Wednesday, January 6, 2016
Wednesday, January 6, 2016
A Multi-Agency Resource Center, or MARC, will be held at Trinity Church at 1638 East Walnut Street in Watseka on Friday, January 8th, 2016, from 10 AM to 7 PM. The MARC is a one-stop location for any flood victims in Iroquois County to come for assistance in recovering from this disaster.
FEMA is not in the area, and as of right now there is no FEMA assistance. Local authorities are following the proper pathways in attempting to acquire state and federal assistance.
Yesterday, Governor Rauner added Iroquois County to the Illinois State disaster declaration.
According to the News-Gazette, For 24 years, Lynn Foster served as Vermilion County Clerk — the first woman to hold that office, winning six consecutive elections up until November 2014, when she lost the job she loved in her seventh race.
Her daughter, Nicole Foster, now looks back on that election as a blessing, because it allowed her mom to retire from public service, move to New Orleans in May and spend time there with her daughter and her 1-year-old grandson, David.
“It was amazing. They had so much fun together,” Nicole said of the time her David spent with his grandmother, who died Jan. 2 after a short battle with cancer that was diagnosed in late September.
Tuesday, January 5, 2016
Iroquois County EMA Press Release
Monday, January 4, 2016
According to the Commercial News, Two Ohio men were arrested following a shooting outside of a Danville bar early Sunday morning.
According to Sgt. Josh Campbell, officers were already in the vicinity of Studio 25, 128 N Walnut St, around closing time when the shooting took place in the parking lot.
Police reports stated a shot was fired in the air from someone within the crowd, around 2:05 a.m. Sunday.
Campbell said Ryan Young, 35, of Lima, Ohio, led officers on a brief foot pursuit from the parking lot, which led to his arrest.
“They ended up catching him”, Campbell said.
According to court documents filed on Monday, Young was charged with reckless discharge of a firearm, unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon and possession of a weapon without a FOID card.
Campbell also said that the serial number was scratched off the gun he possessed.
Also arrested at the scene was James Young, 36, also of Lima, Ohio, for obstructing a police officer. No formal charges have been filed against him thus far.
According to Campbell, no one was injured during the shooting.
Vermilion County States Attorney’s Office was not available for comment Monday.
According to the Commercial News, A Rossville man was arrested Sunday after leading authorities on a police chase in the Potomac area.
According to Vermilion County Sheriff Captain Dennis Wood, deputies attempted to serve an arrest warrant around 6:30 p.m. Sunday for Jackie Winchester, 39, in an area northwest of Potomac. Winchester’s address is listed in the 300 block of Henderon Street, Westville.
“When they attempted to serve that arrest warrant, he fled in an automobile” Wood said.
Deputies pursued him from an area northwest of Potomac, and later apprehended Winchester ‘without incident’ in an area southeast of Potomac, according to Wood.
“We disabled the vehicle by deflating the tires with stop sticks,” Wood said. No related accidents or injuries occurred during the event, according to Wood.
Wood said he was charged with aggravated fleeing and eluding a police officer, obstructing justice and driving on a suspended license. According to court records, he was also issued citations for disobeying a traffic signal and speeding over 35 miles an hour above the legal limit on Sunday, Jan 3. His bond was set for $20,000.
He was last issued a citation for driving on a suspended license in October 2015.
Congratulations to Miss Hoopeston 2016, Holly Morgeson!!
Flooding has significantly receded in the area; however some roads and streets are still inundated.
The US 24 & IL 1 on the west side of Watseka is now open.
FEMA IS NOT IN THE AREA. Local officials are following all appropriate pathways in an effort to acquire federal assistance. Iroquois County EMA is planning on performing damage assessment with door-to-door teams early next week as part of the request process.
The American Red Cross is still operating a shelter for flood-displaced residents at Trinity Church on the east side of Watseka. The Red Cross does have clean-up kits available to flood victims on a first-come-first-serve basis, with 1 kit per family. Currently there are 18 residents. American Red Cross assessment teams were in the affected areas today.
Iroquois County Animal Control is operating an animal shelter at Jefferson Plaza at the east US 24 & IL 1 intersection. They currently have approximately 5 pets.