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Hoopeston Police Blotter Sunday August 9th -Tuesday August 11th, 2015

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Dans Win, Make Prospect League Playoffs

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

Rauner signs ‘Perry’s Law’

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.”

Police describe events leading to fatal shooting at Rantoul standoff

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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Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

News Release
June 7, 2015

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Thursday, August 6, 2015

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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).

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