August 12, 2015
August 12, 2015
August 11, 2015
The Iroquois County Sheriff’s Blotter
Kelly Circus coming to Watseka – Contest for free family pass
Hoopeston Police Blotter Sunday August 9th -Tuesday August 11th, 2015
Danville Dans held onto their second-place overall position thanks to a 4-1 win over the Terre Haute Rex. They will now take on the Rex in a best-of-three West Division playoff series.
Game 1 will be played at Danville Stadium on Friday, August 7. Game time is 6:30 pm. Tickets will be just $3
Games 2 & 3 (if necessary) will be played in Terre Haute on Saturday and Sunday, August 8-9.
This is the third year in a row the Dans have made the Prospect League playoffs.
Information about the Dans can be found online at www.danvilledans.com
According to the Daily Journal, It became more difficult to prey on the elderly Wednesday morning, as Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner signed House Bill 1588, informally known as “Perry’s Law.”
Perry Bitzel, an 82-year-old resident at the Gilman Healthcare Center, who suffers from dementia, was a victim of fraud last year when one of his grandsons allegedly wiped out all his bank accounts and sold two of his houses after obtaining legal guardianship.
No charges have been filed against the grandson, yet, but the new law now will enable victims and their families to proceed directly to civil court without charges being filed.
The law results from Shawn Bitzel, Perry’s grandson and current legal guardian, who recognized his family member’s alleged wrongdoing. Rep. Tom Bennett, R-Gibson City, and Sen. Jason Barickman, R-Bloomington, met with Shawn and his family, and wrote the new law.
“I feel very, very relieved,” Shawn said. “It’s great to have a law like this in place. It embraces karma and gives people who take advantage of the elderly what they deserve.”
Perry’s family still is figuring out if they can take their case to civil court. They may not qualify because the law was signed after the fact. Nonetheless, they’re happy to see the elderly will be protected in Perry’s name.
“We know it may not do a lot to help Uncle Perry at this point, but it may prevent other families from going through what we had to,” said Perry’s niece, Susan Wynn Bence, who works for Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti.
Perry and his family watched Rauner sign the law in Springfield, along with staff members from the Gilman Healthcare Center. They also met several state officials. Bennett and Barickman also were present.
“Uncle Perry had a great day,” Wynn Bence said. “He was smiling, looking at the capital and had a chance to meet the governor and Lt. Gov. Sanguinetti.”
According to the News Gazette, Authorities say a review of the fatal shooting of an armed robbery suspect at a Rantoul motel Tuesday reveals that the officer who fired was following orders and protecting the lives of fellow officers.
“Sgt. (Colby) Oleson’s actions were part of an organized, managed response to Graves’ actions, and at this time ... I am comfortable giving a preliminary opinion that Sgt. Oleson’s use of deadly force was legally appropriate,” said Champaign County State’s Attorney’s Julia Rietz.
Rietz was one of several speakers at a news conference Thursday morning at the Champaign Police Department orchestrated to bring a quick resolution in the court of public opinion to the appropriateness of what happened to Darius Graves, 31, at the Days Inn Motel in Rantoul.
“We offer condolences to the family of Darius Graves as the loss of any life is tragic,” Champaign Police Chief Anthony Cobb said in his opening remarks to a room filled with reporters, police administrators, Champaign city administrators and curious police department employees.
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