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Hoopeston council discusses drainage issues

According to the Commercial News, City council members discussed at length the continual flooding issue along Thompson and McCracken avenues at Tuesday’s meeting and a $19,000 proposed engineering survey to find a solution.
Mayor Bill Crusinberry suggested a Danville engineering firm with connections to Hoopeston to see what could be done. The firm, he said, would offer “fresh eyes to approach the problem.”
“We’ve lived with flooding for 50 years and the city has done nothing,” said Alderman Randy Carter, adding the city has done engineering surveys twice before and nothing has been done. “Is there a commitment from the city council to fix it?”
Alderman Alex Houmes added it would be a waste of money to do a survey and then wait until the city has the money to fix the problem and have to do another survey. Houmes asked whether it would be better to get a loan and do the work.
Maybe “get a tile guy to solve the solution,” Alderman Bill Goodwine suggested, instead of expensive engineers.
The problem, according to Crusinberry, is to get the the infrastructure identified, which an engineering survey would do. With the $7 increase in the water bill recently approved, one part would go under water and one part to the sewer, said Crusinberry, which would bring in an extra $16,000 a month into the budget to cover the expenses of a solution to the flooding issue.
The ideal solution, Crusinberry added, would be to catch the water before it came into town from the farmlands and Schumacher’s with retention ponds.
The discussion reached an impasse and was tabled for a recommendation from the sewer committee.
In other council business, council members approved 5-2 to remove the bell from the water tower and make it a point of interest for visitors at ground level. Aldermen Carl Ankenbrad and Brandon Hamilton voted no.

Iroquois County Jail gets “good” report

According to the Times Republic, The Iroquois County Jail is in compliance with Illinois County Jail Standards.
Sheriff Derek Hagen reported to the county board’s judicial committee yesterday that the annual inspection showed no non-compliances.
“That’s the big thing,” he said. “No non-compliances with jail standards, which is good.”

Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

News Release
August 6, 2015

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Police search for bank robber

According to the Commercial News, A suspect remained at large Wednesday afternoon following a bank robbery along North Gilbert Street.
Danville police and Vermilion County deputies responded to the robbery report just after 3 p.m. Wednesday at Iroquois Federal Savings and Loan, 619 N. Gilbert St.
According to Danville Director of Public Safety Larry Thomason, the bank personnel called 911 to report a man had entered with a weapon and taken an unknown amount of money from the savings and loan.
The suspect was described as a white male in his early 30s standing either 5 feet 9 inches or 5 feet 10 inches tall. He was wearing an orange shirt with an unknown design and blue jeans at the time of the robbery.
He used a handgun during the robbery.
The suspect fled southwest on foot across North Gilbert Street through the Village Garden parking lot.
Thomason indicated no one was injured during the incident.
Anyone with information in connection with the case is asked to call Danville police or Vermilion County Crime Stoppers at 446-TIPS (8477).

Hoopeston Police Department Report

August 5, 2015

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Hoopeston Police Blotter for Monday & Tuesday August 3rd & 4th

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Rantoul Standoff ends in death

An armed robbery suspect who holed up in a Rantoul motel room for about seven hours early Tuesday, threatening to harm himself and police, was shot and killed by a Champaign police officer.

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Two Bodies found in a Danville Yard

The Vermilion County sheriff’s office is investigating the death of a man and woman, whose bodies were found lying near a tree line along the northern edge of a property at 322 Western Ave.

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Paxton police arrest Vermilion residents in drug case

Two Vermilion County residents were charged Tuesday with Class X felonies after Paxton police say they found them in possession of suspected methamphetamine and ingredients used to make the illegal drug one day earlier.

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Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

August 4th, 2015

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