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No injuries in Budget Motel Fire

According to the Commercial News, Several departments responded to help battle a motel fire south of Danville early Monday morning.
The fire was reported just before 5:15 a.m. Monday at the Budget Motel, 2516 Georgetown Road.
Westville Area Fire Protection Chief Gary Wright said firefighters arriving on scene found the laundry room of the motel’s L-shaped main building fully involved in flames.
Westville, Catlin and Lynch fire departments were called on for mutual aid as well as Tilton and Georgetown departments. Wright estimated as many as 35 firefighters were on scene.
Wright said the room — around 20 feet by 12 feet — was totally gutted by the blaze and the two washers and a dryer inside destroyed. One additional apartment took some heat and smoke damage as a result of the fire, he added.
The Budget Motel manager on duty at the time originally saw the fire and called it in. Two other apartments were rented at the motel, but the residents of each had already left for the day when the fire was discovered.
Wright said investigators from the Illinois State Fire Marshal were still on scene mid-afternoon Monday searching for a cause for the fire. The fire was not believed to be suspicious.

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Monday, March 2, 2015

Traffic Accident H15-0748
Date & Time: March 2, 2015     8:32am
Location: 900 blk W Main
Unit #!: 1998 Dodge Caravan driven by Desiree K Hefner (25) of Sheldon
Unit #2: 2014 Ford F250 owned by Charles T Leitz of Milford
Details: While traveling eastbound on Main Street, Unit #1 struck Unit #2 which was
parked and unoccupied, causing damage.  Citation was issued to
driver of Unit #1 for Operating and Uninsured Motor Vehicle.


Fire Call
Time & Date: March 2, 2015   4:19PM
Location: 100 block S. Fifth St
Details: At the above time and date, HFD was sent to investigate a carbon monoxide detector
activation.  No reports of Illness at the time of the call.  HFD responded and found
no readings.  Suggested that resident change batteries to unit. 

Fire Call
Time & Date: March 2, 2015   4:19PM
Location: 426 E Honeywell Ave Centennial Manor
Details: At the above time and date, resident called concerned about Carbon monoxide detector activated and kept sounding.  HFD responded to check the residence and the alarm unit.  No Illness or injury reported.  Resident advised to contact maintaince
have them replace the unit.

 

 

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Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

NEWS RELEASE
February 28, 2015

2-27 Sheriff’s Police arrested Sharon R. Bennett, 44 Onarga.  According to reports, a Deputy, with knowledge of Bennett having a valid Iroquois County warrant for unlawful possession of methamphetamine precursor, conducted a traffic stop on Bennett’s vehicle in Watseka, after identifying her they placed her into custody and conducted a search of her vehicle.  Bennett was then transported to the Iroquois County Jail where she was charged with the warrant and possession of drug paraphernalia, posted the required bond and was released

2-27 Sheriff’s Police arrested Chad W. Baker, 40 Sheldon.  According to the records, a Deputy recognized Baker, knowing he had a valid Iroquois County warrant for violation of an order of protection and conducted a traffic stop on his vehicle in Sheldon.  He was placed into custody and transported to the Iroquois County Jail to await a court appearance

2-28 Sheriff’s Police arrested Bailey P. Budry, 23 Buckley.  He was wanted on an Iroquois County warrant for failure to appear on a prior driving while his license is suspended charge.  Budry was aware of his outstanding warrant and turned himself into the Iroquois County Jail where he posted the required bond and was released

2-28 Sheriff’s Police arrested Adam T. Schaumberg, 31 Milford.  According to the police reports, Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to a vehicle in the ditch on Co Rd 2200E, just south of Co Rd 2400N.  Deputies observed a male subject asleep behind the wheel of his running vehicle.  After making contact with Schaumberg, Deputies detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his person.  After a field sobriety testing was conducted, he was placed into custody and transported to the Iroquois County Jail.  He was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, driving under the influence of alcohol with a blood content over .08.  He posted the required bond and was released

3-1 Sheriff’s Police arrested Mary M. Meszaros, 60 Thawville.  According to police reports, Sheriff’s Deputies were called to a residence in Thawville in reference to a violation of an order of protection.  After a brief investigation, Sheriff’s Police placed Meszaros into custody after confirming valid order of protection.  She was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where she awaits a court appearance

3-1 Sheriff’s Police arrested Jamey W. Hamilton, 41 Donovan.  Hamilton turned himself into the Iroquois County Jail to begin sentencing for a conviction on a driving on a revoked license charge.  He will serve a 10 day sentence at the Iroquois County Jail

3-1 Sheriff’s Police investigated a single vehicle accident on Co Rd 700E near Co Rd 3200N.  According to the police reports, a vehicle driven by Mathew A. Garcia, 19 of West Point, UT was traveling south on Co Rd 700E when he lost control on the snow/ice covered roadway.  Garvia’s vehicle entered the west ditch on an angle and overturned once before coming to a rest on its wheels.  No injuries were reported and no citations were issued, his vehicle sustained more than $1,500 in damage.

2-27 Sheriff’s Police arrested Cathy S. Smith, 41 Hoopeston.  According to the police reports, Sheriff’s Police were called to a residence in Crescent City in reference to a domestic altercation.  After a brief investigation, Smith was arrested and charged with domestic battery and criminal damage to property.  She was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where she posted the required bond and was released the following day

2-27 Sheriff’s Police arrested Paula P. Sutton, 36 Onarga.  She was wanted on an Iroquois County warrant charging her with failure to appear on a prior driving on a revoked license charge.  She was aware of her outstanding warrant and turned herself into the Iroquois County Jail, posted the required bond and was released

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Traffic Accident
Date and Time: March 1, 2015 11:59am
Location: 300 blk of S Market
Unit #1: 2003 Chevrolet 4 door driven by Linda Nicholas
Unit #2: 2005 GMC pickup Perry Rutherford
Details: HPD was called out to the scene of a minor traffic accident where due to
weather related conditions units collided. No injuries reported and no tickets
were issued.  Both units were insured.

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Area under a winter weather advisory

he National Weather Service in Lincoln has issued a winter weather advisory in effect from 6 p.m. today to 6 p.m. Sunday for the Vermilion County area. Snow will begin to spread into central Illinois this afternoon. The heaviest snow accumulations are expected tonight into early Sunday afternoon. Accumulations of 4 to 6 inches are likely over much of the area, with the heavier totals in a corridor from near Jacksonville east through Decatur to near Danville and Paris. Some locally higher amounts will be possible Roads will quickly become snow covered and slippery late this afternoon and specially this evening. Visibility will be reduced to less than a mile in the heavier snow tonight and Sunday.

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Turbines start to turn

According to the Commercial News,

The second wind farm to be built in Vermilion County is planning for an official start to operations in a couple of months.
Virginia-based Apex Clean Energy confirmed Wednesday all turbines for the Hoopeston Wind Farm are up and operational.
Dahvi Wilson, senior manager of public affairs for Apex, said in an email that each of the turbines for the wind farm have been erected and commissioned with only some various “remaining construction items that have not been completed.”
The company expects to announce the official start of commercial operations this spring. The announcement is expected to include an event marking the launch, Wilson said. No dates have been released at this point.
The Hoopeston Wind Farm work began with construction of a pad for a transformer station just after the beginning of 2014 and work continued throughout the year in the area northwest of Rossville.
Crews are operating out of center headquarters — termed a laydown yard — along County Road 770E between East Lynn and Potomac. A concrete batch plant is set up on the west edge of Rossville to receive rock and sand for concrete production.
The workers continued work through the end of July and beginning of August on the base construction for the 49 turbines slated to be constructed at various locations. Towers for the turbines were delivered in the fall.
According to Wilson, work continued throughout the at-times frigid winter months. Not all turbines are spinning at this point, Wilson said, but those that are spinning are producing electricity.
It’s been almost a year since Apex’s wind farm project was purchased by Swedish furniture retailer IKEA as part of its initiative to offset energy use with renewable energy generation. Apex will continue to run the wind farm, despite the purchase.

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Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

NEWS RELEASE
February 27, 2015

2-24 Sheriff’s Police arrested Andrew E. Tincher, 30 Watseka.  He turned himself into the Iroquois County Jail to await transport to the Illinois Department of Corrections to begin serving a three year sentence on a conviction for felony theft

2-25 Sheriff’s Police arrested Tarah F. Hinton, 31 Watseka.  According to police reports, a Deputy was at a residence in Watseka to serve Hinton an order of protection.  During the course of the service, the Deputy observed Hinton to be in possession of what appeared to be cannabis.  She was taken into custody and transported to the Iroquois County Jail where she was charged with possession of cannabis in the amount of 2.5g-10g.  She posted the required bond and was released

2-25 Sheriff’s Police investigated a single vehicle car vs deer on Co Rd 1800E near Co Rd 3215N.  According to the police reports, a vehicle driven by Sean E. Mossman, 37 Kankakee was traveling south on Co Rd 1800E when a deer ran into his path and he was unable to avoid striking it, resulting in damages over $1,500 to his vehicle.  No injuries were reported and no citations were issued

2-26 Sheriff’s Police arrested Sean E. Brady 40 Sheldon.  He was wanted on an Iroquois County warrant charging him with failure to appear on a prior driving while his license is suspended charge.  Brady was aware of the outstanding warrant and turned himself into the Iroquois County Jail where he posted the required bond and was released

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Friday, February 27, 2015

Traffic Accident H15-0726
Date & Time: February 27, 2015     4:22pm
Location: 500 blk S. 5th St
Unit #1: 1989 Chevrolet K1500 driven by Jack Michaels of Hoopeston
Unit #2: 2010 Volkswagen Beetle driven by Loris Laci of Hoopeston
Details: HPD was called to the scene of a minor traffic accident were both units
were backing from their driveways and collided into each other.  No injuries
were reported and no tickets were issued.  Both units were insured.

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Drugs a Problem in Vermilion County

Danville Mayor says A public meeting will be held soon.

As Champaign police issue a warning about heroin use and overdoses, Vermilion County residents are continuing to voice their concerns about the drug as well.  And they’ll soon have a public forum to do that alongside elected officials.

Vermilion County Coroner Peggy Johnson said there has been a spike in deaths due to drug overdoses so far this year.  Johnson said heroin has been confirmed in three deaths in the county over the past six weeks. Toxicology results are still pending on a possible fourth overdose related to heroin.  According to Johnson, there have been six drug overdose deaths confirmed in Vermilion County already this year.  Last year, there were 15 overdose deaths for the entire year, seven of which involved heroin.

The coroner said drugs are a big problem in the county because of their reach and their hold on users.

Danville Mayor Scott Eisenhauer said on his Facebook page that he’s agreed to host a public meeting to discuss the area’s drug issue with residents and law enforcement.  It’ll be on Mar. 9 at 6 p.m at the David S. Palmer Arena.  The meeting is in response to a online petition started by Vermilion County residents urging community leaders to use all of their resources to stop the spread of drugs in the county.  As of Thursday afternoon, the petition had more than 1,100 signatures.

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Hoopeston Police Department
Police Blotter
Thursday, February 26, 2015

Traffic Accident (PD) H15-0704
Time & Date: February 26, 2015   07:54 am
Location: Sixth Av/Orange Street
Unit 1: 2004 Ford SUV driven by Hoskins, Taylor M (16) of Hoopeston (F)
Details: A single car accident was investigated by HPD that occurred at the above location.
No injures report at time of accident, Unit 1 was driven away from scene. 
Unit 1 Insured.  Minimal damage to the unit but a speed limit sign was damaged.
Driver of Unit 1 issued a citation for Failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.


Stolen Mountain Bike H15-0711
Time & Date:    February 26, 2015   1:00 pm
Location: 400 block North Fourth St
Complainant: Hoopeston Man
Details” At the above time and date, the complainant contacted HPD, that Person(s)
unknown and without permission removed a Red Trek Mountain bike from his
property. 


Fire Call
Time & Date: February 26, 2015   11:41 am
Location: 700 block E Thompson Ave NW Corner
Details: HFD was dispatched to a strong smell of natural gas and hissing noise
from the Gas Transmission sub-station .  Ameren arrived on the scene
advised that the station was functioning normal.  No fire or Danger
Department cleared the area. 

Driving While License Revoked, Resisting Arrest, Operating Uninsured Vehicle   H15-0719
Date & Time: February 26, 2015   6:50pm
Location: 600 blk W Maple
Arrested: Christopher J Cibirka (33) of Paxton
Details: Officer was attempting to stop a vehicle driven by the above subject, but
he was refusing to stop.  Vehicle finally came to a stop at the above location
and the driver exited the vehicle and began to run.  A very short pursuit
began and subject was taken into custody and transported to HPD where
he posted bond and was released with a court date.

 

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Hoopeston Police Department
Police Blotter
Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Criminal Damage To Property       H15-0700
Date & Time: February 25, 2015   5:48pm
Location: 500 blk E Main
Details: Manager of the apt complex advised that an unknown subject kicked the
basement door in causing damage to the frame of the door.  Nothing
reported missing.

 

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Hoopeston Police Department
Police Blotter
Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Warrant Arrest H15-0674 V15-1642
Date & Time: 02/24/2015 2:34 a.m.
Location: 700 block of East Orange
Arrested: Robert Dalton (40) of Hoopeston
Details: Mr. Dalton was arrested after a computer check revealed that he had an
outstanding probation warrant out of Sheboygan County Wisconsin. He was taken to HPD, processed and later transported to the Public Safety Building in Danville to await extradition.


Burglary H15-0677
Date & Time: 02/24/2015 06:56 a.m.
Location: 400 Block of West Maple
Complainant: 86 year old Hoopeston male
Details: HPD responded to the above location after the complainant noticed
someone had burglarized his residence.  Investigation is on-going.

Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse H15-0289 V15-1653
Date & Time: 02/24/2015 10:02am
Location: 600 Block of West Chestnut Hoopeston
Arrested: Lucas M. Brown, 22 of Hoopeston
Complainant: Juvenile female of Hoopeston
Details: HPD officers arrested the above subject on the above charges.
Subject was then transported to the PSB to await arraignment

 

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Voter Registration Drive for Milford Area Public Schools District #124

A Voter Registration Drive for Milford Area Public Schools District #124 will be held on Saturday, February 28th from 9:00-10:30 a.m. at the Milford Family Restaurant Meeting Room and Sheldon Town Hall.  Please bring two forms of identification with at least one showing your physical address.  For example, driver’s license, credit card bill or utility bill.  Deadline to register to vote is March 10th.  You can also register to vote st the Iroquois County Clerk’s office or call 815.432.6960 for more information.

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Hoopeston FFA hosting informational meeting to start Alumni Chapter

If you are interested in supporting the Hoopeston FFA please join us on Wed March 4th at 6:30 p.m. in the HAHS auditorium for an informational meeting in regards to starting a FFA Alumni Chapter.  Representatives from the Illinois FFA Alumni Counsel will be there to provide information and answer questions.  You do not have to be a former FFA member to attend or get involved, but please come show support for the Hoopeston FFA in starting this new Alumni Chapter on Wed. March 4th at 6:30 p.m. in the HAHS Auditorium

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New Buffet to open in Danville

According to the Commercial News, A new buffet is coming to the city’s north side.
Royal Buffet will open soon in the former No. 1 Hibachi and Grill Buffet location, 4117 N. Vermilion St.
No. 1 Hibachi and Grill Buffet has been closed almost a month. New owners have come in, changed the restaurant to a Royal Buffet and received a certificate of occupancy from the city last week, according to Mayor Scott Eisenhauer.
An opening date isn’t yet known.
No. 1 Hibachi and Grill Buffet opened in 2010, where Ryan’s Family Steakhouse once operated.
The restaurant had a Chinese and Japanese buffet, which included sushi and hibachi grilling.
Royal Buffets elsewhere have offered Asian and American food, such as Mongolian barbecue, sushi, chicken, seafood, pizza, soups, fruit and salad.

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Iroquois officials to search emails for unethical/illegal conduct

According to the Paxton Record, A group of Iroquois County officials will pore over years worth of emails recovered from the work computers of former Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department employees in upcoming weeks, searching for further evidence of unethical and illegal conduct within the now-dissolved bi-county agency.

The work to be done by the Iroquois County panel — which will likely be comprised of county board members and perhaps the state’s attorney or one of his assistants — is part of the second phase of an investigation that could lead to criminal charges against ex-employees who abused their government positions.

The county is paying $5,650 to have computer forensic expert Andrew R. Garrett of Decatur-based Garrett Discovery Inc. look for evidence of waste and fraud on 18 computers used by ex-employees of the Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department. Garrett has already examined each computer’s emails, but he wants county officials to see them, as well, to help determine if the emails contain legitimate work-related content or something less appropriate.

“Some of the internal workings of the county and your business we don’t understand; therefore, we need a little help in analyzing these emails,” Garrett told the county board’s policy and procedure committee Friday.

County Board Chairman Kyle Anderson of Beaverville said Monday that he hoped to have the panel appointed to review the emails this week, perhaps as early as Tuesday.

“I’m just waiting on the state’s attorney to give guidance on that,” Anderson said. “We want to make sure it’s done right.”

After that, Garrett will provide the appointed panel with hard drives containing every email sent and received.

“On the hard drive, it will have a software package, a review platform, and you’ll be able to see every email,” Garrett said. “Also in this, we have a lot of people’s text messages from their cell phones — they copied them to their work computer — so unfortunately you’re going to see some of their personal conversations.”

Before starting his examination of the 18 computers late last year, Garrett previously examined, at no charge to the county, five other computers used by former health department managers, who, according to Garrett, used their computers for “personal use and gain and possibly illegal and unethical activities” at least 70 percent of the time they were on them.

A full forensic analysis of all 23 computers’ contents will be included in a final report presented to the county board in upcoming weeks, Garrett said.

Garrett presented preliminary results from the first phase of his examination of the 18 computers on Friday. The first phase included an analysis of each computer’s Internet history, dating back an average of three to five years, while the second phase will focus on email history.

Garrett provided preliminary data on the “top abusers” from his Phase I analysis, but he withheld their identities until he presents his final report to the board.

According to Garrett’s preliminary Phase I findings:

— The top abuser’s computer showed 76,240 visits to “inappropriate websites, including 8,440 hits on Facebook. There were also visits to Amazon and eBay, and the employee also was apparently selling things online during work hours.

— The second-highest abuser’s computer had 39,995 inappropriate Web searches and hits, including more than 1,000 visits to match.com, a couple visits to pornography sites and “lots of traffic” on mythirtyone.com, “which apparently has been used quite a bit by a few county employees.”

— The third-highest abuser’s computer contained 13,289 website entries on such sites as Amazon and eBay, as well as 404 on dating websites, more than 5,000 visits to Facebook and 3,000 visits to mythirtyone.com.

— The fourth-highest abuser’s computer showed 12,953 web entries to dating sites and 8,778 posts to Facebook.

Two of the 18 computers appear to have “little to no usage on them whatsoever,” Garrett said. Among the remaining 16, there were 160,129 inappropriate Web searches found.

“That tells us that we’re probably going to find a lot of stuff in the emails also,” Garrett said.

Garrett noted that “quite a few computers” he examined appear to have been used by “casual users of the Internet” — those who, over a two- or three-year period, had 669 inappropriate web searches while at work, for example. “And their inappropriate use would have been (limited to) Facebook, some Web searches, some eBay searches, Amazon, those types of things,” Garrett said.

“Six-hundred-sixty-nine hits over a two- to three-year period is not extreme,” Garrett added. “But some of these that are close to 30,000, 40,000, 70,000 is extreme.

“It’s very alarming. It looks to us that on a few — on probably six people’s computers — we had a hard time understanding what they do for a living. It looked to us like we were examining a personal computer, not a work computer.”

Some of the personal business was done on the mythirtyone.com website, which, according to Garrett, “allows people to make money from selling their friends products and services.”

“We found thousands of Web entries on these computers that had to do with the sale or promotion of mythirtyone.com to other county employees,” Garrett said. “And this was more than one employee involved; this was a couple.”

“So they’re running a business out of a county office?” asked county board member Kevin Hansen of Clifton.

“Yes, that’s correct,” Garrett responded. “What this mythirtyone website does is it allows you to sell things — there’s actually order processing going on while they’re at work, during work hours. There’s text messages to say, ‘Your order’s in,’ those types of things.”

Meanwhile, Garrett said some employees installed “remote access tools” on their work computers, allowing them to access their computers from elsewhere.

“Unfortunately, some of these tools they installed allowed data from your county to travel to Germany and back,” Garrett told the committee. “So there’s more than just misuse of time. There’s some inappropriate things that we think cause some security concerns.”

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Monday, February 23, 2015

Traffic Accident (PD) H15-0663
Time & Date: February 23, 2015   12:02pm
Location: CVS Pharmacy 805 S Dixie Hwy
Unit 1: 2007 Honda Van driven by Debra K Merriman of Hoopeston
Unit 2: 2011 BMW SUV driven by John Mullen of Danville
Details: At the above time and date, HPD responded to a report of a traffic accident on the lot. Upon arrival both units had minimal damage.  Unit 1 was at fault for improper
backing.  No injuries were reported, no tickets were issued and both units were
insured.

Fire Call
Time & Date: February 23, 2015   1:15 pm
Location: 215 W Washington Teasdale Foods
Details:    At the above time and date, HFD responded to a Fire Alarm Activation which
turned out to be false alarm. 


Aggravated Domestic Battery, Domestic Battery, Vermilion County Warrant
Date & Time: February 23, 2015   6:00pm         H15-0666   V16-1630
Location: 200 blk E Honeywell
Complainant: 71 year old Hoopeston man
Arrested: Robin N Irvin (34) of Hoopeston
Details: Police were called to the above location for an altercation between the
complainant and Irvin which became physical.  Irvin was later located
at another location.  Computer check on her name revealed an
outstanding Vermilion County warrant 144TR1608 FTA/Traffic.
She was transported to PSB on all charges.

Traffic Accident (Property Damage) H15-0642
Date & Time: February 21, 2015 11:04pm
Location: 600 blk W Main
Unit #1: 1995 Chevy S10 driven by Joseph Cannon of Hoopeston
Unit #2: 2001 Nissan 4D driven by Angela Lawless of Ridge Farm
Details: At the above time and date, the driver of Unit 2 advised HPD officers that
the driver of Unit 1 just wrecked into her car and left the scene.  There
were no injuries reported.  On 2/23/2015, officers located Mr. Cannon and
issued him 2 traffic citations for Reckless Driving and Leaving Scene of
Accident with Vehicle Damage.  Subjec

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Hoopeston Chamber of Commerce invites you to Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Come join the Hoopeston Chamber on Wed. Feb. 25th. at 1:00 p.m. for a ribbon cutting & wishes for much success for a new business, “Welcome Home Traveler’s Lodging”  located at 319 W. Main St. Hoopeston ( just west of City Hall)

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Criminal Damage to Auto
Date & Time: February 22, 2015   10:01am
Location: 400 Blk of West Maple
Complainant: 51 year old Hoopeston Male
Details: Complainant contacted HPD in reference to an unknown
subject(s) damaging his vehicle.

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Hoopeston Police Department
Police Blotter
Friday, February 20, 2015

Theft UPDATED CASE H15-0609
Date & Time: 02/19/2015 4:15pm
Location: 400 Block of South Fourth St
Complainant: 25 year old Hoopeston female
Details: Female subject came into HPD to report the theft of her blue and white Pit bull.
Update: February 20, 2015 Dog was recovered, as it was found by a resident running, to kept safe.  Dog returned to owner by Hoopeston Animal
Control Officer. 


Fraud H15-0626
Date & Time: 02/20/2015 1:39pm
Location: 301 E. Main St. Hoopeston Police Department
Complainant: 79 year old Hoopeston Male
Details: A male subject came on station to report that someone in Florida has been fraudulently cashing his retirement checks in his ex-wife’s name.

 

Domestic Battery H15-0627
Date & Time: 02/20/2015 2:09pm
Location: 800 Block of East Seminary
Complainant: 61 year old Hoopeston male
Arrested: Vicki L. Ford, 56, of Hoopeston
Details: HPD responded to the above location for the report
of a domestic battery.  Ford was taken into custody without incident and later transported to the PSB.

 

DUI, Improper Lane Usage, Illegal Transportation of Alcohol
Date & Time: 2/20/2015 10:14pm
Location: Fifth Av/Penn
Arrested: Martin Horner (20) of Cissna Park
Details: HPD received a call of a suspicious vehicle on the curb
at John Greer school.  Mr. Horner was arrested on the
above violations.  He was taken to HPD and processed.
He was later released after being given several traffic
citations and posting $300 bond.

 

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Snow and Freezing Rain to Impact Travel in Illinois

IDOT Crews Prepared to Battle Winter Weather this Weekend

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced today that a winter storm is expected to produce measurable snowfall and freezing rain in parts of Illinois tonight and Saturday, creating the possibility of hazardous travel conditions.

Motorists should expect slick roadways and be cautious when driving. Travel times are likely to be delayed, so motorists are encouraged to plan ahead, and allow plenty of extra time to travel. For statewide road conditions visit www.gettingaroundillinois.com.

“Our crews are prepared for this latest round of winter weather and will be working hard to clear the roads,” said Acting Illinois Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn. “Motorists can help us by driving only if it is necessary during winter storms and taking it slow on the roads.”

The National Weather Service expects the heaviest snowfall (4-6 inches forecast in some areas) to occur in the central part of the state, with freezing rain and accumulating ice likely in the southern part of the state. Icy conditions can create extremely dangerous driving conditions.

IDOT crews pretreated bridges, overpasses, and ramps all day Friday – these are most susceptible to icing. IDOT will have more than 1,700 trucks and 3,700 employees available statewide to battle the winter storm.

If you have to drive in a winter storm, don’t crowd the plow. Give plow crews plenty of room to work – you might see them, but the plow drivers might not see you.

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WHPO Sports Report

2/20/15

Here’s your WHPO Sports Update…

Local….
HS Girls Basketball….

1A Sectional Final @ Gilman – Cissna Park lost to Iroquois West 50-44.  The Raiders advance to the Romeoville Super-Sectional @ Lewis University on Monday. 

2A Sectional Final @ Hoopeston – Bloomington Central Catholic beat defending 2A champs St. Thomas Moore 48-46. 

…Hoopeston Area’s Haley Dixon & Ariel Reeves both advanced to the state finals of the 3-pt shootout – to be held at Redbird Arena next week.


Boys….
Cissna Park 8th grade boys won the IESA 1A State Championship 33-32 over Maternity BMV from Bourbonnais.  Conner Lober led Cissna with 12 pts.

Wrestling….

State Tournament…Class 1A…Oakwood Freshman Ren Dazey won 5-3 with a takedown in OT to advance at 113 to the next round.  Dazey is the grandson of Hoopeston’s Steve & Sandy Dazey and Dave & Charlene Ervin.

College Basketball….

Purdue beat Indiana 67-63


NASCAR….

Dale Earnhardt Jr., the defending champion of the Daytona 500, and Jimmie Johnson, the 2006 winner, each claimed their respective Budweiser Duels last night.
Their victories along with Jeff Gordon claiming the pole in last Sunday’s qualifying for the Great American Race will give the Hendrick team the top three starting positions on Sunday.

 

HA Sports Boosters Fundraiser @ Fast Lanes Saturday, 2/21, 7-9pm:  “Rock and Bowl” .  w/ DJ Rockin Roy.

 

WHPO Sports….
.-Kevin Jett

 

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Hoopeston Police Department
Police Blotter
Thursday, February 19, 2015

Fire Call
Date & Time: 02/19/2015 2:21pm
Location: 400 Block of East Honeywell Ave
Complainant: Vermilion County Housing Authority
Details: HFD responded to an automated alarm of an
elevator malfunction.  HFD conducted a search of
the building and found no emergency. 
Maintenance was on scene at the time HFD arrived

Burglary H15-0606
Date & Time: 02/19/2015 2:43pm
Location: 400 Block of East Thompson Ave
Complainant: 47 year old Hoopeston male
Details: HPD responded to the above location for the report
that an unknown subject had kicked in the door to
the residence.  Nothing was reported stolen. 


Theft H15-0609
Date & Time: 02/19/2015 4:15pm
Location: 400 Block of South Fourth St
Complainant: 25 year old Hoopeston female
Details: Female subject came into HPD to report the theft
of her blue and white Pitbull.

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Farm Animals die in a Vermilion County Fire

Three sows and several piglets died when a barn was destroyed by fire in northwest Vermilion County on Wednesday night.

Firefighters from Rankin, Hoopeston, Rossville and Cissna Park responded around 10 p.m. to the fire at 4932 E. 3800 North Road, near Reilly in Butler Township, officials said.

Rankin Fire Chief Shane Diskin said a barn on the farm was engulfed in flame when Rankin firefighters arrived on scene, prompting them to call for help from other departments.

“The roof had collapsed by the time we got there,” Diskin said, adding that the barn was a “complete loss.”

Martin Tear raises hogs on the farm, which is owned by the Wheeler Trust, Diskin said. Tear arrived home from church to find the barn burning, Diskin said.

 

“The owner thought that it was probably a heat lamp from the farrowing crate to keep the little piglets warm” that caused the fire, Diskin said.

Responding to the fire were six fire trucks from Rankin, two each from Hoopeston and Rossville and one from Cissna Park, Diskin said.

Firefighters remained at the scene past 1 a.m. Thursday.

 

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Illinois’ new GOP governor calls for billions in budget cuts

Rauner says it’s not going to be popular, but it must be done!

Illinois’ new Republican governor called Wednesday for deep spending cuts to Medicaid, pensions and other programs to fix the state’s budget mess without raising taxes - a pitch met with quick opposition from Democrats who control the Legislature.

Delivering his first budget address since winning office last fall, Gov. Bruce Rauner said his plan would end “the irresponsible and reckless practices of the past.” He said lawmakers must be willing to make politically unpopular decisions to close a more than $6 billion budget hole next year.

“This is our last, best chance to get our house in order,” Rauner said.

According to budget documents released Wednesday afternoon, Rauner is recommending $1.5 billion in Medicaid cuts, along with other reductions.

Rauner’s budget blueprint is among the first concrete tests of whether the Republican first-time officeholder can begin to bring the change he has promised to one of the last Democratic strongholds in the Midwest.

The multimillionaire former private equity investor follows other Republican governors who’ve taken over states and attempted to make them more business-friendly by shrinking government and taxes.

But Rauner, who was seen as a rock star for winning the governor’s office in Barack Obama’s home state, faces an even greater challenge in a post-recession state where Democrats have super-majorities in both chambers.

They criticized Rauner’s plan as disproportionately hurting working families while leaving corporate tax “loopholes” in place.

“He’s putting lives and livelihoods in jeopardy by treating our state’s most vulnerable people like burdens,” said state Sen. Mattie Hunter, a Chicago Democrat.

Many Democrats want to raise Illinois’ income tax rate, which dropped on Jan. 1 from 5 percent to 3.75 percent, to avoid some spending cuts. House Speaker Michael Madigan, a Chicago Democrat, said he believes the state needs a mix of spending cuts and new revenue. He also renewed a call for an additional tax on incomes over $1 million.

The bleak budget picture has led major credit agencies to give Illinois the worst credit rating of any state in the U.S. It also has the nation’s worst-funded public pension system, with a shortfall of $111 billion.

Rauner said Illinois could save more than $2 billion by moving all state workers to a less-generous pension system lawmakers approved in 2010 for employees hired after Jan. 1, 2011. Workers also would have the option of moving to a 401(k)-style plan. He said firefighters and police would be able to keep their current benefits.

Projected savings from any pension changes aren’t likely to be realized in the next fiscal year, however. Even if Rauner could get a bill through the Legislature, the state’s powerful labor unions - with whom Rauner has clashed repeatedly since taking office - would challenge it in court.

Those unions and retirees already have sued over a 2013 pension overhaul that cut benefits. A lower court found the measure unconstitutional, and the Illinois Supreme Court is considering the case.

Rauner has called for an “aggressive” review of eligibility for enrollees in the health insurance program for low-income and disabled people and for a 12 percent cut in payments to hospitals and nursing homes.

The governor also proposed increasing spending for K-12 education by about $300 million but cutting funding for higher education. And he proposed cutting state aid to local governments and slashing educational and mental health programs for youth in state or foster care once they turn 18, rather than the current age of 21.

Business groups applauded the plan, calling it an important step in restoring fiscal stability.

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Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report February 18th, 2015

Police investigated a single car accident at TWP Raod 210 near 1900 N. Road. Brandon Ulizch 30 of Watseka reported his car lost power which disabled his brakes and power steering. No citations were reported.

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Hoopeston Police Department
Police Blotter
Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Domestic Battery H15-0593 V15-1496
Date & Time: February 18, 2015   5:45pm
Location: 400 block of East Thompson Ave
Complainant: 21 year old Hoopeston female
Arrested: Jason Crose, 28, Hoopeston male
Details: HPD responded to the above location for the report
of a domestic battery in progress.  Upon arrival,
officers were able to apprehend the male subject
without incident, then he was transported to the
PSB in lieu of bond.

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More details revealed in former Rossville woman’s murder case

More details revealed in former Rossville woman’s murder case

VALPARISO, Ind. — Just three days after an Indiana man attempted to file a claim on his wife’s $1 million life insurance policy, Steven Lindsey, 35, was arrested and charged with murdering his 23-year-old wife.
 
Melinda (Kirby) Lindsey, formerly of Rossville in Vermilion County, was found murdered in her Valparaiso, Ind. home on Jan. 16.She was transported to a trauma center in Gary, Ind., where she was later pronounced dead, according to Porter County Sheriff’s Department. A few days later, authorities ruled Melinda Lindsey’s death a homicide.

Court documents reveal the Lindseys had requested extra patrol of their home the day before Melinda was murdered. Steven Lindsey told police he believed someone had been stalking their home in the weeks leading up to his wife’s murder.

According to court documents, Porter County Sheriff’s Department officers received a call around 6:19 a.m. Jan. 16 from a male, later identified as Steven Lindsey, screaming. Steven Lindsey told police someone had broken into his home and he had heard a gunshot. He then stated that they took his wife in a bedroom and he believed there was one suspect. He said he was in his baby’s room and he did not know if anyone was still hurt or whether the suspect was still there.

When officers arrived, they found Melinda Lindsey on a bed with a single gunshot wound in her head, but still breathing. Officers found a gun lying on the floor partially under the bed, according to police records.

After Melinda Lindsey was taken away in ambulance, officers forced entry into the baby’s bedroom and found Steven Lindsey bent over at the waist with his hands zip-tied behind his back, and the Lindsey’s daughter, Elle Mae, standing in the crib. Officers observed that the young girl was “completely calm.”

After investigators asked Steven Lindsey a few questions and the scene was examined, he was taken in for further questioning.

Investigators did not find any shoe prints leading up to any of the windows of the home, after examining the outside of the home, according to charging documents. Police didn’t find evidence of anyone being dragged across the floor, nor did they find any indication of a struggle in the room where Steven Lindsey was found. Numerous neighbors in the area were interviewed and no one reported seeing or hearing anything suspicious.

Steven Lindsey told police he slept on the couch the night before and his wife slept in the bedroom. He said he fell asleep around 2 a.m. and woke up to “like a strangle hold” which is described as a “rear choke” in which someone was behind him and lifted him off the couch. He could not describe what the suspect’s ethnicity was, but told police he was strong. He said the next thing he remembered was a gun shot and he woke up in his baby’s room with his hands tied behind his back. Steven Lindsey told police he was able to get his hands to his side and call 911, and then called his brother, then 911 again.


According to charging documents, police did not observe any marks or bruises on Lindsey’s neck and Steven Lindsey said his neck wasn’t in any pain after the incident.

Steven Lindsey’s brother and sister told investigators there were problems in the couple’s marriage. He told police he didn’t know who was stalking his house and didn’t know of any possible suspects. Steven told investigators that his wife never cheated. He said the only fights they had were silly, but they did fight about money. According to court documents, Melinda Lindsey was a stay-at-home mom, while Steven worked on power lines. However, Steven said the couple had talked about divorce 5-6 weeks before Melinda’s death when he left to stay at his brother’s house.

Steven Lindsey also said he had not used any weapons recently, but preliminary tests returned presumptive positive for gunshot residue, according to police records.

On Feb.9, investigators learned Melinda Lindsey had a life insurance policy for $1 million and that Steven was looking to file a claim. The policy was issued on March 26, 2014.

Steven Lindsey was charged with one count of murder on Feb 12. His jury trial is set for June 8. He is being held without bond in the PorterCounty jail.

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The City of Hoopeston will take dangerous property down

The Hoopeston City Council met last night

The only action taken on the council floor was
The passing of a resolution allowing Mayor Crusinberry to enter into an agreement for the
City to take possession of the property at 104 N. Market Street commonly known as the
Former Amvets Property. The city plans to tear the property down as it has been deemed a
Dangerous property. The City will receive the property at no cost.

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“Black Out Night” at Friday night’s boys basketball game

The Hoopeston Sports Boosters will be hosting pack the place “Black Out Night” at Friday night’s basketball game.  They will be handing out t-shirts starting at 5:30 p.m. and selling tickets for two drawings for 1/2 of a hog each.  Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5.  The drawing will be March 21st.

There is also a Rock-n-bowl on February 21st at Fast Lanes in Hoopeston.  All proceeds go to Hoopeston Athletics.  It begins at 7 p.m. and is $15 per bowler, DJ and giveaways all night!

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Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

NEWS RELEASE
February 16, 2015

2-16 Sheriff’s Police arrested Corey L. Davis, 24 Hoopeston.  According to reports, Davis’ vehicle was stopped after he was observed by a Deputy traveling at a speed over the posted limit of 55 mph.  Upon contact with Davis, it was discovered that Davis’ driver’s license was suspended through Illinois and he was placed into custody for driving while his license was suspended and speeding less than 20 mph over the posted limit and transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he posted the required bond and was released

2-16 Sheriff’s Police arrested William K. Neal, 32 Chicago.  According to reports, Neal was arrested after Deputy conducted a traffic stop on Neal’s vehicle for failure to signal his turn.  The Deputy made contact with Neal and discovered his driver’s license to be revoked.  He was placed into custody, charged with driving while his license is revoked and transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he posted the required bond and was released

2-16 Sheriff’s Police returned from the Kankakee County Jail with Ezell G. Bolian, 22 Kankakee.  According to the reports, Bolian was wanted on an Iroquois County warrant charging him with failure to appear on a prior illegal consumption of alcohol by a minor and was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he remains in lieu of bond

2-16 Sheriff’s Police arrested Daniel J. Gutierrez, 34 Fairbury.  According to police reports, Gutierrez was wanted on an Iroquois County warrant charging him with failure to appear on a prior burglary charge and was aware of his active warrant and turned himself into the Iroquois County Jail, posted the required bond and was released

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Moody named Button Township supervisor

According to the Paxton Record, The Button Township Board accepted Doug Moody’s resignation as a township trustee and then appointed him as the township’s new supervisor this week.

Moody’s appointment fills a vacancy created by last month’s resignation of Supervisor Dean Swan. Moody, of rural Rankin, will serve as supervisor through the April 2017 election.

Township Highway Commissioner Ron Hilligoss said the board is now looking for candidates to fill Moody’s trustee seat. An appointment will be made at the board’s March 3 meeting in Clarence, and anyone interested can contact Moody or trustees Dave Maul, Dale Gould or Elmer Kief.

Moody had been a trustee for 10 years, he said.

Swan was arrested in November but never charged over allegations he steered township business to a trucking firm he owned. Swan was is in the midst of serving his second four-year term as township supervisor, after last being elected in 2013.

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Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

NEWS RELEASE
February 15, 2015

2-13 Sheriff’s Police arrested Reginald E. Snyder Jr., 26 Watseka.  Snyder turned himself into the Iroquois County Jail to await transport to the Illinois Department of Corrections and is to begin his sentence of 5 years for a conviction on unlawful delivery of a controlled substance within 1000 feet of a school

2-14 Sheriff’s Police returned from Champaign County Jail with Wayne D. Largent, 28 Ludlow.  According to police reports, Largent was wanted on an Iroquois County warrant charging him with Burlary and felony retail theft and he was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he remains in lieu of bond

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Hoopeston Police Department Weekend Report

Friday, February 13th - Sunday, February 15th

Samantha J. Palomo, 22 Hoopeston was arrested and charged with Domestic Battery, Trespass to Residence and Criminal Damage to Property over $300

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Hall of Fame induction to be held at Hoopeston Area High School Friday night

According to Just the Facts, area residents are invited to the Cornjerker Hall of Fame induction to be held between the JV and varsity games Friday against Schlarman, followed by a reception in the cafeteria to meet the new inductees.  Those being inducted are the 1975 men’s track and field team, the 1975 men’s 4x200 relay, Tom McBride, Doug Eckert and John Timmons.

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Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

NEWS RELEASE
February 12, 2015

2-10 Sheriff’s Police arrested Courtney M. Downs, 32 Watseka.  She was wanted on an Iroquois County warrant for failure to appear on the charge of Expired Registration.  She was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where she posted the required bond and was released

2-11 Sheriff’s Police returned from the Champaign County Jail with Calvin Oneal, 52 Chicago.  Oneal was wanted on an Iroquois County warrant for Driving While License is revoked and remains in jail in lieu of bond

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Warrant Arrest H15-0503   V15-1288
Date & Time: February 11, 2015   1:49pm
Location: Penn & First Avenue
Arrested: Kyle B Ponton (24) of Hoopeston
Details: Subject was arrested after he was recognized by patrol officers and known
to have an outstanding warrant.
Vermilion County warrant 13TR3180 FTA/Jury trial for Driving While Revoked.
He was transported to PSB in lieu of bond.

Disorderly Conduct (City Citation) H15-0509
Date & Time: February 11, 2015 8:33pm
Location: 700 Blk of E McCracken
Complainant: 28 year old Hoopeston Female
Arrested Amy Young (30) of Hoopeston
Details: HPD was called to the above location for an ongoing dispute between the
complainant and Ms.Young. Subject will be mailed an NTA for city court.

 

 

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Ford County Police Report

News Release
February 12, 2015

The Ford County Sheriff’s Office released the following list of activity for the period of Feb. 1-7:

— On Feb. 7, a sheriff’s deputy assisted Illinois State Police with a traffic accident east of Paxton at 2750 E. Illinois 9.

— On Feb. 7, a deputy and state police trooper responded to a call in Cabery regarding an earlier domestic battery.

— On Feb. 7, deputies responded to a domestic battery in progress in Sibley.

— On Feb. 7, Bradley Wagoner of Sibley was arrested on a Vermilion County warrant.

— On Feb. 5, Matthew Williams of Paxton was arrested for unlawful use of weapons and possession of drug equipment following a traffic stop in rural Paxton.

— On Feb. 5, Tyler Davis of Penfield was arrested for driving under suspension and possession of drug equipment following a traffic stop in rural Paxton.

— On Feb. 5, a deputy assisted Piper City police with an investigation into a stolen vehicle.

— On Feb. 5, a suspicious male was reported in rural Elliott.

— On Feb. 5, a deputy assisted Paxton police with the arrest of two men wanted by the Paxton Police Department for armed robbery and home invasion.

— On Feb. 4, Danielle Boyer of Rossville lost control of her vehicle, which then rolled over, east of Paxton at 2380 E. Illinois 9.

— On Feb. 4, a deputy assisted Elliott firefighters with a report of smoke in an unoccupied residence in rural Elliott. No problem was found at the home.

— On Feb. 3, a residential burglary alarm was reported in rural Piper City. The alarm was caused by owner error.

— On Feb. 3, a commercial burglary alarm was reported at Autos Unlimited in Piper City. No cause for the alarm was found.

— On Feb. 2, a deputy assisted Paxton police with an arrest in Clarence.

— On Feb. 1, a snow plow owned by the village of Melvin and driven by Larry Boundy of Melvin struck a vehicle owned by William Stow of Melvin.

— On Feb. 1, Eric Eimen of Piper City was arrested for driving under suspension after he drove his vehicle into a ditch west of Paxton on Illinois 115 at Ford County Road 475 North.

— On Feb. 1, a commercial burglary alarm was reported at Ag Sciences, formerly known as Dairyland Seed Co., in rural Gibson City. No cause for the alarm was discovered.

— On Feb. 1, a residential burglary alarm was reported in rural Paxton. The alarm was caused by owner error.

— On Feb. 1, a prowler was reported in rural Piper City.

— During the week, deputies handled one civil matter and issued 10 traffic citations.

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County creates line of credit

According to the Commercial News,  It took little discussion to convince Vermilion County Board members to extend a line of credit for one of the county’s funds.
Board members voted at Tuesday night’s meeting to approve the ordinance, 21-0. Four board members were absent.
The ordinance establishes a $1.5 million line of credit for the Public Safety Building Rent Fund for fiscal years 2015 through 2017. The line of credit, according to the ordinance, is a deal with a cash flow problem in the fund, which includes expenses from the Public Safety Building and the Juvenile Detention Center.
Board Chairman Mike Marron called the loan a “housekeeping measure” for the county. He noted that the balance of the Public Safety Building Rent Fund has dropped in recent years, especially following the movement of the expenses from the Juvenile Detention Center to that fund.
“The fund balance has gotten to a level where we have a lot of upfront expenses in that fund,” he told board members.
The line of credit will allow the county to handle the expenses until property tax revenue comes in.
The county is expecting $5.5 million in real estate taxes, according to figures from the current fiscal year budget. Those funds aren’t expected to be received by the county until after payment is due the building commission.
Funds for the loan will come from the county’s general fund and will be paid back to that fund.
The county attempted to bolster that fund in recent years, receiving approval for a small tax increase in 2013 that upped the levy for that fund. Marron told the board the fund is getting closer to having a balanced budget.
According to figures from the current county budget, the PSB Rent Fund has estimated revenues for the fiscal year at $11.1 million. Total estimated expenditures are listed at $11.8 million. The revenues are up from $10.7 million for the 2012-13 fiscal year while the expenditures are up from $11.06 million.

Also at Tuesday’s meeting:
• Two more empty seats on the county board were filled by local residents.
Darren Duncan of Rossville and Joe Eakle of Catlin, both Republicans, were officially appointed to board seats at the beginning of the meeting. Duncan was sworn in by Judge Mark Goodwin for his position.
Duncan takes over the seat vacated by the retirement of District 1 member and former county board chairman Gary Weinard. Weinard retired at the end of 2014.
Duncan is a farmer and member of the Rossville-Alvin school board.
Speaking before the board, Duncan said he has “very big shoes to fill” in replacing the longtime board member Weinard.
Eakle will replace Dave Stone of Catlin, who recently resigned after he was appointed to take over as the county’s new recorder of deeds.
Eakle was not present at Tuesday’s meeting because of knee surgery. Marron told board members he would be sworn in before the March board meeting.
Vacancies for both seats were declared at January’s county board meeting. Republican precinct committeemen voted to approve both men for their respective seats at separate meetings held last week.
Retirements and losses in the November election resulted in a significant amount of turnover for the board. But after a third of the board being made up of new faces, only one seat — in District 7 — remains empty. It opened following the announced retirement of longtime Democrat board member John Dreher at the end of January.
• Board members approved changing polling places for Georgetown Precincts 6, 7 and 8 and Danville Township Precincts 5 and 9.
The Georgetown precincts will now be located at the St. Mary’s Hall gym in Westville while the Danville Township precincts will be moved to the Tilton Community Center on West Fifth Street,

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Hairball at Palmer Arena in Danville

The ultimate tribute show, Hairball will be taking the stage at the David S. Palmer Arena on Friday, March 13, 2015.

Hairball is a Rock & Roll experience you won’t soon forget. A band puts on a concert-Hairball puts on an event! The lights, sound, smoke, fire, bombs, and screaming hoards of avid fans…to merely call it a concert would be like calling Mount Rushmore a roadside attraction! Van Halen, Queen, Prince, Bon Jovi, Kiss, Twisted Sister, Journey, Alice Cooper, AC/DC, Def Leppard and more!

Opening for Hairball will be special guests and area favorites, 90’s Daughter.

Tickets are $17.00 in Advance / $22 Day of Show and are on sale NOW!  (But tickets are on Special for $12 Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 11 & 12).

All Tickets are General Admission and available at the Arena Box Office, www.palmerarena.com or by calling 1-877-77CLICK.

For more information please contact Peter Blackmon at (217) 431-2424 or pblackmon@palmerarena.com

Hairball w/special guest 90s Daughter
      Friday, March 13 (7:00 PM)
      Bryant Industries Theater
@ David S. Palmer Arena
     
All Seats GA:  $17.00 in Advance / $22.00 Day of Show
      On Sale Now At:        The David S. Palmer Arena Box Office
                          charge by phone at 217-431-2444,
or www.palmerarena.com

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Hoopeston Hospital gets IDPH ‘stroke-ready’ disignation

According to Just the Facts, People in Vermilion and Iroquois Counties who experience stroke symptoms have access to assessment and treatment at Carle Hoopeston Regional Health Center.  The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has recognized Carle Hoopeston’s stroke services by designating the facility as an Emergent Stroke Ready Hospital.  Emergent Stroke Ready Hospitals are hospitals that diagnose, treat and have an established process in place to transport acute stroke patients to a higher level of as as warranted.

Carle Hoopeston is one of 29 Critical Access Hospitals in the state to receive the Emergent Stroke Ready Hospital designation.  As of January 1st, IDPH put out a new rule that if a hospital was not Emergent Stroke Ready, emergency personnel could not bring patients showing signs of symptoms of a stroke to that hospital.

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Iroquois County Board Report

According to the Paxton Record,

The Iroquois County Board, for now, will continue to hold all of its meetings on weekday mornings.

The board’s policy and procedure committee debated Thursday whether to start holding the board’s regular monthly meetings at night.

But the committee came away from the discussion by voting unanimously to keep the meeting times as they are — a decision upheld Tuesday by a 16-1 vote of the full board.

The Iroquois County Board is expected to hear a report next week from a forensic expert who has examined 23 computers used by former employees of the now-dissolved Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department.

Andrew Garrett of Decatur-based Garrett Discovery Inc. has spent the past two months extracting the Internet and email history from the computers, looking for evidence of misuse and fraud.

Garrett told the Paxton Record on Monday that he expected to be finished with the work on Tuesday. Board Chairman Kyle Anderson of Beaverville said the preliminary results will be unveiled to the board during a special meeting of the policy and procedure committee sometime next week, likely either on Feb. 19 or Feb. 20.

Early indications are that the results will be similar to what was gleaned through Garrett’s initial examination last year of five computers used by former health department managers. That work was done by Garrett free of charge.

In November, Garrett presented a report that revealed some former health department managers had used their work computers for “personal use and gain and possibly illegal and unethical activities” at least 70 percent of the time they were on them. Among the findings was that the health department’s former administrator, Doug Corbett, used his work computer to download pornography.

“He didn’t tell me a whole lot about (what the findings were for this newest forensic audit),” Anderson told the policy and procedure committee last week. “But fresh off the top of his head, he said that approximately 50 and 90 percent of the time that (employees) were on the Internet was not work-related.

“Ninety, that’s a lot. Fifty, that’s a lot. We’ll find out shortly. ... Hopefully, this will be coming to an end here real soon.”

Garrett’s examination of the computers is being done in preparation for the board possibly asking State’s Attorney Jim Devine to prosecute some former health department employees.

“It will be up to the board,” Anderson said. “Anything we get, we’ll turn over to the state’s attorney, and he’ll turn around and give (the information) to the state appellate prosecutor’s office. And they’ll pursue it if it’s anything criminal.”

In December, the board approved spending up to $5,650 to have the computers examined by Garrett. Garrett has said the $5,650 fee would provide “a full forensic analysis” that would “satisfy all rules” and be acceptable for use in criminal court.

Anderson said last week that Garrett has put in quite a bit of work.

“He’s thankful we’re being patient,” Anderson said last week. “He said each computer has taken him between anywhere from five to 40 hours to go through. I’m not a professional at it — I have no idea — but 40 seems like a lot by the time you do 18 computers.”

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Bowen to step down from Ford County Board

According to the Paxton Record, Two months after stepping aside as chairman of the Ford County Board, Rick Bowen made his intentions known Monday that he would be resigning from the board entirely in March.

“I’ve enjoyed working with all of you,” the 48-year-old Elliott resident told board members before handing his letter of resignation to Chairman Randy Berger. “I think I’ll miss it — maybe not the first couple months, but after I decompress and relax a little bit I’ll probably miss it.”

Bowen’s resignation from the board, effective following the March 8 meeting, comes just two months after he gave up the chairmanship to Berger — a position Bowen held for six years.

Also in December, Bowen was sworn in to another four-year term on the board.

Bowen, a 12-year member of the board, said he decided to resign for “pretty much the same reasons I chose to not seek the chairman position anymore.”

“I want to concentrate on my business, and, with my kids getting older, I want to spend more time with my family,” Bowen said. Bowen and his wife, Julie, have three kids, ages 21, 17 and 15.

Bowen said the Ford County Republican Precinct Committee will be choosing a replacement to be considered for appointment by the county board in upcoming weeks.

Bowen said there is already a “potential candidate” interested in filling his seat.

Whoever is appointed to Bowen’s seat would serve one year. The seat would be up for election for a two-year unexpired term on the primary ballot in 2016, according to the Ford County Clerk’s Office.

Although he is giving up his county board duties, Bowen said he will continue serving as a Dix Township supervisor and member of the Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley High School Athletic Booster Club board.

“I’ve enjoyed it, and I guess I would encourage everybody to become involved in something, whether it be county politics or more local within their community,” Bowen said. “It’s rewarding. I’ve enjoyed it.

“And, who knows? I might be back.”

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Village of Rankin notified of violations by IEPA

According to the Paxton Record, The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency has notified the village of Rankin that its sanitary sewer plant is in violation of environmental laws and regulations.

In a letter dated Jan. 21 and addressed to Village Board President Aaron Warren, the IEPA said that an investigation by the IEPA found that the “discharge monitoring reports” for the sewer plant revealed effluent violations that were evident for several months in 2014.

Also, various documentation had never been submitted to the IEPA as required.

The IEPA requested a written response within 45 days.

“The response must include information in rebuttal, explanation or justification of each alleged violation and a statement indicating whether or not the facility wishes to enter into a compliance commitment agreement (CCA),” the IEPA letter says. “The proposed terms of the CCA should contain sufficient detail and must include steps to be taken to achieve compliance and the necessary dates by which compliance will be achieved.”

During the village board’s Feb. 5 meeting, Greg Gustafson, an engineer for Berns, Clancy & Associates, said the effluent violations were likely due to rainfall amounts during the four months the violations were present. Gustafson said a “fairly simple” remedy exists to address the issue.

Gustafson said he plans to respond to the IEPA by showing the effluent issues were not “perpetual,” but rather only were present for a short time last year.

As far as the issues with the required paperwork, he plans to tell the IEPA that the village was unaware of the requirement to submit it, but will do so “in a timely fashion.”

Other business
Also at last week’s meeting:

— The board approved entering into a one-year contract with the Vermilion County Department of Animal Regulation. Under the contract, the village will pay $25 per month for kennel rent.

— The board postponed the hiring of a replacement for the village’s only police officer. Warren said “the goal” is for the board to hire Stuart Stafford as a police officer once Stafford, who currently works as Rankin’s ordinance officer, completes the necessary PTI training.

—Warren said the village’s two snow-plow trucks were repaired recently — with one receiving a new ball joint and the other having its electrical system fixed.

— The board agreed to wait until March to vote on the village’s possible participation in Vermilion County’s “multi-hazard mitigation plan,” which was adopted by the county in October and has received an “approval pending adoption letter” from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. “FEMA recommends that all participating jurisdictions coordinate the adoption process as soon as the plan has received the ‘approvable pending adoption’ status to ensure that all participants are covered by a plan for the full five years (it will be approved for by FEMA),” wrote Vermilion County Emergency Management Agency Director Ted Fisher in a letter to the village. “As you know, if the plan is not adopted by a participating jurisdiction, that jurisdiction would not be eligible for project grants under the following hazard mitigation assistance programs: HMGP, PDM and FEMA.”

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Vermilion County fills post after firing previous finance director

According to the News-Gazette, Vermilion County has hired an interim finance director to replace Nikki Bogart, who has filed a grievance with the county, claiming she was illegally fired from the position for political reasons.

Vermilion County Board Chairman Mike Marron told The News-Gazette in an interview Tuesday that Bill Bucher, a Danville businessman, has been hired as finance director on an interim basis and started Monday. He said Bucher is being paid as an hourly employee.

“The future of the position is a little uncertain. We needed someone in there in the meantime to get things back up and running,” said Marron, who explained that the county will post the position and go through the standard hiring process in finding a permanent replacement.

According to Bogart’s Attorney Matt Duco, Marron, a Republican, fired Bogart on Jan. 30 and gave no reason for her termination after more than seven years as the county’s financial resources director. Marron has declined comment on the matter other than saying the situation has nothing to do with politics.

Bogart is an active Democrat with a degree in accounting from the UI and 10 years experience as a county board member prior to her hiring as the county’s finance director in 2007. In 2012, Bogart ran for county recorder and lost to Republican Tom O’Shaughnessy, who is now a circuit judge.

Duco has filed an appeal of Bogart’s firing with a county grievance committee, and Bogart is asking that she be re-instated as finance director.

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Fire Alarm
Date & Time:     February 10, 2015 4:50am
Location: 1200 blk Daisy Lane
Details: HFD responded to the above location for a fire alarm. It was a false alarm.


Accident
Date & Time:         February 10, 2015 11:09am
Location:       100 Block of West Thompson
Unit 1:         Black / silver 2000 Chevy driven by Ronald Robinson of Hoopeston
Details: HPD responded to a single vehicle property damage accident only, due to
possible mechanical failure. No injuries reported and no citations issued.

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Rauner eliminates ‘fair share’ union dues for state workers

According to the News-Gazette,

ov. Bruce Rauner has stepped up his campaign against government employee unions by eliminating so-called “fair share” dues paid by workers who don’t join a union.

The Republican said Tuesday he has signed an executive order erasing what he says is a “critical cog in the corrupt bargain crushing taxpayers.” He says forcing non-union employees to pay union dues requires them to fund political activity they don’t agree with.

He says he took action after a U.S. Supreme Court’s decision last year that found the Illinois Public Labor Relations Act violated the First Amendment by mandating involuntary union dues.

Rauner has called for ending political contributions by unions.

Rauner’s executive order has no effect on those who wish to remain in unions.

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Fired financial official files formal grievance

According to the News-Gazette, Vermilion County’s top finance official has filed a grievance with the county alleging that her firing last month was politically motivated and asking that she be reinstated.

After more than seven years as the county’s financial resources director, Nikki Bogart was terminated Jan. 30 by Vermilion County Board Chairman Mike Marron, her attorney, Matt Duco, said Monday.

Marron, a Republican county board member from Pilot Township, was elected chairman on Dec. 1 by the 27-member board, succeeding Gary Weinard, a Republican and longtime board member.

Reached by The News-Gazette on Monday, Marron emphatically denied the decision had anything to do with politics, calling it a personnel matter that wouldn’t be appropriate to comment on further.

According to Duco, Marron came into Bogart’s office on Jan. 30 and demanded she resign. Duco said Bogart refused to resign, at which time Marron told her she was terminated and to clean out her office.

According to Duco, Bogart was given no reason for her termination. The attorney said she had never been the subject of any disciplinary action, was highly qualified for the job, and had just been given a merit-based pay increase, approved when Weinard was still chairman. It took effect on Dec. 1.

Bogart, who is an active Democrat, has a degree in accounting from the University of Illinois. She was a county board member for 10 years prior to being hired as the county’s finance director.

In 2012, Bogart ran for Vermilion County recorder, losing to Republican Tom O’Shaughnessy, who was then elected circuit judge last fall.

Duco said he sent a letter to Marron and county attorney Bill Donahue asking why Bogart was fired and what state statute or county ordinance gives Marron the sole discretion to terminate an employee working in the county board office without consulting the board’s finance and personnel committee.

Duco said Marron and Donahue did not responded to that letter, so his next step was to file an appeal of Bogart’s firing with a county grievance committee.

He said Vermilion County’s personnel policies require there to be a “justifiable reason” for an immediate termination. They also allow an employee to appeal a termination to a grievance committee made up of a county board member from the finance and personnel committee, an elected officeholder, an appointed official and two county employees, Duco said.

In response to Bogart’s firing, the Vermilion County Democrats also alleged via a news release that Marron’s motives were political.

Frank Wright, chairman of the Vermilion County Democrats, said that Marron has in recent months purged Democrats from the county payroll.

“This is very disturbing,” Wright said in a statement. “We have a long tradition here in Vermilion County that after an election we stop the partisanship and start working together for the people. Mr. Marron apparently has another idea, and wants to turn the county payroll into his own patronage mill. There are hundreds of employees working hard for the county and they should not have to fear for their job just because of who they vote for.”


The Vermilion County board responded with a statement of its own Monday. It called the Democrats’ news release “false, malicious and inflammatory.”

Donahue said the county board office will not publicly discuss the internal personnel matter involving Bogart. The news release stated that at the appropriate time — and in closed session — county board members will be brought up to date on the matter.

The Vermilion County board’s regular monthly meeting is at 6 p.m. today in the Vermilion County Courthouse Annex. Duco said he hopes Democrats and Republicans alike will question Marron tonight about his client’s dismissal.

Duco and local Democrats both allege that it’s part of a pattern of bullying women who work for the county into resigning and replacing them with Marron’s own political allies.

Duco and Democrats both referenced three resignations — by DeeAnn Ryan last year as executive director of the Mental Health 708 board; by Barbara Dreher in November as executive director of the Danville Election Commission; and by Karen Haner recently as an administrative assistant in the county board office.

The resignations of Ryan and Dreher occurred when Weinard was still county board chairman. And both the mental health agency and the election commission have their own boards, which hire and fire their executive directors, not the county board office.

In its statement Monday, county board officials said that personnel actions taken by the county board chairman are “vetted by both legal counsel and human resources before action is taken.”

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2 charged with armed robbery in Paxton incident

According to the News-Gazette,  Two men were charged Monday with attempted armed robbery for allegedly forcing their way into a Paxton man’s apartment with the intent of robbing him of cash and a video game console.

Paxton Police Chief Bob Bane said Matthew M. Williams, 18, of rural Paxton, and Tyler R. Davis, 23, of rural Penfield, allegedly forced their way into 122 1/2 S. Market St., Apt. C, on Thursday night looking to rob one of the apartment’s tenants, Austin R. Jennings.

The 21-year-old Jennings, however, wasn’t there. Instead, he was at the Ford County Jail.

Jennings was arrested at 3:10 p.m. earlier that day after Paxton police found hypodermic needles, drug paraphernalia and ammunition in his apartment while assisting the Ford County Probation Office with a checkup on Jennings, Bane said.

About five hours later, Paxton police responded to a 911 call from Jennings’ girlfriend, who said two men — later identified as Davis and Williams — had forced their way into the Market Street apartment. She said the men were looking for Jennings, and when they found out he wasn’t there, they threatened her with a baseball bat as they demanded cash and/or a video game console, Bane said.

The robbers left when the woman called 911, Bane said. Nothing was stolen from the apartment, and the woman was not injured, Bane added.

The robbers were seen leaving in a yellow 2011 Jeep Wrangler, Bane said. Later Thursday night, Paxton police, assisted by the Ford County sheriff’s office, tracked down Davis and Williams at their homes and arrested them.

On Monday, Ford County State’s Attorney Randy Yedinak charged Davis and Williams with one count each of attempted armed robbery, a Class 1 felony; and criminal trespass to a residence with a person present, a Class A misdemeanor.

Williams, who listed an address of 90 N. Ford County Road 2280 East, and Davis, who listed an address of 3317 Champaign County Road 1800 East, were ordered to appear in Ford County Circuit Court at 9:15 a.m. Feb. 23.

As of Monday afternoon, Williams had posted 10 percent of his $20,000 bond to be released from jail, while Davis remained jailed on a $20,000 bond.

Jennings, meanwhile, was charged with unlawful possession/use of a weapon/firearm, a Class 3 felony; and possession of hypodermic syringes/needles, a Class A misdemeanor.

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Nominations sought for First Citizen

The Danville Chapter of AMBUCS is accepting nominations for its 82nd annual First Citizen Award. The award is given to a Danville Area man or woman who has contributed significantly to the betterment of the community through a single or multiple projects, personally or professionally.
Mail nominations by March 20 to AMBUCS First Citizen, c/o Natalya Bourn, PO Box 1095, Danville, IL 61834 or e-mail to msnssb@yahoo.com.

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Monday, February 9, 2015

NOTHING TO REPORT

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DACC to host NJCAA Division II men’s national basketball tournament for the 22nd year

According to Just the Facts, for the 22nd year, Danville Area Community College and the city of Danville will again host the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II Men’s National Basketball Tournament at the DACC campus on March 17-21, 2015.

More details to come.

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Hoopeston Area CUSD #11 Brick Project Fundraiser Raffle

The Brick Project Fundraiser is selling tickets $1 each or 6 for $5.  Tickets can be purchased at the District Office located behind the High School or at home HS boys’ basketball games.  Please call 217.283.6668 with any questions.

Drawing will be held on Friday, February 20th at the Boys’ Basketball game during halftime of the varsity game.  (need not to be present to win)
All proceeds go towards the District Brick Project initiative.

Prizes to be raffled off:
Jacket with Hoopeston Area embroidered on it x3
St. Louis Cardinal Steel Sign
Chicago Cubs Steel Sign
35” x 30” Cornjerker Steel Sign

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Your invited to an Open House at The New “Family Healthcare of Hoopeston” Clinic

The New “Family Healthcare of Hoopeston” Clinic has opened!  An Open House will be held at the new clinic located at 705 S. Dixie Hwy, on Thursday, February 12th from 5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.  The Hoopeston Chamber of Commerce will host a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at 5:00 p.m.

There will be extra parking available at the Hoopeston IGA & CVS.  The Multi Agency Van will be available at the IGA parking lot to shuttle visitors over to the clinic. 
Family Healthcare of Hoopeston, in affiliation with Gibson Area Hospital and Health Services would like to thank the Hoopeston IGA, CVS and The Hoopeston Multi Agency in assisting with their open house.
The look forward to seeing you there!

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Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

February 8th & 9th 2015
NEWS RELEASE

2-7 Sheriff’s Police returned from Vermilion County Jail with Tyrone WIlson, 55 Danville.  He was wanted on an Iroquois County warrant charging him with failure to appear on a prior driving while his license was suspended charge and was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he remains in lieu of bond

2-7 Sheriff’s Police arrested Damenn Johnson, 38 Joliet.  He was wanted on an Effingham County warrant charging him with failure to appear on a prior driving while license was suspended.  Johnson was aware of his outstanding warrant and turned himself in to the Iroquois County Jail and posted his required bond and was released

2-7 Sheriff’s Police arrested Madison E. LeClair, 20 Milford.  Sheriff’s Police were dispatched to a domestic altercation in rural Milford and after a brief investigation, LeClair was arrested and charged with Domestic Battery and Illegal Consumption of alcohol by a minor.  She was also wanted on an Iroquois County warrant charging her with failure to appear on a prior driving under the influence of alcohol charge.  She was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where she remains in lieu of bond

2-8 Sheriff’s Police investigated a single vehicle accident on Co Rd 1980E near Co Rd 1300N.  The police report said, a vehicle driven by Edward R. Klemp, 68 Cissna Park, was traveling south on Co Rd 1980E when a deer ran into his pathway and he was unable to avoid striking it, causing more than $1,500 in damages.  No injuries were reported and no citations were issued

2-8 Sheriff’s Police arrested Tammy L. Sinks, 43 Watseka.  She was wanted on a Cook County warrant charging her with possession of a controlled substance.  She was aware of her outstanding warrant and turned herself into the Iroquois County Jail where she remains awaiting extradition to Cook County

2-8 Sheriff’s Police arrested Diedre R. Harvick, 29 Crescent City.  According to police reports, a deputy conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle in which Harvick was a passenger in.  The deputy made contact with the driver and identified the passenger as Harvick.  She was wanted on a Kankakee County warrant charging her with failure to appear on a prior driving on a suspended license charge.  She was then placed into custody and transported to the Iroquois County Jail where she posted the required bond and was released

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Illinois Department of Public Health Confirms 6 Cases of Measles in Illinois

Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D., is confirming six cases of measles in Illinois.  The first case was a Cook County resident who became ill in late January.  The remaining five cases are associated with a KinderCare Learning Center in Palatine in Cook County.  Health officials will continue to investigate the source of the disease, identify and follow-up with anyone who may have potentially been exposed, and be vigilant for new cases.

“The solution to ending measles is simple – get vaccinated,” said Director Shah.  “The vaccine is 97 percent effective upon receipt of two doses.  But the vaccine alone doesn’t provide protection; it is the vaccination that will prevent disease.  I urge everyone who is eligible to receive the vaccine to get vaccinated.”

There was a reported case of measles in Madison County, however, upon further investigation IDPH no longer considers this to be a case of measles.  The status of a case can change as new information comes to light, and it is for this reason that IDPH will only report confirmed cases of measles.

Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease that causes fever, red and sore eyes, runny nose, cough and a characteristic rash.  The disease can cause severe health complications, including pneumonia, encephalitis and death.  Measles is transmitted by contact with an infected person through coughing or sneezing and can remain in the air and on surfaces for up to two hours.  Infected people are contagious from four days before their rash starts through four days after the rash develops. 

If you believe you may have been exposed to measles and are experiencing symptoms, please call the doctor’s office, health clinic or emergency department before going so staff can take precautions to help avoid further spread of measles. 

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ISP TRAFFIC CRASH ALERT The Following Preliminary Information is Being Released by Illinois State P

WHAT: Traffic Crash (Personal Injury)

WHERE: I-74 Eastbound at milepost 161

WHEN: 02/06/15 at 2:05 am

VEHICLES: (Unit 1) Silver Pontiac Grand AM (2001)

DRIVERS: Timothy H. Fagan, 27, Sterling, Illinois                          

PASSENGERS: 1 Front Seat Passenger

PRELIMINARY: Unit 1 was traveling on I-74 eastbound in the right lane at milepost 161.  Unit 1 traveled off the roadway and into the median.  The vehicle rolled onto its top while in the median.  Unit 1 came to final rest on its top.  Unit 1 driver and passenger became entrapped in the vehicle and had to be extricated by emergency personnel. 

TRANSPORTS: The driver and passenger were transported to an area hospital for medical treatment. 

SEATBELTS: Seatbelts were worn

CHARGES: Timothy H. Fagan -    Improper Lane Usage
Failure to Reduce Speed
Operating an Uninsured Motor Vehicle
Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol
All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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Vermilion County Board to discuss money issues

According to the Commercial News, How to deal with cash flow problems in one government fund will be up for discussion Tuesday night at the Vermilion County Board meeting.
Before the board will be an ordinance to establish a $1.5 million line of credit for the Public Safety Building Rent Fund for fiscal years 2015 through 2017. The line of credit, according to the ordinance, is a deal with a cash flow problem in the fund, which includes expenses from the Public Safety Building and the Juvenile Detention Center.
Vermilion County Board Chairman Mike Marron said the loan in part is to deal with as issue of timing. The Public Building Commission requires a $5 million payment in November for the Public Safety Building and quarterly payments by the county for the Juvenile Detention Center.
The county is expecting $5.5 million in real estate taxes, according to figures from the current fiscal year budget. Those funds, Marron said, aren’t expected to be received by the county until after the payment is due the commission.
“We’re trying to authorizing a loan in case we need to borrow money from the general fund short-term,” Marron said on Friday.
The issue of needing the line of credit also is a result of a balance in the Public Safety Building Rent fund in recent years. Former chairman Gary Weinard received approval on a small tax increase in 2013, Marron said, that increased the levy for that fund.

“We are pretty close to having a balanced budget in that fund, at least projected,” Marron said.
According to figures from the county budget, the PSB Rent Fund has estimated revenues for the fiscal year at $11.1 million. Total estimated expenditures are listed at $11.8 million. The revenues are up from $10.7 million for the 2012-13 fiscal year while the expenditures are up from $11.06 million.
The property increase that year equaled out to $5.60 for a person who pays a $1,000 property tax bill. For a $1,000 tax bill, the increase is ½ percent increase in the overall tax bill and 3.6 percent increase in the county’s portion of the bill.
Marron said any money used in the line of credit would be paid back to the county’s general fund.
In 2013, the PSB rent payment increased as a result of taking over the Juvenile Detention Center last year. The extra costs — just more than $500,000 — were covered in in the 2012 budget by fund balances.
Also at Tuesday’s meeting:
• Two Republican nominees are slated to be sworn in as the county continues to fill empty seats on the board.
Darren Duncan of Rossville and Joe Eakle of Catlin will be sworn in for seats in District 1 and District 3 respectively at the beginning of the meeting.
Both men were selected by local GOP committeemen to replace other veteran board member. Duncan will replace longtime board member and former board chairman Gary Weinard of Hoopeston. Eakle will replace Dave Stone of Catlin, who recently resigned to take over as the county’s new recorder of deeds.
Retirements and losses in the November election resulted in a significant amount of turnover for the board. But after a third of the board being made up of new faces, only one seat — in District 7 — remains empty. It opened following the announced retirement of longtime Democrat board member John Dreher at the end of January.
• Board members will vote on a new auto policy for Vermilion County-owned vehicles.

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Hoopeston Police Department Weekend Report

Friday, February 6th - Sunday, February 8th 2015

Friday, February 6, 2015


   
Fire Alarm
Date & Time: February 6, 2015   9:22pm
Location: Gibson Health Care Clinic 705 S Dixie Hwy
Details: Fire Department responded for an activated fire alarm.
Nothing was found.

Saturday, February 7th
NOTHING TO REPORT

Sunday, February 8th
NOTHING TO REPORT

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CRIS REPRESENTATIVE IN HOOPESTON WEEKLY

Do you live in the Hoopeston area and you are a caregiver for a senior adult? Are you raising a grandchild? Do you need to apply for energy assistance? Do you have questions about Medicare? If so, then representatives from CRIS will now be available in Hoopeston weekly to answer your questions.

Every Thursday at the Hoopeston Multi-Agency, a representative from CRIS Healthy-Aging Center will be available to assist seniors and caregivers with questions and concerns they may have.

CRIS staff will be at the Hoopeston Multi-Agency from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. every Thursday.  The Hoopeston Multi-Agency is located at 206 S. First St. in Hoopeston. No appointment is necessary to meet with the CRIS staff in Hoopeston.

For more information, or questions about CRIS services in Hoopeston, contact Lisa Rogers at
(217) 443-2999.

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Contact: Amy Marchant, CEO – CRIS Healthy-Aging Center – (217) 443-2999

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Intern Positions Open with Danville Dans

Coming to a Danville Dans game has been a great experience for the last 27 years. And much of that successful fan experience is due to the talents and enthusiasm of the team’s summer interns.

Dans are currently accepting intern applications for the 2015 team of interns – affectionately known as Danterns! This group of college-age staff members handles all aspects of a Dans games - from pre-game set-up to on-field contests, sponsor relations to working in the press box.

Previous Danterns have used this experience to propel them in their careers during or after college, such as:
Account representative for the Colorado Rockies.
A top sales rep and sports broadcaster with a media group in Springfield.
Staff member with the South Bend Cubs minor league baseball team.
A semester-long internship with IMG collegiate sports marketing company at Duke University.
Sports editor of SIU student newspaper.
Summer intern with the Daytona Tortugas, a Class-A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds.

The Dans are members of the summer collegiate Prospect League and play 30 home games from late May – August. The internship runs from May 23 to August 14. This is an unpaid internship. Danterns may receive a taxable stipend.  Housing is not provided. All Danterns are encouraged to receive college credit for the internship and/or be directly supervised by a professor or advisor from their accredited academic degree program at a university, college or vocational institution during the time of the internship.

Danterns will handle all aspects of game-day operations, such as ticket sales, fan experience, media contacts, and much more. Interns can also focus on tasks related to your major or career goals, such as marketing, sales, sports management and journalism.

Students interested in applying should complete the form at www.danvilledans.com. Resumes may also be emailed to dansbaseball1@gmail.com

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Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

Paul J. Lingafelter 60 of Watseka turned himself in to the police wanted on a warrant for driving while suspended/revoked. He was sentenced to 30 days in the Iroquois county jail.

Rachid Elfaidi 27 of Chicago turned himself in on a warrant for speeding in a construction zone, bond was posted and he was released.

Donald Russell 28 of Watseka turned himself in on a warrant for burglary, theft, and criminal damage to property. He remained in jail in lieu of bond.

Single car accident Sabrina Cox 19 of Kempton was traveling on 2950 E. near 1000 North Road when she lost control on the ice and came to rest in the field. No tickets or injuries were reported.

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Hoopeston Police Department
Police Blotter
Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Disorderly Conduct H15-0391
Date & Time: February 4, 2015   12:15am
Location: 400 blk E Honeywell
Complainant: 53 year old Hoopeston male
Arrested: Robert Deaton (41) of Hoopeston
Details: HPD responded to the above location for a loud music complaint.  Mr. Deaton
was warned to keep his music down and notified that he would be receiving
a city citation in the mail.


Theft H15-0396
Date & Time:  February 4, 2015 08:43
Location: Dollar General, 415 S. Dixie Hwy Hoopeston
Complainant: 73 y/o Female
Details: HPD responded to city hall to take a report of theft of a wallet from a vehicle that occurred in the dollar general parking lot. 


Traffic Accident (PD) H15-0400
Time & Date: February 4, 2015     2:15 pm
Location: 700 block E Honeywell Ave Hoopeston
Unit 1: 1999 Chevy Suburban Driven by Steven L Coon (M) of Hoopeston (56)
Unit 2: Parked 2004 GMC Savanna owned by Northern Package Delivery Corp
Details:      Unit 1 was backing from the driveway at 703 E Honeywell and Unit 2 was parked westbound lane facing east bound.  Unit 1 struck Unit 2.  Unit 1 improper
backing is at fault,  Unit 2 was at fault for improper parking

Fire Call
Date & Time: February 4, 2015 2:09pm
Location: McCracken/Third
Details: HFD was called to the above location for a car on fire.

Warrant Arrest H15-0410 V15-1068
Date & Time: February 4, 2015 10:45pm
Location: 100 blk of S Fifth
Arrested: Joseph Cannon (42) of Hoopeston
Details: HPD officers located Mr. Cannon. A computer check revealed a outstanding warrant from Vermilion County. Subject was taken to HPD and processed. He was later transported to the PSB in Danville in lieu of bond.


Traffic Accident (Hit and Run)  H15-0408
Date & Time: February 4, 2015 10:00pm
Location: 300 Blk Cedar St.
Unit 1: Unknown
Unit 2: Ameren Pole
Details: At approximate time and date, Ameren utility worker called HPD advising unknown vehicle had hit their pole. Unknown suspect information at this time.

 

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Hoopeston Police Department
Police Blotter
Thursday, February 5, 2015

Aggravated Battery Domestic Battery H15-0424 H15-0418 V15-1073
Time & Date: 10:29 am 02/05/2015
Location: 800 block of East Lincoln
Complainant: 38 year old Hoopeston female
Arrested: Christopher F. Billingsley 20, of Hoopeston
Details: HPD responded to the above area for an aggravated battery that had just
occurred.  Male subject led officers on a foot chase, subject was apprehended and transported to HPD to await transport to the PSB in lieu of bond.


Warrant by Iroquois County H15-0423
Time & Date: February 5, 2015     10 AM
Location: 700 block E Young Ave
Arrested: Rife, Jacqualyn D. (F) of Hoopeston (33)
Details: At the above time and date, HPD had contact with the above listed person,
whom was wanted for FTA Contempt of Court 2013SC143.  Female
posted the required bond amount and was released with new court date.


Traffic Accident(PD) H15-0429
Time & Date: February 5, 2015     3:30pm
Location:  300 block N. Market Street
Unit 1: 1999 Ford Pickup Truck driven by Oscar Rivera (16) of Hoopeston (M)
Unit 2: 2010 Ford Focus driven by Meagan M Langston (F) of Hoopeston (36)
Details:    At the above time and date, HPD was requested for motor vehicle accident investigation.  Unit 1 is at fault improper backing from a private driveway onto
a street.  No tickets, No Injuries, and both units insured.

Domestic Battery, Warrant Arrest H15-0434 V15-1089
Date & Time: February 5, 2015 10:00pm
Location: 200 blk Wyman
Complainant: (15) year old Hoopeston female
Arrested: Skyler Cannon (22) Hoopeston male
Details: HPD officers responded in reference to the report of a domestic battery.
Mr. Cannon was arrested and taken to HPD for processing.  Subject was
also served an outstanding IL Department of Corrections warrant.  He was
later taken to the PSB in Danville to await arraignment.

 

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Hoopeston Police Department
Police Blotter
Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Violation of OP & Resisting Arrest H15-0371   V15-1024
Date & Time:    February 3, 2015   1:08 am
Location:   300 block Front St
Complainant: 38 year old Hoopeston Woman
Arrested: Torres, Gerardo (M) of Hoopeston (33)
Details: HPD responded to a disturbance call in the 800 block E Young Ave, reference to
the above listed subject being intoxicated and causing trouble.  Subject was taken
into custody on the above listed charges and transported to the PSB Danville to await
bond hearing before a judge. 

Interference with Reporting Domestic Battery, Domestic Battery H14-0384   V15-1048
Date & Time: February 3, 2015 9:10pm
Location: 700 blk S First Ave
Complainant: 25 year old Hoopeston female
Arrested: Matthew Avalos (31) of Hoopeston
Details: HPD responded to the above location in reference to a domestic disturbance.
Mr. Avalos was arrested for Domestic Battery and was taken to HPD for processing.
He was later transported to the PSB in Danville to await arraignment.

 

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Duncan appointed to Vermilion County Board seat

Duncan appointed to Vermilion County Board seat

The Vermilion County Republican Party conducted a meeting last night to choose a replacement for former board member Gary Weinard who is retiring from the county board, The committee made up of precinct committee persons from Vermilion County District 1 Chose Rossville resident and local farmer Darren Duncan to fill the remainder of Weinards term which will expire in 2016.

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City of Hoopeston spends over $63,000 on a Water project

Council has a split vote, mayor has to break the tie.

The Hoopeston City Council met last night. Members voted 7-1 to waive bids for a water department paint project with Alderman Bill Goodwine being the no vote. Alderman Bill McElhaney then made a motion for the city to spend over $63,000 on a project to Sandblast and repaint the lead based painted piping inside the water department as well as refinish the inside of the building. Council members voted in a 4-4 tie with Alderman McElhaney, Carter, Ankenbrand, and Hamilton voting yes and Alderman Goodwine, Fell, Baughn, and Alderwoman Stipp voting no! With a tie the decision went to Mayor Crusinberry and he voted yes.

Council also approved $250.00 for Keep Vermilion County Beautiful yearly dues.

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“It’s All Up in the Air…Ag. Drones, Weather and More!” - Ford-Iroquois Extension Ag Day, February 20

University of Illinois Extension, Ford-Iroquois Office invites the public to attend its annual Ag Day on Friday, February 20 from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. at Christ Lutheran High School in Buckley. This year’s theme is “It’s All Up in the Air …Ag. Drones, Weather and More!”

The full day event kicks off at 8 a.m. with registration, coffee and rolls, and an opportunity to visit the 2015 Ford-Iroquois Extension/Agribusiness partner displays.

Dennis Bowman, University of Illinois Extension Crops Systems Educator, will kick off the day’s talks with one entitled “Are ag Drones in Your Farm’s Future?” Ford-Iroquois Master Gardener, Mary Dickinson, will simultaneously be presenting “Edi-mentals: Gardening with Edible Landscapes.”

Bowman will be followed by “Will 2015 Weather be a Repeat of 2014?” by Jim Angel, Illinois State Climatologist. Before breaking for the complimentary lunch, Patrick Doggett, Field Representative for Congressman Adam Kinzinger (IL-16) will deliver a Washington. D.C. update from congressman Kinzinger.

Lunch will be provided for free for registered attendees and will be catered by Luke’s One Stop in Cissna Park.

Afternoon sessions begin at 1 p.m. with a presentation on 2014 Farm Bill Decisions by Charlene Neukomm of Ford County Farm Service Agency (FSA) and Tammy Hubert of Iroquois County FSA. Directly following this talk, Shelby Kaufman of Ehler Bros. Seed in Thomasboro will issue the Illinois Soybean Associate 100 Bushel Challenge.

FFA Update by FFA Section 17 President Kade Hill, FFA Section 10 President Sydney Miller, and FFA Section 10 Secretary Hayden Schaumburg. Door prizes and closing remarks will follow.

Ford-Iroquois Ag Day is free and open to the public, but reservations are required and should be completed by February 18. You can make a reservation by calling the University of Illinois Extension office in Onarga at 815-268-4051 or by registering online at web.extension.illinois.edu/cfiv.

University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment.

If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate, please call the Ford-Iroquois Extension Office at least one week prior to event.

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University of Illinois * U.S. Dept. of Agriculture * Local Extension Councils Cooperating

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Maple Pre-Kindergarten Registration 2015

MAPLE
 All incoming students who will be attending Kindergarten in the fall will
need to go through a pre-registration and screening process. Each
screening will last approximately 30 minutes.
 Students must be five (5) on or before September 1st.
 Screening must be done BEFORE being assigned to a class.
 Please have an adult accompany student to Pre-Registration. The adult
will need to be able to fill out all the necessary paperwork and meet with
a school representative to go over enrollment procedures.
 Parents please bring or send your child’s birth certificate, social
security card, shot records (current or past), dental and vision records.

It will be necessary to call to schedule your appointment time.
Please call Maple at 283-6665.
Place: Maple Grade School
When: Thursday, February 19th / 8:30am — 3:30pm
Tuesday, March 24th / 8:30am — 3:30pm
Tuesday, April 28th / 1:00pm — 6:00pm

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Women’s Clinic of Danville offers 1st annual Pro-Life Essay Contest for high school students

The Women’s Care Clinic of Danville is pleased to announce its first annual Pro-Life Essay Contest for high school students. Vermilion County, Illinois, students in grades 9-12 are invited to submit written essays or visual works of art addressing the topic, “Valuing Life from Conception to Natural Death.” Written essays must be no longer than 750 words; visual works should be unframed and mounted on 22 x 28 poster board or similar backing.  All entries become the property of Women’s Care Clinic for contest and promotional purposes. Entries are due Friday, March 20, 2015. Prizes will be awarded to the top three entries in each category; winners will be announced at the Clinic’s Annual Banquet for Life on Thursday April 23, 2015. For more information, complete rules and a printable contest poster, go to www.danvillewcc.org/essay-contest.  The Women’s Care Clinic is located at 200 West Williams Street in Danville; phone number 217-431-0987; email info@danvillewcc.org.

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Heart Disease Takes the Lives of 1in 4 People Each Year

According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, Learn the risk factors and symptoms of heart disease during American Heart Month

SPRINGFIELD – February is American Heart Month and Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D. encourages everyone to reduce their risk of heart disease and learn the warning signs of a heart attack.

“Heart disease is the single leading cause of death in Illinois and the United States.  Every year, approximately 600,000 individuals die in the United States from heart disease.  That amounts to 1 in every 4 deaths,” said Director Shah.  “But there are things you can do to reduce your risk – even small steps like using spices instead of salt to season your food.  Use American Heart Month as an opportunity to make healthy changes to lower your risk of developing heart disease.”

The risk for developing heart disease depends on overall health, family history and health behaviors.  While family history can’t be changed, even modest changes to diet and lifestyle can improve heart health and lower the risk of heart disease by as much as 80 percent.

Actions:  Basic actions to lower your risk of heart disease include:

 Get active and eat healthy
 Watch your weight
 Control your cholesterol and blood pressure
 Don’t smoke
 If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation

Symptoms:  Some heart attacks are sudden and intense, but most heart attacks start slowly, with mild pain or discomfort.  Signs of a heart attack include:

 Chest pain or discomfort
 Upper body pain or discomfort (arms, back, neck, jaw)
 Shortness of breath
 Lightheadedness
 Nausea
 Cold sweats

If someone shows signs of a heart attack, call 911 immediately.

Even though heart disease is traditionally thought of as a “man’s disease,” approximately the same number of women, as men, die from it each year.  Despite increases in the past decade, just over half of women recognize heart disease as the leading killer of women.  To continue raising awareness of the significant role that heart disease plays in women’s health, IDPH is encouraging Illinoisans to celebrate National Wear Red Day with Go Red For Women on Friday, February 6, 2015.

For more information about heart disease, visit http://www.dph.illinois.gov/topics-services/diseases-and-conditions/heart-stroke.

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Little Lorraine will conduct Food Drive for Grant Township Food Cupboard

The Little Lorraine Theatre in downtown Hoopeston this weekend, February 6th, 7th & 8th will be donating to the Grant Township Food Cupboard.  Bring an item in to be donated to the Food Cupboard and see a movie.
Movie’s showing will be God’s Not Dead, Camp Harlow & Heaven is for Real.

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John Greer PTO sells ‘Shuck the Corn’ scratch off tickets

John Greer Grade School is putting the fun back in fundraising with a new promotion.  Instead of taking orders and delivering products, the school will sell “Shuck the Corn” scratch off tickets.

For $5, a donor will be able to scratch off the covered area to reveal a prize.  Not all tickets are winners, but John Greer students will win each time a ticket is purchased.
Tickets sales will be held February 5th-17th.  Winners can claim their prizes on February 26th.  For more information, call the school.  (217)283-6667.

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GOP to pick county board members

According to the Commercial News, The Vermilion County Republican Party will conduct meetings to choose replacements for two county board members.
At 7 p.m. Monday, the party’s central committee will meet at the fire station in Catlin to choose a board member to replace Dave Stone, who resigned after being appointed to the office of Vermilion County Recorder.
At 7 p.m. Tuesday, the central committee will meet at the fire station in Rossville on Illinois Route 1 to choose a board member to replace former board chairman Gary Weinard who is retiring from the county board.
For information, contact Stone at 474-1434. The public is welcome.

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Vermilion to explore consolidating county, city voting offices

According to the News-Gazette, Vermilion County officials want one office, rather than two, handling all elections within the county.

The question is which office — the county clerk or a countywide election commission?

Vermilion is in the minority of counties in Illinois that have more than one office handling elections. In Vermilion’s case, the Danville Election Commission coordinates voter registration and elections within the city of Danville, and the county clerk’s office handles the same in the rest of the county.

Beginning today, county officials want to explore a consolidation of the two, an idea that’s been tossed around through the years but received no formal consideration until now.

The Vermilion County Board’s tax and elections committee will start that discussion during its 4:30 p.m. meeting in the courthouse annex, 6 N. Vermilion St., Danville.

County Board Chairman Mike Marron said he wants to put together a group that will study two options.

— Eliminating the election commission and rolling responsibility for all voter registration and election duties in the county into the clerk’s office.

— Or, creating a countywide election commission that would be independent of the clerk’s office and handle all voter registration and election duties for the entire county, including the city of Danville.

Marron said he wants a “working group,” which would include representatives from the election commission and the clerk’s office, to study both options, including potential cost savings.

Marron said he would like two well-thought-out options that he can take to the county board or to the voting public for approval, but there’s no timeline. If voter approval is necessary for either option, he said that most likely wouldn’t happen until 2016.

Barb Bailey, board member with the Danville Election Commission, said eliminating the commission requires voter approval. Bailey said she has been invited to today’s meeting, and plans to be there. She said she doesn’t believe any election should be under the supervision of one political party, referring to the fact that commissions are to be bi-partisan entities in which the executive director is not an elected office. The county clerk is a countywide elected office.


Marron said on the surface, that seems to be one advantage of a countywide election commission, but it might make more sense to go the route of rolling all election responsibilities into the clerk’s office, as most Illinois counties do.

He said the working group likely will take a look at how other counties operate.

Right now, Peoria County is like Vermilion with an election commission, handling elections within the city of Peoria and the county clerk handling those duties in the rest of the county. But that will change soon, because in November, voters there approved moving to a county-wide election commission, said Tom Bride, executive director of the commission.

He said city and county officials have discussed making that move since 2009. He said DuPage County also has a countywide election commission, and Bailey said similar discussions are taking place in Rockford.

Marron said he’s not married to either option, but he does believe that the county needs to move toward one or the other rather than continuing with two offices handling elections in the county. He said there’s no point in that redundancy.

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January weather was cool and dry in Illinois

The statewide average temperature last month came in at 25.4 degrees.  That’s one degree below normal and the 53rd coldest January on record in Illinois according to state climatologist Jim Angel.  Statewide average precipitation for January was just over 1.5 inches, which is half inch below normal.  Angel says snowfall totals varied widely throughout the state.

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Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

NEWS RELEASE
February 1, 2015

1-29 Sheriff’s Police arrested Wesley V. Norrgran, 42 Papineau.  According to reports, he was arrested after police were called to a domestic altercation between him and his roommate.  After a brief investigation, Norrgran was placed into custody, charged with aggravated battery and transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he remains in lieu of bond.  The victim was transported by Riverside Ambulance to Riverside Hospital in Kankakee and treated for his injuries

1-30 Sheriff’s arrested a 16 year old juvenile from Milford.  According to police reports, the juvenile was arrested and charged with aggravated battery and disorderly conduct after police were called to Bryce Ash Grove School in rural Milford.  The juvenile was reported to have attacked and battered staff members while at the school.  The juvenile was placed into custody and transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he was released to a parent after processing

1-30 Sheriff’s Police arrested James G. LeClair, 40 Crescent City.  He was wanted on an Iroquois County warrant charging him with felony driving while his license was revoked and he was aware of his outstanding warrant and turned himself into the Iroquois County Jail where he posted the required bond and was released

1-31 Sheriff’s Police arrested Jason W. Schopf, 44 Crescent City.  According to police reports, Schopf was found in possession of a vehicle which was reportedly stolen.  Upon making contact with Schopf, it was determined that he was wanted on an Illinois Department of Corrections warrant for possession of a stolen vehicle, he was also wanted on a Tennessee warrant for forgery and felony theft, wanted out of Indianapolis, IN for a parole violation and wanted on a Department of Corrections warrant out of Kentucky for a parole violation.  He was charged locally for possession of a stolen vehicle and transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he remains in lieu of bond

1-31 Sheriff’s Police investigated a single vehicle accident on Co. Rd. 2900N near Co Rd 1400E.  According to police reports, a vehicle driven by Lauren R. Heagle, 21 Martinton was traveling east bound on Co. Rd. 2900N when her vehicle lost control on the snow covered roadway.  Her vehicle entered the south ditch, struck a phone box and came to a rest after striking a pine tree.  The vehicle sustained more than $1,500 in damages, no injuries were reported and no citations were issued.  Chebanse Twp Fire and Riverside EMS were also on the scene to assist

2-1 Sheriff’s Police investigated a single vehicle accident on Co Rd 800N near Co Rd 560E in rural Buckley.  According to police reports, a vehicle driven by a 16 year old juvenile of Buckley was traveling eastbound on Co Rd 800N when his vehicle lost control on the snow covered roadway.  The vehicle collided with a bridged guardrail on both the north and south side of the bridge before coming to a stop in the middle of the roadway.  The vehicle sustained more than $1,500 in damages, no injuries were reported and no citations were issued.  Buckley Fire and EMS were also on the scene to assist

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Semi Crash Closes I-57

ISP TRAFFIC CRASH ALERT ROAD CLOSURE

The Following Preliminary Information is Being Released by Illinois State Police District 10:

WHAT: Traffic Crash (Property Damage) with lane blockage

WHERE: I-57 northbound at milepost 235.5

WHEN: 02/01/15 at 7:02 am

VEHICLES: White 2013 Peterbuilt Truck Tractor pulling silver 2015 Brenner tanker trailer

DRIVERS: Derrick Williams, 33, Baton Rouge, LA

PRELIMINARY: The 2013 Peterbuilt Truck Tractor was traveling on I-57 northbound at milepost 235.5 changing lanes from the right lane to the left lane.  The driver lost control, the tanker came unattached from tractor and the trailer turned on its’ side.  The tanker slid in to the center median and the tractor lost control and spun into the right ditch.  The truck came to rest upright in the right ditch.  The tanker came to rest on its’ side in the center median.  Property damage only.

The tanker was transporting Dimethylaminopropylamine, which is used to manufacturer shampoo.  All lanes in both directions will be closed for the next 12 – 24 hours while the crash scene is cleared and the material is offloaded.

Southbound I-57: Southbound traffic on I-57 is being directed off at Olympian Drive, then east to Mattis Ave, South on Mattis to University Ave, and West on University Ave to I-57 South.

Northbound I-57:  Northbound traffic on I-57 is being directed off of interstate at I-72 (University Ave) east on to University Ave to Mattis Ave, North on Mattis Ave. to Olympian Drive, West on Olympian Drive to I-57 North.

I57 Crash with Road Closure
ADD One


IDOT, Champaign County EMA, Champaign County Sheriff’s Office, Champaign Fire Department, Champaign Police Department and other agencies are assisting with the incident. 

SEATBELTS: Seatbelts were worn

CHARGES: Derrick Williams - Too Fast for Conditions/Failure to Reduce Speed to Avoid an Accident

All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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Vermilion County woman held prisoner in a home.

A Vermilion County man was arrested after a woman reported she was being held prisoner in his home.

 
Georgetown police responded to the report around 2:15 p.m. Wednesday in the 300 block of East 14th Street, according to Chief Whitney Reneker.

According to Reneker, a woman had fled from a man’s home along East 14th Street and gone to one of his neighbors asking for help. The woman told police she had been held against her will in the man’s home.

The man, a parolee, was taken into custody around 3 p.m. on a preliminary charge of unlawful restraint, Reneker said. The suspect’s name was not immediately released.

The man was initially not cooperative with police, according to the Georgetown chief. He was taken into custody by an officer who was approaching the home as the suspect tried to exit the rear.

Reneker said the victim told police the man was armed but as of early Wednesday afternoon no gun had been found. Police were continuing their search for the firearm and the incident overall remains under investigation.

The woman appeared uninjured but was taken to Presence United Samaritans Medical Center as a precaution.

In addition to Georgetown officers, deputies with the Vermilion County Sheriff’s Department as well as officers Tilton, Westville and Ridge Farm reported to the scene.

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The poisonous brown recluse spider has re-emerged in the Paxton-Buckley-Loda school district after a

The poisonous brown recluse spider has re-emerged in the Paxton-Buckley-Loda school district after a seven-year hiatus.

One of the poisonous spiders was discovered Tuesday in a crawlspace at PBL Eastlawn School, Superintendent Cliff McClure said. It was the first time since 2008 — when brown recluse spiders were found in PBL Eastlawn School, as well as PBL High School and Clara Peterson Elementary School — that the spider had been seen in any of Paxton’s schools.

McClure sent Eastlawn students home with a letter Thursday informing their parents of the news and asking them to follow a list of precautionary measures.

McClure told the Paxton Record that the district is working with its contracted pest-management provider, Terminex, to “begin aggressive treatment of the area” where the spider was found. The district will also continue to follow its pest-management protocols at all of its four schools, including conducting precautionary pest surveillance, inspections and pesticide sprayings.

“We’re going to stay vigilant on this,” McClure told the Record. “We’re going to continue to monitor it and treat aggressively. Our No. 1 priority is keeping people safe, and that’s why I’m letting parents and staff know.”

In his letter to parents, McClure said a brown recluse spider was found by Terminex during a routine pest-management visit to Eastlawn. McClure said the crawlspace where the spider was found is restricted from students and teaching staff, adding that no others were found in the building.

In July 2008, a small number of brown recluse spiders were found in both Eastlawn and Clara Peterson Elementary schools during routine pest-management visits. After the discovery, a staff member at Clara Peterson Elementary School was treated for a skin lesion that displayed some of the characteristics of a brown recluse spider bite. Later in the summer, a staff member at PBL High School caught a brown recluse spider in that school’s office.

At the time, McClure said Terminex had speculated the spiders could have been “brought in from the outside,” possibly while hiding in a box.

Since 2008, McClure said in his letter, “the district has continued to treat and monitor pests within all school district buildings.”

McClure said in his letter that “Terminex has begun to implement measures to address this situation at Eastlawn Elementary. Furthermore, the district is implementing means of educating students and staff concerning this nuisance and to ensure a safe and comfortable learning environment for the students and staff at Eastlawn Elementary and the PBL school district.”

McClure is asking parents of Eastlawn students to instruct their children to report any pest sightings to an adult and to stay away from all insects. Parents also should pay close attention to children if they complain of sores or bites, McClure said.

As precautionary measures, McClure said, district staff will ensure no students are moving or opening cardboard storage boxes; Eastlawn students will store their gym shoes in tubs provided by the district or transport shoes home and back daily; and staff moving or opening storage boxes will be cautious and wear gloves as needed.

“The No. 1 priority is to keep students and staff safe, and I appreciate your patience and understanding as the district addresses this situation,” McClure wrote to parents.

McClure said brown recluse spiders are fairly common in Central Illinois, after migrating from the south. They do not like human movement, so they hide, McClure said.

According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, the brown recluse spider has extremely small fangs and is unable to bite through clothing. The initial bite is usually painless and only becomes apparent three to eight hours later when the bite site becomes red, swollen and tender.

The majority of brown recluse spider bites remain localized and heal within three weeks without complication or intervention. Only a small number of people have severe reactions.

The Illinois Department of Public Health has more information about the brown recluse spider at www.idph.state.il.us/envhealth/pcreclusespiders.htm.

 

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Hoopeston Police Department
Police Blotter
Thursday, January 29, 2015

Burglary H15-0311   V15-0893
Date & Time: January 29, 2015   11:48pm
Location: 200 blk S Market
Arrested #1: Jacob E Davis (22) of Danville
Arrested #2: Richard W Davis (34) of Danville
Details: While on patrol, officers noticed an open door to the above building with
a suspicious vehicle parked outside.  While searching the building
both of the above subjects were inside.  They were taken into custody
and transported to PSB to await arraignment with judge.

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Hoopeston, Vermilion County, and Iroquois County Police in chase with Hoopeston Man

Hoopeston, Vermilion County, and Iroquois County Police in chase with Hoopeston Man

Iroquois County police arrested Michael L. Baillie 40 of Hoopeston. Officers from Hoopeston & Vermilion County were involved in a chase with Bailie. Iroquois County Sheriffs police caught up with the pursuit on 100 N. Road. Bailies car left the roadway in an attempt to elude the Iroquois County Deputy’s car . Bailie’s vehicle entered the ditch and came to rest in a plowed field. Bailie was taken to Hoopeston Hospital for treatment, when released he was taken to the Iroquois County jail and charged with DUI and aggravated use of a weapon. Bailie posted bond and was released.

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SLEEP INN PLANS EXPANSION AND NEW FRANCHISE

SLEEP INN PLANS EXPANSION AND NEW FRANCHISE

Danville, IL. Vicki Haugen, President & CEO, Vermilion Advantage announced today that two new hotel projects for Danville’s Lynch Drive area, an expansion at the Sleep Inn & Suites and a new all-suite-extended stay hotel are on a fast track.  During recent meetings with City of Danville officials and owner/developer Premier Hospitality Properties, the potential for 100 new all-suite hotel rooms geared toward the extended stay hotel market was discussed.

The Sleep Inn & Suites located at 361 Lynch Drive plans to expand its existing 76 room hotel this year adding 25 to 30 suites equipped and furnished to target Danville’s existing long-term stay market. 

Additionally, a national franchise has recently been awarded to Premier to develop a new 75 to 80 room all-suites/long-term stay hotel property next to the current Sleep Inn on land it already owns.  Premier is targeting to break ground on this project in 2015, as well.  Premier is currently finalizing joint venture agreements with a large hotel developer/operator and an Illinois-based hotel construction firm to build and operate this new hotel.  Financing is expected to be done locally. The combined project investment is estimated at approximately $6M with an anticipated 26 new full and part time jobs.

“Premier Hospitality Properties and the local Sleep Inn management have been heavily involved with and supportive of Danville and Vermilion County since 1994,” Haugen said.  “It is wonderful to see their commitment for additional investment to provide quality opportunities for a new, niche market that is very much underserved at this time.  These new developments will be great assets for our business community and for overall tourism options in the region and complement the other investments within the Lynch Spur area.”

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Rollover near Rankin nets a DUI

Rollover near Rankin nets a DUI

ISP TRAFFIC DUI CRASH ALERT

The Following Preliminary Information is Being Released by Illinois State Police Pesotum, District 10

WHAT: Single vehicle DUI rollover crash.

WHERE: 5153 IL Rt. 9 Rankin, IL.

WHEN: Tuesday, January 25, 2015, 3:47 P.M.

VEHICLES: Unit #1- Blue 2013 Ford Taurus

DRIVER: Unit #1 John J. Kwiatkowski, 49, Plainfield IL

PASSENGERS: Female, Juvenile, Plainfield IL

SEATBELTS: Yes

CAUSE: Unit #1 driver was determined to be DUI – Alcohol, drove off of the roadway, and overturned the vehicle.

TRANSPORTS: Driver and passenger were transported to an area hospital for injuries.

CONDITIONS: Both were admitted in the hospital for treatment.

PRELIMINARY: The preliminary investigation indicates Unit #1 was eastbound on IL Rt. 9 approximately .4 miles east of Vermilion County road 470 East when it exited the north side of roadway, struck a ditch/culvert, struck a tree, overturned, and came to final rest on its roof. The driver and passenger were extricated from their seatbelts by emergency personnel.

CHARGES: John J. Kwiatkowski charged with Aggravated Driving under the Influence, Illegal Transportation of Open Alcohol, and numerous other traffic offenses.

All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Hoopeston Police Weekend Report:

Stolen Wallet H15-254
Date & Time: January 24, 2015   2:04pm
Location: VFW 426 E Orange
Complainant: 26 year old Hoopeston man
Details: At the above date and time, complainant reported that his wallet was
stolen while he was at the above location the prior evening.


Theft and Possession of Cannabis     H15-0255
Date & Time: January 24, 2015   2:37pm
Location: Dollar General 415 S Dixie Hwy
Arrested: Angela K Burke (52) of Hoopeston
Details: While at the above location subject attempted to leave the store with a
sweatshirt without paying. She was transported to HPD for booking.
While at the station a search of her person revealed cannabis, which
she was also charged with.  She was processed and released with
city court date on both charges.

Battery (City Ordinance) H15-0261
Date & Time: January 25, 2015 1:04am
Location: 426 W Orange VFW
Arrested: Jeffery Griffin (26) of Hoopeston
Robert Gibson (32) of Hoopeston
Details: HPD officers were called to the above location in reference to a fight in progress.
Mr. Gibson and Mr. Griffin were arrested and charged with city ordinance
violation of battery.  They were processed and released pending a date in city
court.

Fire Call
Date & Time: January 25, 2015     4:23am
Location: 900 blk Sprague
Details: HFD was called to a carbon monoxide detector going off.  It was found that the
detector was malfunctioning.


Found Cell Phone
Verizon LG cell phone was found at 600 blk E Wyman. Owner can identify/claim at HPD.

Fire Call
Date & Time: January 25, 2015     11:24pm
Location: 900 blk W Washington
Details: HFD was called to a carbon monoxide detector going off.  It was found that the
detector was malfunctioning.

 

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Statement from Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White on the Passing of Ernie Banks

The state of Illinois, the city of Chicago and the world of sports lost an icon today in the passing of Ernie Banks.  Ernie Banks was a great man with a great heart.  While his play made him a Hall-of-Fame baseball player, it was his personality that made him a legend.

I was honored to learn many things from him while I was in the Cubs organization.  And I am proud to have had the opportunity to work with him throughout the years in our joint efforts to help others. 

My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and to his friends.  I was privileged to have played baseball with him, and to call him my friend.  Ernie Banks – Mr. Cub – will be missed.

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Corporate woes closes clothing store in mall

According to the Commercial News, nother mall store is succumbing to a company bankruptcy.
Deb clothing store in the Village Mall is among the 287 retail locations closing across the country. Going out of business sales began earlier this month.
Local Deb store manager Wendy Biage said they’ve been told the store in the Village Mall could close within eight to 12 weeks.
“We knew about the financial trouble for a while,” Biage said of the company.
In addition to the discounted store merchandise, store fixtures also are being sold.
The store has eight employees. Some have been there five or six years. The store opened in the Village Mall in 1985.
Another store employee, Nancy Gonzalez, said she and other employees are looking for different employment.
Biage said some other store representatives in the mall have approached the employees about working elsewhere in the mall.
“It’s sad to see them go,” said Village Mall Manager Cindy Compton.
She said the mall still has a lot in the works. Jo-Ann Fabrics and Crafts Store is one new store coming.

The area also still has other options here for teen apparel with the new stores that have come in, such as T.J. Maxx and Burlington, which are nationally and regionally healthy, according to Vermilion Advantage President and CEO Vicki Haugen.
Retailers nationally have been in a constant state of flux and chaos for the last 10 years. That’s why perpetual recruitment is necessary and why economic development and recruitment never stop, she added.
“I’m sorry for those that manage and work at Deb, but I’m also confident with other recruitment that is in the works that the void will be filled,” she said through e-mail.
Haugen says “we have to keep our eye on what is possible and how we can grow, not the things that we have no control over.”
Gordon Brothers Group and Hilco Merchant Resources made the announcement recently that there will be going-out-of-business sales at all Deb Shops retail locations nationwide.
Deb Shops is a Philadelphia-based women’s fashion discount retailer that has been in business for more than 80 years. The company filed for Chapter 11 protection on Dec. 4, 2014.
Gordon Brothers Group and Hilco Merchant Resources were awarded the store closing process for all locations by the bankruptcy court.
“We thank our many customers and dedicated employees for their tremendous loyalty over the years and are very proud of our associates’ commitment to maintaining the high level of customer service we are known for throughout this transition,” said Dawn Robertson, chief executive officer, Deb Shops, through a press release.
Store locations will remain open until all merchandise has been sold. Deb Shops gift cards will be honored through March 8.
Deb Shops were founded in 1932 in Philadelphia, Penn. Deb Shops originated as a discount hosiery and lingerie retailer under the name, JOY Hosiery. The company was renamed “Deb Shops” in 1970 and re-focused its strategy on selling women’s and girls’ fashion and accessories. At this time the company also closed many neighborhood stores and opened larger stores in shopping malls. Deb Shops operates almost 300 retail stores across 42 states.

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Man on federal parole for child porn arrested for child porn

According to the Paxton Record, A Rantoul man who allegedly had a cellphone with pornographic images of children on it was arrested by Rantoul police Thursday.

Rantoul police Sgt. Justin Bouse said federal probation officers were checking on Christopher M. Fiore, 48, who listed an address in the 1900 block of County Road 3000 N, who is serving a term of mandatory supervised release after having been to federal prison for possession of child pornography.

They were visiting him at his girlfriend’s home on Mather Drive, Bouse said, when they found that he had a cellphone that was not equipped with filtering software, one of the conditions of Fiore’s release.

Bouse said the federal probation officer contacted Rantoul police, who confirmed that the phone had pornographic images of children on it, then arrested Fiore.

He was charged in Champaign County Circuit Court Friday with possession of child pornography, a Class 3 felony carrying penalties ranging from probation to two to five years in prison.

Bouse said in May 2012, Fiore was put on mandatory supervised release, formerly known as parole, after having served a prison sentence for the federal child porn conviction as well as an Iroquois County conviction for aggravated criminal sexual abuse. He was due to finish his supervised release in May.

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Friday, January 23, 2015

Wanted on a warrant H15-0240   V15-672
Time & Date: January 23, 2015   1245pm
Location: 400 block of East Honeywell Ave
Arrested: Napier, Alexander J (M) of Hoopeston (19)
Details: At the above time and date, the arrestee was located, taken into custody on a
Vermilion County warrant 13TR05668 for failure to appear for arraignment
Subject was transported to the PSB in lieu of bond,  $3000/10%.


Warrant Arrest H15-0248
Date & Time: January 23, 2015   6:55pm
Location: 400 blk N Eighth Avenue
Arrested: Chloe A Alkire (20) of Hoopeston
Details: Subject was taken into custody on outstanding Vermilion County warrant
14TR7736 FTA/Driving While License Suspended. She was transported to HPD
where she was released after posting $375 bond and given a new court
date.

 

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Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

The Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police News

No injuries were reported and no tickets were issued following a single-vehicle accident Jan. 20 three miles east of Loda. The accident occurred when Laura N. Alexander, 26, of Urbana, was driving south on Iroquois County Road 600 East, and her vehicle began to slide on the ice-covered roadway as it approached the curved intersection at County Road 200 North. Alexander’s vehicle continued sliding, entered the east ditch and overturned, causing more than $1,500 in damages to her vehicle.

No injuries were reported and no tickets were issued following a single-vehicle accident Jan. 20 west of Danforth. The accident occurred when Robert L. Klenzak, 44, of Clifton, was driving west on County Road 2200 North, just east of County Road 500 East, and his vehicle began to skid out of control. His vehicle entered the north ditch and continued through the ditch before entering a plowed field and overturning and coming to a rest on its driver’s side. More than $1,500 in damages were estimated.

No injuries were reported and no tickets were issued following a single-vehicle accident Jan. 20 near Onarga. The accident occurred when Todd A. Cook, 48, of Onarga, was driving south on County Road 490 East, near Illinois 54, and his truck began to skid out of control on the ice-covered roadway. Cook’s truck skidded across the road and struck a wire fence and post, causing an estimated $500 to $1,500 in damages.

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Hoopeston Police Department
Police Blotter
Thursday, January 22, 2015

Vehicle Accident H15-0229
Date & Time: January 22, 2015   12:01am
Location: 1000 blk W Penn
Unit #1: 2004 Dodge Pick up driven by Nathanial B Carter (26) of Hoopeston
Damaged Property: Utility Pole owned by Ameren
Details: Driver lost control of vehicle after turning onto roadway causing the
vehicle to slide into the utility pole causing it to break in half.
Ameren responded.  No injuries reported.  The driver of Unit #1 was
cited for Failure To Reduce Speed To Avoid and Accident.

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Hoopeston Highlights Show

Join WHPO for Our Hoopeston Highlights Show tonight from 5-5:30.

Larry’s guests will be Karla Coon and Nick Chatterton with Danville Area Community College.

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Iroquois County Approves 911 Agreement

The Iroquois County Board finally has approved a contract for dispatch services with the Iroquois County Emergency Telephone System Board (ETSB).

The contract, approved during the county board’s Jan. 13 meeting, requires Iroquois County to pay a $163,382 annual fee for the period of Dec. 1, 2014, through Nov. 30, 2016, in monthly installments of $13,615, for dispatch services provided by the ETSB.

In subsequent years, the county board and ETSB will negotiate the annual fee “based on an annual review of the amount of communication services provided by (the) 911 board in the prior year,” the contract says.

The county board’s finance committee approved the two-year contract in early December, but the full board voted during its December meeting to send it back to the finance committee for further review. More at www.paxtonrecord.net

Other business
Also at the county board’s Jan. 13 meeting:

— The board made plans to further discuss the possibility of holding the board’s regular monthly meetings in the evening, rather than the morning, on the first Tuesday of each month. Discussions on the subject will resume during the next policy and procedure committee meeting.

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Hoopeston Jaycee’s & Chamber set Awards night!

Hoopeston Jaycee’s & Chamber set Awards night!

Saturday, January 31, 2015
6:00 PM - Hoopeston American Legion

Guest Speaker
Linda Bolton - Vermilion Advantage

$12 Per Ticket for Dinner

$5 For Entry at the Door for Just the Awards Ceremony

Dinner Tickets Must Be Purchased by January 23, 2015
Purchase Tickets Below

Dinner Includes:
Salad
Chicken Parmesean
Baked Potato
Broccoli Casserole
Garlic Bread
Dessert

Purchase Your Tickets at WHPO

 

  Awards Include:
Hoopeston Jaycees Chapter Awards
Police Department Employee of the Year
Emergency Management Agency Volunteer of the Year
Fire Department Firefighter of the Year
Distinguished Service Award

Chamber of Commerce Awards:
Business of the Year
Food Service of the Year
Retailer of the Year
Community Service Award

Save the Lorraine Foundation Award:

Hoopeston Chronicle Awards:
Citizen of the Year

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Governor Rauner’s Motorcade in Wreck in Chicago

Governor Rauner’s Motorcade in Wreck in Chicago

CHICAGO – Illinois State Police (ISP) Director Hiram Grau today released the following statement regarding the four-vehicle, injury crash that occurred at Michigan Avenue at E. Randolph Street involving the Governor’s motorcade.

Illinois State Police Executive Protection Unit (EPU) officers were completing a routine movement of Governor Rauner this morning when a traffic crash occurred in the intersection directly in-front of them.

The Governor’s motorcade was stationary at a red light preparing to travel westbound on E. Randolph Street when a two vehicle crash occurred. One of the vehicles spun out of control after the crash and slid across the intersection striking the vehicle Governor Rauner was riding in along with ISP officers and another vehicle.

Neither the Governor nor any ISP officers suffered injury in the crash. Damage was sustained to the front right bumper/fender area of the vehicle in which the Governor was traveling.

A total of three people involved in the initial crash were transported to Northwestern Medical Center with nonlife threatening injuries for treatment. The Chicago Police Department responded to the scene to handle the crash.

 

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Ex-correctional officer pleads not guilty to official misconduct

According to the Paxton Record, A former Ford County correctional officer has pleaded not guilty to charges of official misconduct and disorderly conduct in connection with alleged inappropriate conduct involving himself and a female inmate.

Derek A. Whitaker, 36, of Loda, waived a preliminary hearing and pleaded not guilty during a Jan. 7 hearing in Ford County Circuit Court. A pretrial hearing was set for 9 a.m. March 11, and his jury trial was set for April 15.

Meanwhile, Judge Matt Fitton recused himself from the case on Jan. 15. The case was referred to Chief Judge Kevin Fitzgerald for reassignment.

Tom Brown, a special prosecutor for the Illinois Appellate Prosecutor’s Office, is prosecuting the case. Whitaker is represented by Champaign attorney Mark Lipton.

State police arrested Whitaker for official misconduct, a Class 3 felony, on Oct. 27 after interviewing him at the Paxton Police Department. Three days later, Whitaker resigned as a correctional officer, ending four years of employment.

On Oct. 21, Ford County Sheriff Mark Doran notified state police of “potential inappropriate conduct” between Whitaker and a female inmate, said Illinois State Police Master Sgt. Jeff Padilla. Padilla said the alleged conduct was “sexual in nature” but did not involve any physical contact. The conduct was brought to Doran’s attention by “the inmate involved, along with two other inmates,” Padilla said.

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Crash blocks I-74 lanes Tuesday

According to the Commercial News, An Urbana woman faces charges of driving while under the influence after a crash closed eastbound lanes of Interstate 74 between the G Street and Martin Luther King Drive exits.
According to information from the Illinois State Police, a 1994 Mercury Cougar driven by Cynthia L. Manning, 30, of Urbana, crashed at 3:57 a.m. Tuesday into a guardrail near the 212 mile marker in I-74’s eastbound lanes.

A 2006 Freightliner truck-tractor driven by an unidentified male from Danville also was traveling eastbound, but the driver failed to see Manning’s vehicle. The truck hit Manning’s car, causing the truck to run off into the ditch on the right and become lodged between bridge supports.
State police said there were reports of injuries, but did not provide specific information.
Manning was arrested for driving under the influence. The driver of the truck refused medical attention, police said, and was released.

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Vermilion County Farm Bureau “LUAU FOR LEARNING” TRIVIA NIGHT COMING FEBRUARY 28

Vermilion County Farm Bureau Foundation is offering you an opportunity to chase away your winter blues and raise money for a good cause at the same time. The group is holding its third annual “Luau for Learning” Trivia Night, with a theme of “Jamaica My Weekend.”
The event will be held on Saturday, February 28 at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 310 Bryan Ave, in Danville. Doors will open at 7:00 pm, with the trivia starting at 7:30 pm.
“We hope folks will join us for a great time,” said foundation chairman Mark Willard. “We’ve had two successful trivia nights the last two years, and want everyone to be a part of this year’s Jamaica night.”

Teams of up to eight people will answer general trivia questions on a variety of topics, from music to sports, from history to food. “The registration fee is $100 for a table for a night of great fun,” Willard notes. “The proceeds go to our Ag in the Classroom program, where we reach over 65% of the students in Vermilion County with information about agriculture and food production.”
The top two teams will receive cash awards. Recognition will also be given to the team with the best theme spirit.
The Luau for Learning is a chance for folks to get together, have some fun, and raise funds for Ag in the Classroom. Registration forms can be downloaded at www.vcfb.info. There is a limit of 22 teams, so early registration is encouraged.
Businesses that are interested in being an event or round sponsor can contact the Vermilion County Farm Bureau offices at 217-442-8713.

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Family Health Care of Hoopeston Opens on Dixie Highway

Gibson City, IL, January 19, 2015– Family Health Care of Hoopeston, an affiliate of Gibson Area Hospital, opened its new location at 705 South Dixie Highway in Hoopeston, just north of CVS Pharmacy.  The newly constructed facility is designed for patient comfort and convenience, featuring an easily accessible building with visibility, ample parking, numerous exam rooms, and spacious procedure rooms. 

According to Gibson Area Hospital CEO Rob Schmitt, “The new clinic is a great addition and asset to the residents and the City of Hoopeston.  GAHHS is committed to the community and this major investment shows the community we are here to stay.  GAHHS is proud to serve the residents of Hoopeston and the surrounding areas.  This clinic will allow GAHHS to expand the number of specialist seeing patients in Hoopeston.  In the near future, in addition to Family Medicine, Obstetrics, and General Surgery, we will have Urology, Cardiology, and Orthopedic providers seeing patients in the clinic.”  Schmitt also anticipates an open house for the community in the very near future.

Dr. Laura Smith and Dr. Adree Venatta practice as FP-OBs, which means they see patients of all ages and provide care from maternity care and infant and child wellness to chronic disease management and geriatric care.  Dr. Smith is in the office for appointments on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 8:00 am-5:00 pm, and Dr. Venatta is available to see patients on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday from 9:00 am-5:00 pm, and Friday from 8:00 am-4:00 pm. The clinic is closed from noon to 1:00 pm for lunch.  To schedule an appointment at the new clinic, call 217. 283.5530. For more information about Family Health Care of Hoopeston, please visit www.gibsonhospital.org.

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Gibson Area Hospital Auxiliary Announces Scholarships

The Gibson Area Hospital Auxiliary has nine scholarships to award this year. There are two scholarships from The Verna Buck Scholarships worth $2000.00 apiece. These scholarships for are nursing only. There is another Verna Buck Scholarship for $1000.00 also for nursing only.

There are two scholarships worth $2000.00 from the GAH Auxiliary. These scholarships are for school work dedicated to any medical fields.

There are two other scholarships, each for $1000.00, from the Arthur and Ane Jensen Noland Family Scholarship Fund and the William and Viola Garrett Scholarship Fund. These scholarships are for those who live in Ford County or who have graduated from a Ford County school. They may be awarded for any school work leading to work in any medical field.

There is one scholarship awarded by the scholarship committee from the CEDF Foundation for $2000.00 for nursing only.

The last scholarship comes from the Christina Medrano, M.D. Scholarship fund. It is worth $1000.00 and is for any work in the medical field. It has no other restrictions.

It is hoped that the recipients will return to the Gibson Area Hospital & Health Services area and work, if positions are available.

The scholarship applications may be obtained online at www.gibsonhospital.org or from the guidance office in area schools. You may also get an application by calling Sue Walker at 784-8705. She will also answer any questions you may have. Please be sure to download BOTH documents that you need to sign.

The deadline for the receipt of the application is March 11, 2015. Notification to scholarship recipients will be made prior to April 13, 2015.

Applications and letters of reference should be sent to:
Sue Walker
Auxiliary Scholarship Chairwoman
538 Hager Ct
Gibson City, IL   60936

 

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