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Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: May 28, 2015
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The Iroquois County Sheriff’s Office released the following list of recent activity

A 14-year-old boy from Onarga was arrested May 26 for residential burglary, theft and criminal damage to property. The juvenile allegedly was found burglarizing a home in Onarga after the homeowners reported he was inside their home without their permission. The juvenile was taken to the Iroquois County Jail, then later transported to the Danville Juvenile Detention Center.

No injuries were reported and no tickets were issued after a car struck a deer in Watseka on May 26. The accident occurred when Martha L. Howe, 74, of Watseka, was driving west on County Highway 43 and was unable to avoid striking a deer that had run into her vehicle’s path near Second Street. Damage to the vehicle was estimated at more than $1,500.

Joseph A. Phillips, 32, of Watseka, was arrested May 26 on an Illinois Department of Corrections warrant.

Blake L. Burnside, 26, of Watseka, turned himself in at the county jail on May 25. Burnside was wanted on an Iroquois County warrant for failure to appear in court for speeding.

Governor Bruce Rauner has appointed Alice Marie Jacobs to the Illinois Board of Higher Education

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: May 28, 2015
  • city: Springfield

Governor Bruce Rauner has appointed Alice Marie Jacobs to the Illinois Board of Higher Education. Jacobs’ experience as an administrator in higher education makes her well suited for the board.

Jacobs has 45 years of experience in higher education and is currently the president of the Danville Area Community College (DACC). She oversees 60 full-time faculty, 100 part-time faculty and more than 120 other staff members, who serve approximately 9,000 students annually. In this position, Jacobs added academic programs and doubled enrollment while state funding was reduced for community colleges.

Prior to her work at DACC, she was the president of Kaskaskia College in Centralia for five years. She also served students at Cape Fear Community College in Wilmington, NC as the Vice President of Instruction and Student Development. She also worked at Rochester Community College in Rochester, Minn. and at Kellogg Community College in Battle Creek, Mich.

Jacobs holds a Ph.D. in college and university administration from Michigan State University and a master’s degree in business education from Western Michigan University. She also earned her bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University, and an associate’s degree in business from Louisburg College.

Hoopeston Police Department Report

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: May 28, 2015
  • city: Hoopeston Police Department Report

Hoopeston Police Department
Police Blotter

Aggravated Battery, I.D.O.C. Warrant H15-2337, V15-5164
Time & Date: May 27, 2015   02:12 am
Location: Fifth Street/McCracken Ave
Complainant: 34 year old Hoopeston Male
Arrested: Chase R. Miles (23) of Hoopeston (M)
Details: After a disturbance call to the area, Hoopeston Police located the suspect
whom was taken into custody, and transported to HPD to be processed. 
Subject was then transported to the PSB Danville to await I.D.O.C. and
Hearing on the above charge.

 

Hoopeston Police Department Report

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: May 27, 2015
  • city: Hoopeston Police Department Report

Hoopeston Police Department
Police Blotter

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Fire Call
Time & Date:  May 26, 2015 08:35am
Location: 205 Ann St Rossville
Details: RFD and HFD were both sent to the scene of a re-kindling of a structure
Fire at the above location.  RFD came to the scene and returned HFD to Service.

Battery (City Ordinance 9.08.020) H15-2319
Date & Time: May 26, 2015 1626
Location: 200 E. Main St., Downtown Motel
Complainant: 27 year old Hoopeston male
Arrested: Jodi L. Tyszko, 43, of Hoopeston
Details: HPD officers responded to the above location for the report that a battery had just occurred between a female and a male.  Officers met with the complainant at the scene and were able to locate Tyszko shortly after.  Tyzsko was taken into custody, transported to HPD and later released on a NTA at City Court.

Criminal Sexual Assault H15-2209 V15-5149
Date & Time of report: May 20, 2015 6:19pm
Date & Time of arrest: May 26, 2015 8:35pm
Location of incident: 900 blk W Main
Location of Arrest: Maple/Second Av
Complainant: 14 year old female
Arrested: Kendall Stewart (20) of Danville
Details: Mr. Stewart was arrested after an investigation of criminal
sexual assault. He was taken to HPD, processed and transported
to the PSB to await arraignment.

Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: May 27, 2015
  • city: Iroquois County Sheriff's Police Report

Memorial Day Weekend

No injuries were reported and no tickets were issued after an Indiana woman struck a deer with her vehicle on May 24 in eastern Iroquois County. The accident occurred when Brittnee N. Grayling, 24, of Fowler, Ind., was driving west on Township Road 151, near County Road 2230 East, and a deer ran into the roadway and she was unable to avoid striking it. The accident caused more than $1,500 in damage.

— Zachary T. Garman, 23, of Hoopeston, was arrested May 23 for driving under the influence of alcohol and was ticketed for disobeying a stop sign.

— Idalia Salinas, 43, of Riverdale, was arrested May 23 on an Iroquois County warrant for failure to appear in court for speeding.

— Robert B. Patrick, 21, of Kankakee, was transported from the Kankakee County Jail to the Iroquois County Jail on May 23. Patrick was wanted on an Iroquois County warrant for theft.

— Daniel A. Muller, 46, of Goodwine, was arrested May 22 on an Iroquois County warrant for no valid driver’s license.

— Brandon J. Wood, 31, of Sheldon, was arrested by Sheldon police on May 22 for driving with a revoked license.

— Donald L. Langston, 34, of Chicago, was transported from the Kankakee County Jail to the Iroquois County Jail on May 22. Langston was wanted on an Iroquois County warrant for failure to appear in court for possession of cannabis.

— Eric E. Burgess, 32, of Clifton, was arrested May 21 for driving with a revoked license, no valid registration and no proof of insurance.

Hoopeston Police Department Report

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: May 26, 2015
  • city: Hoopeston Police Department Report

Hoopeston Police Department Police Blotter from Memorial Day Weekend.

A pair of prescription eye glasses was found in the 400 block of west Penn St.  Owner may claim them at HPD.

Traffic Accident H15-2273
Date & Time: May 24, 2015   2:11 am
Location: Lincoln & Sixth Ave
Unit #1: 2006 Pontica Grand Prix driven by Bradley J Schrock of Crescent City
Unit #2: 2001 Ford F150 driven by Ashley Tincher of Watseka
Details: Unit 2 was traveling eastbound in the 700 blk W Lincoln.
Unit 1 came up from behind and side swiped Unit 2, then stopped
blocking Unit 2 from moving.  Before leaving the scene Unit 1
began backing up ramming into Unit 2 multiple times.  No injuries
report.


Warrant Arrest H15-2275
Date & Time: May 24, 2015   10:00am
Location: HPD
Arrested: Miranda K Harms (27) of Hoopeston
Details: Subject was arrested at HPD for an outstanding warrant
from Fountain County Indiana.  She posted bond and
was released with a new court date


Stolen/Cell Phone H15-2281
Date & Time: May 24, 2015   1:00pm
Location: VFW 426 W Orange
Complainant: 51 year old Hoopeston man
Details: Complainant reported his pink Iphone missing


Monday, May 25, 2015

Aggravated Battery / Criminal Trespass to Property H15-2299 V15-5094
Date & Time: May 25, 2015 1356
Location: 300 block of Front St.
Complainant: 26 year old Hoopeston male
Arrested: Efrain Flores Jr, 21, of Hoopeston
Details: HPD officers responded to the above location for the report of a battery that had just taken place.  HPD officers were able to locate Flores at a different location and take him into custody without incident.  Flores was later transported to the PSB. 


Assault (City Ordinance) / Disorderly Conduct (City Ordinance) H15-2303
Date & Time: May 25, 2015 1643
Location: Parkview Ct.
Complainant: 34 year old Hoopeston male
Arrested: Kyle B. Ponton, 24, of Hoopeston
Details: HPD officers responded to a complaint of a fight in progress between
three males.  Upon arrival, the parties were separated.  After speaking
with all parties involved, Ponton was arrested and transported to HPD
where he was later released with two city ordinance violations and a city court date.

 


 

Hoopeston Police Department Report

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: May 23, 2015
  • city: Hoopeston Police Department Report

Friday, May 22, 2015

Burglary to Business H15-2232
Date & Time: May 22, 2015   7:24pm
Location: Hoopeston Star Chrysler 900 blk W Orange
Details: Report was taken after employees arrived at
work and found a broken door and items and money removed without permission by unknown person(s).

Criminal Damage to Auto (Over) H15-2234
Date & Time: May 22, 2015 1420
Location: 300 block of west Main St.
Complainant: 55 year old Bismarck female
Details: Subject came on station to report that while she was at work, had
Damaged her vehicle.  Investigation is pending.


Burglary H15-2239
Date & Time: May 22, 2015 1705
Location: 400 block of east Honeywell
Complainant: 67 year old Hoopeston female
Details: HPD officers responded to the above location for the report that
someone unknown to her stole personal belongings.  Investigation is pending. 

Driving While License Suspended H15-2247
Date & Time: May 22, 2015 10:30pm
Location: Intersection of Rt 1 and Rt 9
Arrested: Delvon Moorer 19 year old Bloomington male
Details: The above subject was stopped on a routine traffic stop. Upon a
records check it showed that he had a suspended license.
The subject was transported to HPD where he posted bond and was
released with a court date.

 

Hoopeston Area board hears students

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: May 23, 2015
  • city: Hoopeston Area board hears students

According to the Commercial News, Chris Catron and Marisa Rush, John Greer Grade School students who participated in the Chrome Books pilot program, presented research projects on teen activism to Hoopeston Area school board members during Thursday’s meeting.
The presentations were part of Rachel Zick’s sixth-grade class writing curriculum. The students had to find the motivation, research and create a web page about activism in a field that interested them using the Chrome books. Each student will be able to continue with the web pages indefinitely at home, Zick said.
Catron picked the medical field, he said, because his mom, Connie Catron, a nurse practitioner, went to Madagascar in Africa last October to help people medically.
Rush picked anorexia for her web page and the effects of anorexia on a person’s body.
The students also set up blogs with several questions for people to add comments about the subjects of their research.
Catron issued a word of advice to other students,”Don’t work yourself into the ground or you won’t have success.”
In other school board business, FFA student Olivia Huls presented a check to the school board for payment on the greenhouse. Emily McCray, FFA instructor, reported that all the corn crops has been planted, including an additional 4.5 acres behind the bowling alley, and all was sold.

School board members unanimously approved the high school student policy manual for 2015-2016 year and the new teacher evaluation instrument with an effective date of Aug. 21.
Informational items included a later date of school start next year. School will start a week later on Aug. 24. Also student policy manuals 2015-2016 for Maple, Honeywell, John Greer and the Middle School will be presented at the next school board meeting.
Superintendent Hank Hornbeck said he attended the Hoopeston City Council meeting Tuesday regarding an issue at Honeywell School. He previously requested the city have no parking on the south side of East Honeywell Avenue from Fifth to Sixth Streets during specific times “to help protect our students.”
Mark Eighner, director of transportation and buildings and grounds reported that three spare buses would be traded for the new gas-powered bus with a lift. He added that the boiler replacement would be the biggest project this summer beginning with asbestos removal around the boiler.
The school board accepted letters of intent to retire at the end of the 2016-2017 school years from Richard Stipp and Annette Lockhart, approved non-certified at-will employee list for 2015-2016 year and an increase in wages of 40 cents an hour them.
Also approved was Kyle Ramos as a volunteer for the high school football team for 2015, Stephanie Pratt as Honeywell special education teacher starting Aug. 20, Kari Rayls as Maple secretary starting May 18, Diane Swartz as part-time speech language aide at Maple, Stacy Pierott, kindergarten aide, and Angela Layden, classroom aide, all starting Aug. 21.
Board members approved the resignations of Crystal English, Honeywell special education teacher, and Meghan McCannon, fourth-grade teacher at Honeywell, effective at the end of school year.
Board members learned John Greer Grade School students raised $1,180 in their fund raising this year, which was donated to the United Fund of Grant Township.
They also learned that Rossville-Alvin had started talks with Hoopeston and Bismarck-Henning about a co-op high school.
The next Hoopeston School Board will start at 6:30 p.m. June 18 in Hoopeston Area HIgh School’s library.

Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: May 21, 2015
  • city: Iroquois County Sheriff's Police Report

News Release
May 21st, 2015

On May 21st, 2015 Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police arrested Eric E. Burgess, age 32, of Clifton, IL.  According to police reports, Sheriff’s Police received a tip that Burgess was operating a vehicle with no valid registration and driving on a revoked driver’s license.  Sheriff’s Police located Burgess while he was operating a vehicle, and conducted a traffic stop.  It was confirmed that Burgess had a revoked driver’s license and no valid registration on his vehicle.  Burgess was placed into custody and charged with driving while his license revoked, no valid registration, and no proof of insurance.  He was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he remains awaiting a court appearance.

County Highway 10 (Oakwood-Newtown Road) to be Reduced to One Lane for Bridge Repairs starting May 2

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: May 21, 2015
  • city: Paris, IL (IDOT)

Please slow down and use extreme caution while driving through all work zones

The Illinois Department of Transportation announces that work will begin on the structure carrying County Highway 10 (Oakwood-Newtown Road) over Interstate 74, north of Oakwood on May 27, 2015. The work will include bridge deck patching, waterproofing and miscellaneous repairs to the structure. This work is part of the larger 9.53 mile Interstate 74 resurfacing project from the Fithian exit to the Martin Luther King exit. During the repairs to the County Highway 10 structure, one lane of traffic will be maintained utilizing temporary traffic signals. Motorists should expect delays.
The overall project has an anticipated completion date of November 1, 2015 weather permitting. The contractor for the $13,138,522 project is Open Road Paving.

Hoopeston Police Department Report

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: May 21, 2015
  • city: Hoopeston Police Department Report

Hoopeston Police Department
Police Blotter

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Stolen Purse H15-2206
Date & Time: May 20, 2015   3:55pm
Location: 700 blk E Penn
Complainant: 31 year old Hoopeston woman
Details: Reported her purse and jacket were stolen.

Possession of Controlled Substance, No Valid Driver’s License H15-2212 V15-4913
Date & Time: May 20, 2015 11:17pm
Location: 900 blk S Dixie Hwy
Arrested: Kinzi Calloway (24) of Danville
Floyd Shanks (27) of Danville
Details: While on patrol, HPD officers noticed a vehicle with no tail lights.  After conducting
a traffic stop, a computer checked revealed that Ms. Calloway didn’t have a valid
driver’s license. Both subjects were arrested after a controlled substance was found
inside the vehicle.  They were taken to HPD, processed and later transported to
the PSB in Danville to await arraignment. Female was also issued a traffic citation
for no valid driver’s license and given a court date for traffic court.

17-year-old to be tried as adult in Rantoul beating

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: May 20, 2015
  • city: 17-year-old to be tried as adult in Rantoul beating

According to the News-Gazette, A Rantoul teen will be tried as an adult on an aggravated battery charge filed Monday alleging he stomped a man’s head in December.

At a hearing Monday, Judge Heidi Ladd ruled that Darryl Haynes, 17, formerly of Kankakee, should be tried as an adult after hearing evidence about an attack in December that left a Rantoul man so severely brain injured that he will need care for the rest of his life.

Her decision to transfer Haynes to adult court was discretionary. There are certain crimes committed by juveniles for which a transfer to adult court is mandatory. Haynes will turn 18 in four months.

The charge stemmed from a Dec. 8 attack in Rantoul on a 35-year-old man that happened about 9:40 that night.

Rantoul police Sgt. Justin Bouse said the victim was driving west on Cheryl Drive near Keystone when another man who was with Haynes, Maurice Tucker, 20, of Rantoul, allegedly flashed a gang sign at the man’s car. That prompted the man and an unidentified companion to get out of the car they were in and get into an argument with Haynes and Tucker.

Tucker apparently got in the first hit or two on the 35-year-old man before Haynes took over and allegedly stomped on his head repeatedly as he was on the ground, Bouse said.

Tucker had also been charged with aggravated battery but the state dismissed that charge against him on April 22 after Haynes reportedly told police that Tucker had nothing to do with the beating.

At Monday’s hearing, Rantoul police investigator Tim Rivest testified that the man who was stomped is still in a rehabilitation center. He’s unable to feed or dress himself and can only walk with assistance. He can say only a few words and will need care with the basics of daily living for the rest of his life, Rivest said.

Ladd also heard evidence that Haynes, a foster child, had previous juvenile adjudications in Kankakee.

Although he’s being tried as an adult, Haynes will remain in the Juvenile Detention Center until his case is resolved. Ladd set his bond at $150,000 and continued his case to her June 9 pretrial call.

Hoopeston Police Department Report

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: May 20, 2015
  • city: Hoopeston Police Department Report

Hoopeston Police Department
Police Blotter

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Theft H15-2187
Time & Date: May 19, 2015   11:30am
Location: 500 N 9th Ave Hoopeston
Complainant: 44 year old Hoopeston Woman
Details: At the above time and date, the complainant reported that a Cellular Phone had
been taken without permission. 


Criminal Damage to Auto (under) H15-2197
Date & Time: May 19, 2015 9:40pm
Location: 400 blk E Honeywell
Arrested: Zacaria Sage (26) of Hoopeston
Details: At above time and date, HPD received a complaint that a subject had struck
2 vehicles with his fist and took off running from the area.  A short time later,
Mr. Sage was located and identified by witnesses.  He was arrested, taken to HPD to be processed and later released on a notice to appear in court.

Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: May 18, 2015
  • city: Watseka, IL.

NEWS RELEASE
May 18, 2015

On May 17th, 2015 Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police arrested Cole A. Sondgerath age 20, of Kentland, IN.  Sondergerath was charged with Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol, Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol Over .08 and Driving with One Headlight.  Sondgerath was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he later posted bond and was released.

On May 17th, 2015 Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police arrested Cody W. Bryant age 19, of Morocco, IN.  Bryant was charged with Illegal Consumption of Alcohol by a Minor.  Bryant was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he was I-bonded and released.

On May 17th, 2015 Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police arrested Aaron R. Schadel age 24, of Milford.  Schadel was charged with Residential Burglary and Criminal Damage to Property under $500.  Schadel was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he remains awaiting a court appearance.

On May 17th, 2015 Onarga Police arrested Jeffrey A. Condon age 43, of Onarga.  Condon was charged with Driving While License Revoked.  Condon was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he later posted bond and was released.

On May 15th, 2015 Sheldon Police arrested Joseph E. Tykol age 21, of Sheldon.  Tykol was wanted on an Iroquois County warrant for failure to appear on the charge of Criminal Trespass to Land.  Tykol was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he remains in lieu of bond.

On May 15th, 2015 Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police investigated a single vehicle accident on 200 N. Rd. near 900 E. Rd.  According to the Police report, Walter L. Laubscher age 19, of rural Cissna Park was traveling eastbound on 200 N. Rd. when he swerved to miss an object in the roadway.  Laubscher lost control of his vehicle on the wet pavement and skidded into the north ditch where his vehichle struck a utility pole causing his vehicle to spin around and overturn before coming to rest on it’s roof in the ditch.  Cissna Park Fire and EMS were on scene and extricated Laubscher from the vehicle and he was then transported to Carle Foundation Hospital in Champaign for treatment for minor injuries.  No citations were issued and damages were estimated at more than $1,500.

Hoopeston Police Department Report

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: May 18, 2015
  • city: Hoopeston Police Department Report

Hoopeston Police Department
Police Blotter

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Criminal Damage Property H15-2147
Time & Date: May 17, 2015   1:02 pm
Location: 310 E Penn St Frontier Central Office Building
Details: At the above time and date, 3 subjects were seen spray painting on
the building off the alley.  Investigation pending.

Burglary to a Residence H15-2148
Date & Time: May 17, 2015 2:19pm
Location: 300 block of west Penn St.
Complainant: 55 year old Hoopeston male
Details: Male subject came to HPD to report a burglary to his residence sometime in the past four days and took some tools from his house.  Investigation pending.

Traffic Accident H15-2155
Date & Time: May 17, 2015 5:14pm
Location: 900 block of west Washington St.
Unit 1: 2008 Dodge Caravan driven by Jenna R. Leslie, 27, of Hoopeston
Unit 2: A parked 2011 Dodge Ram 1500
Details: Unit 1 was backing out of a driveway when it struck unit 2, which was legally parked.  No injuries or citations reported and both vehicles were insured. 

Hoopeston Police Department Report

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: May 15, 2015
  • city: Hoopeston Police Department Report

Hoopeston Police Department
Police Blotter

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Disorderly Conduct (City Ordinance) H15-2089
Date & Time: May 14, 2015 1612
Location: Parkview Ct
Complainant: 48 year old Hoopeston male
Arrested: Cassandra R Gutierrez (20) of Hoopeston
Details: HPD officers responded to the above location in reference to a female subject who was yelling obscenities in the area of multiple juveniles.  Gutierrez was later talked to by officers on the phone and she was advised she will be mailed
an NTA for Disorderly Conduct under City Ordinance 9.16.020

Watseka Farmers Market will start June 6th

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: May 14, 2015
  • city: Watseka Farmers Market will start June 6th

The Watseka Farmers Market will start June 6th at the First Trust and Saving Bank Parking Lot on Walnut St. and will continue thru Sept, 26th from 7 a.m. until 12 noon.  Check out the website www.watsekafamersmarket.com where we will feature some of our producers and the produce they will have at the market

Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: May 14, 2015
  • city: Iroquois County Sheriff's Police Report

NEWS RELEASE
May 14th
Train vs Pedestrian Accident

Sheriff’s Police investigated a train vs pedestrian accident which occurred on the Canadian National Railroad tracks along St. Rt. 45 approx. just south of the 5th Avenue crossing in Clifton.  According to police reports, Angela M. Sternquist 27, Bourbonnais was walking near the railroad tracks during the late evening hours of May 13th.  A Canadian National freight train was traveling north on the same set of railroad tracks approaching Sternquist.  The engineer and conductor engaged the emergency breaks and began to sound the train’s horn multiple times.  The engineer was unable to halt the engine and struck her.  She was transported to Riverside Hospital by Riverside EMS and was pronounced deceased at the hospital.  The incident remains under investigation by the Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police.

Hoopeston Police Department Report

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: May 14, 2015
  • city: Hoopeston Police Department Report

Hoopeston Police Department
Police Blotter

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Traffic Accident H15-2065
Date & Time: May 13, 2015 3:21pm
Location: West Elm/South Fourth Ave.
Unit #1: John W. Haley III of Terra Haute, driving a 2013 Chevy utility
Unit #2: Debra K. Merriman of Hoopeston, driving a 2007 Honda van
Details: Unit #1 ran the yield sign at the above intersection.  Unit #1 collided with Unit #2 causing damage to both units.  Both units were towed from scene and Haley was issued a citation for
disobeying Traffic Control Device and released from scene.

Theft Over $500 H15-2066
Date & Time: May 13, 2015 5:00pm
Location: 400 block of East Honeywell Ave.
Complainant: 70 year old Hoopeston female
Details: HPD officers responded to the above location for the report
of theft of air conditioner units.  A report was filed, investigation is pending.

WHPO Sports Report

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: May 14, 2015
  • city: WHPO Sports Report

5/14/15

Here’s your WHPO Sports Update…

NBA….

top-seed Atlanta beat Washington 82-81 on Wednesday night to take a 3-2 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Golden State cruised past Memphis 98-78 to take a 3-2 lead in that Western Conference semifinal

MLB….

Cardinals lost to the Indians 2-0 as Cleveland pitcher Corey Kluber struck out 18 STL batters – the most strikeouts by an American League pitcher since Roger Clemens in 1998.

Cubs came back to beat the Mets 2-1 on a bases loaded walk in the bottom of the 9th.

White Sox beat the Brewers 4-2

Local…

HS Baseball:

Milford lost to SJO 3-0

Oakwood beat GRF/Chrisman 6-2

A-P beat Schlarman 3-0

Westville shut out B-H 7-0

Watseka lost to Dwight 2-1


HS Softball:

Schlarman beat A-P 4-3

Oakwood beat GRF/Chrisman 9-7

Watseka lost to Grant Park 6-5

Westville beat B-H 6-2


WHPO Sports….
.-Kevin Jett

 

Hoopeston Police Department Report

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: May 13, 2015
  • city: Hoopeston Police Department Report

Hoopeston Police Department
Police Blotter

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Fraud; Unauthorized Possession of Prescription Form; Forgery   H15-2049   V15-4574
Date & Time: May 12, 2015     6:52pm
Location: CVS 802 S. Dixie HWY
Arrested: Armondo C Wilson (51) of Chicago
Details: Officers responded to CVS after the Pharmacist called police reference
a subject attempting to fill medicine with a forged prescription.
Subject was located taken to HPD where he was processed.  Later
he was taken to PSB to await arraignment with a judge.

 

Paxton Police Warn the public

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: May 13, 2015
  • city: according to www.paxtonrecord.net

Police are warning the public to be careful when pumping gasoline into their vehicles in Paxton

. At 8:11 p.m. Tuesday, May 5, someone went to the Village Pantry on South Railroad Avenue to get gasoline. When the person lifted up the nozzle on the gas pump to start pumping gas, a razor blade fell out. Police said it appears someone had positioned the razor blade in the nozzle with the intention of causing a severe cut. Police said they are reviewing video surveillance footage in an attempt to find a suspect. Police said the video appears to show a teenager, wearing a PBL Panthers T-shirt, pumping fuel immediately before the person arrived to find the razor blade in the nozzle. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Paxton police at 379-4315 or Ford County Crimestoppers at 784-4173. Informants may remain anonymous and may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction.

Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store in the Village Mall, a hiring event is coming up next week

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: May 13, 2015
  • city: according to www.commercial-news.com

As construction work continues on Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store in the Village Mall, a hiring event is coming up next week for the store’s planned soft opening on July 24.

From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 20, the Jo-Ann store will be hosting a job fair at the mall, 2917 N. Vermillion St.

The store is looking for 25-30 team members to help prepare the store for its late-July opening, according to Joe Adams, a Jo-Ann’s public relations representative, through email. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, setting up and organizing store fixtures, merchandising product and ensuring operational standards throughout the store, Adams said.

The new Danville Jo-Ann store will soft open July 24 and host grand opening celebrations Aug. 6-8.

“We’ll have more details to share about the grand opening celebrations as we get closer to the event,” Adams said.

Village Mall manager Cindy Compton said those interested in applying for a job at Jo-Ann’s can apply online ahead of time at www. joann.com/careers and bring a copy of the application to the hiring event. The hiring event will be in a mall space next to Dunham’s Sports.

John Michael Montgomery to perform at 2015 festival

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: May 12, 2015
  • city: according to www.justthefacts.net

Hoopeston Jaycees are proud to announce country
star John Michael Montgomery will perform at the
72nd Annual National Sweetcorn Festival.

Montgomery will be joined by opening act Flatville Road, featuring Hoopeston’s own Taylor Wolfe.
The concert will kick off at 7:30 p.m. Saturday,
Sept. 5 in the McFerren Park Annex.
Advance ticket are $15 each and are available at
Mr. B’s Café, Global Fashions and WHPO in Hoopeston
and Merita’s Family Restaurant in Rossville.
Tickets can be purchased at the entry gate the day
of the event for $25.
Advanced tickets and special ticket packages are
also available at www.hoopestontickets.com.

Police say man hangs self in cell

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: May 12, 2015
  • city: Danville, IL According to the commercial-news.com

County corrections personnel found an inmate dead in his jail during the weekend.

 
The body of Dustin Earles, 33, of Tilton was discovered Saturday morning by a correctional officer conducting rounds, according to Vermilion County Sheriff Pat Hartshorn. The officer sought medical attention, but Earles could not be revived.

The Vermilion County Coroner’s Office has already conducted an autopsy on the body.

According to Hartshorn, Earles died as a result of self-strangulation in his cell.

The sheriff said Earles was incarcerated in a cell with no other inmates. He had been locked in the cell at 10 p.m. Friday.

The correctional officer discovered Earles’ body around 7:30 a.m. Saturday.

Earles had been in the Public Safety Building jail since his arrest with bond set at $100,000. He was facing six methamphetamine- and weapons-related charges, including possession of meth and unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon.

An attempt to lower his bond during a April 23 court hearing was unsuccessful.

 

Hoopeston Police Department Report

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: May 12, 2015
  • city: Hoopeston Police Department Report

Hoopeston Police Department
Police Blotter

Monday, May 11, 2015

Theft of & Possession of Motor Vehicle H15-1887   V15-4514
Time & Date: May 11, 2015   11:30 am
Location: Original theft from Silgan Parking Lot 324 W Main St
Complainant: 35 year old Hoopeston man
Arrestee 1: 13 year old Hoopeston Male Juvenile
Arrestee 2: 15 year old Hoopeston Male Juvenile
Details: On May 4th, 2015 sometime after 1 am the complainants 2005 Chevy
Silverado was stolen from the parking lot of Silgan.  An investigation led officers to the above mentioned young males.  Juveniles were located on this date the juveniles were transported to HPD, processed, after contacting the Juvenile Detention Center in Danville both were transported there. They will be held there till Adjudication hearing is set in Danville. 

Fatal Crash claims life of local young woman

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: May 11, 2015
  • city: Fatal Crash claims life of local young woman

WHAT: Fatal Crash (Car vs. Pedestrian)

WHERE: US 24 at 1900E (Iroquois County)

WHEN: Saturday, May 9, 2015, 8:30 p.m.

VEHICLE: Silver 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee
 
DRIVER: Pedestrian:  Brooke R. Fleming, 21, Watseka
Driver:  Frederick G. Mueller, 88, Milford

PRELIMINARY: Preliminary investigation has indicated the pedestrian was in the roadway at US Route 24 at 1900 East. The Jeep was traveling west on US 24 at 1900 East and struck the pedestrian. According to the driver of the Jeep, he was traveling westbound on US Route 24 when suddenly he observed a pedestrian in the roadway. The driver of the Jeep tried to avoid the pedestrian by swerving into the eastbound lane but was unsuccessful. The pedestrian was transported to Iroquois Memorial Hospital and was pronounced deceased by the Iroquois County Coroner.  This incident is currently under investigation. 

Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: May 11, 2015
  • city: Iroquois County Sheriff's Police Report

NEWS RELEASE
May 11, 2015

5-9 Sheriff’s Police arrested Jason R. Gaddis, 32 Monticello, IN and charged him with Driving Under the Influence.  Gaddis was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he later posted the required bond and was released

Hoopeston Police Department Weekend Report

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: May 11, 2015
  • city: Hoopeston Police Department Weekend Report

Friday, May 8th - Sunday, May 10th

May 8th, 2015


Fire Call
Time & Date: May 8, 2015   1:55pm
Location: 400 block W Elm St
Details: At the above time and date, HFD sent to investigate smoke in a home occupied by
Elderly resident.  No evidence of an issue in the house was found,  HFD Cleared


Fire Call
Time & Date: May 8, 2015 3:38 pm
Location: 1130 East Rd S. of State Route 9
Details: At the above time and date, HFD & RFD both dispatched to a tractor fire
That possibly caught a barn on fire,  Barn was not involved but the tractor
Was a loss.  No injuries report


Saturday, May 09, 2015

Fraud H15-1981
Date & Time: May 8th, 2015 2007
Location: 700 block of Scott Dr.
Complainant: 26 year old Hoopeston Female
Details: Female subject came on station to report that someone, unknown to her
And without her permission had fraudently used her debit card.  A report was filed and investigation is pending.


Wanted on a Warrant H15-2005 V15-4453
Date & Time: May 9, 2015 2000
Location: 300 block of west Penn
Arrested: Olivia A. Strawser, 21, of Mukwonago, WI.
Details: HPD officers responded to the above location where they believed Strawser to be.  Strawser was taken into custody without incident on Vermilon County warrants, 12TR5253 and 12TR03598.  Strawser was unable to post bond at HPD, so she was transported to the PSB.

Sunday, May 10, 2015


Domestic Battery, Criminal Damage Property (Over) H15-2011 V15-4469
Time & Date: May 10, 2015   5am
Location: 300 block E Maple St
Complainant: 20 year old Hoopeston Woman
Arrested: Labaume, Vance C.T. (M) of Hoopeston (18)
Details: At the above time and date, Hoopeston PD responded to a report of a
male busting the windows out of a car in the area.  Upon arrival HPD
officers found the male in the process of busting a window and evidence
of him destroying a television laying on the ground.  Male was taken into
custody and transported to HPD processed, and transported to PSB
Danville to await bond hearing before a judge. 

 

 

Hoopeston Police Department Report

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: May 08, 2015
  • city: Hoopeston Police Department Report

Hoopeston Police Department
Police Blotter

May 7, 2015

Keys Found
Time & Date: May 7, 2015 2:45 pm
Location: 500 W Maple St
Details: At the above time and date, silver keys were turned into Police Department
Found lying in the street.  Owner may claim at the Hoopeston Police Department.


Fire Call H15-1966
Date & Time: May 7, 2015 2210
Location: 600 Block of East Seminary
Arrested: Jodi L. Tyszko, 43, of Hoopeston
Details: HPD officers were called to the scene of a possibly illegal burn at the
Above location.  Officers requested HFD for the burn.  HFD
Extinguished the fire and cleared the scene.  Tyszko was cited for city ordinance violation # and released from the scene on a NTA.

Local Obituaries

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: May 07, 2015
  • city: Local Obituaries

Hoopeston Police Department
Police Blotter

May 5, 2015

Possession of Controlled Substance H15-1918   V15-4234
Time & Date: May 5, 2015   01:32am
Location: 700 S First Av Fortees Apartments
Arrested: Casey, Christina K (F) of Hoopeston (32)
Details: At the above time and date, the subject was found to be in possession of a
Controlled narcotic.  Female was taken to HPD processed and then later
Transported to PSB Danville to await a hearing before a judge. 


Keys Found
Time & Date: May 5, 2015   8:45 pm
Location: Maple St & S Market St
Details: A key ring that contains two (2) keys on it was found at the above listed location.
Was brought to HPD and turned in.  Owner may claim at City Hall.

What Illinois Needs according to the Governor

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: May 07, 2015
  • city: Springfield

After Governor Rauner addressed the Chicago City Council, he was asked, “give me an example of what Chicago wants and what Illinois needs.”

The governor answered in part:

“Well in terms of what Illinois needs, I have been clear for two and a half years. We need local control, voter empowerment, pro-growth regulations and an overhaul of the government, empowering local voters and taxpayers to get more control of government costs, and that’s laid out crystal clear within our turnaround agenda. That’s what we need, and I’ve said that consistently.”

To be clear, the governor’s top priorities are listed below:

·      Term limits

·      Property tax freeze

·      Allow local control of ability to create employee empowerment zones

·      Allow local control of contracting and bargaining in schools and local governments

·      Allow local control of competitive bidding on taxpayer-funded construction projects

·      Pension reform

·      Worker’s compensation/tort/unemployment insurance reform

·      Ethics reform/end conflicts of interest in government

The detailed Turnaround Agenda is available at the following link: http://www2.illinois.gov/gov/Documents/CompiledPacket.pdf

Hoopeston Police Department Report

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: May 05, 2015
  • city: Hoopeston Police Department Report

Hoopeston Police Department
Police Blotter

May 4, 2015

Theft of a motor vehicle H15-1887
Date & Time: May 4, 2015 0135
Location: 324 W. Main St., Silgan Containers
Complainant: 35 year old Hoopeston Male
Details: HPD officers responded to the above location for the report of a theft of a motor vehicle.  HPD officers spoke to the complainant and searched the surrounding area.
Officers were unable to locate the vehicle. Investigation pending.

Burglary To Garage H15-1893
Date & Time: May 4, 2015   9:48am
Location: 700 Blk S Fourth Street
Complainant: 37 year old Hoopeston woman
Details: Complainant advised she had several items taken from her
garage without her permission.

 

Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: May 04, 2015
  • city: Iroquois County Sheriff's Police Report

News Release
May 4, 2015

5-1 Sheriff’s Police investigated a single vehicle traffic accident on Jackson and Walnut in Loda.  According to the police report, Ashton N Gray, 17 of Rantoul was driving North bound o Walnut when she lost control of her vehicle and struck a tree on the property of 203 W Jackson.  Her vehicle sustained more than $1500 in damages, no injuries were reported and she was cited for Failure to Reduce Speed to avoid an accident

5-2 Sheriff’s Police investigated a single vehicle accident at the intersection on Co Rd 750 E and 2200 N Co Rd.  According to the police report, Tabitha M. Woods, 18 of Rankin was driving North on 750 E Co Rd approaching the intersection at 2200 N Rd.  Woods stated she attempted to brake but the brakes did not work, the vehicle left the road striking the ditch embankment sustaining over $1500 in damages, no injuries were reported and no citations were issued

5-3 Sheriff’s Police investigated a single vehicle accident at the intersection of 2200 E Co Rd and 2500N.  According to the police report, Alexander S. Crosswell of Watseka was south bound on 2200 E Co Rd.  approaching the intersection at 2500 N Rd when a deer entered the roadway.  Croswell attempted to serve to miss the deer and skidded out of control, his vehicle entered the road ditch and continued into the field, rolled over before coming to a rest upright in the field.  Croswell was transported to IMH where he was later released.  The vehicle sustained over $1500 in damage

Hoopeston Police Department Weekend Report

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: May 04, 2015
  • city: Hoopeston Police Department Weekend Report

Saturday, May 2, 2015
Sunday, May 3, 2015

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Justin L. Taylor, 34 of Hoopeston was arrested after a traffic stop at :50 a.m. in the 200 block of South Dixie Hwy.  Wanted on a Vermilion County traffic warrant for failure to appear, he was released on a $375 bond with a new court date

Donald E. Underwood, 30 of Hoopeston was arrested after police were called at 10 a.m. to the 800 block of East Seminary for a domestic dispute that could be heard in the area.  The victim was a 26 year old woman from Hoopeston was found.  Underwood was charged and taken to to the Public Safety Building in Danville to await an arraignment

A 58 year old Hoopeston man reported at 2:54p.m. that several items were taken from his garage and a motion activated light had been damaged.  The damage occurred in the 600 block of east McNeil

The owner of a 2010 Chevrolet truck reported at 11:12 p.m. that an unknown vehicle struck his then left without notifying him

Fire Call
Time & Date: May 3, 2015 11:52 AM
Location: 200 block E McCracken Av
Details: HFD & HPD responded to the above location for a report of a house full
Of smoke.  After arrival it was determined that the cause was food left on
The stove un-attended.  No injuries, or damages reported all units cleared


Criminal Damage to Vehicle H15-1871
Date & Time: May 3, 2015   1:30pm
Location: 500 blk E Wyman
Complainant: 27 year old Hoopeston man
Details: Complainant reported that sometime during the night unknown
person(s) damaged his truck by busting out the rear window and
putting dent in fender

Domestic Battery H15-1882 V15-4187
Date & Time: May 3, 2015 2220
Location: 700 block of East Wyman
Complainant: 38 year old Hoopeston female
Arrested: Jimmy D. England, 32 year old male of Hoopeston
Details: HPD officers responded to the above location for the report of a domestic battery that had occurred.  Officers were told that a male subject battered the complainant and another subject.  The suspect later responded to HPD for questioning and was arrested on the above charges.  He was transported to the PSB to await arraignment. 


Aggravated Battery, Criminal Damage to Property Under $500, Criminal Trespass
H15-1818 V15-4191
Date & Time: May 3, 2015 2231
Location: 300 Block of South Third St
Complainant: 40 year old Hoopeston female
Arrested: Brandi L. James, 35, of Hoopeston
Details: HPD officers responded to the above location for a report of non-related to the above charges.  However, officers learned that the subject in question was wanted on charges for an offense on an
earlier date.  Subject was taken into custody and later transported to the PS

IROQUOIS COUNTY TREASURER MINDY KUNTZ HAGAN NEWS RELEASE

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: May 02, 2015
  • city: IROQUOIS COUNTY TREASURER MINDY KUNTZ HAGAN NEWS RELEASE

County Treasurer, Mindy Kuntz Hagan, has announced that the 2014 payable in 2015 real estate tax statements have been mailed to the taxpayers of Iroquois County.  The deadline to pay the first installment without penalty is June 3, 2015.  The second installment due date is September 3, 2015.  After the due dates a 1½ percent penalty must be added each month it remains unpaid, according to Illinois State Statutes.

The Treasurer’s Office is open 8:30 to 4:30 Monday through Friday.  To avoid waiting in line, you may also pay by mail or at any bank in Iroquois County including Iroquois Federal and Commonwealth Credit Union.  Taxpayers paying in person at the Treasurer’s Office or at the local banks should bring the entire bill if they would like a receipt.  Upon payment, the appropriate stub of the bill will be removed and then the date will be stamped on the back of the remaining part of the tax bill.  If you mail your payment and wish to have a receipt, you must enclose the entire bill plus a self-addressed stamped envelope. 

Credit card payments will be accepted by phone and online starting May 4, 2015.  Call the Treasurer’s Office first at 815-432-6985 during office hours to verify the payment amount.  Then you will be given the Government Payment Service phone number, website address, and the pay location and authorization codes.  Their phone number and the website will be available 24 hours a day 7 days a week to receive payments.  Fees will be added based on the amount charged, there is a minimum service fee, and all fees are paid to and kept by Government Payment Service.

Members of any United States Armed Forces Reserve Unit can defer their real estate tax payment until 180 days after they return from active duty.  This option is available if you are called to active duty for deployment outside the continental United States and if you are on active duty on the due date of any installment of taxes.

Remember that a drop box has been installed at the Administrative Center near the 911 Center so that taxpayers can drop off their payments during non-office hours.

If you have any questions about exemptions, assessed valuations, or address changes, please contact the Assessment Office at (815) 432-6978.

If you have any questions regarding the tax rates, please contact the County Clerk’s Office at
(815) 432-6960.

If there are any questions about your tax statements, feel free to call the Treasurer’s Office at
(815) 432-6985.

Hoopeston Police Department Report

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: May 02, 2015
  • city: Hoopeston Police Department Report

Friday, May 1, 2015

Domestic Battery (X2) H15-1792
Time & Date: May 1, 2015   0300 AM
Location: Downtown Motel 200 E Main St
Arrested 1: Ford, Vicki L (F) of Hoopeston (57)
Arrested 2: Warner, Irvin G (M) of Hoopeston (61)
Details: At the above time and date, Hoopeston Police Department was called to the above location for 2 un-clothed people outside the motel in what appeared to be two subjects that were locked in mutual combat with one another.  Subjects were both arrested and charged with the above crime, transported to HPD for processing and later taken to the PSB in Danville. Female was taken to Carle Hoopeston ER for treatment prior to jail.

Fire Call & Illegal Burning Charges, H15-1795
Time & Date: May 1, 2015   05:15 am
Location: 100 block of S. Fifth St
Arrested: Cannon, Joseph C (M) of Hoopeston
Details: At the above time and date, HFD was dispatched to investigate an illegal
fire complaint.  Upon arrival HFD found the subject burning several
illegal components that is forbidden.  Subject was brought to HPD by
officers and charged with the above listed charge and released on City
NTA to appear in city court.

Vehicle Accident H15-1802
Date & Time: May 1, 2015   2:25pm
Location: 400 S Fourth Avenue
Unit #1: 2010 Hummer driven by Robin Lawson of Hoopeston
Unit #2: 2004 Chrysler 3M owned by James Williams of Milford
Details: While Unit 1 was backing to park it made contact with
Unit 2 which was parked and unoccupied. No citations issued.

Criminal Damage to Vehicle     H15-1803
Date & Time: May 1, 2015   3:57pm
Location: 300 blk N Eighth Avenue
Complainant: 20 year old Hoopeston man
Details: Complainant advised an unknown person(s) damaged his
vehicle while it was parked at the above location.
Disorderly Conduct (City Ordinance Violation) H15-1813
Time & Date: May 1, 2013 7:55pm
Location: 200 E Main St Downtown Motel
Complainant: 54 year old Hoopeston male
Arrested: Robert Duncan (58) of Hoopeston
Details: HPD officers responded to the Downtown Motel for a civil
disturbance.  Upon investigation, Mr. Duncan was issued
a city ordinance ticket for disorderly conduct and given a
city court date.

Hoopeston Police Department Report

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: May 01, 2015
  • city: Hoopeston Police Department Report

Hoopeston Police Department
Police Blotter
Thursday, April 30, 2015

Warrant Arrest H15-1770 V15-4026
Date & Time: April 30, 2015 12:26am
Location: 100 blk E. Penn
Arrested: Christopher Cibirka (33) of Hoopeston
Details: While HPD officers were on a traffic stop, a computer check revealed
that Mr. Cibirka had outstanding Vermilion County warrants. Subject
was arrested and taken to the Hoopeston Police Department.  He was
processed and later transported to the PSB in Danville in lieu of bond.

Domestic Battery H15-1782 V15-4048
Date & Time: April 30, 2015 3:35pm
Location: 500 blk S Sixth Av
Complainant: 15 year old Hoopeston male
Arrested: Rhonda Stump (51) of Hoopeston
Danny Justice (48) of Hoopeston
Details: HPD officers were notified of a domestic battery situation at the above
location.  Ms. Stump and Mr. Justice were brought to the Hoopeston
Police Department where they were questioned.  Both subjects were
arrested for Domestic Battery, processed and later transported to the
PSB in Danville to await arraignment.

Theft H15-1788
Date & Time: April 30, 2015 10:20pm
Location: 615 E Orange Ave   HAHS
Complainant: 41 year old Hoopeston male
Details: At above time and date, complainant called HPD and advised that sometime during the day, his daughter’s cell phone was taken from a desk at HAHS by an unknown subject.

City of Hoopeston Passes Budget

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: April 30, 2015
  • city: According to Just the Facts www.justthefacts.net

When the salaries are all paid and the equipment purchased
and improvements made, Hoopeston will finish
the new fiscal year with a small surplus, after dipping
into its reserves.

At a special meeting Tuesday, the council approved
the 2015-16 general, water/sewer, and tax increment
financing (TIF) budgets.
The general budget includes all expenditures not related
to either water/sewer or TIF and it will finish with
a $1,628 surplus.
The council approved the general budget in a 7-0 vote,
with Alderman Joe Fell absent.
The water/sewer budget includes spending for regular
operations, a repayment of $153,000 to the utility tax
fund for an advance on water plant improvements; and
$300,000 from TIF funds to replace the water main on
Route 1 roughly from Penn to Crown Ford.
A special fund in the water/sewer budget will get a
boost from new surcharges for water and sewer, as the
council approved an additional $2 per month on top of
the existing $3 monthly water surcharge and a $5 per
month sewer surcharge. The total surcharge is expected
to generate $138,000 that will go into a “maintenance/
repair” account solely for water/sewer infrastructure
improvements.
The council approved the water/sewer budget 6-1,
with Alderman Randy Carter voting no.
After the meeting, Carter said he voted against passing
the water budget because approving surcharges, was
“being almost hypocritical” after he read several times in
Just the Facts about the city’s reserve funds. Also, he
said, he and others tried to get a different revenue source
in a city sales tax, which failed, but would have had less
of an impact on residents than the surcharges will.
The TIF budget, with income and expenses of
$436,206, passed 7-0.
The budget passed and was then amended for road
improvements at McFerren Park, at $25,000, and Floral
Hill, at $35,650. Both will be tarred and chipped, which
is done every other year.
In other action, the council:
Approved road work for the year, including $59,000
for Landfill Road improvements and $197,000 of Motor
Fuel Tax work on streets.
Approved a $20,225.76 bill for aerial fire truck repairs.
The bill was not among bills listed for payment said
Alderman Brandon Hamilton, fire committee chairman.

Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: April 30, 2015
  • city: Iroquois County Sheriff's Police Report

The Iroquois County Sheriff’s Office released the following list of recent activity:

— Cory Huckleby, 26, of Watseka, turned himself in at the Iroquois County Jail on April 28 to begin serving a seven-day jail sentence he received after being convicted of deceptive practices.

— No injuries were reported and no tickets were issued after a Stockland woman struck a deer in the road with her vehicle near Stockland. The accident occurred when Rita M. Riley, 71, was driving north on County Road 2820 East, near County Road 1000 North, and she was unable to avoid the collision with the deer, causing more than $1,500 in damages to her vehicle.

Hoopeston Police Department Report

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: April 30, 2015
  • city: Hoopeston Police Department Report

Hoopeston Police Department
Police Blotter
Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Theft (Under) H15-1749
Time & Date:  April 29, 2015 08:45 am
Location: 800 block E Lincoln Street
Complainant: 38 year old Hoopeston Woman
Details: At the above time and date, the complainant came to Hoopeston Police Department to report that sometime on Tuesday April 28th, person(s) unknown had removed medication and money from the residence. 


Criminal Damage to Vehicle H15-1756
Date & Time: April 29, 2015 2:24pm
Location: 837 N. Market St, ADM Grain
Complainant: 32 year old Hoopeston Female
Details: HPD officers responded to the above location for the report
of a back window on the complainant’s vehicle has been broken
out.  Investigation is pending.

Found Property
A child’s bicycle was found at IGA by the construction equipment.  Owner can claim the bicycle at the Hoopeston Police Department.

Battery H15-1769
Date & Time: April 29, 2015 10:26pm
Location: 110 N Fourth St   Hoopeston Library
Complainant: 29 year old Hoopeston male
Arrested: Gene Faulkner (34) of Hoopeston
Details: After an altercation with the complainant, Mr. Faulkner was
arrested and charged with battery.  Subject was taken to Hoopeston
Police Department to be processed.  He was later released and given
a state court date.

 

Dans Ticket Books Now on Sale

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: April 29, 2015
  • city: Dans Ticket Books Now on Sale

he Danville Dans 2015 season – the 28th year of collegiate summer league baseball in Danville – kicks off on Wednesday, May 27 against division rival Quincy Gems. And fans can purchase a 30-ticket book to take in all the action at Danville Stadium this summer.

“The ticket books can be used as a season ticket for all 30 games, or you can use all 30 tickets for a single game,” noted Dans managing partner Jeanie Cooke. “It’s a great way for a group of people to come enjoy the game.” Ticket books run $100 – a savings of $80 off the regular gate price. They can be purchased now on the team’s website – www.danvilledans.com – with a credit card. They can also be purchased at the gate on home dates with cash or a check.

Home games start at 6:30 pm and are played in historic Danville Stadium, 401 Highland Boulevard Danville. Regular tickets are $6.00 for adults and $3.00 for school children at the door. But there are special pricing opportunities throughout the season.

Two-Buck Tuesdays are back again, with $2 admission for every Tuesday game. You also can get $2 hot dogs and $2 sodas or select beers.

Every Wednesday is Triple Play Day, when $9 will get your gate admission and two items: soda, hot dog or select beer.

Thursdays are Kids’ Club Nights, with all kids ages 5-12 getting in the gate free with a paid adult. There are also special activities for the kids on Thursday nights.

And fans can join us for Meijer Fridays again this season. When you show a Meijer receipt at the gate you can purchase two tickets for the price of one, up to four tickets, on Fridays.

The Danville Dans are a founding member of the Prospect League, one of the premier college summer leagues in the nation. Baseball players from across America come to Danville to improve their fielding skills and batting with wood bats. The Dans currently have eight former players in the majors, with an additional 16 that have worn a MLB uniform.

Fans can find complete details on the team’s Facebook page or website, www.DanvilleDans.com.

Hoopeston Police Department Report

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: April 29, 2015
  • city: Hoopeston Police Department Report

Hoopeston Police Department
Police Blotter
Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Theft Over $500 H15-1743
Date & Time: April 28, 2015 4:45pm
Location: 300 block of North 9th Ave
Complainant: 29 year old Hoopeston Male
Details: A male subject came on station to report the theft
of an electronic item from a residence.  Investigation pending.

Lacyand Mockbee announce intent to run for the Republican Party’s nomination for States Attorney

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: April 28, 2015
  • city: Vermilion County according to the News-Gazette

Two local attorneys have announced their plans to run for the Republican Party’s nomination for Vermilion County State’s Attorney.

Vermilion County’s Chief Public Defender Jacqueline Lacy and Vermilion County Assistant State’s Attorney Charles D. “Chuck” Mockbee IV will square off early next year in the primary election.

Current State’s Attorney Randy Brinegar recently announced that he will not seek a third term.

Since 2010, Lacy has served as the Vermilion County Chief Public Defender. And for more than 10 years, Mockbee has worked as an assistant state’s attorney under Brinegar.

Mockbee, a rural Vermilion County native, graduated from Bismarck-Henning High School and the UI before getting his law degree at Southern Illinois University.

He said with the dramatic rise in substance-abuse related deaths and crime, Vermilion County needs a state’s attorney with the vision and resolve to implement effective crime-reduction strategies.

“We can reduce crime and recidivism by using proven approaches to aggressive prosecution, rehabilitation, and working closely with the Department of Corrections and community-based restorative programs. My priorities will be to vigorously prosecute those who offend our children and families and who plague our communities by dealing drugs,” he said in his announcement.

Before accepting the appointment as Vermilion County’s chief public defender, Lacy began her law career advocating for the indigent while serving as an assistant in the DuPage County public defender’s office. She was also in private practice, concentrating in family and criminal cases and prosecuting on a substitute basis for Arlington Heights as an associate for The Law Offices of Thomas Glasgow, Ltd.

I enjoy the challenges of serving the citizens of Vermilion County as chief public defender; however, I believe my experience in private practice, defense, and as a prosecutor, has prepared me to better serve as Vermilion County state’s attorney. My husband and I have chosen to live and work in Vermilion County, and I would like the opportunity to contribute more to the criminal justice system as the state’s attorney,” Lacy said.

 

Hoopeston Police Department Report

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: April 28, 2015
  • city: Hoopeston Police Department Report

Monday, April 27, 2015

Traffic Accident H15-1720
Date & Time: April 27, 2015   11:08am
Location: Orange/Market
Unit #1: Grain car and tractor driven by Donald Anderson of Hoopeston
Unit #2: 2006 Chevy pick up truck driven by Jerry Warner of Hoopeston
Details: As Unit #1, the grain car/trailer was turning east on Orange from Market
It clipped the driver’s side front of Unit #2, causing damage to
The front bumper and tire.  Both insured.

Hoopeston Police Department Report

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: April 27, 2015
  • city: Hoopeston Police Department Report

Hoopeston Police Department
Police Blotter
Saturday & Sunday

Disorderly Conduct (city ordinance) H15-1685
Date & Time: April 25, 2015 12:05am
Location: 700 blk E Young
Complainant: 25 year old Hoopeston male
Arrested: Donald Underwood (30) Hoopeston male
Details: Mr. Underwood was arrested for Disorderly Conduct after he was
asked to leave a property several times and he refused.  He was taken
to HPD, processed and later released with a city citation and city court
date.

Battery (City Ordinance) H15-1696
Date & Time: April 25, 2015 5:50pm
Location: VFW 428 W Orange
Complainant: 56 year old Hoopeston male
Arrested: Mary Nelk (46) Hoopeston Female
Details: HPD was called to the above location in reference to an altercation that
had occurred. She was taken to HPD, processed and later released with a city citation and city court date.


Battery H15-1696
Date & Time: April 26, 2015
Location: 300 blk Front St
Arrested: Haley Edwards
Details: Subject was charged with battery after officers responded to
The above for a fight in progress.  She was transported to
HPD where she was released after posting bond and given
A Vermilion County court date.

 

Hoopeston Police Department Report

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: April 25, 2015
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Hoopeston Police Department
Police Blotter

Friday, April 24, 2015

Fire Call
Time & Date:  April 24, 2015.  0730
Location: 700 block East Orange Street
Details: HFD responded to investigation of a strong odor of Natural Gas that was
Taking over the southern part of the City.  Ameren was notified of the complaint and was dispatching units to the area to assist in locating the issue.
HFD was not able to locate anything of an issue of the regulator station south of the hospital. 

Vehicle Accident H15-1673
Date & Time: April 24, 2015   12:30pm
Location: 500 blk E Penn
Unit #1: 2012 Chevy driven by Thelma Frederick of Hoopeston
Unit #2: 2015 Subaru Utility owned by Patricia McNeely of Hoopeston
Details: Unit 1 backed into the front driver’s side bumper of Unit 2.

Warrant Arrest           H15-1677
Date & Time: April 24, 2015   6:00pm
Location: HPD
Arrested: Justin L Taylor ((34) of Hoopeston
Details: Subject was arrested for outstanding Vermilion County warrant
14CM0259 / Domestic Battery.  He posted bond and was released
with a court date.

Possession of Cannabis Prohibited (city ordinance) H15-1683
Date & Time: April 24, 2015 11:34pm
Location: 306 E Main St Uptown Saloon
Arrested: Zachariah Smith (37) Hoopeston male
Details: HPD was called to the above location for a suspicious person
possibly armed with a stun gun. Upon making contact with subject,
he was not armed however had cannabis on his person.  He was
arrested and taken to HPD.  Subject was processed and later released
with a city citation and city court date.

Hoopeston Police Department Report

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: April 24, 2015
  • city: Hoopeston Police Department Report

Hoopeston Police Department
Police Blotter

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Disobeying Police (city ordinance) H15-1647
Date & Time: April 22, 2015 10:27pm
Location: 800 blk E Seminary
Arrested: Donald Underwood (30) of Hoopeston
Details: HPD officers responded to the report of a domestic situation at the
above location.  Mr. Underwood was arrested after he refused to
comply with officers requests.  He was taken to HPD, processed and
later released with a city citation.

Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: April 22, 2015
  • city: Iroquois County Sheriff's Police Report

Iroquois County Police Blotter

Justin C. Riddel, 27, and Braden D. McGlothin, 19, both of French Camp, Miss., and John R. Hall Jr., 20, of Weir, Miss., were each arrested on April 20 after sheriff’s deputies responded to a complaint of illegal hunting north of Watseka at county roads 2100 North and 2100 East. Deputies stopped their vehicle and found them to be in possession of several freshly harvested wild turkeys. Also found in the vehicle was an open container of alcohol. Riddel was arrested for contributing to the delinquency of a minor. McGlothin was arrested for illegal transportation of alcohol and illegal consumption of alcohol by a minor. Hall was arrested for illegal consumption of alcohol by a minor. All three also received numerous citations from conservation police, who were notified of the incident.

— No injuries were reported and no tickets were issued following a one-vehicle accident April 20 near Watseka. The accident occurred when Joseph R. Cantrell, 24, of Onarga, was driving north on Illinois 1, near County Road 2100 North, and swerved to miss a deer standing in the roadway. His vehicle entered a ditch, overturned and landed on its tires.

— No injuries were reported and no tickets were issued following a one-vehicle accident April 20 near Clifton. The accident occurred when Megan A. Nephew, 29, of Danforth, was driving north on County Road 1000 East, near County Road 3300 North, and ran over several potholes in the road, causing her to lose control of her vehicle. Her vehicle entered a ditch, causing more than $1,500 in damage to her vehicle.

— No injuries were reported and no tickets were issued following a one-vehicle accident April 16 north of Cissna Park. The accident occurred when Jessica L. Montgomery, 22, of Cissna Park, was driving west on County Road 1200 North, near County Road 1200 East, in the fog. She approached a farm tractor traveling in the same direction and swerved to avoid hitting it. Her vehicle entered a ditch and overturned, landing on its top.

Hoopeston Police Department Report

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: April 22, 2015
  • city: Hoopeston Police Department Report

Hoopeston Police Department
Police Blotter

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Traffic Accident H15-1623
Time & Date: April 21, 2015     08:00 am
Location: 800 block Wyman Av
Unit 1: 1999 Grey Pontiac driven by Stevens, Destiney D. of Hoopeston (18)
Unit 2: 2013 Dodge driven by Stebbins, Tylor D (M) of Hoopeston (18)
Details: At the above time and date, Unit 1 was backing from a parking space of above location.  Unit 1 did not see Unit 2 striking it causing damage to it.
Unit 1 was cited for Improper Backing and released with court date in Danville.
Both Units insured and no report of injuries at time of report.

Hoopeston Police Department Report

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: April 21, 2015
  • city: Hoopeston Police Department Report

Hoopeston Police Department
Police Blotter

Monday, April 20, 2015

Fire Call
Date & Time: April 20, 2015   12:15pm
Location: 700 block W Washington
Details: At the above time and date, HFD was dispatched to investigate smoke showing in the home.  No report of injuries or damages at this time.
Fire units cleared from the call at 1:38pm

Domestic Battery H15-1619
Date & Time: April 20, 2015 1607
Location: 1030 W. Chestnut, IGA
Complainant: 36 year old Hoopeston Female
Arrest: Female juvenile of Hoopeston
Details: A female subject came into station to report that she was battered
by another female subject.  HPD officers were able to locate the juvenile and take her into custody without incident.  Juvenile was later released to an adult.

 

Hoopeston Police Department Report

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: April 20, 2015
  • city: Hoopeston Police Department Report

Hoopeston Police Department
Police Blotter
From the Weekend

Theft Under $500 H15-1568
Date & Time: April 17, 2015 4:16pm
Location: Hiltz Portable Sanitation, 506 N Seventh Ave
Complainant: 53 year old Hoopeston Male
Details: HPD officers responded to the above location for the report of a theft
of drainage materials off of a service truck. Complainant stated that
the theft occurred sometime Tuesday night.  Investigation is pending.

Burglary to Residence H15-1605
Time & Date:    April 19, 2015   12:56 pm
Location: 800 E Seminary Street
Complainant:   40 year old Hoopeston Woman
Details: At the above time and date, Complainant contacted HPD reference to
person(s) unknown; without permission entered the residence, removing several items.  Act occurred between Friday April 17th, and today. 


Traffic Accident:  Property Damage H15-1606
Time & Date: April 19, 2015 2:08pm
Location: The intersection of Washington St. Fifth Ave
Complainant: 46 year old Hoopeston male
Unit #1: Gray 2014 Honda CRV driven by Gilbert W. Warner of Hoopeston
Unit #2: Maroon 2003 Pontiac Grand Am driven by Haley Papanek of Hoopeston
Details: Unit #1 slowed for the intersection as it was traveling northbound on Fifth Ave.  Unit #1 then entered the intersection continuing
northbound striking Unit #2 causing damage to both units.  Unit #1 was cited for Failure to Yield.  No injuries reported.

 

Hoopeston superintendent announces 2017 retirement

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: April 20, 2015
  • city: ACCORDING TO JUST THE FACTS www.justthefacts.net

Hoopeston superintendent announces 2017 retirement

Hank Hornbeck will
celebrate his 10th anniversary
as Hoopeston Area
superintendent in 2017 by
retiring.
The district school board
accepted Hornbeck’s intent
to retire letter at Thursday’s
board meeting., effective
June 30, 2017.
Hornbeck was named
superintendent effective
July 2, 2007, following the
December 2006 death of
then-Superintendent Mark
Conolly.
Hornbeck was chosen
from a field of 20 applicants
- five of whom were
interviewed by the board - and was high school middle/
high school principal for nine years prior to his promotion.
In other personnel business, the board:
Hired Lisa Masengale-Acton as district Response to
Intervention coordinator, effective August 20. She replaces
Suzi Root, who was promoted to Honeywell principal
starting next year.

Hired Kelly Ankenbrand as middle/high school technology/
business teacher, effective August 20. She replaces
Debbi Lankford, who is retiring.
Justin Snow was approved as high school science
teacher for the new school year.
Also, Carla Mobley was approved as high school summer
credit recover teacher for English for this summer,
and Kris Kellerhals will be transferred fro Honeywell
Special Education to Maple Early Childhood for the
new school year.
Retirements of Diane Swartz, Jo Alt and Jan Morgan
were approved for the end of this school year, as were
the resignations of Jessica Watson, Maple aide, and
Kristen Allen, high school media teacher.
In other business, the board:
Heard from Maple teachers Tiffani Cox and Caughron
about Class DoJo, a web-based program being used by
all teachers at the school that awards or deducts points
based on behavior.
Approved the high school improvement plan.
Approved supporting the state’s Vision 20/20 plan.
Approved an updated Acceptable Use Policy for computer
use.
Approved an updated school calendar; summer school
credit recovery program; 2015-16 high school policy
manual; and two-year wrestling co-op with Milford.

Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: April 17, 2015
  • city: Iroquois County Sheriff's Police Report

Iroquois County officers returned from the Champaign County Jail with David Robinson 51 of Urbana.

Robinson was wanted on a traffic warrant. He posted the required bond and was released.

Pair arrested in Penfield meth bust

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: April 17, 2015
  • city: according to the news-Gazette www.news-gazette.com

Pair arrested in Penfield meth bust

Two men were arrested early Thursday at a Penfield home where methamphetamine was allegedly being made.

A release from the Champaign County Sheriff’s Office said that the department’s street crimes unit, accompanied by members of the Metro SWAT, an Illinois State Police tactical response team and an Illinois State Police methamphetamine response team, went to a home at 225 Franklin with a search warrant about 3:30 a.m.

They arrested the resident, Brian Wernigk, 33 for possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine, participation in the manufacture of methamphetamine and unlawful use of weapons.

Also arrested was Dane Frickey, 23, of Fairbury, for possession of a controlled substance, drug equipment and a hypodermic syringe.

The street crimes unit had been investigating alleged methamphetamine activity in Penfield for several months and learned that Wernigk was allegedly making and selling methamphetamine and selling guns from his home.

The two are expected to be formally charged Friday.

Because of the dangerous ingredients used in the manufacture of methamphetamine, deputies enlisted the help of the state police meth response team and the Illinois National Guard Civil Support Team. The latter was there in case any of the police needed to be decontaminated after the search but that wasn’t necessary.

Hoopeston Police Department Report

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: April 17, 2015
  • city: Hoopeston Police Department Report

Hoopeston Police Department
Police Blotter

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Burglary to a Vehicle; Criminal Damage to Property H15-1549
Date & Time: April 16, 2015 3:33
Location: 300 block of Front St.
Complainant: 36 year old Hoopeston Female
Details: HPD officers responded to the above location for the report of a theft
from a vehicle.  The suspect stole a car battery and in doing so damaged the vehicle.  Investigation is pending.

Oakwood man shot in March charged with holdup

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: April 17, 2015
  • city: according to the news-Gazette www.news-gazette.com

Oakwood man shot in March charged with holdup

25-year-old Oakwood man who was shot in the arm during an alleged drug rip-off in Champaign last month has been criminally charged with armed robbery.

Cory H. Bowman, 25, was arrested Tuesday in Vermilion County on a warrant issued Monday accusing him of the March 18 holdup of Troy Mann, 34, of Champaign.

The charge stemmed from an incident that took place about 12:30 a.m. that Wednesday outside the Circle K at 1713 W. John St., C.

State’s Attorney Julia Rietz said Bowman was with three other people who had traveled to Champaign that day to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and decided to buy cannabis from Mann, who was previously criminally charged in connection with the same incident.

The end of a 102 year Era in Hoopeston.

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: April 17, 2015
  • city: Hoopeston, IL.

Today marks the end of a 102 year era in the Hoopeston area. Your hometown bank, the

Community Bank since 1913 will lock their doors one last time. When the bank opens the

Doors on Monday it will be under the direction of a new bank.

First Farmers Financial Corporation, holding company of First Farmers Bank & Trust,

acquired 100% of the stock of three community banks in Illinois. Community Bank,

Hoopeston, Illinois, United Community Bank, Oakwood, Illinois, and First National

Bank of Chrisman, Chrisman, Illinois, from their respective holding companies.  Each

bank will now be 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.

Gene Miles, President and Chief Executive Officer of First Farmers stated, “These agreements are representative of our goal to uphold the traditional values of rural and Ag community banking in the Midwest and to continue a business model that has served us since 1885.  We’ve served a variety of businesses and individuals within the Ag industry and outside of the Ag industry. The one constant has been that we excel at serving semi-rural markets. All of these organizations serve areas very similar to those where we have built a significant customer base. Our organization has extended our geographical reach, but our commitment to community banking is what has allowed our organization to prosper.”


Community Bank along with the two others are being sold by Mark Richardson

Who is the chairman of the board and Senior Manager of Marine Bank of Springfield,

With locations in Springfield, Champaign, Bloomington-Normal, Chatham, Mocomb,

And Rushville. 

GRANDSTAND TICKET SALES BEGIN THIS WEEKEND FOR THE ILLINOIS STATE FAIR

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: April 16, 2015
  • city: Springfield, IL.

Springfield—Tickets for six of ten shows at the 2015 Illinois State Fair grandstand stage will go on sale Saturday, April 18th.  At this time, tickets are being sold exclusively through Ticketmaster - Online at http://www.ticketmaster.com/, by phone 800-745-3000, or at any Ticketmaster outlet.

Ticket prices for each of the shows are listed below:

August 14:  Sammy Hagar and The Circle / Collective Soul

VIP - $48 / Track $36 / Tier 1 - $36 / Tier 2 - $31 / Tier 3 - $26

August 16:  Justin Moore / Josh Thompson / Jon Pardi

VIP - $46 / Track $31 / Tier 1 - $31 / Tier 2 - $26 / Tier 3 - $21

August 18:  Rascal Flatts / Scotty McCreery / Raelynn

VIP - $65 / Track $50 / Tier 1 - $50 / Tier 2 - $45 / Tier 3 - $40

August 21:  Hank Williams, Jr / .38 Special
VIP - $47 / Track $35 / Tier 1 - $35 / Tier 2 - $30 / Tier 3 - $25

August 22:  Austin Mahone/ TBA
VIP - $48 / Track $36 / Tier 1 - $36 / Tier 2 - $31 / Tier 3 - $26

August 23:  Brantley Gilbert / Colt Ford / Michael Ray
VIP - $54 / Track $39 / Tier 1 - $39 / Tier 2 - $34 / Tier 3 - $29

It’s important to note, Ticketmaster is only selling tickets for individual shows.  Tickets for the all new “Country Concert Blowout” package will go on sale Monday, April 20th at 9:00amat the Illinois State Fair office.  The Country Concert Blowout package is $99 and includes one gate admission and one track ticket for three great concerts:  Justin Moore, Hank Williams, Jr., Rascal Flatts. Please note: The Country Concert Blowout package is only available through the state fair office, not Ticketmaster. Individual show tickets will also be available for purchase at the Illinois State Fair office on Monday, April 20th.  The office, located inside the Emmerson building, and is open Monday - Friday from 9:00am - 3:00pm.  You can also call the fair office at (217) 782-1979.

The Illinois State Fair runs August 13-23.  The Illinois Department of Agriculture will have more announcements about the 2015 fair in the coming weeks and months.  For more news and updates, follow the Illinois State Fair online:  www.agr.state.il.us/isf.  Facebook: @IllinoisStateFair   Twitter: @ILStateFair

Marshall County to Aaron Schock: Pay costs of special elections

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: April 15, 2015
  • city: LACON, Ill

An Illinois county says former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock should pay for the special elections to replace him.

The (Peoria) Journal-Star reported that the Marshall County Board voted last week to send a bill for $76,000 to the Peoria Republican who resigned last month after questions about his spending. A Schock spokesman did not respond to an emailed request from The Associated Press seeking comment to the board’s letter.

The letter seeks a certified check or a promise from Schock that he will cover the costs of this summer’s special and general election costs. County officials estimate each will run about $38,000.

The newspaper reported that Schock’s campaign fund balance is $3.3 million.

“Schock has more money than the county has in its reserves,” Marshall County State’s Attorney Paul Bauer said.

A copy of the letter went to the other 20 election jurisdictions in the 18th Congressional District.

“There are other counties who are interested, and they’re kind of waiting on someone to step forward,” Marshall County Board Chairman Gary Kroeschen said.

Tazewell County officials expect to pay about $200,000 for the elections. Tazewell County Board Chairman David Zimmerman said a committee will discuss the issue April 22 and the board could act as soon as the end of the month.

Zimmerman said he hopes other counties follow Marshall’s lead.

“I tip my hat to them for that,” Zimmerman said.

The special election has been set with the primary July 7th and special general election September 10th.

Rossville residents invited to meeting on high tech pharmacy

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: April 15, 2015
  • city: ACCORDING TO JUST THE FACTS www.justthefacts.net

Rossville residents invited to meeting on high tech pharmacy

Residents here are invited to a meeting
that could result in a new kind of pharmacy locating
in the community.
TelePharm, an Iowa-based company, will hold an
informational meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Rossville
Municipal Building, 120 E. Attica, said Greg James,
TelePharm director of business development and marketing.
A.J. Lipka, of TelePharm, will be on hand to present
information on the company and answer residents’ questions,
James said.
Rossville residents invited to meeting on high tech pharmacy
TelePharm began in 2012, when company founders
discovered a way to provide pharmacy services in rural
areas without an on-site pharmacist.
Using technology, TelePharm has a network of registered
pharmacists that interact with pharmacies in
smaller, rural communities, spreading the cost of the
pharmacist among them.
Currently, TelePharm is powering over 100 stores in
the Midwest, James said, adding the company is
“looking to expand rapidly in Illinois” due to changes in
the state’s telepharmacy laws in 2013.
Illinois law defines telepharmacy as the provision of
pharmacist care by a pharmacist through the use of telecommunications
or other technologies to patients or
their agents who are at a distance within the United
States. Telepharmacy must follow all federal and state
laws, rules, and regulations regarding privacy and security.
By law, the pharmacist in charge must:
1. be responsible for the practice of telepharmacy performed
at a remote pharmacy, including supervising any
prescription dispensing machine or automated medication
system;
2. ensure that the home pharmacy has sufficient pharmacists
on duty to safely operate and supervise all remote
pharmacies;
3. ensure, through the use of a video and auditory communication
system, that a certified pharmacy technician
at the remote pharmacy has accurately and correctly
prepared any prescription for dispensing according to
the prescription;
4. supervise and train certified pharmacy technicians at
remote pharmacies; and
5. ensure that patient counseling at the remote pharmacy

is performed by a pharmacist or student pharmacist.
The public meeting is just the first step in opening a
pharmacy, James said.
If there is public support, TelePharm will look for a
building in Rossville to house the pharmacy. One or two
pharmacy technicians will be hired to fill prescriptions
and interact with customers.
TelePharm plans to hire local people for their pharmacies,
James said. Often, the new technician will be one
currently hired by a pharmacy in a neighboring city.

Since Illinois law requires filled prescriptions to be
reviewed by a pharmacist, imaging equipment in the
pharmacy will send pictures to the pharmacist for approval.
Images will be kept for 10 years, James said.
Customers who want to speak to a pharmacist will be
able to do that via touch screen. One touch of a button
will bring the customer face to face, via screen, to discuss
medications, he said. Ninety percent of the time,
customers will speak with the same pharmacist, James
said.
James said it’s his job to find new locations for pharmacies.
“I’m usually neck-deep in data,” he said, laughing.
Typically, pharmacies are located in communities
that don’t currently have one, but that do have a medical
center. Adding a pharmacy gives residents more of a
total care package, since they are able to care and
medicine in their community, he said. The community meeting is key to the whole process, as
TelePharm tries to “get the community involved and engaged
at the beginning,” James said. “I can do data all day,
but it doesn’t tell me about human behavior.”
TelePharm’s prices are “very competitive” with pharmacies
currently used by residents. Available drugs will be
tailored to the community, based on information provided
by health providers and modified as needs change, James
said.

Hoopeston Police Department Report

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: April 15, 2015
  • city: Hoopeston Police Department Report

Hoopeston Police Department
Police Blotter

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Domestic Battery, Interference with Reporting Domestic Violence H15-1506   V15-3336
Date & Time: April 14, 2015 12:07am
Location: 500 blk N 8th Av
Complainant: 40 year old Hoopeston female
Arrested: Ralph Plecker (45) Hoopeston male
Details: HPD officers were called to the above location for a domestic disturbance.  Mr.
Plecker was arrested for domestic battery and interference with reporting
domestic battery. Subject was taken to HPD, processed and later transported
to the PSB to await arraignment.

Aggravated Battery H15-1517 V15-3374
Date & Time: April 14, 2015 3:45pm
Location: 415 S Dixie Hwy at Dollar General
Complainant: 19 year old Hoopeston female
Arrested: Taylor M Crawford (21) of Hoopeston
Details: Officers responded to a call for females fighting in the parking lot at the above
location.  Upon arrival it was learned the offender had already left the scene.
Offender was later located at another location, was taken into custody and
charged with the above.  She was transported to PSB to see a judge.

 

Disorderly Conduct H15-1522   V15-3384
Date & Time: April 14, 2015 7:23pm
Location: 700 blk S First Ave
Arrested: Jodi L Tyszko (33) of Hoopeston
Details: Subject was told by the dispatcher to stop calling 911 when she didn’t have an emergency or she was going to be arrested.  She called back again for something that was not an emergency.  She was taken into custody and transported to PSB.

Disorderly Conduct (City Ordinance) H15-1523
Date & Time: April 14, 2015 8:48pm
Location: 306 E Main St Uptown Saloon
Arrested: Charles Withers (25) of Potomac
Details: After an incident at the Uptown Saloon, Mr. Withers was arrested for city ordinance
violation Unlawful Acts Constituting Disorderly Conduct.  He was taken to HPD,
processed and later released with a city citation and city court date.

 

Hoopeston Police Department Report

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: April 14, 2015
  • city: Hoopeston Police Department Report

Hoopeston Police Department
Police Blotter

Monday, April 13, 2015

Restrictions for Burning Trash H15-1499
Date & Time: April 13, 2015   7:28pm
Location: 800 blk E Seminary
Arrested: Tonya K Edwards of Hoopeston
Details: Officers responded to the above location for a large brush fire.  Upon arrival
it was noticed the fire was starting to get out of control other items other
than yard waste were added to the fire.  The Hoopeston Fire Department
was called to the scene to extinguish the fire.

Song of the Day Sponsored by Iroquois Federal 1st Winner

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: April 13, 2015
  • city: Song of the Day Sponsored by Iroquois Federal 1st Winner

Monday, April 13th, 2015
Robbie Bane

The 44th Annual Thawville Community Sale

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: April 13, 2015
  • city: The 44th Annual Thawville Community Sale

Always held on the third Saturday in April, this year’s sale is slated for Saturday, April 18, 2015.  Consignment of items begins at 5:30 a.m.  Selling starts at 10:00 a.m. with three auction trucks going all day long.  The Thawville Sale is a perfect place to eliminate some of that clutter from the attic or garage.  You never know what you’ll find at the Sale - look for cars, lawn mowers, antiques, bicycles and furniture plus many surprises.  More than just a sale-it is the perfect time to visit and catch up with old friends!  Lots of fun to be had just browsing, as well as rummaging around town through local garage sales.

Begin the day with the Thawville Community Nursery School and Pancake and Sausage Breakfast starting at 6 a.m. in the Congregational Church just one block north of the Main Street Sale.  After perusing the sale selection and finding great deals, plenty of snacks are available on Main Street.  Hamburgers, potato salad and pie at the St. Peter’s Lutheran Church food stand or pork burgers and nachos for sale by Christ Lutheran High School.  Don’t forget that the Thawville Fireman offer a frosty beverage and a place to socialize.  The Firemen are also sponsoring a Bossy Bingo raffle.  Buy your ticket from any Thawville Fireman.

ILLINOIS STATE POLICE DISTRICT 10 ANNOUNCES PROM AND GRADUATION ENFORCEMENT

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: April 13, 2015
  • city: ILLINOIS STATE POLICE DISTRICT 10 ANNOUNCES PROM AND GRADUATION ENFORCEMENT

Prom and graduation season is upon us.  Area high school students will soon be participating in prom and graduation celebrations that occur not only at the school, but also at private locations.  Many students will feel pressure to use alcohol or drugs.  Car crashes kill more teens during weekends of prom and graduation season than any other time of the year. 

Illinois State Police District 10 Troopers will be doing their part to make this a safe prom and graduation season for everyone.  District 10 Troopers will be conducting directed patrols with aggressive enforcement of the ‘Fatal Four’ which includes speeding, DUI, seat belt, and distracted driving.

“Our goal is in one word, PROM ‘Please Return on Monday’.  We want to modify teen driving behaviors which include distractions, carelessness, fatigue, and inexperience.  These behaviors, when combined with drugs or alcohol can be lethal” said District 10 Interim Commander, Lieutenant John Wenzel. 

In addition to the directed patrols, Seat Belt Enforcement Zones, Roadside Safety Checks, and Alcohol Countermeasure Enforcement details will also be conducted.  The goal of these concentrated efforts is voluntary compliance.  We ask all of you to please help us ensure memories of this year’s prom and graduation are positive ones.  Buckle up, and don’t use alcohol or drugs, and ‘Please Return on Monday’ to school.
One driving fatality is too many.  The Illinois State Police are committed to “Driving Zero Fatalities to a Reality”

Iroquois County union workers oppose right-to-work zones

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: April 13, 2015
  • city: Iroquois County union workers oppose right-to-work zones

According to the Paxton Record, Union workers flooded the board room in the Administrative Center in Watseka last Thursday morning, urging the Iroquois County Board to stand united against Gov. Bruce Rauner’s proposal to create right-to-work zones.

Right-to-work zones, or empowerment zones, would limit the power of labor unions, allowing voters to decide if workers in their communities should be forced to join a union or pay associated dues.

The newly elected Republican governor has been pressing Illinois cities and counties to approve resolutions in support of his proposal, which he says would help boost job creation and the state’s economy.

The Iroquois County Board’s policy and procedure committee had a proposed resolution supporting Rauner’s right-to-work proposal on the agenda for Thursday’s meeting. The resolution, prepared by the governor’s office, also would support prevailing wage reform and workers’ compensation reform.

“Voters in our community should be allowed to decide via referendum whether or not employees should be forced to join a union or pay dues as a condition of employment,” the proposed resolution says. “Local empowerment zones will help attract jobs and make our community more attractive for businesses.”

Dave Beck, staff representative for American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 31, urged the board to oppose Rauner’s proposal. Earlier, more than 10 union workers expressed their concerns that the right-to-work zones would drive down wages, hurting the economy, and would be illegal.

“You all didn’t come up with this idea out of the blue. The governor is going county by county, city by city, pressuring you folks to adopt these resolutions,” Beck said. “And I think we have ask ourselves, ‘Why is he doing this when the issue before us in this state is the budget?’ The state of Illinois’ budget is in terrible shape, and instead of focusing on fixing that, he and his employees are going out over the state, spending all this time and energy, trying to get us on this issue. And it has nothing to do with the actual problem.

“So I ask you, don’t play this game. Instead of passing this resolution, go back to the governor and say, ‘Governor, this isn’t the issue that’s important to us right now. The issue that’s important to us is the state budget. We want you to work with the Legislature to make that work.’”

County Board Chairman Kyle Anderson of Beaverville said he doubts Rauner’s right-to-work proposal will advance in the Legislature — a sentiment shared by board member Russell Bills of Watseka.

“I can’t imagine it going very far,” Bills said.

Details of the proposal
The proposed resolution — which will be up for further discussion, but not a vote, at the county board’s next full board meeting on April 14 — says current Illinois law creates a “one-size-fits-all” approach to collective bargaining for local units of government, which creates added costs ultimately passed on to taxpayers. The resolution says voters and local officials should determine what is a subject of bargaining, not the state.

“Local control of bargaining would allow voters or local governments to determine if certain topics should be excluded from collective bargaining, including contracting, wages, provisions of health insurance, use of employee time, required levels of staffing, procedures and criteria for personnel evaluations, academic performance, conduct and discipline in school,” the resolution reads.

The resolution adds that current state law sets “thresholds” for workers on state and local construction projects, increasing costs significantly. By repealing the Illinois Prevailing Wage Act and the requirements for “project labor agreements,” it would give local governments more control over such costs, the resolution says.

The resolution also says that Illinois’ workers’ compensation costs are the seventh highest in the nation — and more than double the costs of Indiana. Local governments would see a “major cost savings” as a result of reforming the workers’ compensation law.

Unions united in opposition
The union laborers and representatives in attendance were adamantly opposed to the proposal.

Steven Pfingsten of Watseka, vice president of Laborers’ Local 751, called it a “backdoor anti-union effort.”

“It is a thinly disguised political maneuver by the governor that has been ruled illegal by the state’s attorney general,” Pfingsten said. “I am sure that any effort to enact these types of laws will cost our community dearly in lost money attempting to defend an illegal action.”

Pfingsten argued that the proposal would drive down wages for all workers, including non-union members. He added that workers in “right-to-work” states earn more than $5,000 less per year than those in states without such laws. Pfingsten also noted that eight of the 12 states with the highest unemployment rates have “right-to-work” laws. When the wages are driven down, the economy suffers and jobs are lost, he said.

Ryan C. Anderson, business manager/secretary-treasurer for Painters District Council No. 30, wrote a letter to the county board saying that Rauner’s right-to-work proposal as well as his proposal to repeal the Prevailing Wage Act would be against the state’s constitution.

Anderson said that Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan “clearly indicates” in a written opinion that only a state, through the actions of the Legislature, can enact a “right-to-work” law. Madigan further has ruled that counties, municipalities and school districts, as well as other local units of government, must comply with the provisions of the Prevailing Wage Act when seeking bids and awarding contracts for construction or demolition of public works.

Anderson asked the board to consider the costs the county would incur in attempting to defend “an illegal action.”

“Certainly, my organization will defend the constitutional rights of union members and the legality, under federal and state law, of union security agreements,” Anderson wrote.

Michael Smith, business manager of Laborers’ Local 751 and president of the Kankakee Federation of Labor, called the right-to-work proposal “a race to the bottom.”

“It hurts not only union people, but it hurts non-union people, because as our wage threshold comes up it affects all folks, because the non-union tries to keep up so their places don’t become an eyesore,” Smith said.

Steve Magruder, president of the Kankakee Construction and Trades Council, said the right-to-work plan would be “a detrimental blow to this community ... (and) state of Illinois.”

Dale Strough, a Watseka attorney, said the right-to-work zones would further drive down local wages, hurting Iroquois County’s economy.

“Right now we have an unemployment rate of about 6.5 percent. That is a little bit lower than it is in Kankakee (County) or down in Vermilion (County). It’s a little bit higher than it is in Ford or Champaign (counties),” Strough said. “But unemployment (is) not the problem. The problem is the wage levels. ... Seventy to 80 percent (of students in the Iroquois West school district) are in the poverty level, yet the unemployment rate level is (only) 6.5 percent. That’s not welfare. That’s low wages.

“What we need to shoot for is good, middle-class jobs, wherever those might come from. But again, you can’t race to the bottom. It exacerbates the problem. It means more people who can’t maintain their homes amid declining property values; it means less revenue for (the county). Don’t give into it. ... There’s lots of things you can do to generate revenue that maybe you haven’t done. But competing with union sweatshops is not the way to go.”

John Willard, the district director for the American Welding Society, said union wages would suffer if the proposal passes.

“The only way we can entice people to pick welding as a trade is if there’s something other than poverty in it for them,” Willard said. “Driving down those wages to where welders aren’t going to live a decent life and eat steak once a week and take their family on vacation, it’s just wrong that people would want that for someone else. ... It’s not right; it’s not fair; and you shouldn’t do it.”

Donald Price, a retired state employee, expressed concern that if the county adopted a right-to-work zone, many local businesses would suffer.

“One of the reasons you don’t want this is because these union people are your customers — you people who own businesses — and if you want them to continue being your customers they’ve got to have some decent pay,” Price said. “Without unions, we’re going to go back to how things were before 1900. Child labor? Is that what you want?”

National Library Week will be celebrated all week with activities at the Hoopeston Public Library

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: April 13, 2015
  • city: National Library Week will be celebrated all week with activities at the Hoopeston Public Library

The Hoopeston Public Library is hosting fun activities all week to mark National Library Week, April 12-18.  Each day, a special activity is scheduled to mark the week, which honors American’s libraries.

Monday morning join them for free coffee and donuts in the reading room from 10-11:30 a.m. and entertainment by Ellyn Stacey on the violin.  Then on Tuesday, Claudia DeWitt, Vermilion County Master Gardener, will present “Annuals vs. Perenials”  at 2:00 p.m., on Wednesday from 1-4 p.m. a representative from the Illinois Secretary of State’s office will be on hand to share information on becoming an organ donor.  Thursday from 4-5 p.m., it’s Kids Read with the Shelter Cats, open to youngsters in grade kindergarten-sixth.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.  Friday you can learn what the library archives have to offer from 1-3 p.m., Tom Sweeney will conduct tours of the Illinois Room and at 1:30 p.m., local author Bonnie Manion will have a poetry reading.  Finally, on Saturday at 10 a.m. the Big Read story and activity time for ages preschool-6th grade will be celebrating Smart Money Week.
Anyone who sign ups for a new library card will receive a free gift from the library.

Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: April 13, 2015
  • city: Iroquois County Sheriff's Police Report

News Release
April 12, 2015

4-10 Sheriff’s Police investigated a single vehicle traffic accident on Co. Rd. 1980 E near 1350 N.  According to the Police report Jonathon M. Haney, 28 Bourbonnais was driving south bound on 1980 E when he struck a tree limb that had fallen in the roadway during a storm.  The vehicle Haney was driving sustained over $1500 in damage.  No injuries were reported and no citations were issued

4-10 Sheriff’s Police investigated a single vehicle traffic accident on Co. Rd. 2400 N near 1600 E Co Rd.  According to the Police report Johan Rabe, 27 Crescent City was driving east on 2400N Co Rd near 1600 E Rd when a deer entered the roadway.  Rabe swerved to avoid a deer causing Rabe’s vehicle to leave the road, graze a tree, striking a culvert and ditch embankment before returning back to the roadway.  The vehicle sustained over $1500 in damage.  No injuries were reported and no citations were issued

Hoopeston Police Department Weekend Report

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: April 13, 2015
  • city: Hoopeston Police Department Weekend Report

Friday, April 10, 2015
Saturday, April 11, 2015
Sunday, April 12, 2015

Friday, April 10, 2015


Battery (City Ord) H15-1425
Time & Date: April 10, 2015 1pm
Location: 101 W Main St Tedd’s Home Beverage Lot
Complainant: 15 year old Hoopeston Female Juvenile
Arrested: 16 year old Hoopeston Juvenile Female
Details: At the above time and date, Hoopeston Police Department was requested because
the complainant was battered by the arrested suspect.  The suspect was located
at another address and transported to HPD processed and released back to an adult
custody with court date, for Hoopeston Municipal Court. 

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Breach of Peace Constituting Disorderly Conduct (City Ordinance) H15-1456
Date & Time: April 11, 2015 11:02pm
Location: 400 blk N Market
Arrested: Adolpho Ybarra (20) of Hoopeston
Details: HPD officers received a call in reference to loud music in the area.  Officers
observed loud music and attempted to speak with the property owner.  Subject
refused to open the door.  Officers later located Mr. Ybarra and charged him with
city ordinance violation Breach of Peace Constituting Disorderly Conduct.  He
was also given a city court date.

Sunday, April 12, 2015


Aggravated Battery H15-1458   V15-3274
Time & Date: April 12, 2015   12:36 AM
Location: 500 block E Young Av Hoopeston
Complainant: 49 year old Hoopeston Woman
Arrested: Downing, Jennifer L (54) of Hoopeston (F)
Details: At the above time and date, the complainant contacted HPD reference to
Arrestee entered into her residence armed with a blunt object.  Arrestee attacked the complainant causing injury.  Arrestee surrendered to the Officers
At Hoopeston Police Department, where she was processed and transported
PSB Danville to appear before a judge. 

 

 

Milford Fun Days upcoming Fundraisers

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: April 10, 2015
  • city: Milford Fun Days upcoming Fundraisers

The Milford Fun Days Committee and volunteers will be at the 4-way stop in Milford for Corner Collections for 2015 Fun Days themed There’s a Superhero in All of Us! on Friday, May 1st & Saturday, May 2nd.
Also, they will be hosting a Cash Bash Saturday, May 23rd at Old Main Pub. Tickets are on sale now contact Tammy Harwood or any fun days committee member.

Watseka Chamber announces 2015 Golf Outing

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: April 10, 2015
  • city: Watseka Chamber announces 2015 Golf Outing

Registration forms are now available for the Watseka Area Chamber of Commerce
2015 Golf Outing. Forms are available at the Chamber office, 110 South Third Street,
Watseka and also on the new web site, www.watsekachamber.org. This year’s outing will
be Friday, June 19th at Shewami Country Club, Sheldon, Illinois. Tee off time is set for
1:00 p.m. Join us for this year’s fun filled themed golf outing, we are asking that you wear
your favorite “Hawaiian Luau” attire.

Men’s, women’s, and mixed teams are welcome. Teams consist of a four-player
scramble. Team and performance prizes will be awarded. Fun games of skill and luck will
consist of a putting contest, closest to the pin, closest to the squiggly line, and much more.
Lunch will be served during registration compliments of Riverside Medical Center Specialty
Services in Watseka. Registration deadline is Friday, June 5, 2015. For a registration
form or more information, please contact the Chamber office at 815/432-2416.
Sponsorship opportunities are still available.

NEW TO 2015 ILLINOIS STATE FAIR: COUNTRY CONCERT BLOWOUT PACKAGE

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: April 10, 2015
  • city: NEW TO 2015 ILLINOIS STATE FAIR: COUNTRY CONCERT BLOWOUT PACKAGE

HANK WILLIAMS, JR. ROUNDS OUT 2015 COUNTRY LINE-UP

SPRINGFIELD – Officials with the Illinois State Fair have put together a money saving deal for country music fans.  This year the “Country Concert Blowout” package gives fans the opportunity to attend three of the hottest shows of the summer for a reduced price.  The Country Concert Blowout includes a general track ticket and state fair admission for 3 great nights of concerts.
The concerts assigned to the Country Concert Blowout include:
- Sunday, August 16th – Justin Moore / Josh Thompson / Jon Pardi,
- Tuesday, August 18th – Rascal Flatts / Scotty McCreery / Raelynn,
- Friday, August 21st – Hank Williams Jr. / 38 Special.
The Country Concert Blowout package is $99 and can only be purchased through the Illinois State Fair Office, which is located inside the Emmerson building.  The package goes on sale Monday, April 20th at 9:00 am.  Tickets can be purchased at the Emmerson building Monday-Friday from 9:00am – 3:00pm.  Only 1,000 tickets are available for the Country Concert Blowout package, and those tickets will be sold on a first come, first serve basis.
Hank Williams Jr. is the latest act to join the Illinois State Fair Grandstand line-up.  The Grammy-award winning, singer/songwriter will bring his trademark blend of country, blues, and southern rock to the grandstand stage on Friday, August 21st.  Opening for the country-legend will be rock group .38 Special.  Tickets for this individual show will range from $47 for VIP seats to $25 for Tier 3 seats.

Tickets for all named grandstand acts will go on sale at 10am on Saturday, April 18th through Ticketmaster. 
Ticket prices for each of the shows are listed below:
August 14:  Sammy Hagar and The Circle / Collective Soul
VIP - $48 / Track $36 / Tier 1 - $36 / Tier 2 - $31 / Tier 3 - $26
August 16:  Justin Moore / Josh Thompson / Jon Pardi
VIP - $46 / Track $31 / Tier 1 - $31 / Tier 2 - $26 / Tier 3 - $21
August 18:  Rascal Flatts / Scotty McCreery / Raelynn
VIP - $65 / Track $50 / Tier 1 - $50 / Tier 2 - $45 / Tier 3 - $40
August 21:  Hank Williams, Jr / .38 Special
VIP - $47 / Track $35 / Tier 1 - $35 / Tier 2 - $30 / Tier 3 - $25
August 22:  Austin Mahone/ TBA
VIP - $48 / Track $36 / Tier 1 - $36 / Tier 2 - $31 / Tier 3 - $26
August 23:  Brantley Gilbert / Colt Ford / Michael Ray
VIP - $54 / Track $39 / Tier 1 - $39 / Tier 2 - $34 / Tier 3 - $29
“The staff at the Illinois State Fair works very hard each year to bring in quality acts and offer reasonably priced tickets.  When you look at other regional venues, our prices are consistently competitive, and this Country Concert Blowout package is a great example of that,” said Ag Director Philip Nelson.
The Illinois State Fair runs August 13-23.  The Illinois Department of Agriculture will have more announcements about the 2015 fair in the coming months.  For more news and updates, follow the Illinois State Fair online: 
  www.agr.state.il.us/isf
    @IllinoisStateFair
    @ILStateFair

MURDER IN MILFORD

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: April 10, 2015
  • city: Iroquois County Sheriff's Police Report

One man charged with two counts of First Degree Murder.

Iroquois County States Attorney James Devine said yesterday that Danny R. Murphy, 52, was charged with two counts of first degree murder in the death of David Garrett, 48, on April 7 in a Milford home. Iroquois County police said Mr. Garrett died of Blunt force trauma after an autopsy was conducted in Champaign County. Bond was set at $1 million, the investigation is ongoing with Milford Police and Iroquois County Sheriff’s police.

Suspect killed after leading police on pursuit that started in Iroquois County

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: April 10, 2015
  • city: According to WLFI-TV LAFAYETTE, Ind.

A robbery suspect in Illinois is dead after causing a high-speed police chase that ended in White County Thursday evening.

It started with a robbery in Watseka, Illinois. The suspect reportedly hijacked a NAPA truck from a woman making deliveries, took the woman hostage and proceeded into Indiana.

Lafayette police were called around 5:30 p.m. to a report of an armed robbery at the Advance America on Elmwood Avenue. Officers said a man displayed a gun during the robbery. Two employees were in the store during the robbery and sustained minor injuries from having their hands bound by the suspect prior to leaving the business. Neither employee required medical attention.

The suspect was described by the employees as a Hispanic male, 5 foot 5 inches to 5 foot 8 inches, skinny build, shaved bald head, late 20s to early 30s in age, wearing dark clothing. The suspect had a woman with him when he arrived at the business. She was believed to be the hostage from the robbery in Illinois.

After the robbery, the suspect and the woman left in the same white truck. The vehicle was later observed by a deputy with the Tippecanoe County Sheriff’s Office on N. Ninth Street near Battle Ground. Both the sheriff’s office and Indiana State Police pursued the suspect vehicle.


LPD said the pursuit went through Battle Ground and into Brookston where the vehicle was disabled by stop sticks.The suspect ditched the vehicle and proceeded to carjack another. The suspect then headed north on State Road 43 towards Monon. The chase ended just north of Monon.

According to Indiana State Police Sgt. Kim Riley, officers surrounded the vehicle and the suspect pointed his weapon at officers. Riley said that’s when the officers fired, killing the suspect. No officers were injured. Riley would not confirm which agenices shot their weapons, but said troopers from Lowell and Lafayette would be put on administrative leave during an investigation.

“There will be a finding one way or the other on how the shooting went down, be justified or [not] justified and then those officers will be put back in duty or whatever happens from there on,” said Riley.

The hostage was taken to IU Health White Memorial Hospital where she was treated for superficial injuries and released. She was interviewed by investigators at the White County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Pat Shafer told News 18 she declined to comment about the incident

Hoopeston Police Department Report

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: April 10, 2015
  • city: Hoopeston Police Department Report

Hoopeston Police Department
Police Blotter

Domestic Battery H15-1396
Date & Time: April 9, 2015   2:19am
Location: 900 blk E Young
Complainant: 35 year old female
Arrested: Alejandro Limon (36) of Hoopeston
Details: Subject was charged with the above after officers responded to the above
location for a physical altercation.  He was transported to PSB to
see a judge.

ELECTION 2015- Hoopeston will see 2 New Alderman, Milford will build new school, and more.

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: April 08, 2015
  • city: Hoopeston, IL.

ELECTION 2015- Hoopeston will see 2 New Alderman, Milford will build new school, and Danville loves Eisenhower

Hoopeston Ward One Alderman Race
Chad Yaden-120
Dustin Tarter-48
Joe Fell-64

Ward Two
Randy Carter ran unopposed

Ward Three-
Alex Houmes-95
Nancy Stipp-62

Ward Four-
Brandon Hamilton-165
Jeramy Dobkins-97
Russell Himba-13
Hoopeston 1% Sales Tax Increase Question
No-473
YES-336

Milford voters were asked to vote on whether to pass a referendum to build a new school in District 124
It passed by a vote of Yes 733 to No 480
The Village of Sheldon passed a new tax along to residents for more police protection but it barely made it by a vote of Yes 134 to NO 127

Alvin gets a new Village president with Chuck Smock as long time village president Jean Lete did not run for office.

Village of Henning Voters had a choice of 6 people to fill 3 seats as village trustees the top 3 vote getters were:
Harry “Butch” Watson, Kevin Bell, and Troy Wolfe.

Bismarck Henning School voters were asked to vote for 3 of 4 for the Board of Education and the winners were:
Cheryl Brumett, David Clapp, Ron Winkler.

Cissna Park School board race 4 running for 3 seats and the winners were:
Jason Edelman, Bud Petry, Jeremy Seggebruch.

An interesting race in the Iroquois County unit 9 school board race, 7 vying for 4 seats: Kirk McTaggart, Bob Burd, and Michael Kaeb all clearly winners but the 4th seat is in a tie at the moment with Crystal Blair and Toby Schippert both receiving 313 votes.

Village of Sheldon trustee race 5 vying for 3 seats the winners were: William Milan, Jeff Mabbitt, and Jason Jackson.

In a race that many thought would be a lot closer the City of Danville’s Mayors race. Incumbent Scott Eisenhower a clear winner over Former Vermilion county board Chairman Jim “Mouse” McMahon with the numbers reading 3481 to 2003 Eisenhower now moves into his 4th term as Danville Mayor.
In seats that had no contest:

Rossville, Potomac, Bismarck, Alvin, Rankin all had village seats running unopposed as did the Hoopeston School Board.

Rossville School Board will see a new face, Jeremy Deck ran unopposed to get a seat on the board.
Other members retaining seats were Robert Danner III, Kyle Zarate, and Tim Thornsbro got a seat back that he had held years before. 

Hoopeston Police Department Report

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: April 08, 2015
  • city: Hoopeston Police Department Report

Hoopeston Police Department
Police Blotter

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Theft Under H15-1365
Date & Time: April 7, 2015   12:20pm
Location: 500 blk W Lincoln
Complainant: 50 year old Hoopeston man
Details: Complainant advised sometime during the last two nights, an unknown
subject removed 2 lamps from his trailer while it was parked on his
property


Found Property: A small key was found and turned in today from McFerren Park.  Owner
can claim it at HPD.


Disorderly Conduct H15-1368
Date & Time: April 7, 2015 3:44pm
Location: 600 Block of West Orange
Complainant: 47 year old Hoopeston Female
Arrested: Justin L. Taylor, 32, of Hoopeston
Details: HPD officers responded to the above location for the report of a verbal
dispute between subjects.  Upon officers arrival, Taylor was taken into custody for the above charges and later released with a Notice to Appear at a later date. 

Burglary to a Residence H15-1374
Date & Time: April 7, 2015 7:02
Location: 400 Block of West Chestnut
Complainant: 22 year old Hoopeston Male
Details: HPD officers responded to the above location for the report that someone had broken into his residence.  Reported stolen were various electronic items
and some apparel.

Electronics collection event being held 9 a.m. to noon Saturday April 11th

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: April 08, 2015
  • city: Danville

A free electronics-collection event will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 11 at the north parking lot of Danville Area Community College, 2000 East Main Street in Danville.

The event is jointly sponsored by Danville Area Community College, Mervis Industries, the Vermilion County Health Department, Keep Vermilion County Beautiful, and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.

Residents are encouraged to bring their broken, obsolete or unwanted electronic items to the main DACC campus on April 11 so they can be recycled at no cost to residents.

“Even old and broken electronic items have components that can be recycled and reused, and other components that can be toxic,” said Public Health Administrator Jenny Trimmell. “These products can no longer be taken to landfills in Illinois, so managing them properly is the right thing to do.”

It is now illegal in Illinois for electronic products such as televisions, computers, monitors, DVD players, fax machines and MP3 players to be disposed of in landfills.

On April 11, area residents can bring their household electronic items to DACC for processing.  Items accepted include flat screen or LCD televisions, flat screen or LCD monitors, cable/satellite receivers, cell phones and smart phones, computer peripherals (keyboards and mice), computers, printers, copiers, digital converter boxes, DVD players, fax machines, gaming consoles, notebooks (laptops), PDAs, scanners, small servers, VCRs, wire (cords from compliant devices), and zip drives.

The collection will not accept CRT or tube televisions, CRT monitors, projection or wooden set televisions, televisions with broken screens, vacuum cleaners, microwave ovens, or wooden audio speakers.

“We are happy to work with residents to properly recycle these types of electronics in an environmentally safe and responsible manner,” Michael Mervis, Director of Mervis Industries said. “By doing so, many materials will be reused in the manufacturing of new products and potentially harmful chemicals will be diverted from landfills.”

Mervis Industries accepts electronic items for recycling daily at its Mervis Recycling location at 14 South Henning Road west of Danville.

Andrew Kerins, the Sustainability Instructor at DACC, said that the college was looking to host a special electronics-collection event, and that Mervis Industries officials were eager to be involved.

“Encouraging environmental sustainability is a goal of the college, and we are happy to be part of this event,” said Kerins.

According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, recyclers now recover more than 100 million pounds of materials from electronics each year, some of which can be converted into raw material for new products.

Some electronics can contain toxic materials such as lead, mercury, arsenic, cadmium and beryllium that must be properly managed to prevent soil and groundwater contamination. But obsolete electronic products can also contain valuable materials that can be recycled for reuse such as copper, gold and circuit chips.  ###

Please contact Douglas Toole at 431-2662 ext. 243 if you have any questions.

Hoopeston Police Department Report

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: April 07, 2015
  • city: Hoopeston Police Department Report

Hoopeston Police Department
Police Blotter

Monday, April 06, 2015

Domestic Battery, Child Endangerment   H15-1358   V15-3054
Date & Time: April 6, 2015   5:20pm
Location: 500 blk W Washington
Arrested: Shannon L Miller (37) of Hoopeston
Details: Subject was charged and taken into custody after striking a juvenile
while at the above location.  She was transported to PSB for
arraignment.

Hoopeston Police Department Report

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: April 06, 2015
  • city: Hoopeston Police Department Report

Hoopeston Police Department
Police Blotter

Sunday, April 05, 2015

Disobeying Police (City Ord) H15-1327
Time & Date: April 5, 2015   6:00 am
Location: 800 block E Seminary St
Arrested: Rogers, Dawn M (F) of Hoopeston (34)
Details: At the above time and date, HPD responded to the area listed above.
The female was asked several times to leave and refused.  HPD
Officers asked to her to leave also, she refused, and that is when the
female was placed under arrested, transported to HPD, processed and
released on City Ordinance NTA for court. 


Fire Call
Time & Date: April 5, 2015   6:46 am
Location: 701 W Washington St
Details: At the above time and date, HFD responded to report of the structure on fire.
No report of injuries, damage estimates were not a reported at this
time.  All units clear the scene with fire out at 08:00 am. 

Burglary H15-1341
Date & Time: April 5, 2015 7:36pm
Location: 800 blk E Seminary
Complainant: 48 year old Hoopeston male
Details: At above time and date, complainant reported that unknown subject(s)
entered his garage and stole several items.

Rossville Meth bust

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: April 03, 2015
  • city: Rossville

Police Bust another rolling meth lab

4/1/15 Approx 8:00pm The Rossville police conducted a traffic stop in the 300 bloack of South Chicago Street. Upon investigation the officer found the driver Angela M. Metcalf of La Porte Indiana was driving on a suspended license. A search of the car found items commonly used in the production of meth. Illinois State Police Meth response team came to the scene and it was determined there was a active meth lab inside the car. A passenger Paul D. Albertson had a felony warrant out of Crawford County. Both were taken to the Vermilion County Jail and charged with possession of meth precursors, and meth production materials.

SEMI ROLLOVER IN IROQUOIS COUNTY

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: April 03, 2015
  • city: Illinois State Police Traffic Incident

SEMI ROLLOVER IN IROQUOIS COUNTY

WHAT: Semi Rollover Crash

WHERE: I-57 Northbound at milepost 288 (Iroquois County)

WHEN: Thursday, April 2, 2015, 4:28 a.m.

VEHICLES: 2001 Truck Tractor Semi-Trailer

DRIVER: Wilbert E. Brunner, 70, Kankakee

PRELIMINARY: Preliminary investigation has indicated the driver of the truck tractor semi-trailer lost control of the vehicle and ran off the roadway and over turned.  The driver of the vehicle was transported to Riverside Hospital with minor injuries. 

Man charged in stabbing of bartender at Paxton bar

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: April 03, 2015
  • city: Paxton, IL. According to the Paxton Record www.paxtonrecord.net

A Paxton man was charged Thursday with multiple counts of aggravated battery for allegedly stabbing a bartender at Shooky’s Bar — the second stabbing incident at that downtown Paxton bar in the past 18 months.

Tracy L. Joyce, 55, who listed an address at 217 W. Holmes St., remained at the Ford County Jail on Thursday with bond set at $50,000, meaning he must pay $5,000 to be released.

Ford County State’s Attorney Randy Yedinak charged Joyce on Thursday with one count each of aggravated battery in a public place, aggravated battery causing great bodily harm and aggravated battery using a deadly weapon, all Class 3 felonies, along with misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of less than 2.5 grams of cannabis.

Joyce is due in court at 10 a.m. April 7.

The battery charges allege that Joyce stabbed Robert Knell in the leg while they were at Shooky’s Bar, 103 N. Market St., on Wednesday night. Joyce also allegedly had in his possession a metal pipe used to smoke cannabis and less than 2.5 grams of cannabis.

Knell was bartending at Shooky’s when Paxton police responded to a report of a stabbing at the bar at 9:54 p.m. Wednesday, according to a news release from Paxton Police Chief Bob Bane.

“Officers discovered a fight occurred in the bar, and the bartender was stabbed in the lower-left leg,” Bane said in the release. “The victim also received defensive cuts to his left hand and wrist. A customer had also received a cut to his finger.”

Knell was taken to the emergency room at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.

Meanwhile, Joyce was arrested at the scene and taken to the emergency room at Gibson Area Hospital in Gibson City, where he was treated for injuries to his face and nose. After Joyce was released from the hospital, he was taken to the Ford County Jail in Paxton.

Paxton police were assisted with the arrest by the Ford County Sheriff’s Office.

“This is a pending, ongoing investigation, and no further statements will be released at this time,” Bane said in the release.

This was the second stabbing incident at Shooky’s since October 2013, when Sean F. Kelley, then 33, of Paxton, was charged with second-degree murder in connection with the stabbing death of Jeffrey D. Potts, 49, of Paxton, during a fight outside the bar. A jury acquitted Kelley of all charges last year.

Hoopeston Police Department Report

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: April 02, 2015
  • city: Hoopeston Police Department Report

Hoopeston Police Department
Police Blotter
Wednesday April 1, 2015

Criminal Damage to Property H15-1241
Time & Date: April 1, 2015   11:18 am
Location: Fortees Apartments 715 S First Ave
Details: At the above time and date, person(s) unknown and without permission did damage
to the postal array out front of the building. 


Wanted on Warrant H15-1242     V15-2859
Time & Date: April 1, 2015   12:55 pm
Location: Parkview Court Hoopeston
Arrested: Smith, Zachariah L (M) of Hoopeston (32)
Details: At the above time and date, subject was located in the area of above he was taken
into custody on the warrant Failure to Appear traffic case 12TR5140 Bond $5,000
plus $75 dollars fee.  Subject was later transported PSB Danville to post bond. 

Fire Call:
Time & Date: April 1, 2015 1521
Location: State Route 9 / 1300 E
Details: HFD was dispatched to a possible brush fire just west of town on the above date.  After investigation, it was found to be a controlled burn.  All units were released from
scene.

The parents of an Indiana child pronounced dead last year were arrested Tuesday in connection with

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: April 01, 2015
  • city: according to www.commercial-news.com

according to www.commercial-news.com

The parents of an Indiana child pronounced dead last year were arrested Tuesday in connection with the death.
 
Timothy J. Briere, 20, and Vanessa M. Larque, 20, both of Kingman, Ind., were served arrest warrants by Indiana State Police charging them in the October death of 2-month-old Mellanie Briere.

The baby was found unresponsive on Oct. 8 by at the parent’s home along West State Street in Kingman, Ind. Emergency personnel responded, but the child was pronounced dead shortly thereafter.

According to Indiana state police, the parents are accused of neglect of the child by mistreating her by shaking or sudden violent impact. The actions caused severe trauma to the head.

Both parents were taken to Fountain County Jail where they were booked on charge of neglect and neglect resulting in death. Bond was set at $75,000 apiece.

Gov. Rauner File Writs of Special Election

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: April 01, 2015
  • city: Springfield

Dates Likely to Change Under Federal Consent Decree

CHICAGO - Governor Bruce Rauner today issued writs of election as required by law to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of former U.S. Representative Aaron Schock.

The writs include election dates compliant with the 115-day timeline required by Illinois law, but the dates will be modified after the state enters into a consent decree to comply with the federal Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act.

The Administration expects the actual dates for the Special Primary Election and Special Election each will be delayed several weeks from the dates indicated in the writs of election. Governor Rauner will issue amended writs of election with the revised election dates after the consent decree is entered.

As prescribed by Illinois law, the first day for candidates of established political parties to file original nomination papers with the State Board of Elections will be Wednesday, April 15, 2015. The last day to file nomination papers will be Monday, April 20, 2015. Those dates will not be modified by the consent decree.

The writs are attached to this release.

Additional Background

For years, the Illinois Election Code has prescribed a timeline for conducting special elections for U.S. Representative that is not compliant with federal law. The Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) is intended to protect the voting rights of citizens residing abroad, including in particular military men and women stationed overseas. Illinois law, however, does not provide sufficient time for ballots to be mailed abroad.

For that reason, the State of Illinois entered into a consent decree with the U.S. Department of Justice in 2013 to bring the State temporarily into compliance with UOCAVA for the last special election for U.S. Representative. Governor Rauner, Attorney General Madigan, and the Illinois State Board of Elections are now working cooperatively with the Department of Justice to enter into a similar consent decree for the special election caused by former Rep. Schock’s resignation.

This problem has persisted without a permanent solution for too long. Governor Rauner is working with the General Assembly leadership to pass legislation to protect the voting rights of our military men and women serving overseas, while still providing that any vacancy is filled as expeditiously as possible to ensure full representation in Congress for the people of Illinois.

Current Writs

·      Special Primary Election will be June 8 (excepted to be delayed until late June or early July)

·      Special Election will be July 24 (expected to be delayed until late August)

Hoopeston Police Department Report

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: April 01, 2015
  • city: Hoopeston Police Department Report

Hoopeston Police Department
Police Blotter
Tuesday March 31, 2015

Traffic Accident Property Damage Only H15-1223
Date & Time: March 31, 2015 2:25pm
Location: The intersection of Market St. and Penn St.
Complainant: A Hoopeston woman
Unit #1: A silver Ford 4 door driven by Lacey Martinez, 21, of Hoopeston
Unit #2: A light blue Ford 4 door driven by Carolyn Longest, 76, of Hoopeston
Details: Unit #2 was traveling west bound through the intersection while Unit #1
was traveling south bound.  Unit #1 stopped, and then proceeded to go through the intersection striking Unit #2.  No injuries were reported and no tickets
issued. 

Ex-jailer charged with failing to report as sex offender in Iroquois County

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: March 31, 2015
  • city: according to www.paxtonrecord.net

Watseka-

A former Ford County correctional officer convicted of having sexual contact with a female inmate in 2009 was charged with a felony last week for failing to register his vehicles with the Iroquois County sheriff.

Iroquois County State’s Attorney Jim Devine on March 26 charged Phillip S. Santefort, 45, of Buckley, with one count of unlawful failure to report as a sex offender, a Class 3 felony punishable by up to five years in prison.

The charge alleges Santefort failed to register with the Iroquois County sheriff, as required by state law, the license plate numbers of vehicles registered in his name.

Santefort, who posted 10 percent of his $5,000 bond to be released from jail, is due in Judge Gordon Lustfeldt’s courtroom at 9:30 a.m. April 21.

In May 2011, Santefort was sentenced in federal court to serve eight months in prison, followed by eight months of home detention, for engaging in a sexual act with a 23-year-old female inmate while he was working at the Ford County Jail. Santefort was also ordered to register as a sex offender for at least 10 years and pay a $3,000 fine.

Santefort earlier pleaded guilty to one count of sexual abuse of a person in official detention. Prosecutors said it appeared the sexual conduct between Santefort and the inmate was a “crime of opportunity” and a “consensual, willing act” between both parties. However, the prosecution added that Santefort “abused his position of trust.”

Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: March 31, 2015
  • city: Iroquois County Sheriff's Police Report

Monday March 30th Blotter

Single car accident in Onarga. Joseph Cantell 24 of Onarga lost control of his car when the power steering failed., struck a utility pole. No injury’s or citations were issued.

Hoopeston Police Department Report

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: March 31, 2015
  • city: Hoopeston Police Department Report

Hoopeston Police Department
Police Blotter
Monday March 30, 2015

Criminal Damage to a Vehicle: H15-1201
Date & Time: March 30, 2015 3:05pm
Location: 400 Block of West Lincoln
Complainant: 72 year old Hoopeston Male
Details: HPD officers responded to the above location for the report
that someone had thrown a brick through the back window
of his parked vehicle. 

Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: March 30, 2015
  • city: Iroquois County Sheriff's Police Report

Friday March 27th, 2015

Salvador Gomez, 31 of Onarga.

Charged with, Reckless driving, criminal damage to property, aggravated assault, and Intimidation. He was taken to the Iroquois County Jail in lieu of bond.

Hoopeston Police Department Report

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: March 30, 2015
  • city: Hoopeston Police Department Report

WEEKEND POLICE BLOTTER

Assault (City Ord) H15-1160
Time & Date: March 28, 2015   10:44 am
Location: 400 E Wyman Av Hoopeston
Complainant: 56 year old Hoopeston Male
Arrested: Billy J Ponton (M) of Hoopeston (27)
Details: At the above time and date, the complainant advised officers that the suspect
threaten him over property.  Suspect was told to leave several times. 
Suspect was located to and issued City ordinance violation Notice to Appear. 

Warrant Arrest, Resisting Peace Officer, Criminal Damage to State Supported Property
H15-1166 V15-2747
Date & Time: March 28, 2015   10:14pm
Location: 306 E Main St Uptown Saloon
Arrested: Austin Schultz (21) of Fowler, IN
Details: HPD officers were called to a disturbance at the above location.  A computer
check revealed that Mr. Schultz had an outstanding Vermilion County warrant. 
Subject tried running from officers and therefore was also charged with resisting
a peace officer and criminal damage to state supported property.  He was taken
to HPD, processed and later transported to the PSB to await arraignment.

Domestic Battery H15-1178
Date & Time: March 29, 2015 5:15pm
Complainant: Juvenile male
Location: 700 block of Wyman Ave
Arrested: Juvenile male
Arrested: Juvenile male
Details: HPD officers responded to the above location for a verbal only
domestic in progress.  Officers learned after they arrived on scene
that a physical domestic had actually occurred.  Two juveniles were
taken into custody and later released to their parent with a date to
appear in court.

 

Hoopeston Police Department Report

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: March 28, 2015
  • city: Hoopeston Police Department Report

Hoopeston Police Department
Police Blotter
Friday, March 27, 2015


Warrant Arrest, Driving While License Revoked H15-1137
Date & Time: March 27, 2015 2:24am
Location: 400 blk S Market
Arrested: Gary Franklin (29) of Hoopeston
Details: HPD officers checked out with the above subject and a computer check revealed
that Mr. Franklin was wanted on an outstanding Vermilion County warrant and
his driver’s license was revoked.  He was taken to HPD, processed and later
released after posting bond and given a new court date.

Burglary, Possession Stolen Property (2 cts) H15-1098 & H15-1116 V15-2689 & 2690
Time & Date: March 27, 2015   11am
Location: 301 W Main St Hoopeston Police Department
Arrested: Finazzi, Jordan K (M) of Hoopeston (24)
Details: At the above time and date, the subject was taken into custody for the above listed charges reference to Burglary to a garage in 600 block of W
Maple on 2 different dates.

Burglary, Possession Stolen Property H15-1098 V15-2689
Time & Date: March 27, 2015   11am
Location: 301 W Main St Hoopeston Police Department
Arrested: Crose, Jason R (M) of Hoopeston (29)
Details: At the above time and date, the subject was taken into custody for the above listed charges reference to Burglary to a garage in 600 block of W
Maple

Criminal Damage to Vehicle H15-1113
Date & Time: March 25, 2015 (delayed entry)
Location: 300 blk Dice
Complainant: 38 year old Hoopeston woman
Details: Report was taken after complainant reporter her vehicle was damage by
unknown person(s).

Possession of Cannabis H15-1152
Date & Time: March 27, 2015 11:40pm
Location: 609 W Main St   Parking lot of John Greer School
Arrested: Trevor Rush (21) Hoopeston male
Haley Papanek (20) Hoopeston female
Details: At above time and date, HPD officers noticed suspicious vehicle in the parking lot
of John Greer school.  Upon further investigation, cannabis was located in the
vehicle.  Both the driver and passenger were arrested on city ordinance violation
of possession of cannabis prohibited.  They were released from HPD after being
given a city citation and court date.

Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Investigate a Murder/Suicide

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: March 27, 2015
  • city: Danforth

A married couple were found dead in their Danforth home Thursday morning in what authorities are calling an apparent murder-suicide.

Iroquois County Coroner Bill Cheatum said Thursday afternoon that the sheriff’s department and coroner’s office continue to investigate the deaths of the 35-year-old man and 34-year-old woman, whose names are being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

Cheatum said he was notified shortly before 8 a.m. that the couple had been found dead inside their home in the 300 block of West Madison Street in Danforth.

Cheatum said a neighbor had called police at 6:39 a.m. to perform a “welfare check” on the couple, after the neighbor noticed a car had been left running on the roadway by their property overnight.

“The vehicle was registered to a resident at that location,” the sheriff’s office said in a news release. “Sheriff’s police found the front door of the residence ajar, but no one would answer the door.”

A sheriff’s deputy and Gilman police officer entered the home and found the couple dead in an upstairs bedroom that had been converted into an office area, Cheatum said.

A pistol was found between their bodies, Cheatum said.

The man was pronounced dead at 8:25 a.m., while the woman was pronounced dead at 8:30 a.m., Cheatum said.

An autopsy performed Thursday afternoon at the Kankakee County morgue showed both died from gunshot wounds, Cheatum said.

“We confirmed it was a murder-suicide,” Cheatum added, declining to say who shot who.

Cheatum said authorities have found evidence that the couple, who lived alone, were having marital problems.

“We found some text messaging back and forth to each other, and also in talking to some of the family members we interviewed, they had stated that they were having some marital problems,” Cheatum said.

Cheatum said police are not aware of any witnesses to the crime.

He said the investigation is ongoing.

“The investigation will continue,” Cheatum said. “At this point, toxicology (results) are not back, so we don’t know if drugs or alcohol had any play in any of the actions by the two.”

 

Hoopeston Police Department Report

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: March 27, 2015
  • city: Hoopeston Police Department Report

Hoopeston Police Department
Police Blotter
Thursday, March 26, 2015


Burglary H15-1116
Date & Time: March 26, 2015 4:14am
Location: 600 blk W Maple
Complainant: 29 year old Hoopeston male
Details: At above time and date, complainant reported that an unknown person(s)
entered his garage and stole several items.

Traffic Accident H15-1121
Time & Date: March 26, 2015   10:00 am
Location: Parking Lot of Charlotte Ann Medical Center
Unit 1: 2005 GMC Envoy driven by Connie J Flesher of Hoopeston
Unit 2: Parked Unit owned by Dorothy M. Rudin of Cissna Park
Details: At the above time and date, HPD requested to investigate an
accident that occurred on the lot. Unit 1 at fault .  Both units insured
and no citations, or injuries.


Possession of Cannabis, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia   H15-1129
Date & Time:    March 26, 2015   2:33pm
Location:        Hoopeston High School
Arrested:        17 year old Hoopeston juvenile
Details:          Subject was taken into custody after he was witnessed to be in possession
                  of marijuana and paraphernalia.  He was transported to HPD where
                  he was issued a Notice To Appear in Hoopeston City Court for each
                  of the charges and released to a parent


Found Key
Date & Time:    March 26, 2015   3:00pm
Details:          At single key with a multi colored block key chain was found on Main
    Street and turned into HPD.

Man gets probation for growing 44 pot plants in his garden

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: March 26, 2015
  • city: According to the paxtonrecord.net

Man gets probation for growing 44 pot plants in his garden

An Iroquois County man has been sentenced to two years of probation for growing 44 marijuana plants in his garden.

Samuel Vires III, 48, of Claytonville, pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful production of 20-50 cannabis sativa plants, a Class 3 felony, on March 5 in Iroquois County Circuit Court.

As part of a plea agreement, Vires was sentenced by Judge Gordon Lustfeldt to 24 months of probation. Vires was also ordered to complete 30 hours of public service work and pay a $500 fine, $500 drug assessment fee, $250 DNA testing fee, $100 lab fee and $500 “street value” fee.

Misdemeanor charges of possession of cannabis (2.5-10 grams) and possession of drug paraphernalia were dismissed.

In August 2014, agents for the Kankakee Area Metropolitan Enforcement Group, with the assistance of Illinois State Police, went to Vires’ home at 108 W. Unity St. in Claytonville, where they found 44 marijuana plants growing. During a subsequent search, officers found a small amount of cannabis, a scale and a one-hitter pipe used for smoking cannabis.

Vires had faced a potential sentence of up to five years in prison.

Governor Rauner Statement on Passage of FY15 Budget Bills

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: March 26, 2015
  • city: Springfield, IL.

“I want to thank President Cullerton, Speaker Madigan, Leader Radogno and Leader Durkin for their leadership in fixing this year’s fiscal crisis. With their help, a bipartisan group of legislators sent a strong message that the culture in Springfield is changing for the better.

As promised, we are eliminating a $1.6 billion deficit without borrowing or increasing taxes on hard-working Illinois families. By choosing to make difficult decisions on a bipartisan basis, the General Assembly is helping set a new tone for what can be achieved in Springfield.

While today’s action is an important start, many more tough votes and challenging decisions must be made in the weeks ahead to complete the first steps of an Illinois turnaround. I look forward to continuing to partner with the legislature to enact policies that will create more jobs, increase local control and deliver value for taxpayers.”

Governor Rauner plans to sign the legislation as soon as possible.

Hoopeston Police Department Report

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: March 26, 2015
  • city: Hoopeston Police Department Report

Hoopeston Police Department
Police Blotter
Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Burglary to Garage H15-1098
Time & Date: March 25, 2015   6:46 am
Location: 600 block W Maple St Hoopeston
Complainant: 30 year old Hoopeston Man
Details: At the above time and date, Complainant contacted HPD reference to
Person(s) unknown and without permission entered the garage.  Items
removed and or damaged during the violation of the premises.


Theft of Vehicle (Recovered) H15-1099
Time & Date: March 25, 2015     6:50 am
Location: 700 Block E Penn St Hoopeston
Complainant: 48 year old Hoopeston Male
Details: At the above time and date, the complainant contacted HPD reference to his 2005 Green Ford F150 IL Truck Registration 62857J-B was stolen from the residence sometime during the night. 

State Funding now heads to the State Senate

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: March 25, 2015
  • city: Springfield

State Representative Chad Hays (R-Catlin) joined his colleagues today in passing an emergency budget solution to balance the $1.6 billion State budget shortfall that was created by former Governor Quinn.

The budget fix passed by the Illinois House Tuesday provides Governor Rauner with the flexibility he needs to deal with to the unbalanced budget he inherited. And while education takes a minor funding reduction, the Governor will have discretionary funds available to ease the burden on schools that can least afford these cuts.

Representative Hays said the vote taken today was an indication that going forward business has to be done differently in the State of Illinois. According to State Representative Tom Bennett (R-Gibson City) said it’s not pretty at all but it’s trying to resolve the issues without raising taxes

  The measure now moves to the Senate.