMEG made drug arrest

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: September 03, 2014
  • city: KAMEG made drug arrest

On Thursday, August 28, 2014 at approximately 6:34 p.m., KAMEG agents arrested Darrin K. Spears, age 25, and Monica D. Thompkins, age 28, of 1295 East Merchant Street, Kankakee, IL for unlawful delivery of a controlled substance within 1000 feet of a school.  During the multi week investigation, Spears and Thompkins delivered heroin in the 1200 block of East Merchant Street.  Spears and Thompkins were transported to and detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center.  Spears, who was on parole for a previous conviction, is also being held on an Illinois Department of Corrections parole violation warrant.

KAMEG reminds the public to call KAMEG at (815) 933-1710 or visit www.kameg.org to report non-emergency information about drug dealing and gang problems.  We recognize our partnership with the public is important for quality of life issues for our citizens and children. 

KAMEG is comprised of personnel from the Bourbonnais and Kankakee Police Departments, as well as the Illinois State Police and the Kankakee County State’s Attorney’s Office.
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The listed charges are merely an accusation, and the defendants are
presumed innocent unless proven guilty.

Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: September 03, 2014
  • city: Iroquois County Sheriff's Police Report

NEWS RELEASE
September 3, 2014

9-2 Sheriff’s Police arrested Rodger D. Leisure, 60 of Cissna Park for Criminal Trespass to Property.  He was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he remains in lieu of bond

9-2 Sheriff’s Police returned from Decatur Correctional Center with Debbie M. Staple, 55 Champaign.  She was wanted on an Iroquois County warrant for failure to appear for possession of drug paraphernalia and was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where she later posted the required bond and was released

Hoopeston Police Department Report

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: September 03, 2014
  • city: Hoopeston Police Department Report

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Bicycle Claimed

Time & Date:  September 2, 2014 0900
Details:  maroon Huffy bike with grey seat was claimed at HPD by the owner

Illinois State Treasurer Dan Rutherford Announces Upcoming Unclaimed Property Auction

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: September 02, 2014
  • city: Illinois State Treasurer Dan Rutherford Announces Upcoming Unclaimed Property Auction

The vaults are spilling over and you can help clear them out!
SPRINGFIELD – Sept. 1, 2014 – Broaches, jewelry, and stamp collections are just some of the items that Illinois State Treasurer Dan Rutherford is offering in the next Illinois Treasurer’s Online Unclaimed Property Auction. It begins at 10 a.m. on Monday, September 8 and will begin closing at 10 a.m. on Friday, September 12. If you are interested in previewing the items up for auction, please go to the treasurer’s office’s website at www.treasurer.il.gov and click on the auction preview button.

“Our vaults are filled to capacity and during this auction we have 5,482 pieces of unclaimed property to sell because the rightful owners have not come forward to claim the items in more than five years,” said Rutherford. “We have a variety of interesting items to sell in this auction. This auction features watches, coins, costume jewelry, collectible spoons and other rare items. There’s something that appeals to everyone.” All items for sale in this auction have been appraised by an outside vendor. The sale price of each lot must reach at least 75 percent of the appraised value.
Buyers are responsible for purchasing their auction winnings with either Visa or MasterCard (other arrangements will be available for purchases over $10,000). Additionally, a 2 percent administrative fee will be assessed. Buyers are required to pay for shipping through the preferred list of shippers.
If you would like to participate in the upcoming 2014 Illinois Treasurer’s Online Unclaimed Property Auction, please visit www.treasurer.il.gov and follow the link to the auction.  One must register to become an active bidder. For questions about registration, please contact 217-785-6998.

Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: September 02, 2014
  • city: Iroquois County Sheriff's Police Report

News Release
September 1, 2014

8-31 Sheriff’s Police arrested Monet Basler, 20 of Gilman after police were called to a domestic dispute at a residence in Gilman.  She was charged with domestic battery and transported to the Iroquois County Jail where she remains awaiting a court appearance

8-31 Sheriff’s Police arrested Travis J. Morris, 19 Beaverville after police were called to a domestic dispute in rural Beaverville.  He was charged with domestic battery and criminal damage to property and transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he remains awaiting a court appearance

8-30 Sheriff’s Police arrested Michael P. Lee, 46 Donovan on a warrant out of Kankakee County after a Deputy recognized Lee as a passenger inside a vehicle in Cissna Park and was aware of the outstanding warrant.  The deputy conducted a traffic stop and identified Lee as a passenger and placed him into custody.  He was then transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he remains in lieu of bond

Hoopeston Police Department Weekend Report

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: September 02, 2014
  • city: Hoopeston Police Department Weekend Report

Friday, August 29th - Monday, September 1st, 2014

Friday, August 29, 2014


Theft H14-4630
Date & Time: August 29, 2014 7:30am
Location: 400 block N. Dixie Highway
Victim: 61 year old Hoopeston man
Details: Victim advised unknown subject(s) stole a lawn ornament from his front yard.

Traffic Accident H14-4640
Date & Time: August 29, 2014 3:40pm
Location: E. Thompson Ave at Fifth St
Unit 1: 1972 Harley-Davidson motorcycle driven by James Polson of Hoopeston
Details: Driver of Unit 1 was east bound on Thompson behind a Hoopeston Area School
bus and when the bus slowed to turn north on Fifth St, the driver of Unit 1 layed
the motorcycle down.  Driver of Unit 1 was transported to the hospital ER for
treatment of minor injuries.  No citations, both units insured.


Aggravated Battery H14-4646 V14-8615 Kruse
Date & Time: August 29, 2014 10:33pm
Location: McFerren Park
Complainant: 40 year old Hoopeston male
Arrested: Joshua Edwards (36) Hoopeston male
Details: Mr. Edwards was arrested after Hoopeston Auxiliary Officers witnessed him
punch the complainant several times.  Subject was taken to HPD, processed
and later transported to the PSB for arraignment.

Disobeying Police (City Ordinance) H14-4647 Kelnhofer
Date & Time: August 29, 2014 11:33pm
Location: McFerren Park
Arrested: Heidi Snyder (37) of Rankin
Details: While HPD officers were trying to handle another call, Ms. Snyder was arrested
for city ordinance violation of Disobeying Police.  Subject was taken to HPD,
processed and then released with a ticket and city court date.


Saturday, August 30, 2014


Traffic Accident H14-4659
Date & Time: August 30, 2014 2:33pm
Location: S. Sixth Ave at W. Elm
Unit 1: 1994 GMC pickup truck driven by Lisa M. Bitzel of Hoopeston
Unit 2: 2007 Honda Odyssy driven by Jerry J Martinez of Boswell, IN
Details: Unit 2 was north bound on Sixth Ave and was slowing to turn onto W. Elm when
the driver of Unit 1 struck him.  No injuries, no citations, both units insured.

 

Disobeying Police Officers H14-4669
Date & Time: August 30, 2014   8:38pm
Location: McFerren Park
Arrested #1: Brandy D Childers (21) of Hoopeston
Arrested #2: Aaron M Linares (31) of Hoopeston
Details: Both subjects were charged after not listening to orders given by
police officers during an incident at the Park.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

 

Vehicle Accident H14-4691 Dewitt
Date & Time: August 31, 2014   6:48pm
Location: Route 1 and Route 9
Unit #1: 2000 Dodge Pick up driven by Alexander L Davis of Hoopeston
Property: Stop Sign owned by State of Illinois
Details: Unit 1 was west on Route 9 failed to properly make a right turn (North)
onto Route 1 and struck the stop sign.  Subject was issued citations for
No Valid Driver’s License and Operating Uninsured Vehicle.

 

Residential Burglary & Criminal Damage to Property Over   H14-4688 Steeples
Date & Time: August 31, 2014   5:10pm
Location: 700 blk S Fifth Street
Complainant: 70 year old Hoopeston woman
Arrested: Shane E McCarty (28) of Hoopeston
Details: Complainant reported an unknown person entered her residence and
removed several items without her permission.  Subject entered her
residence by kicking in and damaging the door.  After leaving the scene,
the officer witnessed McCarty loading the items that were described to him
into his vehicle at another location.  Subject was taken into custody
and later transported to PSB to see a judge. Complainant identified
the property as belonging to her.

Monday, September 01, 2014


Theft of Gasoline H14-4709 Showers
Date & Time: September 1, 2014   3:37pm
Location: Casey’s General Store 115 E Orange
Details: Business reported that a red or maroon van pumped gas into vehicle
and drove off without paying.

 

Disobeying Police Officer H14-4716 Dewitt
Date & Time: September 1, 2014     7pm
Location: McFerren Park
Arrested: Zachary T Garman (22) of Hoopeston
Details: Subject was banned from festival by Auxiliary Police after he wouldn’t stop
harassing food venders for food.  He re-entered park and was
taken into custody, transported to HPD where he was released
with a Notice To Appear in Hoopeston court.


Disobeying Police (City Ordinance) H14-4718 Showers
Date & Time: September 1, 2014   7:29pm
Location: McFerren Park
Arrested: Ryan Nosler (19) of Hoopeston
Female Juvenile (16)
Details: Both subjects were arrested for disobeying police after they refused to leave
the park after being asked several times.  Both subjects were taken to HPD were they were processed and released with a notice to appear in city court. The
juvenile was released to a parent.

 

Hoopeston Fire Chief retires after 24 years

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: August 29, 2014
  • city: Hoopeston Fire Chief retires after 24 years

After serving as Hoopeston Fire Chief for 24 years, Cliff Crabtree will retire this weekend.  Assistant Fire Chief, Joel Bird will take over as new Chief.

Hoopeston Police Department Report

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: August 29, 2014
  • city: Hoopeston Police Department Report

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Warrant Arrest H14-4625   V14-8564
Time & Date:    August 28, 2014   6:43 pm
Location:      Parkview Court Complex 500 blk S. Sixth Ave
Arrested:   Ponton, Billy Joe (M) of Hoopeston (26)
Details       At above time and date, subject was located on the above warrant out Vermilion
County,  2013CM009 FTA Criminal Damage to Property.  Bond $3,000 plus
$75 cash bond.  Subject was transferred to PSB in lieu of bond..


Battery (City Ord) H14-4622
Time & Date:    August 28, 2014   6pm
Location:      700 block W Main St
Complainant:  23 year old Hoopeston man
Arrested:   Ponton, Kyle B (M) of Hoopeston (24)
Details: At the above time and date, the complainant contacted HPD reference to the
arrested subject battering him.  Arrestee was location in and taken into
custody on the above charge.  Subject was charged with City ordinance of battery
then given Court Date for Hoopeston City Court.  Released on Notice to Appear. 

 

Rossville’s 37th Annual Labor Day Weekend Street Bazaar

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: August 29, 2014
  • city: Rossville's 37th Annual Labor Day Weekend Street Bazaar

Join them in Rossville this Labor Day weekend for their annual Street Bazaar on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.  Check out the antiques, collectibles, crafts, flea market, furniture and linens.  Enjoy great food while you shop too.

71st National Sweetcorn Festival kicks off at 5 pm tonight!

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: August 28, 2014
  • city: 71st National Sweetcorn Festival kicks off at 5 pm tonight!

Back to Our Roots is the theme for the 71st Celebration of the National Sweetcorn Festival.  The festival kicks off tonight and runs through Monday, September 1st.  For full details go to www.hoopestonjaycees.org.

Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: August 28, 2014
  • city: Iroquois County Sheriff's Police Report

NEWS RELEASE
August 27, 2014

Late Wednesday afternoon Sheriff’s Police investigated a single vehicle/tractor accident in Milford Township.  Joshua L. Killion, 19 of Milford was traveling west bound on county road 1050 N east of 2330 E when his vehicle drifted across the roadway into the South ditch where he struck a John Deere tractor driven by Daniel J. Anderson, 65 of Milford.  After Killion’s vehicle struck the tractor it slid into the North Ditch.  Milford Fire and EMS responded to the scene who then extricated Killion from his vehicle and transported him to IMH.  From IMH Killion was airlifted to Carle Hospital in Urbana for serious injuries.  Anderson was treated and released at the scene with no apparent injuries.  The accident is currently under investigation.

Hoopeston Police Department Report

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: August 28, 2014
  • city: Hoopeston Police Department Report

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Fire Call
Date & Time: August 27, 2014   5:30pm
Locations: McFerren Park at the food row of festival
Details: HFD responded for a large propane tank leaking by one of the food trucks.
Tank was removed for the rest of festival.

Hoopeston Police Department Report

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: August 27, 2014
  • city: Hoopeston Police Department Report

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Fire Alarm
Date & Time: August 26, 2014 3:45pm
Location: Teasdale Foods 215 W Washington
Details: Fire Department responded to activated alarm which turned out false due to
a power outage.

Danville Authorities probe bank robbery

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: August 26, 2014
  • city: Danville Authorities probe bank robbery

According to the News-Gazette, Danville police are investigating a robbery that occurred at First Midwest Bank late Monday morning.

Public Safety Director Larry Thomason said police were alerted to an alarm from the bank, indicating a robbery was in progress, around 11:30 a.m. When officers arrived, the suspect had run from the area.

Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: August 26, 2014
  • city: Iroquois County Sheriff's Police Report

NEWS RELEASE
August 26, 2014

8-22 Sheriff’s Police arrested Jared S. Hawkins, 22 Sheldon.  He was arrested after police were called to a residence in Sheldon for a domestic dispute.  Hawkins was charged with aggravated assault and disorderly conduct and transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he remains in lieu of bond

8-25 Sheriff’s Police investigated a single vehicle accident and according to the reports, a vehicle driven by Logan T. Overbey, 20 of Cissna Park was traveling east bound on Co. Rd. 1000N when he swerved to avoid striking a deer and entered the North ditch near Co. Rd. 1500E and overcorrected, crossing Co. Rd. 1000N and entered a cornfield on the south side of the roadway.  Overbey was treated by Milford EMS and later transported to Iroquois Memorial Hospital for minor injuries.  Overybey’s vehicle sustained more than $1500 in damages and no citations were issued

Hoopeston Area Schools Plan Early Dismissal

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: August 25, 2014
  • city: Hoopeston Area Schools Plan Early Dismissal

Hoopeston Area Schools will dismiss at 2:05 p.m. for the Elementary Schools and 2:20 p.m. for the Middle/High School on Monday, August 25th and Tuesday, August 26th due to heat.

Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: August 25, 2014
  • city: Iroquois County Sheriff's Police Report

NEWS RELEASE
August 25, 2014

8-22 Sheriff’s Police investigated a single vehicle accident and according to the police reports, Jeffrey W. Wofford, 35 of San Antonio, Texas, was traveling eastbound on Co. Rd. 2400N when he lost control of his vehicle and struck a utility pole.  The accident caused damages over $1500.  Wofford was transferred to Riverside Hospital by Riverside EMS to be treated for his injuries.  He was ticketed for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident

8-23 Sheriff’s Police investigated a two vehicle accident on W. Station St. in Beaverville.  According to the reports, Travis J. Morris, 19 of Beaverville was traveling on Station St. when he backed into another vehicle, owned by William A. Choin.  The accident caused damages over $1500.  Two citations were issued to Morris, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and leaving the scene of an accident.  There were no injuries reported.

Hoopeston Police Department Weekend Report

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: August 25, 2014
  • city: Hoopeston Police Department Weekend Report

Saturday, August 23, 2014
Sunday, August 24, 2014

Saturday August 23, 2014


Domestic Battery, Possession of Cannabis & Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Date & Time: August 22, 2014 10:02pm H14-4534 V14-8339
Location: 500 block E. Young
Victim: 28 year old Hoopeston woman
Arrested: Charles E. Puckett (29) of Hoopeston
Details: Suspect was taken into custody in connection with an incident that occurred on
August 17, 2014.  Subject was later transported to the PSB in Danville to await
arraignment in court.


Purchase/Acceptance of Alcohol by a Minor H14-4542
Date & Time: August 23, 2014 1:45am
Location: Parkview Court
Arrested: 17 year old Hoopeston male
Details: Officers to the above suspect into custody following a disturbance call to the
housing complex.  He was issued a Notice To Appear and released to his parent.


Stolen Vehicle H14-4546
Date & Time: August 23, 2014 7:13am
Location: 200 block N. Market
Victim: 29 year old Hoopeston man
Details: Victim’s 1996 Dodge Stratus was taken from the above location.


Retail Theft H14-4554
Time & Date: August 23, 2014   7:26pm
Location:   1030 W Chestnut St ,  IGA Hoopeston
Arrested:     Farris, James A of Hoopeston (M)
Details: At the above time and date, HPD was requested for an incident in the store
upon arrival officer confronted the subject about the allegation of stolen
property.  Subject was taken into custody, transported to HPD processed
and released on OR Bond.
Sunday August 24, 2014


Fire Alarm
Time & Date:  08:55 am   August 24, 2014
Location: Centennial Manor 426 E Honeywell Ave
Details: HFD was sent to an activated fire alarm at the facility,  turned out to be a faulty
alarm 4th floor stairwell.

 

Suspect in custody after early morning shooting in Hoopeston

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: August 22, 2014
  • city: Suspect in custody after early morning shooting in Hoopeston

On August 22nd at 2:25 a.m. Hoopeston Police officers responded to the 500 block of East Seminary for a report of shots fire.  Upon arrival officers found a 33 year old Hoopeston man laying on the ground saying that he was shot at by a person he knew.  He provided information on the suspect as well as the vehicle the suspect left the area in.  The victim was found not to be injured.

Another Hoopeston officer located the vehicle on Illinois Route 1 entering Iroquois County and stopped the vehicle and located the suspect Tyler J. Henady, 29 Watseka, Illinois and the driver of the vehicle.  Henady was taken into custody without incident and transported to the Iroquois County Jail.
A warrant was issued for Henady for Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm-Person and Possession of Weapon by Felon.  Henady is currently in custody held on a $75,000.00 bond.

Bridge Repair Project in Cheneyville

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: August 22, 2014
  • city: Bridge Repair Project in Cheneyville

Cheneyville - The Illinois Department of Transportation announces that repairs will be made to the bridge carrying C.H. 41 over North Fork of Vermilion River, 0.4 mile north of Cheneyville.  The repairs are scheduled to begin on Monday, August 25, 2014, and be completed by Thursday, October 9, 2014.  Inclement weather may revise these tentative dates.
Traffic on C.H. 41 will be restricted to one lane with traffic signals.

Motorists are reminded to reduce speeds in work zones and to be alert for workers and machinery.

Bridge Repair Project

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: August 22, 2014
  • city: Bridge Repair Project

East Lynn- The Illinois Department of Transportation announces that repairs will be made to the bridge carrying Illinois Route 9 over an unnamed creek, 0.5 mile east of East Lynn.  The repairs are scheduled to begin on Monday, August 25, 2014, and be completed by Thursday, October 9, 2014.  Inclement weather may revise these tentative dates.
Traffic on Illinois Route 9 will be restricted to one lane with traffic signals.
Motorists are reminded to reduce speeds in work zones and to be alert for workers and machinery.

Harvest of Talents Sausage & Gravy Breakfast

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: August 22, 2014
  • city: Harvest of Talents Sausage & Gravy Breakfast

Enjoy a Sausage & Gravy Biscuit breakfast on Saturday, August 23rd at the Milford Christian Church from 6:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.  All proceeds go to the Harvest of Talents to help fight world wide hunger.

Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: August 22, 2014
  • city: Iroquois County Sheriff's Police Report

NEWS RELEASE
August 22, 2014

8-21 Sheriff’s Police returned from the Calumet City Police Dept. with Martin C. Flanagan, 41 Calumet City.  He was wanted on an Iroquois County warrant for failure to appear on the charge of Criminal Trespass to a Residence.  Flanagan remains in jail in lieu of bond

8-21 Sheriff’s Police returned from the Ford County Jail with Larry J. Watkins, 25 Rankin.  He was wanted on an Iroquois County warrant for failure to appear on the charge of Possession of Cannabis 2.5 to 10 Grams.  Watkins remains in jail in lieu of bond

8-21 Clifton Police arrested Dillion T. Smith, 18 Clifton.  He was charged with Illegal Consumption of Alcohol by a Minor.  He was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he was later I-bonded and released to a parent

Hoopeston Police Department Report

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: August 22, 2014
  • city: Hoopeston Police Department Report

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Residential Burglary, Interference with Report of Domestic Battery & Criminal Damage to
Property H14-4491 V14-8253
Date & Time: August 21, 2014 2:34am
Location: 300 blk Front St
Victim: 38 year old Hoopeston woman
Arrested: Gerardo Torres (33) of Hoopeston
Details: At above time and date, complainant advised that Mr. Torres had broken into her
residence and stole her phone to prevent her from calling 911.  He was already
being sought by police for domestic battery from earlier in the night.  HPD located
subject and arrested him.  He was taken to the PSB in Danville for arraignment.


Warrant Arrest H14-4494
Date & Time: August 21, 2014 12:19pm
Location: HPD 301 W. Main St.
Arrested: David M. Wilken (20) of Hoopeston
Details: Suspect turned himself in on an outstanding Vermilion County arrest warrant
2014TR4199 for Failure To Appear in court.  He was later released after posting
$375 bond.

Traffic Accident (PD) H14-4496
Time & Date:  August 21, 2014     2pm
Location:      1030 W Chestnut St Hoopeston IGA Parking Lot
Unit 1: 2011 Mazda Utility driven by Carol L Yergler of Hoopeston (F)
Unit 2: 2011 Ford Utility driven by Darla K Carlson of Milford
Details: At the above time and date, the accident was reported Hoopeston Police Department
Unit 1 and Unit 2 were backing up from a parking place across from each other and struck each other.  No injuries report and both parties insured

 

 

Hoopeston Area Schools Plan Early Dismissal

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: August 21, 2014
  • city: Hoopeston Area Schools Plan Early Dismissal

Hoopeston Area Schools will be dismissing at 2:05 p.m. for the Elementary Schools and 2:20 p.m. for the Middle/High School on Thursday, August 21st and Friday, August 22nd due to anticipated heat.

U of I bomb squad called to Vermilion County twice in one week

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: August 21, 2014
  • city: U of I bomb squad called to Vermilion County twice in one week

DANVILLE — Emergency personnel shut down a city block and evacuated several businesses following a suspicious package found along North Walnut Street.

Danville police were contacted a little after 11:30 a.m. Wednesday after a black suitcase was discovered hidden behind a newspaper box in front of the News-Gazette office, 139 N. Walnut St.

Danville Director of Public Safety Larry Thomason said a Danville officer observed what he could of the piece of luggage. It was decided to call in the University of Illinois Bomb Squad to “assess the package and make sure before anything was removed.”

Emergency vehicles blocked Walnut Street at North Street and Harrison streets, and prevented anyone from getting closer to the suspicious luggage.

Bomb squad members X-rayed the suitcase and determined no explosives were present.

Steve Trame, a lieutenant with the U of I Police Department and commander of the bomb squad, said personal items including clothes and a curling iron were found inside.

The site was officially declared safe a little after 3 p.m. Wednesday.

Thomason said the suspicious package prompted police to evacuate people from buildings in the immediate area of the scene, including the Commercial-News’ building, Rich’s Deluxe Restaurant, the Habitat for Humanity Restore store and others. People in other nearby businesses were informed of the situation but not evacuated.

Evacuated worked and passersby waited in Temple Plaza or watched from a safe distance as members of the bomb squad removed the suspicious package.

The suitcase’s origin was not known.

“How it got left there and by whom, we don’t know,” Thomason said.

This was the second time in a week that the U of I Bomb Squad was called to Vermilion County. The team handled an accident scene along Interstate 74 near the 206 mile marker after it was determined commercial fireworks were in one of the vehicles.

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Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Special Report

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: August 21, 2014
  • city: Iroquois County Sheriff's Police Special Report

NEWS RELEASE
August 20, 2014

On Wednesday, August 20, 2014 Iroquois County Sheriff’s Office and the Office of the State Fire Marshal arrested a 15 year-old male juvenile from Beaverville, IL on charges of arson in connection with a structure fire that occurred on Friday, August 15, 2014, at 203 St. Charles Street in Beaverville.  On that date, multiple agencies responded to the vacant property after a passerby called 911 reporting a fire at that address.  A subsequent investigation by the Fire Marshall’s Office determined the cause of the fire to be arson, after which numerous leads were followed up by the Sheriff’s Office and the male juvenile in question was identified as the suspect.  The juvenile was taken into custody without incident on today’s date and transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he was charged with arson.

Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: August 21, 2014
  • city: Iroquois County Sheriff's Police Report

NEWS RELEASE
August 21, 2014

8-18 Joshua D. Huff, 39 Watseka turned himself in at the Iroquois County Jail.  Huff was convicted on Iroquois County charges for Methamphetamine manufacturing.  He was sentenced to 15 days in the Iroquois County Jail.

818 Clifton Police arrested Juan R. Mesarina, 44 Hammond, IN for DUI, DUI over .08, Illegal Transportation of alcohol and Driving While License Suspended.  He later posted the required bond and was released

8-20 Sheriff’s Police arrested Tiffany B. Rath, 27 Ashkum.  She was wanted on an Iroquois County warrant for failure to appear for Driving while license was suspended and later posted the required bond and was released

Hoopeston Police Department Report

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: August 21, 2014
  • city: Hoopeston Police Department Report

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Bicycle Found
Date: August 20, 2014
Location: 500 block E. Honeywell
Details: A maroon & silver Next 18 speed bike was found at the above location. Owner may
identify and claim at HPD.


Residential Burglary H14-4478
Date & Time: August 20, 2014 5:44pm
Location: 200 block W. Maple
Victim: 48 year old Hoopeston man
Details: Victim advised officer that unkno0wn subject(s) entered his garage and stole
numerous power tools and an air conditioner.

Hoopeston Public Library Announces Labor Day Weekend Closings

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: August 20, 2014
  • city: Hoopeston Public Library Announces Labor Day Weekend Closings

The Hoopeston Public Library will be closed on Saturday, August 30th and Monday, September 1st in observance of Labor Day.

Danville will welcome two new businesses

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: August 20, 2014
  • city: Danville will welcome two new businesses

DANVILLE — Two new businesses are joining the city’s North Vermilion Street and Gilbert Street lineups.

Mattress Firm will be joining the strip mall in front of Kohl’s and next to Cellular One on North Vermilion Street.

While TitleMax will be going into the former Wiener Works on Gilbert Street.

According to Danville Planning and Urban Services Manager Chris Milliken, Mattress Firm’s permit is good until the end of the year and they hope to be open before the end of the year according to the contractor.

TitleMax is new to town and Milliken anticipates it opening in another month or so.

“I am always happy to see additional retail opportunities in the community and am excited to see the growth along our major corridors continue,” according to a statement from Mayor Scott Eisenhauer.

According to Mattress Firm’s website, Mattress Firm has grown from one store in Houston, Texas in 1986 to more than 1,400 locations nationwide. It claims it is one of the largest and most successful retailers in the specialty bedding market.

Mattress Firm also is located in Champaign, Bloomington, Springfield, Indianapolis and other areas.

TitleMax’s website says the business is one of the nation’s largest and most reputable title lending companies.

Since its inception in 1998, TitleMax has expanded to more than 1,350 stores spanning 17 states. TitleMax also is located in Champaign and has other area locations.

Man charged with aggravated DUI in fatal crash earlier this summer

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: August 20, 2014
  • city: Man charged with aggravated DUI in fatal crash earlier this summer

URBANA — A Rantoul man has been charged with aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol in connection with the death of a friend who was riding with him earlier this summer.

On Tuesday, Assistant State’s Attorney Elizabeth Dornik filed two counts of the Class 2 felony against Brent D. McCullough, 36, who listed an address in the 600 block of Heath Drive.

The charges allege that McCullough’s drunken driving in northern Champaign County on June 21 resulted in the death of his passenger, Eric Lowery, 34, who lived on Autumn Fields Lane in Rantoul.

Illinois State Police at Pesotum said McCullough was driving north on Interstate 57 near Thomasboro about 2 a.m. that Saturday when he lost control of the car, left the road to the right and hit a guardrail. The car went airborne, flipping over in the air, Dornik said.

Dornik said Mr. Lowery, one of three passengers with McCullough, was thrown out and sustained major head injuries. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Another passenger, Andrea Palivos, 30, of Rantoul, was trapped in the car, while a third passenger, Jeffrey Carter, 31, of Chicago, was outside the vehicle lying in the median when police arrived. Dornik said the report did not spell out any injuries they may have received.

She said a witness helped McCullough from the car. The witness also said that he found a clear bottle of liquor with a white label with gold letters on it, which McCullough took and threw in a ditch.

The troopers later found a tequila bottle in the median next to the car, which was different from the other bottle the witness described. That bottle was not found, she said.

McCullough was taken to Carle Foundation Hospital, where his blood alcohol content was measured at 0.11 percent, in excess of the 0.08 percent needed for a motorist in Illinois to be presumed intoxicated.

Dornik said McCullough had a prior conviction for driving under the influence in Champaign County in 2004.

If convicted of this aggravated DUI, McCullough faces a mandatory prison term of between three and 14 years. He is scheduled to be arraigned Friday.

Updated Story:  Ticket Dropped for teen in Oakwood Accident Monday

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: August 20, 2014
  • city: Updated Story: Ticket Dropped for teen in Oakwood Accident Monday

According to the News-Gazette, a ticket issued to a 17 year-old involved in an accident that shut down Interstate 74 for five hours on Monday has been dropped because the Ohio teen did have a valid driver’s permit in Ohio and his 61 year old passenger was providing adult supervision.

Gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner will visit Vermilion County

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: August 20, 2014
  • city: Gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner will visit Vermilion County

Gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner will be in Vermilion County Wednesday, August 20 at 2:30PM.  I would like to invite you to join Bruce Wednesday afternoon as he meets with the community of Tilton.

Hoopeston Police Department Report

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: August 20, 2014
  • city: Hoopeston Police Department Report

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Battery H14-4458 Showers
Date & Time: August 19, 2014   3:57pm
Location: 300 blk S Market
Complainant: 49 year old Hoopeston woman
Arrested: Irvin G Warner (61) of Hoopeston
Details: Subject was taken into custody after an altercation at the above location.
He was transported to HPD where he was released with a
Notice To Appear in Hoopeston City court.

Both lanes of I-74 closed after accident

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: August 19, 2014
  • city: Both lanes of I-74 closed after accident

BY BRIAN L. HUCHEL bhuchel@dancomnews.com
The Commercial-News

OAKWOOD — A trailer carrying fireworks was among the vehicles involved in an accident Monday morning along Interstate 74.

The accident was reported just before 10 a.m. Monday on Interstate 74 just west of the Oakwood exit in the westbound lanes.

As a result, interstate lanes in both directions were shut down for several hours beginning just before 11 a.m. while the vehicles involved in the accident as well as debris was cleared from the interstate. The interstate was reopened around 4 p.m. Monday.

According to the Illinois State Police, a vehicle driven by Beth Bagby, 59, of Danville, was parked on the right shoulder of the road after being struck in a hit-and-run accident minutes before.

Bagby was attempted to pull back onto the interstate when her vehicle collided with an oncoming pickup truck and trailer driven by Jacob Gorski, 17, of Williamsburg, Ohio. The collision caused Gorski’s vehicle and trailer to roll through the median and into the eastbound lanes.

Gorski’s trailer involved in the accident rolled over in the interstate median and was seriously damaged. As a result, personnel with the University of Illinois Bomb Squad were called to the scene around 11:30 a.m. Monday.

University of Illinois Deputy Chief of Police Skip Frost said the bomb squad was summoned to the scene as a result of the trailer which landed in the interstate median.

According to Frost, the camper had commercial fireworks inside — which the owner was licensed to have. The bomb squad was called in to make sure the commercial fireworks were “safely handled” with “no danger to anyone involved.

Bagby was cited for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident while Gorski was cited for driving without a valid driver’s license.

Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: August 19, 2014
  • city: Iroquois County Sheriff's Police Report

NEWS RELEASE
August 19, 2014

Sheriff’s Police investigated a two vehicle accident on Co. Rd. 800E at the intersection of Co.Rd. 200N.  According to the report, Walter L. Laubscher, 18 Cissna Park was traveling east on Co.Rd. 200N approaching the intersection of Co. Rd. 800E and a vehicle driven by Ronald J. Hilligoss, 59 Paxton was traveling north on Co. Rd. 800E approaching the same intersection.  Laubscher failed to yield at the intersection and struck Hilligoss’ vehicle, causing it to overturn in a ditch.  Damages were greater than $1500, no injuries were reported and Laubscher was issued a citation for failure to yield at an intersection

Sheriff’s Police investigated a two vehicle accident on Co. Rd. 1740N near Co. Rd. 2050E.  According to the report, Christopher M. Lenz, 19 of Watseka was traveling east on Co. Rd. 1740N approaching the railroad crossing near Co.Rd. 2050E when a vehicle driven by Jeremy Schaumburg, 44 Watseka was stopped in traffic near the railroad crossing.  Lenz approached Schaumburg’s vehicle and struck it resulting in damages less than $1500.  Schaumburg and his three passengers were taken to IMH and treated for minor injuries.  Lenz reported no injuries and no citations were issued.  IMH EMS assisted with the traffic accident

Sheriff’s Police returned from Kankakee County Jail with Ardell L. Howard, 23 St. Anne he was wanted on an Iroquois County Warrant charging him with failure to appear on a past battery charge.  He was taken to Iroquois County Jail where he remains in lieu of bond

Hoopeston Police Department Report

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: August 19, 2014
  • city: Hoopeston Police Department Report

Monday, August 18, 2014

Traffic Accident H14-4430
Date & Time: August 18, 2014 6:20am
Location: Main Source Bank 323 E. Main
Unit 1: 2008 Ford pick-up driven by Clifford Crabtree of Hoopeston
Property: Bank ATM machine
Details: Driver of Unit 1 struck the upper portion of the ATM machine with a piece of
equipment that was on the trailer he was pulling as he drove through.  No
injuries, no citations, Unit 1 insured.


Lost/Stolen Wallet H14-4404
Date & Time: August 17, 2014 10:52am
Location: Unknown
Victim: 32 year old Hoopeston woman
Details: Victim advised that her wallet was discovered missing from her vehicle.  Unknown
when or where it was lost or stolen.


Burglary To Garage H14-4434
Date & Time: August 18, 2014 10:34am
Location: 700 block S. Fifth Ave
Victim: 57 year old Hoopeston man
Details: Victim advised officer that unknown subject(s) entered his garage and stole a
compound bow and other items.

Criminal Damage To Property H14-4443 Steeples
Date & Time: August 18, 2014   5:52pm
Location: 700 blk E Honeywell
Complainant: 48 year old Hoopeston man
Details: Complainant advised unknown person(s) damaged his rain gutters.


Domestic Battery, Unlawful Restraint H14-4444 Welch
Date & Time: August 18, 2014 6:00pm
Location: 400 blk S Market St
Complainant: 35 year old Hoopeston female
Arrested: Jose Cardenas (38) Hoopeston male
Details: HPD officers arrested Mr. Cardenas after a domestic battery occurred at the above
location.  Subject was taken to Hoopeston Police Dept, processed and then
transported to the PSB in Danville to await arraignment.

 

Hoopeston Police Department Weekend Report

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: August 18, 2014
  • city: Hoopeston Police Department Weekend Report

Friday, August 15, 2014
Saturday, August 16, 2014
Sunday, August 17, 2014

Friday August 15, 2014



Criminal Damage to Auto H14-4348 Kelnhofer
Date & Time: August 15, 2014   1:15am
Location: 800 blk W Main
Complainant: 18 year old Hoopeston man
Details: Report was taken after unknown subject(s) keyed caller’s car


Criminal Damage To State Supported Property     H14-4367 Welch
Date & Time: August 15, 2014     4:56pm
Location: Parkview Court Apartments
Complainant: Vermilion County Housing Authority
Arrested: Michael S Winland (28) of Hoopeston
Details: Officers were dispatched for a fight inside apartment and the sound of
someone trying to break down the wall inside. Upon arrival it was noticed
that there was damage to the door and door jam.  A representative
from Vermilion County Housing arrived and wished to pursue charges.
Subject was later located, taken into custody, and transported to PSB.

Possession of Cannabis, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (City Ordinance) H14-4306 Linares
Date & Time: August 15, 2014
Location: 700 blk E Maple
Arrested: Brandon Irvin (19) of Hoopeston
Details: While investigating a report of theft, Mr. Irvin was arrested on city ordinance
violation of possession of cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia. 
Subject was taken to HPD, processed and released with city citations and
court date.

Saturday August 16, 2014


Traffic Accident H14-4397 Showers
Date & Time: August 16, 2014 11:57pm
Location: 200 blk E Main St
Unit #1: 1995 Dodge van driven by David Watson
Unit #2: 1996 Dodge 4D owned by Chad Hardison
Details: While turning onto Bank St from E Main St, the driver of Unit # 1 misjudged his
turn and struck Unit #2.  Unit #2 was parked and unoccupied.  There were no
injuries and no tickets issued.  Both Units were insured.


Sunday August 17, 2014


Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, DUI
H14-4405 V14-8148 Cade
Date & Time: August 17, 2014 12:07pm
Location: Sixth St/McNeil Ave
Unit #1: 2003 Freightliner Semi driven by Jeremy Coffey of Hoopeston
Arrested: Jeremy Coffey (34) of Hoopeston
Details: HPD received a call in reference to the above subject driving a semi through
the intersection of Sixth St and McNeil and caught a low hanging telephone
wire.  In the process, several telephone poles with their wires were pulled down
damaging vehicles in the area.  Mr. Coffey was arrested on the above charges
and taken to HPD.  He was processed and transported to the PSB in Danville
to await arraignment.

Correctional Officer dies in motorcycle-car crash

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: August 15, 2014
  • city: Correctional Officer dies in motorcycle-car crash

DANVILLE — A Danville man died early Thursday morning from injuries he suffered when his motorcycle was struck by a vehicle, according to local law enforcement officials.

Vermilion County Coroner Peggy Johnson said that Christopher A. Williams, 33 of Danville was pronounced dead at 1:13 a.m. at Presence United Samaritans Medical Center in Danville.  Mr. Williams was a correctional officer at the Vermilion County Jail.

Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: August 15, 2014
  • city: Iroquois County Sheriff's Police Report

NEWS RELEASE
August 15, 2014

Gilman Police arrested Thomas W. Porter, 40 Brazil, IN.  He was wanted on a warrant for driving while License was suspended and was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he later posted the required bond and was released

Sheriff’s Police arrested Michael R. Wisniewski, 21 Sheldon for Unlawful Delivery of Alcohol to a minor and Contributing to the delinquency of a minor.  He was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he later posted the required bond and was released

Hoopeston Police Department Report

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: August 15, 2014
  • city: Hoopeston Police Department Report

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Credit Card Fraud Arrest H14-4273 V14-7990
Date & Time: August 14, 2014 9:55am
Location: HPD 301 W. Main
Arrested: Eric Alan Maples (32) of Hoopeston
Details: Suspect was taken into custody in connection with a credit card fraud case that
occurred on August 11, 2014 in the 400 block of S. Dixie Highway.  The subject
was later transported to the PSB in Danville to await arraignment in court.

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia H14-4306 Linares
Date & Time: August 14,2014
Location: 700 blk Scott Drive
Arrested: Hanna E Patterson (21) of Hoopeston
Details: During an investigation for theft, a consent search of property revealed
a pipe and vaporizer the subject admitted she used for smoking
marijuana.  She was issued a Notice To Appear City Ordinance Citation.

 

Possession of Controlled Substance, Possession of Methamphetamine, and Possession
of Meth Precursor.                H14-4343 Steeples
Date & Time: August 14, 2014   9:42pm
Location: 800 blk E Seminary
Arrested: Lacy D Simpson (26) of Hoopeston
Details: Welfare check led to the arrest of the above subject after finding the
above items inside her residence.  She was taken into custody and
transported to PSB to await arraignment with judge.

 

Hoopeston Police Department Report

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: August 14, 2014
  • city: Hoopeston Police Department Report

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (City Ordinance) H14-4324 Kelnhofer
Date & Time: August 13, 2014 10:46pm
Location: Sixth St/Main
Arrested: Seth Sims (26) of Hoopeston
Matthew Brown (27) of Hoopeston
Details: HPD received a called about a possible hit and run involving trash cans.  Officers
located the vehicle and administered a traffic stop.  While on the stop, the officer
clearly saw drug paraphernalia in the vehicle.  Both subjects were arrested, taken
to HPD and processed.  They were released with a city citation and a city court
date.

DACC Special Board Meeting

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: August 13, 2014
  • city: DACC Special Board Meeting

NOTICE OF SPECIAL BOARD MEETING
Notice is hereby given that a Special Meeting of the Board of Trustees of Community College No. 507, Counties of Vermilion, Edgar, Iroquois, Champaign and Ford, State of Illinois, will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, August 15, 2014, in the Board Room, Vermilion Hall Room 302, Danville Area Community College, 2000 East Main Street.

After several burglaries three teens were arrested

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: August 13, 2014
  • city: After several burglaries three teens were arrested

BY BRIAN L. HUCHEL bhuchel@dancomnews.com
The Commercial-News

BISMARCK — For the second week in a row, a Vermilion County village has been hit by a series of vehicle burglaries.

The latest came on Monday when the reports came pouring in from several streets in the village of Bismarck. As of mid-day Tuesday, just short of 20 vehicle burglary reports had been called in to the Vermilion County Sheriff’s Department, with more expected.

Capt. Rod Kaag, chief investigator for the sheriff’s department, said three suspects — two 18-year-old males and a 17-year-old male — were taken into custody by deputies on Monday in connection with the barrage of burglaries.

Dakota Spears, 18, and Tanner Nichols, 18, were arrested on preliminary charges of vehicle burglary and a charge of retail theft. A 17-year-old male was arrested as a juvenile by deputies on the same charges. He was released to his parents.

According to Kaag, the trio walked the streets of Bismarck between 2:30-4:30 a.m. Monday, stealing from vehicles parked along the streets or in driveways and were unlocked.

Among the items taken from the vehicles were a computer, GPS, medication, tobacco, tools and money. The three worked South Chicago, Center, Holloway, West South, Maiden and Charlesworth streets and stashed the stolen items as they went.

The burglaries are similar— but on a much larger scale — to a string of several vehicle burglaries that took place last week in Oakwood. There, as many as eight vehicle burglaries as well as a burglary to the IGA grocery store, took place on Aug. 6.

Kaag said a 15-year-old and 16-year-old were taken into custody in connection with the incidents after they were found with some of the stolen property.

“One piece of advice is lock your vehicle, even if it is in the driveway, or put them in the garage,” Kaag said. “We have this all the time with at least a dozen vehicles, sometimes less, because people leave vehicles unlocked.”

Hoopeston Police Department Report

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: August 13, 2014
  • city: Hoopeston Police Department Report

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Driving Under The Influence & Parking Where Prohibited H14-4286 V14-7885
Date & Time: August 12, 2014 1:24am
Location: 400 block E. Young Ave
Arrested: Juan I. Rodriguez (42) of La Ville, Texas
Details: Suspect was taken into custody after he was found with his Peterbilt tractor
trailer semi parked in the middle of the block.  He was charged with the above
traffic charges and later transported to the PSB in Danville in lieu of bond.

Traffic Accident (PD) H14-4293
Time & Date:  August 12, 2014     6pm
Location:   9 McFerren Park Rd (SW Quadrant)
Unit 1:   2002 Ford Coupe driven by Kylee R Warner (F) of Hoopeston
Property Damage:   Chain Link Fencing owned by City of Hoopeston
Details: At the above time and date, HPD & Arrow Hoopeston EMS responded in the
Park for a report of a car ran into a fence, that had just occurred .  No Injuries reported and no one transported.  Unit 1 is Insured.  Unit 1 issued Citation
Failure to Reduce to Avoid Accident.


Cell Phone Found
Date: August 12, 2014
Location:   700 block E Seminary
Details: A Kyocera Phone has been found in the street and turned in to HPD owner
may claim it here

 

Hoopeston Multi-Agency gets new Senior Van

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: August 12, 2014
  • city: Hoopeston Multi-Agency gets new Senior Van

The new Elkhart transit van came from Midwest Transit in Kankakee and was delivered on Monday.

The van replaces the 2006 model and has improved equipment that will make loading and unloading passengers quicker and easier.  Backup cameras and beepers that sound when the van is backing are also on the new model.  The Multi Agency runs the van Monday through Friday and takes seniors and disabled people to stops throughout Hoopeston, including doctors’ appointments and shopping.  For more information or to use the Multi Agency van call 217.283.5544.

Hoopeston Police Department Report

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: August 12, 2014
  • city: Hoopeston Police Department Report

Monday, August 11, 2014

Stolen Bicycle
Date & Time: August 11, 2014   7pm
Location: 400 blk E Main
Details: Purple Next 10 speed was reported stolen

Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Deliver
H14-4280 V14-7882 Welch
Date & Time: August 11, 2014
Location: 500 blk E Main St.
Arrested: Shane McCarty (28) of Hoopeston
Mia Woods (30) of Hoopeston
Houston Lenover (18) of Hoopeston
Details: V-MEG and Hoopeston Police officers arrested all 3 subjects on the above charges.  They were all taken to HPD where they were processed and later transported to the PSB for arraignment.

Explosion in St. Anne injures one, damages grain bin

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: August 12, 2014
  • city: Explosion in St. Anne injures one, damages grain bin

According to the Daily Journal, a truck driver delivering grain to the Heritage FS Grain bin in St. Anne was injured following an explosion Monday afternoon.

The man was taken to Riverside Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries, according to St. Anne Police Chief, Steve Abrassart.  The name of the driver who was knocked to the ground and burned in the 100 block of East Station Street hasn’t been released.
Dust from the grain appeared to cause the explosion but left little damage.  Abrassat said, “You could not tell by looking at the facility that anything happened”.

Indiana man dies in crash east of Danville

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: August 11, 2014
  • city: Indiana man dies in crash east of Danville

BY BRIAN L. HUCHEL bhuchel@dancomnews.com
The Commercial-News

DANVILLE — One person was killed in an early morning accident east of Danville on Friday.

The person — identified as a 46-year-old Indiana man — was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. Police and rescue personnel responded to the scene at just before 5:30 a.m. Friday. The Vermilion County Coroner’s Office identified the victim late Friday afternoon as David Rudolph of Newport, Ind.

An autopsy has been scheduled for today.

Danville Director of Public Safety Larry Thomason said the victim, who was driving a Toyota truck, was headed northbound on Lynch Road at the time of the crash. There were no passengers inside the vehicle.

A witness who was driving behind the victim’s truck told police the truck went off the road to the right, before sharply turning to the left and crossing all lanes of traffic, according to Thomason.

The truck left the roadway and overturned in a ditch.

The driver was ejected from the vehicle as it overturned.

The vehicle landed upside down with the upper body of the driver trapped underneath the roof of the truck.

Police first arriving on the scene noted small movement in the driver’s legs, but could not get a response from him. Firefighters worked to lift the truck off the man, who was then pronounced dead at the scene by medical personnel.

Hoopeston Police Department Weekend Report

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: August 11, 2014
  • city: Hoopeston Police Department Weekend Report

Saturday, August 9th - NOTHING TO REPORT
Sunday, August 10th

Traffic Accident H14-4251
Date & Time: August 10, 2014 12:24am
Location: E. Main at Market
Unit 1: 1999 Buick LeSabre driven by Karen K Relation (37) of Hoopeston
Unit 2: 1999 Subaru Outback driven by Christopher Hammel of Sheldon
Details: Driver of Unit 2 was east bound on Main and came to a stop at the intersection
and then proceeded east.  Driver of Unit 1 was south bound on Market and
failed to stop at the intersection and struck Unit 2 as it entered the intersection.
Driver of Unit 1 then continued on south bound and fled the scene.  Unit 1 and
the driver were later located based on witness accounts and taken into custody.
Driver of Unit 1 was issued citations for Leaving The Scene of an Accident,
Disobeying A Stop Sign, Failure To Reduce Speed to Avoid an Accident, and
Operation of Uninsured Motor Vehicle.  There were no reported injuries from
the accident.

 

Burglary to Auto H14-4233 Kruse
Date & Time: August 9, 2014   5:43am
Location: 400 blk S Fifth st
Complainant: 64 year old Hoopeston woman
Details: Police were called to above after a neighbor witnessed subjects going
through the complainants vehicle.  Suspects already left the area before police       arrived.  Police were unsuccessful after canvassing the neighborhood for the suspects.  Vehicle owner advised only loose change was missing.

 

Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: August 11, 2014
  • city: Iroquois County Sheriff's Police Report

NEWS RELEASE
August 10, 2014

8-8 Sheriff’s Police arrested Suzette K. Fassoth, 38 Sheldon after being found in possession of drug paraphernalia inside her bedroom at her residence.  Fassoth was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and transported to the Iroquois County Jail where she posted the required bond and was released

8-10 Sheriff’s Police arrested Steven R. DeGeere, 58 Loda a police received a complaint in the 200 block of North Oak St. in Loda of a man exposing himself repeatedly to a small gathering outside an apartment complex.  Police made contact with DeGeere inside his apartment and placed him into custody.  DeGeere was charged with obscenity and disorderly conduct and was transported tot he Iroquois County Jail where he later posted the required bond and was released

8-10 Sheriff’s Police arrested Kenneth N. Boucher, 18 Sheldon after he was witnessed removing an item from Casey’s General Store in Milford and exiting the store without purchasing the item.  Boucher was arrested on scene, charged with retail theft and transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he posted the required bond and was released

Governor Quinn Announces Investment to Improve Danville’s David S. Palmer Arena

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: August 08, 2014
  • city: Governor Quinn Announces Investment to Improve Danville’s David S. Palmer Arena

$850,000 Investment Will Create Jobs and Ensure Facility Stays Competitive for Years to Come
DANVILLE – Governor Pat Quinn today announced an $850,000 capital investment to modernize and expand the David S. Palmer Arena in Danville. Today’s action is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to create jobs and drive Illinois’ economy forward.

“The Palmer Arena draws events and visitors from around the country and is key to the continued economic development of the Danville area,” Governor Quinn said. “These improvements will ensure the facility remains an important landmark for years to come, creating jobs and driving the local economy.”
The investment from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) to the David S. Palmer Arena is a critical part of the $1 million Palmer Arena expansion.
Funds for the Palmer Arena will support a number of long overdue maintenance projects, including roof and air conditioning system repairs, as well as the renovation of the existing banquet facilities, locker room upgrades, energy efficiency and technology upgrades and the addition of space. The project will help the arena stay competitive with other regional venues and continue to be a positive economic development force for eastern Illinois.
“We are elated that these funds have been made available,” Palmer Arena Director Peter Blackmon said. “The activity here has continued to increase and this funding will help the facility catch up and modernize. We are grateful to all the effort it has taken over the years to make this happen.”
“The Arena is a staple of our downtown corridor, and activities hosted there also infuse revenue in area restaurants, retail stores, hotels and other recreational and tourism activities,” Danville Mayor Scott Eisenhauer said. “The arena is an economic development catalyst for many entities in our central core, and these funds will help revitalize the downtown by expanding the Arena’s usefulness and lifespan.”
The Danville Civic Center opened in 1980 and was later named for Mayor David S. Palmer, who was instrumental in its development. The Palmer Arena has hosted numerous concerts, performances, conventions and special events through the years.
“The investments we are making to improve the Danville Civic Center are important to promoting economic development in Danville,” State Senator Michael Frerichs (D-Champaign) said. “The additional activity we will generate with an improved facility will entice new attractions and patrons from across the region.”
The Palmer Arena funding is part of Governor Quinn’s $31 billion Illinois Jobs Now! program, which will support more than 439,000 jobs over six years. Illinois Jobs Now! is the largest capital construction program in Illinois history, and is one of the largest capital construction programs in the nation.

Hoopeston Police Department Report

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: August 08, 2014
  • city: Hoopeston Police Department Report

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Bicycle Found
Date & Time: August 7, 2014 9:00am
Location: 426 E. Honeywell
Details: A blue Next mountain bike was found in the alley behind the apartment complex.
Owner may identify and claim at HPD.


Keys Found
Time & Date:  August 7, 2014   3:30pm
Location:  McFerren Park Restrooms
Details: A set of car keys found in the men’s bathroom.  Owner may claim at HPD


Criminal Damage to Property (Over) H14-4203   V14-7687    
Time & Date: August 7, 2014   3:26pm
Location:   500 W Penn St Area
Complainant: An Elderly Hoopeston Woman
Arrestee: Avalos, Matthew J (M) of Hoopeston
Details:      At above time and date,  Officers responded to a disturbance call
upon arrival found the arrestee attacking a car doing damage.  Subject
was taken into custody and transported to HPD. Then onto Danville PSB
to await arraignment. 


 

Street work to start in Hoopeston

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: August 07, 2014
  • city: Street work to start in Hoopeston

BY CAROL HICKS newsroom@dancomnews.com
The Commercial-News

HOOPESTON — Residents can expect some detours on East Main Street this week due to scheduled road work for the summer.

Alderman Randy Carter said the road crews will begin milling the street today between the railroad tracks on East Main Street and Market Street, with the asphalt expected to be laid on Friday. However, if there is a delay with the asphalt until Monday, Carter added, there would still be some traffic on East Main during the weekend.

In other business, council members:

• Approved taking $20,000 from the Civic Center accrual fund and moving it to the maintenance building fund for Civic Center repairs. The repairs included painting, guttering and replacing two roll-up doors on the north and west sides of the building. Alderman Carl Ankenbrand added Class Act donated a few small tasks, not in their bid, to help spruce up the center.

Ankenbrand reminded residents there is a limit to the number of fish one person can remove from the park lagoon each day. Only two fish per day per fisherman/woman or child on a stringer for children 13 and younger and adults 62 and older. Three new signs will be displayed explaining the rules for fishing in the lagoon.

He added that people are driving golf carts on the park grass. Golf carts are designated to city streets, alleys and must park the same as cars in regular parking spots not on the grass by the fence.

• Alderman Larry Baughn reported three new applications had been received for the facade program. The committee will meet soon to review the applications.

• Antennas on the water tower have been identified as to those in use and which can be removed. The bell at the 150-foot mark had not been removed yet until it can be determined the weight in order to bring it down safely.

Kankakee Area Metropolitan Enforcement Group Press Release

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: August 07, 2014
  • city: Kankakee Area Metropolitan Enforcement Group Press Release

A Claytonville man was arrested early Tuesday evening after Kankakee Area Metropolitan Enforcement Group (KAMEG) agents found cannabis plants growing at his residence.

Samuel Vires III, 47 was charged with production of cannabis plants, a Class 3 Felony, possession of cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia.  KAMEG agents, assisted by the Illinois State Police, went to Vires’ residence and observed 44 plants growing in his garden.  During a search, officers also recovered a small amount of cannabis and drug paraphernalia.

Vires was transported to the Iroquois County Jail.

Hoopeston Police Department Weekend Report

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: August 05, 2014
  • city: Hoopeston Police Department Weekend Report

Friday, August 1, 2014 - Sunday, August 3, 2014

Friday, August 1, 2014


Aggravated Battery H14-4066 V14-7451
Date & Time: July 31, 2014 11:38pm
Location: VFW 426 W. Orange St.
Victim: 41 year old Potomac man
Arrested: Jeff H Chandler (37) of Hoopeston
Details: Suspect was taken into custody after an altercation with the victim outside the
VFW which resulted in a severe laceration to the victim’s hand.  The suspect was
later transported to the PSB in Danville to await arraignment in court.

Fire Call
Time & Date: August 1, 2014 1:15pm
Location:    705 E Orange St Country Terrace Apartments
Details: HFD responded to a fire alarm that turned out to be a malfunction due to
storm related issues.

Hit & Run PD Accident (Solved) H14-3884
Time & Date: August 1, 2014   2:45pm
Location: Hoopeston Police Department
Arrestee: Neal, Lucas E (30) of Hoopeston
Details:  On July 25th, 2014 at 2:47am a previously reported accident had occurred in the
500 block Front St.  The arrestee was located today and taken into custody
on the following charges:  Leaving Scene of an Accident & Driving While License
Revoked.  Subject was released after posting $150 cash bond on those citations.

 

Burglary To Motor Vehicle H14-4089
Date & Time: August 1, 2014 4:18pm
Location: McFerren Park
Victim: 29 year old Champaign woman
Details: Victim advised officer that unknown subject(s) entered her vehicle while it was
parked near the Civic Center and stole her purse.  The purse was later recovered
in the 900 block of W. Main but was missing a camera and several other items.

Saturday, August 2, 2014


Keys Found
Date: August 2, 2014  
Details:  A set of keys and clip were turned into HPD that were found in the street.  Owner may identify them at City Hall.


Found Phone
Date & Time: August 2, 2014   0900 am
Location: Cheese Park Hoopeston
Details: A black AT&T phone was found and turned into the Police Department
owner may identify and claim at HPD


Burglary to Garage H14-4099
Time & Date: August 2, 2014   09:14am
Location: 700 block E Chestnut St Hoopeston
Complainant: 67 year old Hoopeston woman
Details: At the above time and date it was reported that person(s) unknown had
entered the complainants property causing damage.  Items were removed
without permission. 


Burglary to Auto H14-4103
Time & Date: August 2, 2014   1:35pm
Location: 400 block E Washington St
Complainant: 51 year old Hoopeston woman
Details:    Unknown person(s) had ransacked their car and removed several items. 


Burglary to Auto H14-4104
Time & Date: August 2, 2014   2:15pm
Location: 600 block E Main St
Complainant: 72 year old Hoopeston man
Details: Unknown person(s) had ransacked their car and removed several items.

 

Fire Call
Date & Time: August 2, 2014 7:11pm
Location: 11300 State Route 9
Details: Fire Department responded to above to assist EMSs, County, and
State Police with a rollover accident. 

 

 



                                  Saturday August 2, 2014
                                          Continued


Possession of Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver     H14-4119   V14-7522    
Possession of Cannabis with Intent to Deliver & Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Deliver
Date & Time: August 2, 2014 10:50pm
Location: S. Market and E. Maple
Arrested: Eron Marquez (20) of Cissna Park
Details: Suspect was taken into custody following a traffic stop at the above location.  He
was later transported to the PSB in Danville to await arraignment in court.


Sunday, August 3, 2014


(UPDATE) Traffic Accident H14-4043 VA14-1149
Date & Time: July 30, 2014 9:49pm
Location: E. Washington at Fifth St
Unit 1: 1997 Ford SUV driven by Heather M. Billingsley (37) of Hoopeston
Bicyclist: 13 year old Hoopeston boy

Additional: On August 1, 2014, a Hoopeston woman contacted HPD and confessed that it was she who struck the 13 year old boy on his
bicycle the night of July 30th, not Heather Billingsley who had been
arrested and taken to the PSB.  After further investigation by HPD
officers and consultation with the Vermilion County State’s Attorney’s office, all charges against Heather Billingsley will be dropped and she was released from custody.  The State’s Attorney’s office will determine further charges or actions in this case against the driver of the vehicle.


Possession of Methamphetamine H14-4130 V14-7556
Date & Time: August 3, 2014 2:37pm
Location: 400 block W. Penn
Arrested: Kevin L Robbins (19) of Hoopeston
Details: Suspect was taken into custody on the above charge following a disturbance at
a private residence.  He was later transported to the PSB in Danville to await
arraignment in court.

 

 

 

Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: August 01, 2014
  • city: Iroquois County Sheriff's Police Report

News Release
August 1, 2014

7/30 Sheriff’s Police arrested Aaron R. Schadel, 23 Watseka for Aggravated Battery.  Schadel was transported to Iroquois County Jail where he remains in lieu of bond

7/30 Shaquira Tucker, 25 Chicago turned herself into the Iroquois County Jail.  She was wanted on an Effingham County warrant for Failure to Appear for Driving while license was suspended.  Tucker posted the required bond and was released

7/30 Sheriff’s Police arrested Wesley V. Norrgram, 42 Papineau for Aggrevated Criminal Sexual Assault.  Norrgram was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he remains in lieu of bond

Illinois State Fair begins next week

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: August 01, 2014
  • city: Illinois State Fair begins next week

The Illinois State Fair begins next week in Springfield.  Here is a preview of what to expect this year….

Carnival Rides, Beer tents, Livestock shows, animal acts and high divers all return this year, which kicks-off Thursday with a Twilight Parade.  Great concerts including Florida Georgia Line, Jake Owen, Boston, Pitbull and Robin Thicke.  The fair will also feature plenty of artery clogging, heart attack food.  Tickets are still available for grandstand concerts.

Sub Shop to open second location in Danville

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: August 01, 2014
  • city: Sub Shop to open second location in Danville

According to the Commercial News in DANVILLE — Ask Jimmy John’s owner/general manager Seth Hobbs how Jimmy John’s is doing in Danville and he’ll tell you “things are going really well.”

In fact, he’s planning to build a new store to reach more customers in the southern part of the city.

Hobbs said he’s in the process of preparing a new store at 306 W. Fairchild St., at the corner of Fairchild and Gilbert streets. The location is on the southeast corner next to Papa John’s Pizza where an Advance America, cash advance and loan store, had been located.

Hobbs plans for the new restaurant to open in November. This is a year after the North Vermilion Street restaurant opened.

Hobbs said the north-side restaurant at 3120 N. Vermilion St. is doing great.

“The restaurant itself is doing above my expectations all because of the loyalty of our customers; and we are planning on putting a drive-through in in the very near future,” Hobbs said through an email.

A Customer Appreciation Day also is planned for Aug. 14 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Subs will be $1.

More than 10 years ago, the fast-food gourmet sandwich shop was previously located in Danville on North Gilbert Street.

Chris Milliken, planning and urban services manager with the city, said the city hasn’t received any building plans yet from Jimmy John’s.

He noted that Jimmy John’s previously looked at the former Wiener Works building also in the city.

Milliken said the location will be convenient for delivery services for employees working more south.

Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwich Shops offer homemade sandwiches made from fresh-baked bread, all-natural meats and vegetables that are sliced daily at each restaurant.

Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwich Shops was founded in 1983 by 19-year-old Jimmy John Liautaud in a converted garage in Charleston.

In 23 years, the company has grown to more than 445 corporate and franchised locations in more than 34 states and two countries. The company is known for its obsession with fresh, quality products and high-speed execution.

Hoopeston Police Department Report

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: July 31, 2014
  • city: Hoopeston Police Department Report

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Warrant Arrest H14-4027
Time & Date: July 30, 2014     10:00am
Location: 500 block E Main
Arrested: Victor L. Hutton (45) of Hoopeston
Details: Suspect was taken into custody on an outstanding Vermilion County arrest
warrant, 13TR07149 for Failure To Appear.  He was later released after posting
$354 bond and fees.


Warrant Arrest H14-4028     V14-7388
Time & Date: July 30, 2014     11:30am
Location: 200 block E Main
Arrested: Clarence Callahan III (41) of Hoopeston
Details: Suspect taken into custody on an outstanding Vermilion County arrest warrant
2014CF3342 Ct 1 & Ct 2 for Possession Controlled Substance, Possession with Intent of Delivery.  Subject transported to HPD and later transported to the PSB
in Danville in lieu of $100,000 bond.


Warrant Arrest H14-4040     V14-7402
Date & Time: July 30, 2014   8:30pm
Location: 200 block E Main
Arrested: Angel K Bane (34) of Hoopeston
Details: Subject was taken into custody on an outstanding Vermilion County arrest warrant
14CM528.  FTA/Bond Return for Criminal Trespass to Vehicle. She was transported to PSB in lieu of $5,000 bond.


Traffic Accident H14-4043 VA14-1149
Date & Time: July 30, 2014 9:49pm
Location: E. Washington at Fifth St
Unit 1: 1997 Ford SUV driven by Heather M. Billingsley (37) of Hoopeston
Bicyclist: 13 year old Hoopeston boy
Details: Bicyclist was west bound on Washington and was struck by Unit 1 who was
south bound on Fifth St.  Youth was transported to Hoopeston Hospital by
parents.  Driver of Unit 1 was later located and taken into custody for Leaving The
Scene of a Personal Injury Accident, Failure To Reduce Speed to Avoid an
Accident and Operation of Uninsured Motor Vehicle.  She was later transported
to the PSB in Danville to await arraignment in court.  The youth was treated and
released with minor injuries.

Update:  Police arrest 3 in Danville armed robbery

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: July 30, 2014
  • city: Update: Police arrest 3 in Danville armed robbery

According to the News-Gazzette in DANVILLE — Police have arrested three people in connection with an armed robbery of a downtown Danville jewelry store Tuesday morning and arrested another individual in an unrelated purse-snatching that happened about the same time.

The first incident occurred around 10:00 a.m. at Rothery Jewelers in downtown Danville when police received a call that it had been robbed.  Officers arrived on the scene and were told that as many as three people had entered the store, held several employees at gunpoint and smashed jewelry cases removing an unknown amount of jewelry.  The robbers were last seen running from the business towards the northwest.
Danville Police and Vermilion County Sheriff’s deputies immediately began combing the downtown area, utilizing the K-9 team and at 10:15 a.m. they stopped a 23 year-old man in the area of Walnut and Williams streets, about a block from the robbery and arrested him in connection with the crime.  Then at 10:45 a.m. officers arrested two more men - a 29 year-old and 33 year-old in connection with the robbery in the 300 block of Franklin Street.
According to Safety Director, Larry Thomason, the names of the three arrested are not being released at this time as the investigation continues.  He said some of the jewelry stolen from the store has been recovered and no one at the business was injured.
Thomason also said Tuesday was a challenging day for local law enforcement, but the partnerships with the sheriff’s department helped Danville Police and county deputies work together to resolve the incident.

Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: July 30, 2014
  • city: Iroquois County Sheriff's Police Report

News Release
July 30, 2014

7/25 Juan A. Aldana, 32 Onarga turned himself in to the Iroquois County Jail.  He was wanted on an Iroquois County warrant for Unlawful Delivery of a Controlled Substance with in 1000’ of a school.  Aldana remains at the Iroquois County Jail in lieu of bond

7/27 Tash L. Laird, 21 Watseka turned herself in to the Iroquois County Jail.  She was wanted on an Iroquois County warrant for Failure to Appear on a failure to yield right of way citation.  Laird posted the required bond and was releaesd

7/28 Sheriff’s Police arrested Timothy J. Deaton, 32 Milford.  He was wanted on an Iroquois County warrant for failure to appear for driving while license was suspended.  Deaton was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he was later released on a personal recognizance bond

7/29 Sheriff’s Police arrested Brian Floriant, 39 Watseka.  He was arrested for driving while his license was revoked.  He was also cited for speeding and illegal transportation by a driver.  Floriant was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he later posted the required bond and was released

Accidents
7/21 Sheriff’s Police investigated a two vehicle accident in Onarga.  According to the report, Matthew Hernandez, 26 Onarga was traveling South on South Poplar when an animal ran in front of his vehicle and he stopped to avoid striking the animal and was struck from behind by a vehicle driven by Andres Garcia, 25 also of Onarga.  No injuries were reported and no citations were issued.  Damages to the vehicles were reported to be over $1500

7/21 Sheriff’s Police investigated a two vehicle accident on Rt 49 near 500 North Rd.  According to the report, Trevor J. Hurt, 17 of Cissna Park was traveling South on Rt. 49 and as he yielded to oncoming traffic before making a left handed turn onto 500 N Rd he was struck from behind by a motorcycle driven by Joseph P. Manzo, 72 of Gilman.  No injuries were reported.  Manzo was issued a citation for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.  Damages to vehicles were reported to be over $1500